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Their team succumbed to Germany on the pitch, but everywhere in Rio, Argentina was winning.
This is the week when the sweetest World Cup dreams die. A requiem, then, for the fallen.
Nathan Thornburgh takes in the World Cup from Rio's Copacabana Beach, where the atmosphere is somewhere between Spring Break and the Fall of Saigon.
The Iranian team has been hounded by sanctions and a deeply divided fan base. But on the day of their first match of this World Cup, none of that bad blood or bitter history matters.
The debate about soccer’s rightful place in American culture opens a wider conversation about America’s place in the world.
FC Alga Bishkek was once one of the best teams in Soviet Central Asia. But in the post-Soviet age, the club—much like Kyrgyzstan itself—is mired in the nostalgia of better times.
It's the carnival of the masses, but sometimes the only way to watch soccer is on your own.
Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, football won't easily mend the chasms created by mortars and massacres.
How Club Tijuana made itself San Diego’s local team
Brazil may be the spiritual homeland of global soccer. But its women have had to fight hard just to be taken seriously as footballers in their home country. One group—the Guerreiras—is helping lead the charge.…
Australia has a popular new top-flight soccer league, but is it in danger of forgetting the ethnic fans and clubs who built the sport in the country?
Like much else in China, soccer has developed rapidly and attracted huge investment, but a fan culture has developed that is independent of—and sometimes a challenge to—the state.
What happens if the place where you live isn’t regarded as a nation by FIFA? You start your own federation.
After years of mismanagement, Kenyan soccer is finally coming into its own.
Crimea’s future is uncertain, and so is the future of its two most storied and successful football clubs.
From the Rudar Soccer Club to Sake Bar Satsko or La Gran Uruguaya Bakery,
New York’s immigrant communities make it the best place on earth to watch the tournament.
Philosopher Simon Critchley on the spectacle, poetry and importance of professional football
Why is one of the greatest players in Colombian history also one of the most controversial? The answer may lie in the color of his skin.
Justin Fashanu was a rugged English striker and the first black soccer player to be traded for a million pounds. He was also openly gay.
Cow dribbles, lettuce hands and the poetry of Brazilian soccer
How a town in cricket-mad Pakistan became the center of the global soccer ball industry
A historic upset, a heart-breaking relocation, and a fan-fuelled revolution: the improbable history of AFC Wimbledon.
China is on a stadium-building binge in Africa. What will the glut of cookie-cutter stadia do to the African game?
How Zola Mahobe changed South African soccer forever
Once again, Afro-European players are making Europe reexamine its identity.
Liverpool star Luis Suárez is Uruguay’s best hope in the World Cup. But he also makes them one of the most despised teams in the tournament.
Glasgow’s storied Rangers Football Club was gutted last year. Where does that leave the fans of its oldest and only rival?
Heroes of the Neighborhood: Can an uneven second-division club save Hamburg’s leftist St. Pauli district?
Death, defiance, tribunals, coverups, outrage and intrigue: in today's Egypt, soccer is so much more than just a sport.
When the police and protesters clashed around Istanbul's Gezi park, an unlikely alliance of football rivals banded together. But will politics continue in the new league season?
From dodging falling bullets to breaking bread with Afghanistan's national soccer team, May Jeong has the complete story of the remarkable run of a beleaguered nation.
The "god of football", as local papers called him, arrived on Indian soil for a friendly at Salt Lake Stadium. But where will the beautiful game go from there in India?
In the first of R&K's World Cup dispatches with Sports Illustrated, Laurent Dubois talks about the global theater of soccer
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