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Their team succumbed to Germany on the pitch, but everywhere in Rio, Argentina was winning.

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This is the week when the sweetest World Cup dreams die. A requiem, then, for the fallen.

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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.

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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…

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The debate about soccer’s rightful place in American culture opens a wider conversation about America’s place in the world.

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It's the carnival of the masses, but sometimes the only way to watch soccer is on your own.

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Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.

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In Bosnia-Herzegovina, football won't easily mend the chasms created by mortars and massacres.

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How Club Tijuana made itself San Diego’s local team

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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.…

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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?

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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.

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What happens if the place where you live isn’t regarded as a nation by FIFA? You start your own federation.

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After years of mismanagement, Kenyan soccer is finally coming into its own.

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Crimea’s future is uncertain, and so is the future of its two most storied and successful football clubs.

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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…

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Philosopher Simon Critchley on the spectacle, poetry and importance of professional football

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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.

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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.

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Cow dribbles, lettuce hands and the poetry of Brazilian soccer

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How a town in cricket-mad Pakistan became the center of the global soccer ball industry

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A historic upset, a heart-breaking relocation, and a fan-fuelled revolution: the improbable history of AFC Wimbledon.

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China is on a stadium-building binge in Africa. What will the glut of cookie-cutter stadia do to the African game?

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How Zola Mahobe changed South African soccer forever

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Once again, Afro-European players are making Europe reexamine its identity.

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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.

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Glasgow’s storied Rangers Football Club was gutted last year. Where does that leave the fans of its oldest and only rival?

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Heroes of the Neighborhood: Can an uneven second-division club save Hamburg’s leftist St. Pauli district?

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Death, defiance, tribunals, coverups, outrage and intrigue: in today's Egypt, soccer is so much more than just a sport.

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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?

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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.

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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…

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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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