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Brazil 2014

Why 'Puto' Must Go

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

The current controversy over 'puto' boils down to two simple questions: (1) is it a homophobic slur?, and if so, (2) should its use be banned by FIFA?

U.S. Must Win Midfield Battle Against Ghana

Bryan Maygers | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
Bryan Maygers

The two Group G underdogs should be looking for a win and three points with matches looming against Portugal and Germany. Here's what you can expect from the teams as play unfolds.

How to Choose a Second Team to Root For at the World Cup

Alan Black | Posted 08.09.2014 | Sports
Alan Black

USA! USA! -- yes, of course, but how to choose a second team to root for at the World Cup?

World Cup Preview: Group H Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.05.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

An attacking midfielder or winger, Sofiane Feghouli has many admirers in European football -- including one Arséne Wenger, who referred to the Valencia man as "exceptional" and "a beast."

Michael Bradley Will Determine U.S. Success in Group of Death

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.04.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

The central midfielder says he is motivated by a U.S. soccer system that is ever strengthening, and if the national team is to match his ambitions, one has to think that Bradley will play an integral role in making Jürgen Klinsmann's men tick.

World Cup Preview: Bosnia's Edin Dzeko Among Group F Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.03.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

This is the first-ever World Cup for the imposing striker and for his country. This tournament's only debutant, Bosnia will be hoping for six-foot-four Dzeko to lead their line with the same authority that has seen him score better than a goal every two games in his previous 60-plus appearances for his country.

World Cup Preview: Group E Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.02.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

He was once compared to Brazilian striker Adriano, and fans will be hoping that his similar traits -- great strength and a rocket of a shot -- can blast Ecuador out of one of the easier groups in the tournament. They face France, Switzerland, and Honduras.

World Cup Preview: Loaded Group D Will Hinge on Veteran Leaders, Young Talent

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.30.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Incorporating both experience and exciting young talent, such as Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, Italy will be hoping for a good tournament, which, if they were to go all the way, would see captain Buffon become the third keeper to lift the trophy.

World Cup Preview: Group C Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.29.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

While many expected Radamel Falcao to be the one grabbing the headlines, it is widely acknowledged in Bogotá that 22-year-old James Rodriguez is the one who makes Colombia tick. Colombia will be expecting to qualify from a group that includes the Ivory Coast, Greece, and Japan.

World Cup Preview: Midfielders Hold Key to Group B

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.28.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Once known for his versatility, Arturo Vidal has now found his place as a tough-tackling, box-to-box midfielder at Juventus. Also capable of picking a pass, he will offer vital solidity as the likes of Alexi Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas look to shine in a tricky group, which includes 2010's finalists, the Netherlands and Spain.

A Win in Brazil Would be Lionel Messi's Crowning Achievement

Jaime Heilbron | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
Jaime Heilbron

His accomplishments, both individual and with teams, speak for themselves. There is one thing, however, that Maradona still holds over Messi.

World Cup Preview: Eto'o, Oscar Among Group A Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Capable of turning on a sixpence and with flair in abundance, Oscar, 22, is one of an exciting crop of players who helped Brazil lift the Confederations Cup on home soil in 2013.

With Donovan Cut, Pressure Squarely on Klinsmann

Bryan Maygers | Posted 07.22.2014 | Sports
Bryan Maygers

The major news of the announcement was the shock exclusion of Landon Donovan, the team's all-time leader in goals and assists. But the move was not the only surprise in the final round of roster cuts, which, considered together, paint a puzzling picture of the manager's decision-making.

American Soccer's Steady Journey From Periphery to Core, Where Germany Has Comfortably Resided for Decades

Andrei Markovits | Posted 07.21.2014 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

For very different reasons, the impending World Cup will be huge for both the German and American teams that will actually confront each other in the third game of the first round in a group rightly given the sobriquet "Group of Death."

Lloris Heads to World Cup After Standout Season With Europa-bound Spurs

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 07.19.2014 | Sports
Rob Kirkpatrick

No club wants to have a goalkeeper stand out as its best player. Tottenham's Hugo Lloris said as much late in the season. "If the goalkeeper is man of the match, then it means the team didn't do the job properly."

USA Soccer vs. Mexico: 3 Things to Watch

Bryan Maygers | Posted 06.01.2014 | Sports
Bryan Maygers

The U.S. doesn't need a result from this particularly meaningless match, but they need clarity, and they need confidence-building performances that will demand not just inclusion in the traveling party but selection in the starting 11.

Zusi, Johannsson Stand Out in USMNT Wins Over Jamaica, Panama

Bryan Maygers | Posted 12.16.2013 | Sports
Bryan Maygers

Yes, he's largely unproven on either the club or international level. But his game already hints at a physical and technical ceiling matched by only a few American players before him.

Plenty to Play for in USMNT's Final Two World Cup Qualifiers

Bryan Maygers | Posted 12.10.2013 | Sports
Bryan Maygers

Despite wrapping up qualification for the 2014 World Cup last month against arch-rival Mexico, there's no shortage of storylines as the United States men's national soccer team heads into their final two matches of the CONCACAF qualifying hexagonal.

Report Reveals Unprecedented Abuses In Preparation For Brazil's World Cup

Posted 12.15.2011 | World

By Andrea Dip, Publica The clip promoting Brazil's 2014 World Cup shows a conference table in a New York office. The cry of "goal!!" echoes from a ...

President Obama's Visit to a Favela in Rio: Below the Surface Calm

Vanda Felbab-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vanda Felbab-Brown

A part of President Obama's visit to Brazil is to be an outing to a favela, a slum neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro.