Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named a strong squad for upcoming friendlies against Australia and Portugal in what amounts to the clearest possible indication that "Big Phil" is closing in on his final roster for the 2014 World Cup.
If NBC wants Americans to watch English soccer they must make Americans come to identify with soccer. It's going to take more than stunts, viral videos and general "awareness advertising."
Something unforeseen happened just shy of 50 minutes into Tottenham's opening match of the season against newly promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday. Referee Mark Clattenburg blew his whistle, pointed to the penalty spot, and allowed a Spurs player to take a free kick at goal.
I was a teenager... and I idolized the US Women's National Team. They were amazing players and people who were living a life that was hard to comprehend. Fortunately, I was also beginning to play on youth national teams and I slowly started to envision myself in their shoes.
You will laugh at this prognostication now, but pull this article up in ten years, and I will be the Amazing Creskin and Nostradamus, on his better days: The NFL will be the No. 2 league in American sports. World football will rule.
A soccer brawl last year in which more than 70 militant soccer fans died galvanized significant numbers of Egyptians against the military and security...
The wave of popular defiance and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa parallels widespread protest across the glob against sports organizations' mismanagement and mega-events. It is driven by lack of confidence in institutions that have failed to root out corruption and meet demands for justice, dignity and inclusiveness.
Nowadays, soccer is rapidly gaining in popularity over here. It is also big business. NBC recently paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the U.S. broadcasting rights to the Premiership for this season and the next two -- that's almost $220,000 per game.
UAE officials have insisted that the acquisition of Manchester City as well as this year's agreement to invest in the creation of a 20th Major League Soccer team was a personal rather than a government investment. Most analysts take that assertion with a grain of salt.
As Lebanon, a country in which almost every facet of life is defined by sectarian fault lines, teeters in the shadow of civil war in next door Syria, the country is also being rocked by multiple mushrooming sports scandals.
It's been called sleepy and unglamorous but whatever you call it one thing is certain, Randall's Island is a major sports and entertainment destination in the New York tri-state area. The summer is a prime time to visit.
The battle between Iran and various Gulf state for the identity of the energy-rich region has spilled onto its soccer pitches. It's the Persian Gulf League vs. the Arabian Gulf League.
Greater transparency and accountability as well as the enabling of powerful international sports associations to live up to their lofty principles and values would be significantly enhanced by recognizing reality for what it is: sports and politics are inextricably intertwined.
The country of football, which has the sport embedded in its social formation and distinguishes it as an element of national identity, is happy to host the World Cup.
Militant, highly politicized soccer fans who played key roles in the toppling of Hosni Mubarak and last month's protests in Turkey have been conspicuously absent from the dramatic scenes in Cairo with the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi and ongoing smaller scale protests in Istanbul.
In a match cast as a preview of next year's World Cup final, la roja had failed to keep up their end of the bargain. So is it time to say adios to soccer's most famous onomatopoeia?