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2010 Fifa World Cup

What 2022 Means to Qatar

Anne Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Anne Sobel

Winning this bid means far more to Qatar than it ever could to the States. For this tiny country, it is a matter of national identity.

Why I Travel and Occasionally Return

Jesse Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jesse Williams

We learn more about our favorite theatrical characters when they're placed in unfamiliar situations. The same goes for ourselves. New and different environments force us to ask ourselves what we really need and what can we do without.

Hosting The World Cup: Why South Africa Might Not Be Benefiting From It After All

DailyFinance | JONATHAN BERR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Organizers of the 2010 World Cup, which started Friday, are making the same error that backers of big sporting events always do -- overpromising and u...

Team of the Tournament and Top Five Goals at the World Cup

Oliver Haydock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Oliver Haydock

Not to say that there were not some dazzling moments in South Africa, but from start to finish there always seemed to be something obstructing entertaining soccer from being played.

My Apology to Soccer (Futball) Fans Worldwide

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Richard Greener

I choose a day when I witnessed what was arguably the worst World Cup game ever to offer an apology to people I offended by characterizing their beloved game as akin to "watching paint dry."

Mandela Family: FIFA Put Him Under 'Extreme Pressure' To Attend World Cup Final

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

JOHANNESBURG -- Nelson Mandela will greet fans ahead of Sunday's World Cup final at Soccer City, his grandson says. The 91-year-old anti-apartheid ic...

Who to Root for in the World Cup Final

Oliver Haydock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Oliver Haydock

Both Spain and the Netherlands offer compelling reasons for fans to cheer them on, and what follows is a brief case why you, the average American soccer fan, should root for the La Furia Roja (Spain) or the Oranje (the Netherlands).

President Jonathan of Nigeria: Stop Playing Politics With Soccer

Ademola Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ademola Bello

Of all the myriad problems facing Nigeria, the President has nothing serious to think about, other than to lament the country's National team poor showing at the World Cup.

Whose World Cup Is It?

Oliver Haydock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Oliver Haydock

The commentators, analysts and politicians all had it wrong. In the beginning, they all decried that the World Cup belonged to Africa. So how did everyone get it so wrong?

Innovation World Cup Style

Jonathan Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Littman

The world's biggest sporting event has been a case study in how big organizations struggle to innovate.

5 Rules for Adopting a New World Cup Team to Root For

Rob Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Rob Sachs

Here are my five rules for acceptable home team adoption once your real home team has been knocked out.

World Cup Sponsorship Scandals Sure to Take Attorney's into Extra Time

Kristen Spanier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kristen Spanier

Throughout this World Cup, stories of athletic prowess and come-back victories have been sharing the headlines with stories of the legal and business aspects of the event.

World Cup: Quarterfinals Preview

Oliver Haydock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Oliver Haydock

The World Cup is moving right along, and it's hard to believe that we are already in the quarterfinals. With some time off before matches resume, here is a primer on each of the games.

How To Train A World Cup Referee: Grueling Training Includes Years Of Fitness, Psychological Tests

Smithsonian.com | Jim Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Just as the players on the pitch have trained for years, the referees for the World Cup are required to be physically fit for duty. ...

Schadenfreude 1, England 0

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Asher Smith

Anyone following minute-by-minute coverage of the World Cup would have picked up on a conspicuous narrative: that Americans lack the fortitude to accept officiating errors in stride.

African Youth Score With FIFA Football For Hope Centres

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cameron Sinclair

Over a dozen nonprofit organizations are developing youth centers as part of the ongoing Football for Hope Movement initiated by streetfootballworld and FIFA to increase the impact of football as a tool for social change.

World Cup Diplomacy: We Should Send Ghana Fans to the Quarter Finals

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marvin Ammori

Like millions of others, this afternoon, I watched the US narrowly lose, in extra time, to Ghana. I watched in a packed restaurant in Palo Alto, Cali...

WORLD CUP FUEL: Team USA's Food & Drink Favorites (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Heeseung Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

With Team USA taking on Ghana in the second round tomorrow afternoon after an epic final-minutes goal from Landon Donovan to bring them there (watch r...

How Did Landon Donovan Become America's First World-Class Soccer Player?

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Bill George

What enabled Landon Donovan to rise to this leadership moment? The answers can be found in the disappointments he has suffered from the 2006 letdown to disappointments playing in Germany and a failed marriage in 2009.

One Last Hurrah for England's Golden Boys

Oliver Haydock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Oliver Haydock

Of all the great match-ups in the round of 16 at the World Cup, none offer the intrigue and excitement of England against Germany.

Battling HIV/AIDS in South Africa: One Goal at a Time

Nancy Mahon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Nancy Mahon

To address the increase of HIV/AIDS cases in South Africa, one organization is using the country's love for soccer to keep children engaged, empowered and most importantly, away from risk to transmission.

They Might Be Giants! USA Could Go Deep at the World Cup

Oliver Haydock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Oliver Haydock

The draw has been very, very kind to The Yanks, who now have a great opportunity to make a run into the (gasp!) semifinals. Maybe, just maybe, soccer madness will stick around for a few more days.

Is This the Breakthrough for Soccer in America?

Ken Gude | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Ken Gude

Support for soccer in the US has been growing steadily and all that is needed is a deep run in the World Cup when everyone is watching. What for so long has seemed just a dream now is squarely within our grasp.

World Cup 2010 Hair: Players' Weird Coifs (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

We think we've finally discovered something more attention-grabbing at the World Cup than the vuvuzela! The soccer players' hair. We know that the mat...

World Cup: The Year of Latin America?

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Eric Farnsworth

The real story of this year's World Cup is the dominance of the Western Hemisphere.