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The Best Articles of the Year: Soccer
Lionel Messi Is Impossible
In their Group F World Cup match late last month, Argentina and Iran were still deadlocked after 90 minutes.
Silence in the favela
As part of its cleanup for the World Cup, in 2008 the Brazilian government began a police crackdown to sweep criminals out of the urban slums known as "favelas.
Portrait Of A Serial Winner
BEFORE GETTING TO the alleged mob hit or the mystery of the missing referee, there should be an explanation about how this quest began. An assigned profile of Luis Suarez led to a stack of things to read about his past.
How Jurgen Klinsmann Plans to Make U.S. Soccer Better (and Less American)
Even before he exiled the most accomplished and iconic player in United States soccer history and before his presumptive top goal scorer went nearly an entire season without scoring goals and before h
Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer
In the middle of 1989, suburban soccer dad Chuck Blazer had just lost his job, had no income, and was struggling with debt.
Why Americans Call Soccer 'Soccer'
The British started it. New Zealand's largest newspaper is deeply conflicted. With the World Cup underway in Brazil, should The New Zealand Herald refer to the "global round-ball game" as "soccer" or "football"? The question has been put to readers, and the readers have spoken.
The Burden of Being Messi
In much of Argentina, where Lionel Messi lived until he was 13, native speakers replace the “y” sound with a “sh” sound. Yo, the personal pronoun for “I,” becomes “sho,” and calle, which other Spanish speakers would pronounce “ka-yay,” becomes “ka-shey.
America’s Most Wanted
How DeAndre Yedlin went from being the player with a 1 percent chance of making the USMNT’s final cut to one of the breakout performers in the 2014 World Cup The email arrived on a Monday morning in May. DeAndre Yedlin was not yet a star.
How important are substitutions in football?
Jonathan Liew investigates: Are managers who don't use all their substitutions, or who use them too late, giving up a significant advantage as a result? Sometimes you change something, and it goes wrong.
How computer analysts took over at Britain's top football clubs
Why has David Moyes had such a horror show since taking over as Manchester United manager last summer? From our armchairs, the diagnosis has been relatively straightforward: taking over from a legend is inevitably a fool's errand; anyone replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was doomed before a ball was kick
Van Gaalogy 101
You know what it takes to manage Manchester United? It takes brass balls to manage Manchester United. The first time Louis van Gaal pulled his pants down in front of his players happened in — but hang on; let’s walk that back a second.
Soccer, Particularly England’s Premier League, Growing in Popularity in New York Creative Circles
What, you didn’t catch Liverpool storm back against Manchester City last week? You missed Wayne Rooney’s 58-yard wonder goal against West Ham United?
Diamonds in the Rough
The human body is 18 percent carbon, which means that if you subject it to high enough pressures at high enough temperatures and hold it there for a long enough time, it will form diamonds. You can try this yourself, in a laboratory.