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Is Era of Soccer Finally Upon America?

Art Spander, RealClearSports

Dutch Search for Ghost of World Cup Past

Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports

Introducing More Stats to Soccer

Thomas Kaplan, New York Times

Holland's Coach Is One Serious Man

Stephen Brunt, Globe and Mail

Is this the end or the beginning? Does soccer, football to the rest of the world, finally capture the United States? Or was this World Cup fascination only a brief affair, a fling ...(full article)

Amid the Netherlands’ preparations and festivities and nerve-jangling hope ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final, an extraordinary manhunt is under way. The Dutch nation, n...(full article)

People in soccer have historically paid little attention to statistics, arguing that the only way to judge players is to see them in action. Often, the only numbers associated with...(full article)

It is difficult to discern, not having dealt with the man on a regular basis, whether it is Lambertus (Bert) van Marwijk’s dour personality that emerges when he is under the spot...(full article)

To celebrate or not to celebrate? That was the question at 10.15pm local time here in the Catalan capital on Wednesday night. True, Spain had just reached its first ever World Cup ...(full article)

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Enough is enough. For five years, Qatar has ignored the polite requests from FIFA and its sponsors to clean up its abysmal record on human rights, particularly those applying to mi...

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