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Croatia Needs to Get Out of the Way

July 11th, 2018 · 1 Comment · English Premier League, Fifa, Football, France, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

I have no personal beefs with Croatia. I was there once, for part of a day, as a member of the U.S. journalists’ traveling party heading for the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, in 1984. We flew from New York to Zagreb, and then organizers put us on buses to downtown Zagreb, where we were seated at […]

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The Making of an American Soccer Guy

July 9th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Budapest, Fifa, Football, Newspapers, Russia 2018, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

I never played soccer as a child. Never saw a match. Didn’t own a soccer ball. Never knew anyone who followed the game. The extent of my pre-adult exposure to soccer probably was occasional videotape on ABC’s Wide World of Sports; presumably World Cup highlights; lots of Pele. By the early 1980s, I was the […]

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England and World Cup Trophy: ‘Coming Home’?

July 8th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

England and its relationship to its soccer team has mostly been unhealthy since, say, 1966 — when England won its first and only World Cup championship. During the 30 years that I covered international soccer, 1986 to 2015, I saw England and its team muddle through the same scenario every four years. It was an […]

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Big Belgium Ousts Bitsy Brazil

July 6th, 2018 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Fifa, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

What a curious match Brazil versus Belgium turned out to be. It was a sort of soccer experiment: “What would happen if 11 crazy-fast Munchkins with elite technical skills … met up with 11 mostly big and beefy guys with decent technique but marginal speed and quickness?” The soccer scientists perhaps could have chosen a […]

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Belgium: More than Poirot and Fries w/Mayo?

July 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Belgium is a pretty anonymous country, considering where it is located — bordered by France, Germany and The Netherlands, and just across the water from England. That’s a pretty busy neighborhood, with four countries tourists love to visit. And then there is Belgium. I probably am not unique in this: I have spent a fair […]

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England Wins a Shootout!

July 4th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

I now am a fan of England, at Russia 2018. And not just because the rest of my preferred teams have been eliminated. As noted a few weeks ago, I was around a lot of English soccer, in six-plus years in Abu Dhabi, and if you are a fan of the Premier League, as I […]

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Choose Your Favorite: Messi or Ronaldo?

June 30th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who believe Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world … and those who believe Cristiano Ronaldo is. The World Cup staged a sort of referendum today on what has been decade-long struggle between the players and their fans: Who is better? Who […]

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At World Cup, Only Two Continents Matter

June 28th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

This has been the case since the invention of the World Cup, in 1930: Someone from Europe or South America is going to win … and their finals opponent also will hail from Europe or South America. I became attuned to this quadrennial inevitability (to date) while working in the Persian Gulf for more than […]

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Diego Maradona and Watching a Breakdown Unfold

June 27th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, Maradona, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Got to give it to Diego Maradona. The Argentinian God-handed hero/star/drama queen/double-bird-flipping raving lunatic may be the only man alive whose activities in and around the 2018 World Cup could nearly overshadow Germany being knocked out of the tournament in the group stage today. Nearly. We all know what happened to Germany — that hot […]

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Thank Goodness: Iran Exits World Cup

June 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Iran is out of Russia 2018, and I have heaved a sigh of relief. Just did it again. A big sigh of relief. It has nothing to do with international politics. It has everything to do with the guys representing Iran on the football fields of Russia and all about the ugliest soccer played by […]

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