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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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Germany, and the Least-Celebrated Fantastic Finish

June 23rd, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Germany, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Germany’s do-or-die, last-kick-wonder-goal, 2-1 victory over Sweden tonight was perhaps the best match, so far, in the 2018 World Cup. It also may be the least popular result, so far, among global soccer fans. Two concepts that call for further reflection.

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

June 21st, 2018 · 1 Comment · Fifa, Football, France, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

The great Gary Larson, creator of the incisive and usually funny-as-hell one-panel cartoon known as the Far Side, has often been on my mind, as the 2018 World Cup enters its second week. One cartoon, in particular. It shows several hugely obese people, relatives, I think we are meant to understand, sitting on a porch […]

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Landon Donovan’s Tough Week

June 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

And it’s only Tuesday! It has been a rocky few days for Landon Donovan, maybe the greatest player in American soccer history and, at the moment, maybe the most controversial. On Saturday, came theĀ  Twitter ad in which Landon is holding a green scarf with lettering that reads: “My other team is Mexico” … and […]

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A World Cup Street Fight

June 16th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Just saw a memorable match in the 2018 Russia World Cup. It may go largely unnoticed, given that earlier in the day Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and Argentina was held to a draw by tiny (but doughty) Iceland, population 350,000 … and even earlier France fought off the gritty Aussies in a 2-1 […]

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Best of Times: Group Stage at the World Cup

June 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, World Cup

This is as good as it gets, in world sports. More diverse than an Olympics. Far wider global interest than in cricket or rugby or basketball. The first two rounds of the Fifa World Cup soccer group stage. Eleven consecutive days, this time around, at the 2018 Russia World Cup, of 32 teams still with […]

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Today’s List: My Five World Cup Favorites

June 13th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, Germany, Lists, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

I find it nearly impossible to be a neutral observer in any competition. Give me five minutes in a game involving teams I don’t know … and I will have a favorite. It could be about geography or playing style or history, but I will have made a choice. A girlfriend from a long, long […]

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Seeing Real Madrid Thrill a Tiny Spanish Town

May 26th, 2018 · No Comments · Champions League, Football, soccer, Spain, World Cup

So, four of us pilgrims set off on the Camino de Santiago this morning, marching 22 kilometers in about seven hours and 37,000 steps. In other news … the little Spanish town where we halted for the day went slightly crazy tonight as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in an eventful Uefa Champions League final. […]

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Victory for the Status Quo: What Now for U.S. Soccer?

February 12th, 2018 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, soccer, World Cup

A former colleague who is involved in grassroots soccer may still be in mourning. He was adamant that the U.S. Soccer Federation needed new blood at the top … but the presidential election over the weekend went the way of the two establishment candidates, with the former federation vice president and Goldman Sachs partner (no, […]

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Today’s List: Ten 2017 Sports Events That Popped into My Head

December 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, College football, Dodgers, Fifa, Football, Lakers, Lists, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, UAE, UCLA, USC, World Cup

This is not an exercise in academic rigor. I did not have someone sitting with a note pad writing down literally the first 10 facts I could recall pertaining to sports in 2017. But … it is a fairly accurate recreation of a fairly quick trip through my brain to see what stuck from the […]

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