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Explaining Soccer

Mike Dwyer asked us to explain the appeal of soccer. Here’s my attempt, using a goal the Netherlands’ Robin Van Persie scored today. First watch the video of the goal, then I’ll break it down to show how it happened. Beautiful, right? In fact that’s going to be one of the highlight goals of the…

Linky Friday #57

Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!

Soccer Shocker

Bob Bradley re-signs (rather than resigns) with the USA Men’s National Team for another World Cup Cycle.  I think this is a better move than getting Jurgen Klinnsman, who I think would have proven little more than a high-priced disappointment, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s the right move for either party.  Don’t get me wrong…

Why I watch soccer

The weekend beckons, so I thought I’d write something about the World Cup. At his personal blog, Jonathan Last links to a pretty apt take-down of soccer evangelists he wrote in 2002, when Americans were in the grip of another pseudo-World Cup craze.* I say ‘pseudo’ because despite its best efforts, the media-industrial complex is…

Your 2010 World Cup Primer

From The Unlikely Fan, a great series on the history of the World Cup and an entertaining post comparing the history of each country’s national squad to professional American teams. For the highbrow set (read: liberals), TNR has kicked off (get it?) a group soccer blog with some good stuff on Maradona and Mexico.

The Roster Is Unveiled

Bob Bradley just announced the final cuts for the US’ World Cup squad.  I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that Bradley took the comparatively unheralded Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez over Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson.  Without Charlie Davies, Bradley’s options at striker were generally uninspiring, but I think he made a wise…