Did We Overlook The Cracks In The German Midfield?
The goal wasn't a singular instance; Germany's midfield got passed over on multiple occasions, leaving Mexican attackers in space, with the ball at their feet. Read more »
How Has Soccer Changed Since The 2014 World Cup?
So much can change during a four-year cycle. We look to the club game for cues on on the direction of international football, yet the current dominant pressing style is difficult to pull off in this format. Read more »
Can Senegal Become Africa's First Team To Reach The World Cup Semis?
African football has always been filled with big names. And while no African side has gone further than the quarterfinals in the World Cup, the lack of results are not due to individual talent. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 2018 World Cup (10-1)
The top-10 unsurprisingly includes Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. Read more »
Spain Discombobulated On The Eve Of The World Cup
Spain fired Julen Lopetegui and if the players pull this off, it will mean making it up as they go along, playing only for each other and furiously against the myopic suits who have put them in this predicament. Read more »
Roberto Martinez Sacrifices Individual Talent To Build Team Belgium
Belgium are sixth choice as favorites from a betting perspective, the highest on a list for a country that previously hasn't won the World Cup. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 2018 World Cup (20-11)
On Kevin de Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Manuel Neuer and more. Read more »
Can Oscar Tabarez & Uruguay Make Another Semifinals In Russia?
The familial bond that runs through the national side is their defining feature. Uruguay's stability begins at the top, with manager Oscar Tabarez in his 12th season as national team manager. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 2018 World Cup (30-21)
On Kylian Mbappe, Son Heung-Min, David De Gea, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Keylor Navas and more. Read more »
Can Jorge Sampaoli Get The Most Out Of Lionel Messi?
Jorge Sampaoli is playing with house money in Russia. His true impact for Argentina will be shaped over the following years heading into 2022. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 2018 World Cup (40-31)
Sadio Mane, Roberto Martinez, Xherdan Shaquiri and Alex Iwobi headline the second set of our Essential 50. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 2018 World Cup (50-41)
Dele Alli, Maya Yoshida, Alisson and Aliou Cisse open up our list of the Essential 50. Read more »
Italy, Holland, USA Respond For 2022
The initial aftermath led to debates about the future of soccer in each country, and an optimism that governing bodies treat the cause and not just the symptom with a new, modern approach to tactics and player development. Read more »
Cristiano Ronaldo's Ongoing Obsession With Résumé And Measurables
Cristiano Ronaldo deserves everything he gets. Titles and criticism, glory and side-eye. Read more »
Ten Key Players Of The 2018 Champions League Final
Running through each side's potential starting XI, Liverpool's defense and midfield look outmatched on an individual level against Real Madrid. But that is the art of Klopp building a side whose sum is bigger than its parts. Read more »
City And Liverpool Double Down On Their Record-Breaking Seasons
As Liverpool and City build upon last season's foundation to become an even more extreme version of what brought them success, the rest of the Premier League is caught in the middle in more ways than one. Read more »
Gerrard, Vieira And The Ever-Winding Road Back To The Premier League
There are only the basic principles: make mistakes now. Learn and pay for them, but not so much. Understand how to handle supporters and the media. And ultimately, return to the league they once defined. Read more »
Simone Inzaghi, Igli Tare & Lazio: The Race To 100 Goals On A Budget
Simone Inzaghi, more well known at the time as the younger brother of Filippo Inzaghi, implemented a unique 5-3-1-1 formation with an emphasis on direct, counter attacking play that takes advantage of his squad's strengths. Read more »
Real Madrid's Psychic Immensity
Real Madrid blend together what's real and what's legend. Hell, they use it to their advantage. Read more »
Iniesta, Torres & The Remnants Of Spain's Golden Generation
It wasn't just about winning trophies, but how they were won. Andres Iniesta brought the control, Fernando Torres the goal. Read more »