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Why Must Americans Clean Up a Foreign Sport?

Soccer is the top sport in just about every country except this one. So who is picking up the tab to restore decency to the national sport of other countries? The U.S. taxpayer.

June 2, 2015

U.S. Corruption Probe Rocks FIFA As Football Officials Held

The dawn detention of several FIFA leaders and a corruption raid on its headquarters on Wednesday rocked world football’s governing body two days before its leader Sepp Blatter seeks a new term.

May 27, 2015

U.S. World Cup Star Beasley Signs With Dynamo

Houston (AFP) — U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley, who last month became the first American to play in four World Cups, has signed with the Houston Dynamo, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday. Dynamo traded midfielder Warren Creaville to Toronto on Wednesday in order to obtain rights to sign Beasley, who started all four matches […]

July 24, 2014

Germany Celebrates

July 17, 2014

Brazil Celebrates Rival Argentina’s World Cup Defeat

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilians bitter about their team’s disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give the Germans a […]

July 14, 2014

Goetze Strikes As Germany Win World Cup

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Mario Goetze scored a superb extra-time winner as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to become the first European team to win a World Cup held in South America on Sunday. Bayern Munich star Goetze struck in the 113th minute to finally break Argentina’s resistance as Lionel Messi’s dream of emulating Diego […]

July 13, 2014

Romero Shootout Saves Send Argentina To Final

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties in a shootout with the Netherlands on Wednesday to take his country through to the World Cup final for the first time since 1990. Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat the Dutch 4-2 in a penalty shootout after their cagey semi-final in Sao Paulo finished goalless. […]

July 9, 2014

Germany Crushes Brazil In Record 7-1 Win

Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (AFP) – Germany crushed shambolic World Cup hosts Brazil with a record 7-1 defeat on Tuesday to book their place in the tournament final in a match that shook football’s superpower to the core. Brazil were booed by their fans and gathered shell-shocked on the Mineirao pitch with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari […]

July 8, 2014

Belgium Overcome American Resistance To Reach Quarters

Salvador (Brazil) (AFP) – Extra time goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sent Belgium into the World Cup quarter-finals for first time in 28 years with a 2-1 win over the United States on Tuesday. American keeper Tim Howard had made a string of fine saves to keep Marc Wilmots’ men at bay […]

July 1, 2014

Suarez Urged To Seek Professional Help Over Biting

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Luis Suarez faced mounting calls to seek professional treatment on Friday as the banned Uruguay striker’s bite victim claimed his punishment had been too harsh. Suarez returned home to a hero’s welcome in Montevideo on Friday after being kicked out of the World Cup for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. […]

June 27, 2014

This Week In Crazy: The World Cup Is A(nother) Liberal Plot, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,”  The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Ann Coulter Have you enjoyed the United States’ thrilling run into the knockout stage of the World Cup? If so, you are ruining America. […]

June 27, 2014

Klinsmann Revels In U.S. Advance To Last 16

Recife (Brazil) (AFP) – United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann saluted his team’s advance to the World Cup second round after a 1-0 defeat to Germany saw the Americans into the last 16 here Thursday. The Americans were written off as contenders to qualify from Group G, which also contained Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and African giants […]

June 26, 2014

It’s Germany vs. U.S… In Low-Earth Orbit

Paris (AFP) — In space, no-one can hear you scream ‘GOOAAALLL!’ But this did not deter German and U.S. astronauts from facing off in a zero-gravity kickabout aboard the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of their countries’ earthly World Cup encounter. A video released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday shows Alexander Gerst […]

June 26, 2014

Americans Fall To Germany, Move To Knockout Stage In World Cup

Recife (Brazil) (AFP) – Thomas Mueller fired an unstoppable 20 meter shot to give Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday and top spot in World Cup Group G. The United States, coached by former German boss Jurgen Klinsmann, also went through to the last 16 despite the 1-0 defeat in rain-sodden […]

June 26, 2014

Klinsmann In Letter To U.S. Bosses: Give World Cup Time-Off

Washington (AFP) – Team USA have gone to unusual lengths to get the soccer-skeptical country behind their World Cup campaign. Ahead of the United States’ make-or-break clash with the mighty Germany in Brazil on Thursday, the official U.S. Soccer Twitter feed sent out to its more than one million followers a letter ostensibly from coach […]

June 26, 2014

Brazilian Enclave Takes Root, Boosted By World Cup

By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — This corner of the Westside is one of Los Angeles’ most unlikely ethnic enclaves. During the 1994 World Cup, Brazilian soccer fans flooded the Zabumba nightclub restaurant to watch their home country win the sold-out championship game about 20 miles away in Pasadena. So many Brazilians […]

June 26, 2014

Suarez Faces World Cup Ban Over Bite

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Football disciplinary chiefs gathered evidence against Luis Suarez on Wednesday as calls mounted for the Uruguay star to be kicked out of the World Cup after his latest biting storm. The Liverpool striker shocked the footballing world when he sank his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 […]

June 25, 2014

Team USA World Cup Match Scores With American Viewers

Washington (AFP) — Sunday’s dramatic World Cup match between the United States and Portugal may have ended in a disappointing 2-2 draw for Team USA, but it was a record-setter on U.S. television. Cable sports network ESPN said Monday the late-afternoon game pulled an average 18.2 million viewers to become “the most-viewed soccer match in […]

June 24, 2014

USA’s Altidore Out For Germany Game

Sao Paulo (AFP) — USA striker Jozy Altidore will miss this week’s group finale with Germany but remains hopeful of returning from injury to play again in this World Cup, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday. The 24-year-old pulled up painfully during the USA’s win over Ghana on June 16, but Klinsmann said he hoped to […]

June 24, 2014

4 Arrested When Fans Spill Onto Street After Mexico World Cup Win

By Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Police on horseback, backed by officers clad in riot gear, arrested at least four people after crowds of fans spilled onto the streets Monday evening in Huntington Park to celebrate Mexico’s World Cup victory. The fans, many of them waving Mexican flags, […]

June 24, 2014

Islamist World Cup

June 23, 2014

Last-Gasp Portugal Deny U.S. Shock Win At The World Cup

Manaus (Brazil) (AFP) – Portugal snatched a dramatic equalizer deep into injury time to force a 2-2 draw with the United States and keep their World Cup hopes flickering on Sunday. Varela headed in a cross from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time at the Amazonia Arena in […]

June 23, 2014

England Out As Costa Rica Go Through

Recife (Brazil) (AFP) – Bryan Ruiz’s goal in the first-half sealed England’s elimination from the World Cup and saw Costa Rica progress to the last 16 with a fine 1-0 win over Italy in Recife on Friday. Ruiz struck right at the end of the opening period after the Costa Ricans had a valid appeal […]

June 20, 2014

Suarez Double Puts England On The Brink

Sao Paulo (AFP) – A brilliant double strike by Luis Suarez put England on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit as Uruguay won 2-1 in a tense Group D match Thursday. Suarez, back in action just four weeks after knee surgery, put Uruguay ahead with a 39th-minute header before Wayne Rooney equalized with […]

June 19, 2014

Spain Mourns World Cup Exit, More Victims In Line

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Defending champions Spain slumped into mourning over their disastrous World Cup exit on Thursday ahead of a clash between England and Uruguay that could see another famous name fatally wounded. A picture of midfielder Andres Iniesta, his head in his hands after the 2-0 defeat by Chile, symbolized the end […]

June 19, 2014