Tag: Soccer

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Reflections on Villaplane

A French soccer star's rise and fall from sports to cons to the Nazi Party.

"I watched, horrified, as she let Villaplane into her home, followed by three other men. I took aim, putting my finger on the trigger of my pistol. Then I remembered the Communist Party order not to assassinate individuals, and as the door closed, I ran to find my friends. It was too late: they had been arrested by the Brigade Nord-Africaine. An Arabic soldier pointed a gun at me, telling me to give up any weapons and join the others. My comrades and I were marched to a ditch and ordered to line up with our hands on our heads. I stood on the far right as three men in SS uniform marched into view."

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Running the Lines for Fulgence

In a Haitian tent city, a referee prepares for a soccer game.

"Almost unconsciously, I began gathering various items from the tent: my official registration card, a couple of Fox whistles, two pairs of black socks, a black undershirt, an armband, two flags, my kangaroo-leather turf shoes, and then three different jerseys that I had so painstakingly preserved. I stuffed all of this into an Agency sack, which I normally used for collecting my ration of nourimil cereal."

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Last Champions of the Third Reich

The story of the 1944 German national soccer championship game.

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The World's Team

How FC Barcelona became the most successful - and most beloved - club in soccer.

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The Beautiful Game

In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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Here & Gone

On the strange relationship between Lionel Messi and his Argentinian hometown.

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Follow the Money

The evolution and economics of English football.

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Let It Fly

A profile of Mo Isom, a former goalie on the LSU women’s soccer team now trying to kick for the football team.

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A Soccer Prodigy, at Home in Brazil

“Calça de veludo ou bunda de fora.” Why Neymar, one of the world’s best talents hasn’t taken the money and run.

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Short-Fused and Explosive

A profile of Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli.

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Family of former soccer pro can’t accept shame of suicide ruling

The controversy surrounding the death of Uche Okafor.

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All the World is Staged

Catching “the world’s most prolific criminal fixer of soccer matches.”