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Wright Thompson

14 articles

While The World Watched

The World Cup and Argentina’s “Dirty War.”


Portrait of a Serial Winner

A profile of Luis Suarez.


Nothing Can Stay Buried

A profile of Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic, who has come home after escaping the war more than 20 years ago.


Generation June

Brazil’s restless youth in the lead-up to the World Cup.


When the Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.


Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building

A profile of Jordan at 50.


Here & Gone

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


17 Days in November

Two brothers dreamed of baseball stardom. One would end up killing the other.


Urban Meyer will be home for dinner

A new chapter for Ohio State’s football coach.


The Kid Who Wasn't There

An investigation into the true identity of a high school basketball player.


Slumdog Golfer

 The same forces that put his family in the slum also gave him the golf course on the other side of the wall, and the teachers and sponsors, and the strange ability to hit a ball with a club. But it still doesn't make sense. Sometimes it seems as if fate is wrestling with itself, making sure the circumstances of his birth are always conspiring to take away whatever gifts might allow him to escape it. He lives in two worlds, each one pulling away from the other. Anil is in the middle, trying to keep his balance.

Shadow Boxing

Searching for Jimmy Robinson, a boxer who fought Muhammad Ali in 1961, then disappeared.


Who Is This Guy?

A profile of Ernie Adams, Bill Belichick’s mysterious right hand man.


The Dividing Line

On the day of the earthquake, two men went into Haiti’s Soccer Federation headquarters. Only one came out.