Why a Soccer Star Is Happy to Leave the Sport
Per Mertesacker walks away.
Per Mertesacker walks away.
A profile of Chuck Blazer, “the man who built — and bilked — American soccer.”
Blazer died this week at 72.
Seven months ago, an underdog Brazilian soccer team boarded a plane to play the game of their lives. They never made it.
How Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government has woven soccer into its grisly campaign of oppression.
Cyril the Swan was the mascot for a low-level soccer club in the UK. He was known for fighting with other mascots. And refs. And opposing coaches. He also saved the club’s financial fortunes. Then the nine-foot-tall bird became the prime suspect in a serious assault.
What it takes to defect from the military state of one of the world’s youngest countries.
The intricate dance between highly organized ultras fan organizations, the teams they support, and the mafia for control of the center of curva and the lucrative ticket-touting opportunities that come with it.
In the city of Rosario, some fans have evolved into a mafia with an illicit cash flow and a stable of hit men. A look inside their homicidal turf war.
How Sepp Blatter controlled soccer.
Billionaire Marcelo Claure wants to help David Beckham bring professional soccer to South Florida. He just doesn't want to talk about it.
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."
The World Cup and Argentina’s “Dirty War.”
A profile of Luis Suarez.
How coach Jurgen Klinsmann, “soccer’s Alexis de Tocqueville,” is trying to give the US an identity.
“Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.”
A profile of Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic, who has come home after escaping the war more than 20 years ago.
Policing Tottenham Hotspur fans.
A trip to Turkey for a soccer game between bitter rivals and its accompanying madness.
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."
How the children of African immigrants came to control the destiny of teams in France and Belgium and what it says about European identity.
A trip to the 2022 World Cup host nation.
Brazil’s restless youth in the lead-up to the World Cup.
What did soccer have to do with two brutal murders after a pickup game?
A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.
How a longtime gambling addict and a small band of his cronies manipulated both the game and betting exchanges from a tiny Berlin cafe, going as far as buying ownerships of teams in order to insure their failure.