The Longform Guide to the World Cup
It's finally here! The 2014 World Cup kicks off today, with Brazil taking on Croatia. If you're looking for something to read between matches, here is a collection of our favorite articles on the tournament, sponsored by our favorite video game: EA SPORTS FIFA WORLD CUP.
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The Legend of Les Elephants
How the Ivory Coast national team helped end the country’s civil war.
Soccer, Made in America
How coach Jurgen Klinsmann, “soccer’s Alexis de Tocqueville,” is trying to give the US an identity.
Nothing Can Stay Buried
A profile of Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic, who has come home after escaping the war more than 20 years ago.
The Dream-Time of the World Cup
“Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.”
Diamonds in the Rough
Pelé, Garrincha, and the two souls of Brazilian soccer.
The Burden of Being Messi
On the complicated relationship between the world's best player and his homeland.