Well Struck: Previously Well Struck

Tim Vickery: The wonder of Chivas making the Copa Libertadores final

Is Wayne Rooney already too old?

Left Back in the Changing Room’s 11 most pivotal English soccer moments

Futfanatico: EPL preview if the teams were rap artists

Zonal Marking: When three-man back lines go bad

What’s the greenest soccer stadium in the world?

The strangest, possibly most wonderful soccer film ever

James Hamilton’s 11 most pivotal English football moments

Tim Vickery on the importance of derbies in South America

World Cup College: England’s tension between neo-realism and Hobbes’ mechanism

Zonal Marking’s 23-man all-World Cup-side

Soccer Spieler dares look back to name the real Group of Death

Tim Vickery’s advice to Brazil: Hire Leonardo and start attacking

Isn’t it time to take down the World Cup flags?

Said & Done wraps the World Cup: Jack Warner’s noose, how many teachers executive hospitality costs in South Africa would have employed, and the best FIFA expenses ever claimed

Watford Academy: Jockeys + ballet + school = the envy of Europe

Sleep well, Minus the Shooting and World Cup College — you will be missed

Neil W. Blackmon: Normalizing the Thierry Henry signing

Football Management: England’s early World Cup exit boosted English tourism, and other deceptive correlations

This just in: The decline, fall and remaining prostrate of World Cup TV punditry

WSC: In defense of card-waving (sort of)

Zonal Marking’s final World Cup final analysis begins: basic shapes and pressing

Tom Dunmore on the example rugby is setting for soccer on dealing with homophobia

The history of the U-20 Women’s World Cup…now on in Germany

The sOccket ball: Play and plug

James Hamilton asks: What is the connection between poverty and skill on the ball?

Jennifer Doyle and Jason Davis: Is the new Nike ad thanking the USMNT sexist?

Andrew Guest: Stumbling on African voices and views at the World Cup

Jennifer Doyle: Germany still remembers Enke

Why China lags in soccer: A roundtable

Daniel Alarcón on Hand of God II and the tragic luster of Gyan’s second penalty kick

Tim Vickery: The emotional immaturity of Maradona and Dunga

Stefan Fatsis scans the endless horizon of FIFA corruption

Roddy Doyle: England in 2014 Ha Ha Ha

The Run of Play says: Throw away all skeleton keys

Is Argentina’s style Borgesian?

Jennifer Doyle: Reading the World Cup through Moby Dick

FIFA: Reasons to be thankful
Is everyone who appeared in “Write the Future” now cursed?

Jason Davis: Bad referees and the casual fan — on a collision course

Said & Done, Week Two, World Cup: What Sepp Blatter refuses to RT; how JP Morgan predicted England to take it all

The Global Game defends Koman Coulibaly and the impossibility of refereeing

Simon Kuper: Brazil football is like a tribute act

Geoff Shandler/The Goal Post: How John Harkes is killing US soccer

Jennifer Doyle: FIFA’s missed chance to intervene against homophobia

Andrew Guest: Power, vuvuzelas and the invention of tradition

James Lawton: FIFA’s Big Brother act is crumbling

Ben Wallace-Wells/The Goal Post: Why the World Cup beats the Champions League

Pitch Invasion: Why you can’t measure U.S. interest in soccer on the USMNT World Cup ratings

Treasons, Strategems and Spoils: Does schoolmaster Capello just need more time to teach his lessons?

Futfanatico player-rates the US-Slovenia match as if players were microorganisms

Fair Play: Why Vincent Enyeama’s going places

Jonathan Wilson: Mexico, New Zealand and North Korea break the mold

Pitch Invasion: USA uses World Cup 2018 big as a bargaining chip to get 2022

Move over, vuvuzela: Here’s the inflatable Korean clapper

Where the vuvuzela doesn’t reach

Have Britain’s anti-hooliganism laws gone too far?

Tim Vickery: Is Argentina for real?

Sid Lowe’s lit review of Spain’s “lesson in humility”

Organizational culture and national identity in soccer

FIFA now banning anti-Hicks/Gillett banners

Tim Vickery: Is Brazil already in trouble?

Is the vuvuzela just another FIFA import to South Africa?

Raymond Domenech=Kim Jong-il

Tim Vickery: Why euphoria about early results in the World Cup leads to crashing and burning

Even award-winning literary quarterlies are blogging from South Africa now

Pitch Invasion: Where are the goals?

The Jabulani: Consistent ball, inconsistent players

There are two kinds of people I can’t stand: Those who are intolerant of other cultures, and the (arrogant) Dutch

Jason Gay: Let the vuvuzela blow!

Why all right-minded folk should be rooting for Ghana even more (HT: When Saturday Comes)

Said and Done on the World Cup: Coca-Cola and Yahoo shortchange South Africa; if Argentina wins, the winning goal-scorer gets anal sex; FIFA is a charity?

How African is the “African choir” in the ESPN World Cup anthem?

What if it were women’s teams playing in this World Cup draw?

Futfanatico: Rating USMNT players as astronomical bodies

England-USA: The Starks told you they were the most overrated squads in the Cup

What certain USMNT players are playing for

The USMNT: Too much humility?

England: The stages of grief

Zonal Marking’s six fringe players to watch this Cup

A writer’s dilemma: Cool to soccer, hot for the World Cup

Zakumi versus old school World Cup mascots: A soccermetrical analysis

Top bloggers pick the World Cup winner

How the Gaetjans family feels about Mr. Altidore (HT: Soccer Politics)

Eerie parallels between Mexico 1986 and South Africa 2010

When Toronto was a soccer superpower

Spain=Apple: If World Cup teams were corporations

32 World Cup players to watch: Tom Williams’ full, excellent scouting reports.

The Jabulani conforms: So please shut up about it

Everything you’ve heard about Johannesburg is wrong

Match Fit USA’s Formula XI: USA loses in the quarters, in the top 5 by 2022

Mario Balotelli: On ghosts, religion, and how long can he be alone before freaking out

Don’t bother telling people that soccer is better than other sports

German MNT starts to sing the national anthem

Pythagoras says: Red Bulls overrated, all other MLS teams about where they are

Analytics for the World Cup: There’s an app for that

If Fuck You, Penguin covered the World Cup

Not available online: The Portage zine

FC St. Pauli: Like that “Mad Men” episode where Don Draper smokes pot with the hippies

Why the Glazer’s talk of “fully committed” and “not for sale” is just foreplay

Martin Samuel: Will Platini’s plan actually reinforce European club inequality?

Why England’s World Cup songs had to end

Andrew Guest’s resources for an African World Cup

Whom to root for when your second favorite country no longer exists

mlssoccer.com, two months in: “painfully exasperating,” “subpar,” “far to go”

Can the Five Pound Football Club succeed where MyFC failed?

World Cup. Milwaukee. Games on.

Why Ban Ki-Moon, the International Criminal Court, and victims of conflict in Africa will be playing a little match

Sex for World Cuppers: Myth, science and George Best

Why even Togo versus South Korea stops the world’s spinning

Belgium: It’s just easier to hate France

Greece: Why tactical nous won’t be enough

Spain: Everything is too perfect

Mourinho is good-looking…and that’s important

Lucio: From hothead to force of nature

Africa’s flair problem

The secret to Steve McClaren’s success

A happy ending for Chester

A short history of contemporary violence at PSG

Total Football, Dutch architecture, “space” in The Netherlands, Barthes, Levi-Strauss, Lacan

Manchester United: Suddenly one-dimensional

How the Bradford Fire marked the beginning of the end for English football’s decline

The latest bad investment fad among sportsmen: Hair replacement

Wallace & Gromit: The Hand of Dog

Said & Done: The 2009-10 Awards

Podcasts of Eduardo Galeano reading from Soccer in Sun and Shadow

Dashiell Hammettt on Chelsea-Wigan

2011: Will the Benitez Era seem like a golden age?

Final Pythagorean for EPL: Chelsea still wins! (But how did Wigan stay up?)

Didier Drogba just can’t let Marseille go

Not the usual “Why Tottenham Have Failed Again” piece

Simply the worst portrait of a soccer player, ever

USA 1950: It was complicated

Why politicians should keep their dirty mitts away from the game

Tom Meagher calls for a new delivery model for soccer news

Further Football’s Premier League 2009-10 tactical review

Russia: Where English football hooliganism lives

When Northeast England lost its mojo

The World Cup Trophy now has a Louis Vuitton case

Tulevik Viljandi: Antidote for the boring team badge

A day in the life of Yael Averbuch, Sky Blue FC: living at home, driving 2001 Honda with 120,000 miles, happy as a clam

A P/E valuation for fantasy soccer

Is Blikkiesdorp the District 9 of World Cup 2010? Maybe.

An interactive rival to Bill’s Sports Maps

Reasons to keep Mourinho away from Man Utd

The most boring side in history?

Refunds: Nice idea…but where would it end?

Liverpool/Everton: The Siamese stadia plan

Takeshi Okada does it again

Recorded human history now has a new lightest boot ever

We always thought CR9 was a little stiff

A sexy soccer bar grows in Brooklyn

Why the 39th fixture must be stopped

Your new Oceania Champions League champions: Papua New Guinea’s Hekari United

An uncompromising new ad campaign for WPS

A complete list of pre-Cup friendlies

I have to admit, I needed this: US World Cup Soccer history, 1930-1950

On the 12th anniversary of the suicide of the only openly gay British professional player…not much has changed regarding football’s homophobia

It’s not your father’s favorite rap band’s Compton anymore…and it needs some soccer fields

Sepp Watch: Greatest denial ever; taste in bling

Nike stops short of body painting to sell the new USMNT jersey

Tim Vickery’s Brazil Serie A preview: Part 1 and Part 2

Was Mourinho that smart — or was Guardiola that dumb?

Guillem Balague’s Sophie’s Choice: Messi or Mourinho?

Why Inter’s run through the Champions League means nothing to Italy

Please understand the word catenaccio before using it

How will Qatar’s air-conditioned, open-air, carbon-neutral World Cup stadia work? (HT: du Nord)

Bill’s Sports Maps does the Copa Libertadores Round of 16

Will the island of Jersey leave FIFA limbo soon?

The awe-inspiringly thorough Chicago Fire Soccer Club Supporters’ Charter (including thorough explanation of the “Stand and Deliver” slogan)

Noel Bailie plays his 1,000th game for Linfield

The Bulgarian Cup, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath

Now in the Cruyff doghouse: Ibrahimovic, Mourinho

North Korea: A known soccer quantity

Kofi Annan on the World Cup’s powers to heal and surprise

The accountants handling Portsmouth’s administration tout their relegation turnaround expertise

The UK has its first purpose-built stadium for women’s football

The “I am England” campaign debuts

Parachute payments for the relegated?

Evo Morales scores a hat trick…and then another

Disturbing sacrifices come easily to World Cup title-hungry fans

Mutiny among senior staffers at MUFC (HT: The Andresred Blog)

The World Cup ball: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (HT: Scissors Kick)

Imagine Fake Sigi’s reaction to the Sounders’ 3rd kit

Calciopoli returns…and Inter could be next

Why did Aaron Mokoena dress up like a girl?

Amputee football among Angolans injured in that country’s civil war

Protect yourself from malware when watching the World Cup online

Ogden Nash does La Liga

Some “off-season” for the Milwaukee Wave

The Bayern win over MUFC — in stop-action Lego

MLS: The head-hunting epidemic

The best World Cup ad yet

Claude Anelka, ruining yet another club

Trailer for The Two Escobars

Stoichkov: “Only a machine gun can stop Messi”

Why DC United is a steaming pile of poo

What the hell is Fla-Flu?

The best #Messi tweets during Arsenal Deux

An American owner Brits seem to love (HT: du Nord)

Mr. Moneyball admires Mr. Wenger (HT: du Nord)

Now live on your iPhone: The Chicago Red Stars

Developing an alternative McLeish report

Why 3+1=a better tomorrow for Asian football

FIFA bans the hijab

The Run of Play returns

Why a European Superleague is inevitable

Touting the Champions League: a report from the front lines

The Greek government stops funding the Super League

Are these photos of a World Cup concentration camp?

Roy Keane decides to shut up

Jamaica’s National Stadium is labeled “a death trap” (HT: du Nord)

Your worldwide match-fixing update

The most dysfunctional club in Europe

For your cubicle: A World Cup 2010 wall chart

Why the USA needs Match of the Day

Red Bull Arena: Louder than an airplane

Barcelona ’08-’09: The second-best team of the decade?

Three ways to make the Europa League better/good/worth caring about/slightly more interesting than “Frontline”

How Sir Alex is winning his war against the BBC (and the secret weapon he’s used to do it)

The exceedingly odd Lincoln Ladies FC logo (HT: Pitch Invasion)

You wish someone could rein in football spending. Be careful what you wish for.

Don’t look now, but here comes Uruguay!

South African airline continues to mock FIFA’s World Cup licensing stranglehold

Four reasons why you don’t want the F.A. chief executive job

The 5 worst EPL stadiums for away fans

The Red Knights have been good for Man Utd’s bond price

Calling bullshit on Milan Lab

Top 10 soccer iPhone apps

Calm down — your 2010 World Cup stickers will be here shortly

Is indoor soccer dead?

Bolton’s cheerleading uniforms = Anti-Kickette

Break up Durham City! They win to go 1-0-27

Strike? The lowest-paid players in MLS players (they already undoubtedly have second jobs)

If “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” were a VISA World Cup ad

For once and for all, here are the 5 real reasons NASL went under

Plans for Gary Neville’s green Mini Me headquarters hit a snag

Canadian cultural history, through soccer

When England banned women from playing football (video circa 1921)

New study: Black and mixed-race players commit more fouls…but are booked less than whites

If you had Rio to get Becks’ shirt, your $1 is now $7

The music you should be listening to when you go to WC 2010

An American encounters the very post-modern Gillette Soccer Saturday

Here’s the only non-FIFA man in the world who thinks FIFA got the goal-line tech call right

CR9 remakes ‘The Lady from Shanghai’ ending — alas, without Rita Hayworth

The Voice of God does Tampa Bay Rowdies highlights

The 1973 England-Poland classic gets what it always lacked: a classical music soundtrack

How the new Melbourne Heart FC crowdsourced its name…but stumbled on its logo

Desperation for a glimpse at Fox Soccer Plus HD approaches iPad-like levels

5 questions to ask your club’s owners (when you see them next at the pub)

A rather dangerous corner kick (complete with riot police)

Why Brazil’s referees now carry thermometers

Forget pitch invasions — home invasions strike the EPL (and not always when you’re on the road!)

Joan LaPorta: Gràcies a tots pel vostre suport

Why the paradinha could be the scourge of the World Cup

The Man Utd grassrooters hire Obama’s online gurus to help their tea party

The World Cup: Bad for animal welfare

Does the bond market think Manchester United is for sale?

Decline of the Press, Exhibit 10,987: Did Ashley Cole say “F***ing hell, my life is ruined” or “Just **** off, my life has been ruined” or “F*** off – you’re scum, you’ve ruined my life”?

Let’s get our new car loan from Portsmouth FC

Is this new Pepsi/World Cup ad cute, or culturally condescending? (At least to short Argentine strikers?)

One play, three defenders down

Defending your Women’s Professional Soccer crown? Do 10 pull-ups, 50 head juggles, 100 volleys off the wall, bench press your weight — then watch Chuck
Norris. Repeat daily.

When Africanized bees attack a football match (starts at about 1:12; the exterminator arrives at 2:50)

Even sickly Chernobyl children root for Arsenal

Man Utd. as the Green Bay Packers (right down to the green and gold)?

Anybody up for a road trip to Tom Tomsk?

Arshavin’s mullet

Craven Cottage has a neutrals’ section — and no, no one gets hurt

The soccer ball of the future: a chameleon with an onboard camera (watch out, Thierry Henry)

Jens Lehmann: teacher, mother, secret lover

Possibly the most beautiful (which is possibly a code word) boots ever

Top 7 Commodore 64 soccer games ever