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  1. Barça Bluster: How Can a Team With Neymar, Messi, and Su&a...

    Mike L. Goodman

    What do you call a team that's one point out of first with 20 games to play? A side that's conceded six fewer goals than the second-stingiest defense in the country? A club that's breezed through the early stages of both...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  2. Messi Money: Who Could Take the World’s Best Player Off of ...

    Mike L. Goodman

    As far as being Lionel Messi goes, it's been an up-and-down couple of weeks. This past Saturday, Messi broke the all-time La Liga scoring record with three goals against Sevilla. But just a week before he became King of La Liga, the Argenti...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  3. Star Wars: El Clásico Puts Ronaldo, Neymar, Suárez,...

    Mike L. Goodman

    We'll resume your regularly scheduled teeth gnashing over the weird state of the Premier League table at a later date (I see you, West Ham and Manchester United). Right now, it's all about El Clasico. Everybody loves El Cl&...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  4. The Ball Is the End: Assessing Lionel Messi’s Career on the...

    Brian Phillips

    Lionel Messi played in his first competitive match for FC Barcelona 10 years ago this month, on October 16, 2004. He was already famous, of course, among the hardest-core coterie of Barça fanciers, the types who write forum posts about trainin...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  5. Quiet Steps: A New-Look Barcelona and Messi Embrace the Old Ways

    Mike L. Goodman

    The reports of Barcelona's death may have been greatly exaggerated. This season has started as perfectly as possible. Any worries after a scoreless draw at Malaga last week were swept aside by Lionel Messi & Co. when th...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  6. The Barcelona Identity Crisis

    Mike L. Goodman

    You cannot talk about Barcelona without talking about Pep Guardiola. Still. This is a problem, because Pep Guardiola currently works at Bayern Munich. It's been two seasons since he patrolled the sidelines at the Camp Nou, but Barcelona rem...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  7. 5 Lessons From the 2014 World Cup

    Mike L. Goodman

    I haven't quite hit the acceptance point in my five stages of World Cup-ending grief. Maybe if I just keep writing about it, the World Cup will come back. (That makes this the bargaining stage, I guess.) As I refuse to let go, her...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  8. Full Time: Fading Images of the World Cup

    Brian Phillips

    Watching sports is, among other things, a special way of experiencing time. Sport is like music or fiction or film in that, for a predetermined duration, it asks you to give it control over your emotions, to feel what it makes you feel. Unlike (most)...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  9. We Went There: The World Cup Final

    Graham Parker

    I was woken on the morning of the World Cup final by the same sound I heard when I had gone to sleep: the raucous singing of "Bad Moon Rising," recast as the ultimate graceless guest anthem by Argentine fans. While wandering through Copaca...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  10. About Last Weekend: Farewell to the Cup

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy trying to figure out how to drink out of a solid gold soccer ball, here are the top six stories you missed in sports last weekend: Mario Götze's extra-time strike gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina in a tens...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  11. World Cup Pass & Move: Germany Wins It All

    Grantland Staff

    The World Cup came to a close on Sunday, with Germany defeating Argentina in extra time, 1-0, in Rio's Maracanã Stadium. Here, five Grantland writers look at five important characters from the match. Be sure to check out all of our c...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  12. A Tactical Preview of the World Cup Final

    Mike L. Goodman

    For all the surprises this World Cup has offered up, from Algeria being awesome to Italy and England apparently missing the plane to Brazil in the first place, the final matchup shouldn't come as much of shock. Ge...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  13. Man vs. Machine

    Brian Phillips

    T his can't be happening. At around the moment when Toni Kroos fired Philipp Lahm's cross past the diving Julio Cesar for Germany's third goal against Brazil, that thought started blinking in my brain like the ...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  14. World Cup Pass & Move: Semi-Charmed Lives

    Grantland Staff

    Two semifinal matches, one penalty shootout, one plain old one-sided shootout. As the World Cup draws to a close, we look at some of the characters who made the semifinal round so wonderful, weird, glorious, ponderous, and heartbreaking. Chris...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  15. World Cup Players to Know: Argentina Goalkeeper Sergio Romero

    Noah Davis

    In the John Hughes high school class version of Argentina's national team, Lionel Messi is the quiet, smiling genius who wins over all the teachers through his sheer brilliance. Angel di Maria plays the fragile cello prodigy, perfo...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  16. The World Cup USMNT Replacement Team Power Rankings

    Mike L. Goodman

    Our team is dead, long live our team. The U.S. has gone home, but that doesn't mean the soccer fun is over at the World Cup. With the quarterfinals starting on Friday, here's your guide to picking a bandwagon to jump on for the re...

    Blog | July 03, 2014