Kicking And Screaming
The tournament so far
Here are a few things you might not read in the Russian and Qatari media about the World's Most Easily Purchased Sporting Event, writes David Hirshey.
By resorting to brutish physical tactics, the Dutch had hoped to take the Spaniards out of their carefully calibrated rhythm, and for 116 minutes it worked, David Hirshey writes.
Ever since his father bought me a red jersey with yellow trim to wear with pride at the 1982 World Cup, I have supported La Furia Roja, David Hirshey writes.
OK, so it isn't over yet, but before the final vuvuzela blows Sunday, here's what we can take away from the World Cup, David Hirshey writes.
Who have been the best players, position for position, at the World Cup? David Hirshey picks his dream starting 11.
The South Americans might have eclipsed the Europeans in flair, swagger and supermodels per capita, but when it comes to the World Cup, it's still Europe uber alles, David Hirshey writes.
Will the Brazil-Netherlands quarterfinal be worthy of a final? Quite possibly, because it doesn't get much better than the progenitors of Joga Bonito against the avatars of Total Football, writes David Hirshey.