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  1. Van Gaalogy 101

    Brian Phillips

    The first time Louis van Gaal pulled his pants down in front of his players happened in -- but hang on; let's walk that back a second. The first time Louis van Gaal pulled his pants down in front of his players that we know of happened in 2009, ...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  2. 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
  3. About Last Night: Battle of the Bay

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy parking your fleet of car-carrying trucks in LeBron James's driveway while you asked him if you could take a leak in his foyer, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Wednesday: Jason Hammel&rsq...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  4. World Cup Pass & Move: Weekend Warriors

    Grantland Staff

    This past weekend saw quite a few footballing fireworks in Brazil. There were brilliant tactical decisions, gravely important injuries, near upsets, penalty shootouts, and Mothra landed on James Rodriguez's arm. As a way of looking b...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Stop Making Sense

    Brian Phillips

    Should we talk about where we've just been? The group stage was one coup after another, a sequence of thrilling games that gradually dismantled the existing order of international soccer. The last two world champions died in their baths. Italy, ...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  7. Crime and Punishment: Should the Penalty Kick Spot Be Moved Back?...

    Kirk Goldsberry

    Yesterday in Fortaleza, a penalty in the box decided another World Cup match. For the second time in less than a week, a whistle helped determine the fate of an entire nation's footballing dreams. Last Tuesday, it was the Ivory Coast. Sunda...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  8. World Cup Pass & Move: The Falling Dutchman

    Grantland Staff

    The first weekend of knockout action is in the books. Here's a look back at some of the most interesting games, emerging themes, eye-catching moments, and standout players. Mike L. Goodman: Refereeing a soccer game is more art th...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  9. The World Cup Sweet 16 Power Rankings

    Mike L. Goodman

    If you were vaguely unsettled by the most celebrated loss in the history of U.S. soccer, I've got good news for you. The knockout rounds are here -- no more draws, no more counting points, no more depending on other teams. Win and advance,...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  10. What’s the Matter With These World Cup Full-backs?

    Spike Friedman

    The 2014 World Cup has been something of a nightmare for the world's best attacking full-backs. With all the goals - we're on pace for the highest scoring Cup ever - no neutral fans are complaining abou...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  11. Group B Is a Blockbuster: A Tribute to the Netherlands, Chile, Sp...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Group B is over. There's still one more round of games to play, but we already know who's going through and who's going home. Usually that would be a bad thing. Usually a group decided early means no drama. Two good team...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  12. The Reducer: The World Cup Is Finally Here

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi gets sick before soccer matches. He threw up at the beginning of a game between Argentina and Romania in March. He dry heaved during a match against Slovenia this past Saturday. Nobody knows why this happens - not Mess...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  13. A Tale of Two Jozy Altidores

    Mike L. Goodman

    The story of Jozy Altidore's last couple years is an easy one to tell. After struggling to find himself as a player in Europe, Altidore burst onto the scene with AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, where he had two strong seasons, scored goals f...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  14. Afternoon Links: An Intimate Chat With the Newly Reincarnated Sno...

    Tess Lynch

    Music Monday: Pitch-shifting "Get Lucky" converts it into a Michael Jackson–esque jam; a terrible inauguration song in honor of the Netherlands' new king gets pulled for crap lyrics ("I will fight like a lion, nothing will stop me / from keepin...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  15. About Last Night: Miami Continues to Forget to Lose

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy getting your NIT bracket in before tipoff, here's what you missed in sports on Monday: The Miami Heat secured their 23rd consecutive victory, overcoming Jeff Green's 43 points to grab sole possession of the second longest w...

    Blog | March 19, 2013
  16. About Last Night: Fear the Bulldog

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy drinking all of the soda in New York, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. Top-ranked Gonzaga completed its perfect run through West Coast Conference play, winning the WCC tournament final, 65-51, over St. Mary's. In...

    Blog | March 12, 2013