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  1. Who’s Going to Win the Club World Cup? Related: Who Cares?

    Graham Ruthven

    FIFA maintains a common design across all of its trophies: A globe in the style of a soccer ball is the dominant centerpiece. Its depiction illustrates - however ham-handedly - the universal resonance of soccer,...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  2. Season’s Greetings From the Premier League! Now Go Play Fou...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Welcome to the holiday season, when most of Europe's soccer world takes a few weeks off to avoid the cold, celebrates Christmas with your standard "guy on a stage pumping a leaf blower into his own face" Advent tradition...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  3. 15 Wishes for the USMNT in 2015

    Noah Davis

    International soccer never quits, does it? The World Cup comes and goes, and then it's on to the next four-year cycle. The United States men's national team goes into 2015 riding a long winless streak, with some serious questions about wher...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  4. Fists of Fury: The Top 10 Movie Fighters of All Time

    Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion

    Shea Serrano: This month is the 10th anniversary of Stephen Chow's wonderful Kung Fu Hustle, a movie that was way more fun than anyone who had not seen 2001's Shaolin Soccer expected. Jason Concepcion and I used the anniversary as...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  5. ‘The Finish Line: Landon Donovan,’ Episode 3: The Que...

    Grantland Channel

    As Landon Donovan finishes his professional soccer career, he reveals the struggles he has faced over the years coming to terms with the fact that he will no longer be playing the game he loves. Watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 of The Finish Line: La...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  6. Roma Holiday: How the Italian Club Became a Champions League Cont...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Roma are a really good soccer team. This shouldn't be surprising. They are, after all, the biggest team in the biggest city in Italy. It's easy to shrug and say, "Of course Roma are the second-best team in Serie A. They are Roma.&quo...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  7. Inside Out

    Brian Phillips

    "I don't do well with claustrophobic situations." That's Landon Donovan, talking in "The Finish Line," the new Grantland Features series on his imminent retirement from soccer, about the aftermath of his most famous goal...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  8. We Went There: Landon Donovan’s USMNT Curtain Call

    Noah Davis

    Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, is a throwback to another time in the history of American soccer. The concrete stands, with section-long, aluminum-backed bench seats; the half-full stands at kickoff; the faded football yard lines peak...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  9. Burning Questions About the Falcao Loan and Manchester United...

    Mike L. Goodman

    While minding my own business on the Internet, I couldn't help but notice that soccer Twitter seemed to be losing its damn mind. What's up with that? Yesterday was soccer's transfer deadline day, marking the end of th...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  10. Keep It Like a Secret: The Elegant Wonder of ‘The Honorable...

    Chris Ryan

    If you watch enough soccer, you become familiar with the idea of players passing in triangles. It's one of the tenets of possession-based soccer; in order to keep the ball circulating, three players carve open a defense by passing among the...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  11. Premier League Preview: Changes at the Top of the Table

    Mike L. Goodman

    Real, competitive European soccer kicks off this weekend. And while Spidermayang and Germany's Bundesliga, La Liga, and Serie A may still be a bit off, the Premier League starts on Saturday. We can stop pretending that things like the Inter...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  12. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Celebrated a Goal by Putting on a Spide...

    Borussia Dortmund back? Maybe! Soccer back? Definitely!...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  13. RAPINOE!

    Grantland Staff

    [Via 8BitSports and SBNation] This happened on Wednesday, during Seattle Reign's win over Houston in the National Women's Soccer League. Feel free to peruse some of our drooling over Rapinoe here and here....

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  14. What Matt Besler and Graham Zusi Staying in K.C. Means for Americ...

    Andrew Lewellen

    Imagine this scenario: You grow up playing soccer in a suburb of an American city. You're a talented high school player but not a nationally recognized prospect, and only a few colleges show interest in you. You go to an American university...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  15. The ‘World Cup Is Over, Now What?’ Guide to Soccer

    Mike L. Goodman

    Just because the World Cup is over doesn't mean soccer stops. Soccer never stops; that's one of its biggest appeals. There are so many different teams, leagues, club competitions, and international tournaments that, if you want to...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  16. 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