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  1. Barca boy Gasol talks soccer

    Roger Bennett

    Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies is an NBA star who grew up a basketball player in a soccer world. Having come of age in the Barcelona suburb of Sant Boi de Llobregat, the center remembers his early years in which he lived for "lunch breaks wh...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  2. Everything you need to know about the World Cup draw

    Roger Bennett

    The World Cup draw is like a rack shot in a movie where the picture starts out as a blur, then suddenly clicks into sharp focus. After the global scrum of qualifying -- 824 games played by 203 teams over the course of 904 days -- the draw will take 9...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  3. It's official: Lionel Messi is an icon in American sports

    Roger Bennett

    Lionel Messi's nine seasons as a professional have been notched by eye-popping achievement, be it the record-breaking 324 goals he has netted for Barcelona, the 91 goals struck for club and country in 2012, or the four Ballons d'Or landed along the w...

    Blog | October 22, 2013
  4. Prandelli dreaming of Italian revenge

    Roger Bennett

    FORTALEZA, Brazil -- You have to wonder what the quality of Cesare Prandelli's dream life has been like over the course of the past four nights. Can the Italian manager sleep at all as he spends his waking hours grappling with the nightmare reality o...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  5. Brave Nigeria bow out as Spain soldier on

    Roger Bennett

    FORTALEZA, BRAZIL -- A courageous Nigeria team exited the Confederations Cup with their dignity very much intact despite being on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against European and world champions, Spain. At the final whistle, the Super Eagles lef...

    Blog | June 23, 2013
  6. Second up for grabs between La Celeste and Super Eagles

    Roger Bennett

    In a four-team group that includes the impregnable Spain and the charmingly shambolic Tahiti, both Uruguay and Nigeria would have known long before they arrived in Brazil that Thursday night's game is a must-win. A place in the semifinals awaits whic...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  7. Spanish confidence justified by Uruguay defeat

    Roger Bennett

    RECIFE, Brazil -- Recife's Arena Pernambuco is a compact, steep-sided sweatbox. Before Sunday night's opening round Confederation's showdown between Spain and Uruguay, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" ricocheted out of the PA system. The 1990 hit seemed a bit...

    Blog | June 16, 2013
  8. World-class clash has Recife buzzing

    Roger Bennett

    RECIFE, Brazil -- The North Eastern coastal metropolis of Recife is known for many things, including its cuisine, homicide rate, sex trade, and fanatical passion for football. I am here for the latter, and to sample the depth of emotion a day ahead o...

    Blog | June 15, 2013
  9. Confed Cup Preview: 5 storylines to watch

    Roger Bennett

    The Confederations Cup (June 15-30) is the ritual eight-team dry run designed to give the World Cup hosts the chance to iron out any kinks in their stadia and transport systems a year before the big show begins. The tournament pitches the hosts, reig...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  10. Tahiti a triumph for football's everyman

    Roger Bennett

    If you are partial to "Cool Runnings," "Seabiscuit" or Ewoks and are itching to define a rooting interest in the fast-approaching Confederations Cup, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite team: Tahiti. An obscure squad hailing from the most ...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  11. Will Balotelli be welcomed a hero?

    Roger Bennett

    Euro 2012 Final

    Story | Conversation | June 30, 2012
  12. Italy and Spain prepare to face off

    Roger Bennett

    Euro 2012 Final

    Story | Conversation | June 29, 2012
  13. Is Spain boring or just too good?

    Roger Bennett

    Euro Semifinals

    Story | Conversation | June 25, 2012
  14. The Tao of the penalty shootout

    Roger Bennett

    Euro hypotheticals

    Story | Conversation | June 21, 2012
  15. 11 talking points from group stage

    Roger Bennett

    Winners, losers

    Story | Conversation | June 20, 2012
  16. Tactics key in Italy-Spain draw

    Roger Bennett

    Football Analysis

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2012