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  1. An Update on What All 32 Starting Quarterbacks Are Doing (SPOILER...

    Kevin Lincoln

    Through the combined powers of the World Cup and the LeBronnening, and apart from a few brief salvos about the Washington Racist Team Names(TM), professional American football faded into the background for about a month. We all needed the break! B...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  2. 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
  3. The Ninjas in Brazil

    Amos Barshad

    "Stop. Stop. Stop, stop, stop," Caio says. He's seen something. We're on a side street in Rio de Janeiro - within walking distance of Maracanã Stadium, where Argentina is taking on Bosnia-Herze...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Men in Blazers: Personal World Cup Highlights and Reflecting on G...

    Roger Bennett and Michael Davies

    Rog and Davo, back from Rio, reflect upon Germany's triumph, elect their Men of the Tournament, and reminisce on their personal highlights from Brazil 2014. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network&am...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  6. What Should FIFA Do About Soccer Concussions?

    Bill Barnwell

    FIFA's concussion protocol was one of the few blemishes on an otherwise wonderful World Cup. On Sunday, the process failed on the biggest stage. Midway through the first half, 23-year-old German midfielder Christoph Kramer suffered what appeared...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  7. 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
  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. 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
  10. 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
  11. Bake Shop Mailbag: James Dolan Meltdowns, Tinder Swipes, and Alex...

    Katie Baker

    What were the odds of a full-blown Dolan meltdown if Melo left? -Daniel S. Imagine what a Dolan meltdown would be like - so many late-night phone calls to Isiah, so much moody free jazz, so many days spent staring blankly at the...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Inside U.S. Soccer

    Grantland Channel

    In this final installment of ESPN's exclusive, behind-the-scenes documentary series, members of the United States men's national team look back at the "group of death" and their loss...

    Blog | July 10, 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. A Quick Word About the Klose Constant

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you think about soccer too often, and if you do it with the right stereotypes in your head - brutally efficient Germans; playful, unorganized Brazilians - yesterday's game could've conceivably been a dream y...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  16. 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