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Who can host the World Cup?

Question came up today on Twitter: We know Russia and Qatar were controversial choices. Who would be a good World Cup host? I’d set out these criteria: Stable, non-authoritarian government Ability to build venues without creating a class of s...

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Why I prefer the Olympics to the World Cup

“So, you getting ready to go to Rio?” asked my dentist. He loves soccer. We often have conversations like this: “What about the defense? They have that guy Besler, or am I thinking of Beasley?” “Arrrghwa rahhbwa baahna.&...

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Diamonds are the USMNT’s best friend

Can anyone make sense of the new diamond midfield that’s really more of a parallelogram? Today, Zonal Marking and MLSSoccer.com’s Central Winger gave it a try. With the fullbacks spending so much time on offense, maybe it’s the old ...

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World Cup qualifying: Minnows in!

For the USA and England, today’s World Cup qualifiers mean games against two of the smallest countries in the world. The USA faces Antigua and Barbuda (population 81,799), and England faces San Marino (31,735). Mismatches, certainly, though Ant...

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Midweek Myriad: Fretting over Freddy, winter winners, soccer challenge

Time for another Midweek Myriad, also known as “stuff that happened while I was at Disney World.” I’ve saved the most serious item for the end, which is either “building suspense” or “burying the lead.” SOCCE...

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Explaining the World Cup vote using ‘NewsRadio’

Having failed in my effort to explain the World Cup vote using When Harry Met Sally, I’ll now explain it using a scene from NewsRadio in which Dave (Dave Foley) is England, the USA and Australia, while Bill (Phil Hartman) … Continue read...

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Time to transition to a post-FIFA world? (Or World Cup, anyway?)

The FIFA World Cup bid process long ago descended into farce long ago. BBC’s long-threatened Panorama investigation, released a couple of days before the Big Bid Vote, is stark but not really surprising. We’ve all known for a while that &...

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World Cup economics and skepticism

Journalists are supposed to be skeptical. Actually, all of us should be skeptical but not cynical. Big difference. A cynic dismisses ideas and arguments as a reflex. A skeptic checks them out. So when the USA bids to host the … Continue readin...

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