July 8, 2010 Spain and the Netherlands haven't mixed it up since the Peace of Westphalia ended the Eighty Years' War in 1648. Now they're both in pursuit of their first World Cup title. On Sunday, they clash in South Africa.
July 5, 2010 Researchers say players should hit the ball straight down the middle, since the goalkeeper has to commit to diving one way or the other, and no self-respecting keeper is going to just stand there. But kicks down the middle are relatively rare.
Nicolas Lodeiro of Uruguay and Kwadwo Asamoah of Ghana challenge for the ball.
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July 2, 2010 What a game! Heartbreak for Africa will be the inevitable headline. But you couldn't find a better advertisement for the joys of soccer. This game had more drama than a theater festival.
England’s Martin Peters scores the second goal in the World Cup quarter final against West Germany at Leon, Mexico on June 14, 1970. England lost: 3-2
June 26, 2010 NPR's Christopher Turpin (an Englishman) is praying to the soccer gods that his team beats long-time rival, Germany.
Slovenia's Valter Birsa, Robert Koren and Bostjan Cesar after losing their match against England, 1-0.
June 23, 2010 One English fan, not so secretly, wishes Slovenia moved on to the next round of the World Cup.
June 18, 2010 What on earth is wrong with England? The country that brought the world soccer has become a damp squib.
June 18, 2010 One Englishman wonders what it would be like if there was a Team United Kingdom. Is it a winning idea or a bad joke?
Cristiano Ronaldo sporting Portugal's "away" jersey during today's World Cup match against the Ivory Coast.
June 15, 2010 Today's football jerseys with their logos and designs are a far cry from the elegance of Peru's 1970 World Cup Jersey.
June 14, 2010 If you thought you couldn't bare to watch English goalkeeper Robert Green's fumble again, trust us, you thought wrong. It's ten times better when reenacted with Legos!
England goalkeeper Robert Green fails to stop a goal shot by Clint Dempsey of the U.S. during a World Cup Group C soccer match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Saturday.
June 12, 2010 In many respects, the match was a tale of two goalkeepers. Robert Green's amateurish error had shades of Bill Buckner, while Tim Howard made several critical saves and looked very sharp. Ultimately, a tie was a fair result.
June 12, 2010 If Americans want to understand the psychological state of England supporters today, think no further than the Red Sox. The Red Sox who enjoyed 80 years of World Series futility. It's enough to drive this soccer fan, mad!
May 26, 2009 Another bastion of tradition has embraced the latest in consumer technology. This week's New Yorker cover is the first in the magazine's history painted using an iPhone application.
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