July 6, 2010 After defeating Uruguay, Holland is headed to the World Cup finals.
July 6, 2010 Some plays in sports test the limit of what's ethical. But it seems the universe eventually straightens things out.
July 6, 2010 NPR's Mike Pesca on why New Yorkers should root for Uruguay in the semifinals.
July 6, 2010 Whether you're rooting for the Dutch, Uruguayans, Germans or Spanish, 'Cleats' has the chants you need to know.
July 5, 2010 Despite all the talk of this being South America's World Cup tournament, only Uruguay survives. On Tuesday, the team will play Arjen Robben and the Netherlands.
July 5, 2010 French writer, Albert Camus played the beautiful game and wrote about it too. "Cleats" contributor Rosie Schaap shares her favorite soccer literature and poetry.
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.
July 2, 2010 After two periods of extra time and a penalty shootout, Uruguay won a nerve-racking quarterfinal match against Ghana. But NPR correspondent and Ghanaian Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says the Black Stars have done Africa proud.
July 2, 2010 Germany's soccer team meets Argentina Saturday in a much-anticipated World Cup quarterfinal match, and fans are fired up. But fervent flag-waving and other displays of nationalism are not sitting well with everyone in a country where extreme "patriotism" is part of a painful past.
July 2, 2010 In 1998, my heart broke when Holland lost to Brazil in a penalty shootout. Only four years earlier, Brazil snuffed out Holland’s dreams in the quarterfinals in the U.S. So the outcome I’d anticipated from today’s game felt gloomily predictable.
July 2, 2010 See how major powerhouse teams, underdogs and African nations have fared in the last seven World Cup tournaments.
July 2, 2010 No doubt as Ghana plays again, the comparison to Oregon will rise again. The implication is derision, but what you don't know about Oregon might surprise you.