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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

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Hup Holland Hup! Dutchmen Advance To First Final Since '78

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands.

July 6, 2010 After defeating Uruguay, Holland is headed to the World Cup finals.

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The Ethics Of A Handball, And How Karma's A B*tch!

Uruguay's defender Martin Caceres (L) re

July 6, 2010 Some plays in sports test the limit of what's ethical. But it seems the universe eventually straightens things out.

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New York's Uruguayan Soccer Connection

Uruguay Fans

July 6, 2010 NPR's Mike Pesca on why New Yorkers should root for Uruguay in the semifinals.

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World Cup Chants: Cheer Them On In Their Language

Hup Holland

July 6, 2010 Whether you're rooting for the Dutch, Uruguayans, Germans or Spanish, 'Cleats' has the chants you need to know.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

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Uruguay: The Last Leg South America Has To Stand On

Uruguay's team players run during a training session on July 5.

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.

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The Beautiful Game Inspires Beautiful Writing

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.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

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Heartbreak For Ghana, But A World Cup Highlight

Uruguay v Ghana: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Quarter Finals

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.

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Ghana's Black Stars Bow Out In Style In World Cup

Ghana's John Mensah, center, is consoled by Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, left, after missing a penalty kick

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.

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A Flag Isn't Just A Flag In Soccer-Crazed Germany

Ibrahim Bassal, Beirut-born shopkeeper, stands near the German flag displayed over his shop

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.

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Brazil Vs. Holland: NOT Again

Netherlands' supporters celebrate after

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.

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World Cup: A History Of Powerhouses And Underdogs

World Cup Performance

July 2, 2010 See how major powerhouse teams, underdogs and African nations have fared in the last seven World Cup tournaments.

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The Ghana/Oregon Comparison: In Defense Of A Puny State

University of Portland players celebrate after winning the 2005 NCAA Women's College Cup.

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.

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Ghana Carries World Cup Hopes For A Continent

Ghana supporters celebrate the team's victory in the World Cup match against the USA on Jun. 26.

July 2, 2010 Africa's only remaining hope in this first World Cup to be played on the continent faces Uruguay in a do-or-die quarterfinal Friday. South Africans are rallying behind the squad, and so is much of the rest of Africa.

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

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For Ghana, It's Do Or Die!

What'll it be? The devastated, dejected look, or a triumphant Ghana en route to the World Cup?

July 1, 2010 Hopes are pinned on Ghana to score for Africa, for posterity and for the history books.

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