This World Cup has seen Latin American soccer fans cheering for each others’ teams. Not Argentines and Brazilians, whose rivalry remains stubbornly in place. Quarrels between fans of South America’s two biggest countries have broken out in stadiums as supporters taunt each other. Police intervened in Belo Horizonte where Argentina fans and host Brazil threw […]
Ghana’s players departed the World Cup finals £1.7m richer after receiving the appearance money that they claimed they were owed, but with their reputations severely damaged following a series of controversial off-the-field events that overshadowed Thursday’s 2-1 defeat by Portugal. With Germany beating the USA in the other Group G fixture, a 2-1 victory would […]
Barras Bravas… the first time the term was used was in the 60’s by a Argentinian newspaper, La Razón, to name the group of people that in an organized way go to a football match. Normally, the words Barras Bravas are followed by words like violence, mafia, hooligans.. But who are the Barra Brava ? The […]
U.S. national team and Everton, England, soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard knows what it’s like to endure serious pain, having played through a dislocated finger and two broken bones in his back. But he also knows that that’s nothing compared to what animals experience at the hands of the fur industry. That’s why he was eager […]
RIO DE JANEIRO — In Brazil, the ball is always moving. It moves on grass and on sand, on concrete and on cobblestone. Sometimes, during the rainy season, it even moves on water. It must be said: the ball has always had meaning, always resonated far beyond a foot and a goal and a game. […]
Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/40883475@N00/ Brazil kicked off its dress rehearsal to the World Cup with the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. To the non-soccer fan, the relationship between Brazil and the world’s most popular sport could seem confusing, particularly given the current controversy surrounding Brazil’s preparation for hosting the World Cup. Despite this, Brazil has a long-standing […]
LONDON — When Romelu Lukaku was scoring goals as a boy against men in the Belgian league, he had visions of growing into the next Didier Drogba. There is an uncanny physical resemblance. And over the past week, the 20-year-old Lukaku, has scored wearing Drogba’s old color — Chelsea blue — against teams in Bangkok and […]
His full name is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira. He is also known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho. Now, at 33, the one-time greatest soccer player on the planet is in the twilight of his career, chasing one more title — the Copa Libertadores — with his Brazilian club team Atlético Mineiro.