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20 years later, France have won again with a high scoring 4-2 game. It was way more exciting than the other final games I’ve seen before. It helps that the two teams were close the entire time. This game had everything: own goal, penalty, a huge GK mistake, and much more. It’s a good thing […]

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…or Augsburg, or Berlin, or Aachen or Hamburg for that matter. Tony Kroos has struck out. So has Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng and most of all Joachim Löw who may now  be out of a job as the  coach of the German national Fuß…er soccer team. It was a historic defeat for the German team, […]

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For the first time since 1986 the US Men’s National Team has not qualified for the World Cup. I will now pause as you deal with your pain and suffering. Ok. That’s over. Now think of the boys and girls at Fox Sports who paid $200M for the US English language rights to Putin’s FootieFest […]

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Real football can’t be helped. If we started a football league that returned to leather helmets and no pads, or imposed a player weight limit of a thousand pounds, lawyers would nip it in the bud.  But soccer could be saved with one simple rule: If you get caught faking injury, you’re banned. Preview Open

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We’ve had two days to mourn, lick our wounds, and ponder what might have been… but life goes on, and the quarter-finals start tomorrow.  Will you keep watching now that Team USA is out?  If so, who will you root for? Me, I’m hopping on board the Costa Rica bandwagon.  They are the Cinderella story […]

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I’m So Gay I Don’t Even Care about Football

 

shutterstock_192275081According to Blue Yeti, if I post a piece under a headline like that I’ll get lots of traffic.

But it’s true. Football — or soccer, as you will insist on calling it — is a yob’s game. I feel no more shamed or embarrassed by England’s premature exit from the World Cup than I would had we, say, been knocked out of the world tiddlywinks championship or, let’s pick an even sillier game, the Super Bowl.

That doesn’t mean, though, that I haven’t been enjoying the World Cup enormously — as I explain here in more detail over at Breitbart London.

Is Soccer a Great Sport?

 

shutterstock_187488458Here’s my number one rule of soccer. If you were born and raised in America, soccer cannot be your only sport. It’s fine to like it, and it’s fine to play it, but you must also follow at least one bona fide American sport or else you’re just a pitiful Euro-wannabe. (I might grant exceptions to particular sub-cultures on a case-by-case basis.)

Soccer isn’t an American sport. I’m not saying it’s un-American; it’s just not one of our great traditions. Baseball, basketball and football are all important parts of our culture. All in their own way provide insight into the American experience. NASCAR does that too; it’s absolutely an American sport. Hockey is less central, but living in the north I appreciate how hockey becomes bound up in a certain kind of Northern-American pride which is cultural important.

Soccer, on the other hand, is a sport that we’re famous for not playing. I think it’s interesting that Americans and Australians (who I would name as the most athletic nations in the world) are both noteworthy for their lack of interest in soccer. Like us, the Aussies don’t really need to obsess over soccer, because they have their own sports.