Tag Archives: world cup

Sports History Files: Germany’s stylish soccer renaissance

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Sports longform and soccer: An ideal match

TweetAs the World Cup got started a couple weeks ago I laid out a rambling summary of how various media outlets — including more traditional ones — were jumping on the soccer bandwagon.
What I didn’t do was get into was how the new longform sports sites have excelled in covering the sport all along. We’re [...]

Pop feminism hits the sports pages

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on continuing cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here’s yesterday’s introductory post, “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance.”
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When the truth about the Duke lacrosse scandal finally was revealed, the [...]

Jürgen Klinsmann and the Amerikan soccer nation

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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Soccer in the United States has progressed to a point where white-hot, primal scream diatribes like this one [...]

Midweek Books: Political futebol at the World Cup

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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Several new books written in the recent context of Brazilian citizen protests against the backdrop the World Cup (as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics) have understandably received [...]

The never-ending feast of the World Cup online

TweetWhen I was covering soccer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the online reference guide I prepared for readers before the 1998 World Cup contained only a few links.
A good number of them were to British media outlets and blogs.
As I’ve rounded up the same for the World Cup that starts on Thursday, I easily have as [...]

Soccer’s American television and media evolution

Tweet(This is the second in a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil. Monday’s post was about FIFA dealing with match-fixing and corruption allegations.)
Twenty years ago this summer, the lead announcers for ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup in the United States were Roger Twibell and [...]

The World Cup and FIFA’s discontents

Tweet(This is the first in a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil.)
FIFA, the international soccer governing body, is no stranger to facing serious allegations of corruption over bids, match-fixing and disorganization related to the World Cup.
But with a week and a half before the 20th [...]

Coming this week: The run-up to the World Cup

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The World Cup is only 12 days away.
I’ll be taking a closer look at the books above during the coming week, as I publish a series of posts delving into the literature, art, music and culture surrounding the world’s largest sporting event.
Most of these posts will be focused on the culture of soccer and its [...]

The enigmatic legacy of Landon Donovan

TweetA few days before the United States played Germany in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, some of us in the American press corps got to spend extended time with Landon Donovan.
After his dazzling goal against Mexico in the second round, Donovan was becoming the prodigal face of American soccer