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Final Preview: Germany v. Argentina

After 63 games, 170 goals, 183 yellow cards, 10 red cards, 1,467 dives, countless Brazilian tears, and one inexplicable bite, we’re down to a final showdown at the Maracanã in Rio:  Germany v. Argentina.  It’s...

Preview: U.S. v. Belgium

The United States squares off against Belgium in its round of sixteen clash in Salvador on Tuesday, July 1.  After playing all three group games in the bruising heat and humidity of Northern Brazil,...

Messi At 27: Have We Seen his Best?

The great Lionel Messi turns 27 today. For years, Messi has been the best soccer player in the world. From 2008-2013, he claimed every individual award imaginable, set countless scoring records, led Barcelona to...