The Global Game

Worshipped by the masses and played by superstars from all walks of life, the World Cup is a celebration of soccer as the great equalizer

Playing The Rebel Game

In South Africa, soccer has long been a political statement. A successful World Cup would be another one

The World Cup As Big Business

The tournament really took off when two controversial FIFA bosses harnessed the game to television audiences and corporate patronage

Yes, Soccer Is America's Game

It's more than just kids. On the field, in the media, in the culture, the sport has grown in almost every direction


Go, North Korea!

In 1966, one team thrilled the World Cup — and a teenager who got to watch them