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Arsène Wenger: Oh God, What Was I Doing At Arsenal For The Last 22 Years? Arsène Wenger: Oh God, What Was I Doing At Arsenal For The Last 22 Years?

Pretty much the entire back half of manager Arsène Wenger’s 22-year tenure with Arsenal could be forgotten with little consequence. After winning a couple titles and then going unbeaten in the 2003-04 Premier League season, Wenger’s accomplishments quickly thinned—a mix of third- and fourth-place finishes balanced out…

The four members of Pussy Riot who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup final have been sentenced to 15 days in Russian jail. They’ve also been banned from sporting events for three years. [The Guardian]

Reporter Hit By Falling Railing On Opening Day At D.C.'s New MLS Stadium  Reporter Hit By Falling Railing On Opening Day At D.C.'s New MLS Stadium 

D.C. United celebrated the opening of their new stadium last Saturday. Fans were treated to 32 minutes of Wayne Rooney, protests from disgruntled supporter groups, and a series of railings breaking and falling all over the place. D.C. United communications VP and sideline reporter Lindsay Simpson was apparently hit in…

Announcing Cliches In Soccer, Ranked Announcing Cliches In Soccer, Ranked

The World Cup didn’t quite feel the same without Ian Darke to call it, but at least there was another month of (mostly) British announcers populating our soccer broadcasts. Here’s a celebration of the phrases only heard when watching the beautiful game.

Croatia's World Cup Final Run Was A Miracle Croatia's World Cup Final Run Was A Miracle

As a rule, small countries do not play in the World Cup final. Only 13 countries on earth have ever even made the final, and aside from one of Sunday’s participants, only big countries have played for the cup in the modern era. It’s been over 50 years since there was a final that didn’t feature one of Brazil, Germany,…

Antoine Griezmann May Be The Last, Biggest Derrick Rose Fan On Earth Antoine Griezmann May Be The Last, Biggest Derrick Rose Fan On Earth

French striker Antoine Griezmann—noted NBA and, specifically, Derrick Rose fan who unfortunately also once painted his entire body black while donning an afro and Harlem Globetrotters uniform—won a World Cup on Sunday. And he played a huge role in the final, delivering the free kick that led to France’s first goal …

Weird-As-Hell USA Today Blog Reads Like Ad Copy For The Qatar World Cup Weird-As-Hell USA Today Blog Reads Like Ad Copy For The Qatar World Cup

We’re all in agreement that holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a bad idea, right? Like, historically bad, since both the oppressive heat and the lack of infrastructure make the tournament such a logistical nightmare that it has to be played in December, with an entire city created from scratch to host the final.…

The Short, Dramatic Tenure Of Antonio Conte At Chelsea Might Finally Be Over The Short, Dramatic Tenure Of Antonio Conte At Chelsea Might Finally Be Over

The lengthy offseason limbo of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appears to be nearing a resolution, as the BBC is reporting that an official announcement on Conte’s departure from the club is imminent. This tweet from Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas appears to give it away, too.

Photographer Tackled By Celebrating Croatian Players Got Incredible Photos, Kisses Photographer Tackled By Celebrating Croatian Players Got Incredible Photos, Kisses

During yesterday’s World Cup semifinal game between England and Croatia, a sideline photographer for Agence France-Press, Yuri Cortez, found himself at the bottom of a Croatian team dog pile after the got knocked over during Croatia’s celebrations for Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time, game-winning goal. The extremely…

Dear Croatia, Please Wear Your Extra-Cool Checkerboard Kits In The World Cup Final [Update] Dear Croatia, Please Wear Your Extra-Cool Checkerboard Kits In The World Cup Final [Update]

Mighty, valiant Croatia have had a dream World Cup, and this weekend, they will take the field for the World Cup final only 26 years after joining FIFA as an official national team. It will obviously be the biggest moment in Croatian soccer history, and as such, they had better not overthink it and do anything…

What In The Damn Hell Happened To England? What In The Damn Hell Happened To England?

Immediately after England scored in the fifth minute of today’s World Cup semifinal, it seemed like they’d cruise to a comfortable win over a clearly exhausted Croatia side that was running on fumes.

Now These World Cup Teams Are Frauds, In My Opinion Now These World Cup Teams Are Frauds, In My Opinion

There are no more frauds left, but there’ll always be an England.

England Coming Home, Won't Bring Football With Them England Coming Home, Won't Bring Football With Them

The bracket was on their side, the memes were on their side, and even the sport, a creation of their very own, appeared to be in favor of the Brits. Unfortunately for them, football won’t be coming home, because Croatia beat England in their World Cup semifinal today by a score of 2-1.

A Soccer Oaf's List Of The Best Soccer Things A Soccer Oaf's List Of The Best Soccer Things

Because it’s the most popular sport in the world and because the entire world is currently losing its collective shit about it, there is something forbidding about approaching soccer from the outside. There are many millions of people around the world who are so passionate about club teams that they are never more…

Watch Croatian Firefighters Miss The End Of PKs Against Russia In This Exquisitely Timed Video

Yes, this video is officially Old News given that Croatia are taking on England right now. But the Zagreb Fire Department just today released this video of some firefighters watching penalties against Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, and the exact moment they had to drop what they were doing and head out on a…

Loris Karius Shit-Talked By Liverpool-Supporting Opponent After Latest Boner

Diehard Liverpool fan Ben Tollitt had the distinct pleasure of watching his beloved Pool Boys in person yesterday during a preseason friendly against Tranmere. In the match, the Reds’ beleaguered, error-prone keeper Loris Karius once again bungled a pretty routine save and gave up an easy goal. Tollitt was so dismayed…

Belgium Sound Pretty Salty About Losing To France Belgium Sound Pretty Salty About Losing To France

Losing sucks! Losing the way the Belgians did, after tearing through five straight wins at the World Cup, some against really excellent teams, before getting blanked 1-0 by France in the semis, really sucks. Getting used to winning via pace and pressure and a series of unorthodox tactical decisions completely…

Riyad Mahrez Is Now Just Another Dude Scrapping For Attention At Manchester City Riyad Mahrez Is Now Just Another Dude Scrapping For Attention At Manchester City

The Premier League, as it often does, got a little more top heavy today, after a successful-yet-pragmatic club sold its most valuable player to an elite team that didn’t really need him. Riyad Mahrez—Leicester City’s more beautiful, playmaking compliment to their relentless striker Jamie Vardy—has left the club where…

France Versus Belgium Could've Been Awesome But It Kind Of Sucked France Versus Belgium Could've Been Awesome But It Kind Of Sucked

Among the 22 players on the pitch during today’s World Cup semifinal that pit France against Belgium, there were a solid half dozen capable of explosive, awe-inspiring feats of greatness. Unfortunately, none of them were able to do anything terribly explosive or awe-inspiring, so France’s 1-0 win to send them to the…

Kylian Mbappé Is The Most Exciting Player At The World Cup Kylian Mbappé Is The Most Exciting Player At The World Cup

France are through to the World Cup final after shutting Belgium out, and though he didn’t score today, teenage lightning bolt Kylian Mbappé was the most exciting player on the field. At this point, there’s nothing his opponents or even his own manager can do to prevent this from being the case.

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