I grew up on the Texas/Mexico border so soccer was a pretty big part of daily life, and I was lucky enough to have been in several leagues growing up. Currently my roommate is from Germany and if there is somebody who understands the power, beauty and fun that is sports spectator-ship for a world tournament, it is her. We joke about what would happen if Germany met up against Mexico, even though we both know Germany will go much farther than Mexico. Even so I keep my fingers crossed.
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How Soccer Explains the World
By Franklin Foer
by Simon Kuper
Kabul Girls Soccer Club
By Awista Ayub
By Tom Watt
Best of luck to all teams in the out rounds. I hope you get a chance to watch some of the games, as some really good matches are taking place. I really think that it is going to come down to Brazil, Argentina, England, and possibly Spain (if they manage to shrink their egos). What about you?