Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’

Los Reyes de Fútbol

Kristian Lin
The only one who emerges from this World Cup unbeaten is Paul the Octopus. Congratulations! Congratulations, too, to Spain, who won the European championship two years ago and now are world champions as well. Seven nations are ...


The Prettiest Guys at the World Cup (and other lists)

Kristian Lin
Everybody else seems to have done lists of handsomest guys at the World Cup, but those tend to focus on the sport’s superstars. I thought I’d try to get some lesser-known names on my squad along with the famous play...



Notes Before the World Cup Final

Kristian Lin
So we’re going to have a first-time World Cup champion. Either Holland or Spain is about to enjoy the greatest moment in its sporting history. I’m jazzed for that. Hope you are, too. I have some notes from the soccer hate b...


Fun World Cup Links

Kristian Lin
Before the World Cup’s quarterfinal round starts, let’s take a break from all the pointy-headed soccer analysis and round up what’s happening on the wackier fringes of this tournament. France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy...



Notes on a Sad World Cup Weekend

Kristian Lin
If you’re a newcomer to soccer who’s been taken with the ecstasy and agony of Team USA’s World Cup run, let me be the first to welcome you to life as a U.S. soccer fan. It’s maddening, but it’s seldom boring, and it h...


Halfway Point for the World Cup

Kristian Lin
I watched the last two group-stage matches (Spain vs. Chile and Honduras vs. Switzerland) with a motley group of fans at Boomer Jack’s on West 7th, including a Madrid native wearing his Spain jersey in support of his country,...



Midweek World Cup Thoughts

Kristian Lin
Saturday afternoon’s Round of 16 matchup is set: We’re playing against Ghana, the country that knocked us out of World Cup 2006 early, so this is an opportunity for payback. (By the way, that Serbia bandwagon that I jumped ...


Justice Done for USA

Kristian Lin
I said it in a previous post, and it certainly bears repeating: They wouldn’t be the U.S. soccer team if they did things the easy way. USA went into its last World Cup group game against Algeria knowing that they needed t...



USA Robbed! (Will It Matter?)

Kristian Lin
Well, if they did things the easy way, they wouldn’t be the U.S. soccer team. Let me clarify: When I wrote yesterday that I love it when the designated patsies don’t follow the script, I didn’t mean the ones playing again...


Green Means Goal

Kristian Lin
U.S. soccer fans should send their Christmas gifts to England goalkeeper Robert Green, who so generously gift-wrapped the tying goal for Team USA in a 1-1 draw with the mighty English. If you missed it, here it is: Damn, that...