Football (soccer)

8:02pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Sweetness And Light

In Europe's High Season For Sports, Soccer Rules

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 6:04 am

Larger Than Life: Tourists pose in front of a UEFA Euro 2012 Cup placard on Kiev's Independence Square in Ukraine. Europe is entering a packed sports schedule — but soccer still reigns supreme, says Frank Deford.
Sergei Supinsky AFP/Getty Images

It's a prime irony that while Europe is suffering a great financial crisis, in counterpoint, the Continent is starting to spend the summer awash in a veritable plethora of joyous sporting events, a rolling athletic circus to divert Europeans from Angela Merkel telling them to get serious and tighten their belts.

Now, as is the case every summer, there are two Grand Slam tennis championships — the French Open, which is already under way, and Wimbledon. Then the Tour de France and British Open golf.

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4:16am

Sat May 26, 2012
Europe

Even Soccer Teams Are Feeling The Pinch In Spain

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 1:32 pm

Spain's soccer teams are feeling the crunch of debt, too. But rich, winning teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona — seen here playing in April — are the most likely to stay in the game.
Denis Doyle Getty Images

One of the ways Spaniards console themselves amid their failing economy is with their beloved sport of soccer. If you can't afford tickets to a game, it's always on TV in your local bar.

"For an escape from work, economic problems — just enjoy it and support your team," says soccer fan Ivan Rassuli, who's having a beer as he watches a match at a bar. "Everybody likes football. Maybe like the NBA or baseball in the United States."

But futbol, as Spaniards call soccer, has followed the same sorry trajectory as Spain's economy.

Failure To Pay Taxes

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11:43am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

'Football To Fight Against War': South Sudan Joins FIFA

After decades of war, football signals hope. In this photo, South Sudanese soldiers travel by truck near the frontline with Sudan on April 24.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

For South Sudan, 2011 was monumental. After decades of war, South Sudan became its own nation.

But as NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has told us, that process of emerging from a conflict with its northern neighbor that left it poor and isolated, has been fraught with more fighting.

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3:11pm

Tue May 15, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTO: David Beckham Takes A Ribbing At The White House

President Obama gets a laugh after mentioning soccer superstar David Beckham's (right) line of underwear while congratulationg the Major League Soccer champions Los Angeles Galaxy in the East Room of the White House.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama welcomed the Los Angeles Galaxy to the White House today in celebration of their Major League Soccer title.

The team, which has won three cups, is star studded. But there is no one bigger than David Beckham and president Obama took advantage of the opportunity to give the international soccer star a ribbing.

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5:11pm

Mon May 7, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Soccer Star With Soap Opera Roots Aims At Olympics

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 2:34 pm

North Korea's Yu Jong Hui (left) and Colombia's Orianica Velasquez battle for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 6, 2011, in Bochum, Germany.
Joern Pollex Getty Images

Indiana University soccer star Orianica Velasquez is on a mission — to get to the London Olympics with Colombia's women's soccer team. And she wants to send a message about the country where she was born.

"My dream is to get a medal for Colombia," she says, adding that she wants to show the world "it's just not violence, it's just not drugs — we can play soccer and we can do great things because we have great people there."

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