Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips writes regularly about soccer for Slate. He blogs at The Run of Play.

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July 17 2011 9:54 PMHeartbreakTeam USA loses to Japan in a bizarre Women's World Cup final. Plus: What's the future of U.S. women's soccer?
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June 22 2011 6:45 AMThe Winningest LoserSwedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović confounds the sports world's most-cherished clichés.
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May 3 2011 6:58 AMNot So ClásicoThe fascinating, infuriating series between Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona.
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March 23 2011 9:58 AMThe Scottish PlayCeltic vs. Rangers, and what happens when a sports rivalry gets completely out of hand.
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Feb. 14 2011 4:28 PMThe Superstar at PlayRonaldo wasn't the greatest of all time, but he made soccer look like unbelievable fun.
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Dec. 23 2010 6:59 AMAll Hail BarcelonaThe beauty and majesty of the world's greatest soccer team.
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Nov. 17 2010 10:19 AMPassing on the PastMajor League Soccer foolishly ignores the sport's American history.
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Oct. 19 2010 4:34 PMThe Return of the Soccer RiotersSerbia's far right updates the sport's tradition of thuggery.
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Sept. 20 2010 10:02 AMDebt, Lies, and CowboysEngland's greatest soccer teams and American owners, a match made in hell.
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Aug. 9 2010 5:00 PMPelé and MaradonaThe glorious, ludicrous feud between soccer's two biggest stars.
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July 8 2010 11:10 AMOrange DevolutionWhy all soccer fans should root for Holland to lose to Spain.
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June 10 2010 6:56 AMWhy Do We Call It Soccer?Most countries think of the World Cup as a football tournament. What's our problem?
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Jan. 23 2009 12:18 PMFictional Moldovan Soccer Phenom Tells AllInside the ingenious hoax that fooled the British sports press.
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June 26 2011 1:00 PMMexican WaveHow the U.S. national team got swarmed over by its continental rival.
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May 25 2011 10:21 AMSic Transit Gloria MessiIs the Champions League final going to be the last hurrah for Barcelona, soccer's greatest team?
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April 14 2011 12:13 PMThe Island of ArsenalWill an American billionaire change the culture of England's most glamorous soccer club?
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March 3 2011 10:11 AMParity vs. GreatnessThe most important debate in sports.
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Jan. 27 2011 12:53 PMNumberless WondersThe trouble with soccer's statistical revolution.
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Dec. 2 2010 6:57 PMSepp Blatter's Soccer CabalWhy the United States lost out on its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
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Nov. 4 2010 10:01 AMMan U's Man-ChildThe rise and fall of Wayne Rooney.
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Oct. 4 2010 10:10 AMAfrica's Soccer ImpostorsThe bizarre, sad tale of Togo's fake national team.
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Aug. 24 2010 4:00 PMMessi to Madrid!An appreciation of soccer's ludicrous, misleading, and fabulously entertaining transfer rumor mill.
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July 12 2010 1:07 AMNot-So-Beautiful GameSpain's win over the Netherlands brings a fantastic World Cup to a hacking, plodding end.
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June 16 2010 12:18 PMWorld Cup WeirdosInternational soccer managers are the strangest men in sports.
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June 9 2010 9:41 AMThe Secret History of American SoccerIn the 1920s, soccer was on the cusp of becoming a major sport in the United States. Then it all crashed and burned.