Brian Phillips

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

Sports Nut
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.
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.



Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
Dear Prudence
Oct. 2 2014 6:00 AM Can’t Stomach It I was shamed for getting gastric bypass surgery. Should I keep the procedure a secret?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?