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.


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If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge

The World

Iran and the U.S. Are Allies

They just aren’t ready to admit it yet.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

How Steven Moffat Made the Best Doctor Who Episode in Years

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 2:11 PM Spare the Rod What Charles Barkley gets wrong about corporal punishment and black culture.
Business Insider
Sept. 16 2014 1:23 PM Germany Has Asked Google to Reveal Its Search Algorithm, but That's Not Going to Happen
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 1:27 PM The Veronica Mars Spinoff Is Just Amusing Enough to Keep Me Watching
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 1:48 PM Why We Need a Federal Robotics Commission
  Health & Science
Sept. 16 2014 1:39 PM The Case of the Missing Cerebellum How did a Chinese woman live 24 years missing part of her brain?
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.