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Photo: Nothing but net

Japan emerges victorious after a real nail-biter.

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  Denied!

A followup on the World Cup’s lousy officiating — and what could be done about it.

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  Pacifying Rio

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Rio, Brazil has begun an aggressive program to reduce crime in Rio’s favelas. Officials call it “pacification,” a full-scale military operation to run out the drug dealers and bring in more police, while other call it a superficial solution.

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A colorful ‘Sam’s Army’ marches through South Africa

The American team showed a lot of grit in South Africa, and the American fans, who seem to have more enthusiasm for their team than even the Europeans do, even more so.

The boy who cried foul, or lessons in lying from the World Cup

Soccer players — or, as the rest of the world calls them, football players — can be tricky. They sometimes fall and then, with a pained expression on their face and an eye on the referee, they roll around on the ground, face glazed with tears and sweat, pointing a finger at an opposing player. [...]

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  Next Week’s News: Baby puppies edition

Andy’s back from two weeks in South Africa — the land of vuvuzelas. And this week, he takes a look at the terrible performance of the English team. BP, that is.

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Hooray, I’m for the other team

Yuval Lion discovers a new breed of soccer fan in South Africa.

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  The World What?

The world’s most popular sport owes something to the U.S. — and Americans could stand to learn a thing or two about soccer

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‘This is Africa!’ Vuvuzelas and all

A dispatch from the World Cup: from the wig-wearing, color-bearing fans to the giant beelike sounds of the vuvuzelas.

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