Tags: World Cup (Soccer)

Essay: Croatians Savor the Present, but Keep One Fateful Foot in the Past

“Does your father have a shrine to Boban?” It’s not a question that you hear every day. But as my distant cousin explained at a gathering of my Croatian-American family in Pittsburgh in 1998, the first year that Croatia unexpectedly stormed the soccer world, her garage had been repurposed by her father as a devotional…

The World Cup’s Hot New Accessory Comes With a Few Questions

MOSCOW — The must-have accessory at the 2018 World Cup is a passport-sized badge of honor that, for many fans, symbolizes the fulfillment of a lifetime’s ambition. The badge, called a Fan ID, is an innovation introduced at the World Cup for the first time and is almost as valuable as a ticket. No fan…

That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’

“I would not go that far,” Ian Rollo, the principal scientist for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Britain, said with a laugh. “No way do we take credit for any penalty successes at the moment.” And yet, carb rinsing will do no harm, Rollo and other scientists say. (The joke is that the only…