In case you couldn’t tell, a new Germany has won the World Cup.
Why Germans and Argentines have so much in common, even in soccer.
For Argentina's soccer team, like its economy, diversification is the key to success.
With the federal government paralyzed by partisan bickering over undocumented immigrants, states and cities are leading the way.
Ukraine's military isn't up to the task of fighting off pro-Russian separatists itself. So ordinary citizens are picking up the slack.
The United States has the blueprint for a smarter way to make peace. Now it has to use it.
The end of the Cold War ushered in an era of expanding freedom. Is the golden age of democratic transitions drawing to a close?
As a football team and as a people, the Dutch have replaced style with staying power.
The Argentine government’s exploitation of football would make a World Cup victory bittersweet.
21st-century East Asia is a dangerous neighborhood. Japan can no longer afford to be unprepared.
If chants and protests in Brazil left egg on FIFA’s face, Russia and Qatar are cooking up an omelet.
If the United States is going to shift focus to Asia it’s going to have to do it without Europe.
Brazil’s stunning exit from the World Cup brings its other problems back into focus.
Thanks to overfishing, pollution, climate change, and terrible governance, the largest ecosystem on the planet is close to collapse.
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors trekking north from Central America is a humanitarian crisis -- and the United States should treat it like one.
Why John Kerry has no business trying to make peace between Israel and Gaza right now.
Alfredo Di Stéfano was a man without a country who may have played for three.
Iraq’s Sunnis turned against radical jihadists once. Will they do so again?
Russia's swashbuckling military intelligence unit is full of assassins, arms dealers, and bandits. And what they pulled off in Ukraine was just the beginning.
Argentina has made it to the semifinals of the World Cup without its usual tricks.
Facing threats from all directions, King Abdullah moves to get his foreign-policy team in place -- and quell infighting within the royal family.
Neymar’s injury shows what happens when soccer enters a bad equilibrium.
In soccer, as in politics, plenty of Russians think the root of all evil lies in the West.
Match-fixing by soccer players is the least of the sport’s problems.
Cheap, deadly, and not stopping anytime soon, barrel bombs are the weapon of choice for dictators from Sudan to Syria.
Why the prophets of American decline are wrong.
Failure in this year’s biggest club competition shows money isn’t everything.