Reigning World Cup winners Germany will prove hard to beat at this year’s European football championships.
Based on goals scored at the 2014 World Cup, goals emerge when teams develop small and rapid passing networks comprising only a few players.
And so it begins …
France are favourites, Albania are playing and there are more teams than ever before. Your essential guide to Europe's summer football festival.
Choosing the right tactics?
Xi Jinping is spearheading an extraordinary bid to dominate the world's favourite sport. But will he take the Chinese people with him?
Smells like team spirit. Leicester captain Wes Morgan celebrates scoring against Manchester United.
Egg roulette, terrible passing stats and the odd pizza. The psychology that builds success.
Making it into the world championships can depend more on your sport's rules than how good you are.
Another day, another trophy.
Whether the women's U.S. soccer team wins its fight for pay equity, its existence alone shows just how much has already been won.
Try convincing Australian sports fans that Hawthorn’s dominance in the AFL is purely down to a cosmological coin flip.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
Level playing field? Jamie Vardy causes panic in the Manchester City defence.
Moneyball tactics and a deluge of new money have served up a season of shocks and drama.
Will Smith as Dr Bennet Omalu.
Once the stuff of tweeting birds and rolling cartoon eyes, bumps on the head are now linked to dementia. Will Smith's latest movie tells how sports authorities tried to cover it up.
Billionaire Frank Lowy was done like a dinner in the shark-infested waters of international football, led by Sepp Blatter (right).
Despite Australia squandering $43 million on a failed bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Lowy football dynasty lives on.
Left behind. Where do fans sit in the new hierarchy?
The beautiful game has always had an ugly side to its relationship with the press, but are things now going too far?
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The competitors of the robot world cup are creeping closer to the goal of a robotic team that can beat the best human players.
They won the gold, but where’s the money?
As I watched the Women’s World Cup final recently with my family, my 11-year-old son, who plays on a local soccer team, remarked that he was amazed at how quickly and how often the US team scored. “Seriously…
The United States celebrates its World Cup victory.
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Language can subtly undermine women's sports in a number of ways.
Tackling the legacy of the men’s game.
The terrible reputation of cheaters, divers, fraudsters and hooligans in the Premier League and beyond may be placing an artificial cap on the growth of the sister sport
Icons like Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba have made a name for themselves playing overseas.
Africa is perfectly capable of competing with the rest of the world on fields and tracks, and in organisational terms too.
Millions tune in to the Women’s World Cup, but how many follow teams at the club level?
The Women's World Cup has become a hugely popular, global event. But what's happening at the club level?
Happier days in Africa.
Answers to the challenging question of why Africans unanimously supported Sepp Blatter for a 5th term -- and what they portend for the future.
Some anti-Blatter activists tied their loathing of him to accusations of “slave labor” in Qatar, the site of the 2022 World Cup.
Blatter's decision to step down shocked the world. We asked a few academics to weigh in on what it means.
US Navy v Gabon
The inside story of an Interpol conference (sponsored by FIFA) on how to use education and research to tackle match fixing and corruption in soccer.