Where Do World Cup Goals Come From?

Not Canada. That’s the short answer. Should be obvious from the map. But that’s earth, color-coded by World Cup goals dating back to the competition’s first edition in 1930 (it’s current through the semi-finals of the 2014 edition and there’s a larger version with some interactivity here—mouseover to get the country and its total goals). […]

The World Cup: Where Being Old Might Be Good

1990199419982002200620102014 England never really had a chance in Brazil. And not for the reasons they normally ascribe to their failures at international tournaments—penalty kicks, not being Germany, etc. No, England were done pretty much the moment manager Roy Hodgson decided to leave Ashley Cole off the national team. That’s not to say that Cole’s absence […]