Culture

The truth behind being a Russian ultra, with Spartak Moscow’s Fratria

A behind-the-scenes look into one of Russia’s most passionate supporter’s groups.

How soccer helped me bridge the gentrification gap in my San Francisco neighborhood

A look into the root of why there’s a universal preference for Messi over Ronaldo.

‘It’s only working for the white kids’: American soccer’s diversity problem

Unlike the world’s major soccer nations, success for American players often depends on parents’ wealth.

Cuba’s route to football glory: a six-month training camp in North Korea

It just so happens that North Korea was the catalyst behind Cuban soccer’s heyday.

The girl who escaped from the Taliban and became a soccer star

The remarkable story of Nadia Nadine — a former Afghan refugee, current American soccer star and future plastic surgeon.