Graham MacAree

  • joined Feb 12, 2008
  • last login Jul 28, 2014
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A man of many hats. Including the SB Nation lead soccer person hat. They're metaphorical hats, sometimes.

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Antonio Valencia sent off for Ecuador


Bad news for Ecuador: stuck in a 0-0 match they need to win, they've just seen captain Antonio Valencia dismissed for a foul on Lucas Digne.

Shaqiri scores twice


Racing out to a 2-0 lead vs. Honduras is a good way to bounce back from getting hammered by France.

Luis Suárez and the bite heard 'round the world

On Tuesday, in the midst of a key match between Italy and Uruguay, the star striker Suárez bit someone. Again.

Brazil won't win the World Cup relying on Paulinho

The Selecao have a problem in central midfield. His name is Paulinho.

Torres scores, Fabregas gets an assist vs. AUS


Finally a good day for the Spanish contingent.

Mixed performances from Belgian trio


It was a good day from Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. It was a markedly less good day for Romelu Lukaku.

Germany's split personality

Germany's draw against Ghana might be a disappoint result after hammering Portugal, but boom-and-bust seems to be this team's default setting.

How Iran nearly pulled off an upset vs. Argentina

Iran identified and exploited two key elements of Argentina's play, but they were undone by poor finishing and Lionel Messi's magical moment.

France show just how good they are

Les Bleus pasted Switzerland 5-2 in what was the most one-sided match of the 2014 World Cup so far.

Sex workers unhappy at the World Cup

It's fair to say that the World Cup has failed to meet the expectations of Brazil's sex workers.

Dammit, England

Being an England fan is basically like being the Eeyore of international soccer. Resident England fan Graham MacAree explains.

Concussions in football remain a contentious topic

Continuing to play after receiving a head injury is nothing new in the sport, but FIFA must take action to protect the players from their own poor decisions.

Formation switch on the cards for the Oranje?

An injury gave Louis van Gaal an excuse to switch formations against Australia, and it worked wonderfully.

Spain, Xavi and the end of a dynasty

Spain's early exit from Brazil 2014 came mostly down to an aging core.

How El Tri were able to hold Brazil

Two games, two disappointing performances. Are Brazil really built to win the World Cup?

Algeria impress, but Belgium's subs save the day

Substitutes scored both goals as Belgium overcame a 1-0 first half deficit to win their first game of the 2014 World Cup. Here's how the game broke down.

Jermaine Jones was the USMNT's real hero

Clint Dempsey and John Brooks scored the goals for the United States, but Jermaine Jones was the team's real hero against Ghana.

How the USA can get out of Group G

Want to figure out how the United States can get out of Group G? We can help.

Portugal start their World Cup off with a meltdown

One game, one utterly horrendous implosion. Unless they can turn things around quickly, Portugal's World Cup campaign could be over before it's even begun.

2nd-half tweak spares Argentina's blushes

Argentina's experimental first-half formation was ... kind of a mess. Fortunately Alejandro Sabella fixed it as soon as he could.

Switzerland helped by the World Cup's best ref

A lot of referees wouldn't have allowed Switzerland to get into position to score their dramatic winner. Thanks, Ravshan Irmatov!

Digging into Costa Rica's greatest game

Unfancied Costa Rica staged a major upset in the opening game of Group D, coming from behind against 2010 semifinalists Uruguay. Here's how they did it.

England so fun they forgot a plan

Congratulations to England for actually trying to play football. Too bad they forgot to stop Italy from doing anything.

Elephants come from behind for 2-1 win

Down 1-0? No problem, if you're the Ivory Coast: just add Didier Drogba and your problems go away. Poor Japan never stood a chance.

Ivory Coast vs. Japan: Lineups

We're without both Didier Drogba and Yasuhito Endō.

Costa Rica stun Uruguay

Another day, another upset: Costa Rica have punched a huge hole in Uruguay's hopes of getting out of Group D with a 3-1 come-from-behind win against the 2010 semifinalists.

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica: Lineups

No Luis Suarez means a whole lot of Diego Forlan.

Chile's World Cup team is flawed but fun

Chile have sent a team without any defenders in it to the World Cup. The result so far has been hilarious.

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