The World Cup kicks off in a little over a month. The U.S. is in a very good position to advance out of the group stage. England could dominate them, but the U.S. should have little trouble with Slovenia and Algeria. It’s soccer, and the Americans are notoriously inconsistent, but they should go through. To tide you over here’s a great piece in The New Republic on the game’s best player, Lionel Messi of Argentina, and the system that produced him (and the greatness that is Barcelona).
It is hard to see, however, how Messi, Xavi, and their teammates can be stopped. They are ineffably good at what they do, simply because it is what they have been doing for Barcelona for a very long time. Transcendence is all about practice.
Update: Ironically, Inter beat Barcelona 3-1 in the first leg of their two-game match-up.