Irish rugby scrum. Photo: boocal.

Team Sports

At Matador, we go ground level with team sports, like playing pickup football in Paris, working as a ref, and half-time entertainment at a basketball game.

We also report on world events like the Olympics and the World Cup or more niche sports like Jamaican dogsledding and laundry badnminton.

And we have the controversial – which is tougher: rugby vs. American football, soccer coaches we’d like to canonize and those we’d like to excommunicate, and more.

Team Sports Articles

As football tourists, how do we affect the lives of young players?

by Aaron Hamburger

11 reasons Oakland is one of America’s premier sports cities

by Colin Heinrich

German soccer player donates World Cup winnings to help Brazilian kids

by Matt Hershberger

These guys took the ultimate World Cup road trip

by Matt Hershberger
3

Brazil is a nation defined by soccer [vid]

by Gaía Passarelli
10

Mapped: Every World Cup winner in the history of the tournament

by Morgan deBoer
1

Messi, a profile of one of soccer’s all-time greats

by Laura Bernhein
17

Why the 2022 World Cup should be taken from Qatar and given to the US

by Matt Hershberger
6

America finally has its own soccer hooligans, and they are awesome

by Matt Hershberger
3

Watch the entire city of Santiago erupt when Chile scores a World Cup goal

by Matt Hershberger
8

4 theories on why Americans haven’t adopted soccer like the rest of the world

by Matt Hershberger
2

Why Mexico’s coach is the winner of the World Cup [gifs]

by Matt Hershberger
1

The 8 types of World Cup spectators

by Paul Kelly
2

Notes on the World Cup from a non-soccer fan, 2006-2014

by Katka Lapelosa
3

Japanese World Cup fans are the most gracious losers in the world, and here’s why

by Matt Hershberger
1

19 images from the first days of the 2014 World Cup

by Stephanie Foden

32 soccer tricks you won’t see in the World Cup

by Matt Hershberger
8

5 legendary teams that will NOT win the World Cup

by Ricardo de los Ríos
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