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My South Africa story
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My South Africa story

PSP’s Ryan Pine made the trip from Philly to South Africa for the World Cup. Now he’s back to share a story full of ostriches, electrocutions, great wine, mass hysteria, and dreaming the impossible dream.

World Cup contoversy: parakeet picks Dutch
World Cup - International

World Cup contoversy: parakeet picks Dutch

Mani the Parakeet picks Holland to win the World Cup, casting doubt on the pick of Paul the Octopus of Spain. Yawn Scoff Belch Snooze Belch Snooze Whizz Snooze Belch Fiver the Sloth, the English newspaper The Guardian’s very own clairvoyant, is expected to make a pick soon. Hopefully by Monday.

Thus spake Paul the Octopus
Daily news roundups

Thus spake Paul the Octopus

Paul picks Spain, Golden Ball nominees announced, officiating changes in the works for 2014, next WC logo unveiled, Rodriguez named WPS player of the month, Independence attendance woes, should the US embrace diving and more morning news.

Nowak on the sidelines at the FC Dallas match. (Photo: Daniel Gadjamowicz)
Union

Nowak’s tactics: Genius or madness?

Philadelphia Union have deployed 10 different starting lineups in 12 regular season games. Wingers played fullback, center backs and strikers played midfield, and center midfielders played winger. What’s going on? Is Union manager Peter Nowak a mad genius, or is he just mad? PSP explores.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Featured / Match previews / Union

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Philadelphia Union kick off a four-game home stretch on Saturday as Philly native Bobby Convey and the San Jose Earthquakes come to town. PSP previews a game that will pit the hometown kid Convey against the guy the Union took instead of him, Shea Salinas, as well as top pick Danny Mwanga against the predicted No. 1 pick the Union passed on, Ike Opara.

The Human Perspective at the World Cup
Africa / Culture / Featured / World Cup - International

The Human Perspective at the World Cup

South African writer Ivan Vladislavic talks with PSP about the ground level impact of the World Cup on the country’s people and how building soccer stadiums may or may not impact the lives of South Africans, with a few parallels to Philadelphia Union’s new digs in Chester.

A few things that could be improved at PPL Park
Featured / MLS / Union

A few things that could be improved at PPL Park

The first game at PPL Park was awesome. But I would make these small changes to make the 2nd game even better…

Spain to the Final!
World Cup - International

Spain to the Final!

German guns are silenced as patient Spain makes history.

Psychic-speculation-preview-study-poll-swap stuff
Daily news roundups

Psychic-speculation-preview-study-poll-swap stuff

Will Marcelo Biesla be the new US coach, what the US can learn from Germany’s youth development system, why refs make bad calls, a poll shows 67% of US adults have not watched the World Cup, that idiot who ran on to the pitch during the Germany v Spain match and more.

Germany to Octopus: Say it isn’t so!
Daily news roundups

Germany to Octopus: Say it isn’t so!

Paul the Psychic Octopus sets Germany on edge, Jozy Altidore goes to a Mets game, who will be the US coach, NASA weighs in on the Jubulani, is Dempsey going to AC Milan, a statue for Maradona, Toolzinho and more morning news.

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