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Grant Wahl

Grant Wahl

Grant Wahl covers global and domestic soccer for Sports Illustrated, which he joined in November 1996 as a fact-checker. He became a senior writer in October 2000. Over the years, Wahl has produced in-depth stories and videos on some of the world’s biggest clubs (including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea) and top-level players (Didier Drogba, David Beckham, Luis Suárez), in addition to all the leading personalities in U.S. soccer. Wahl has covered six men’s World Cups and four women’s World Cups. He fell in love with soccer in his adopted country of Argentina, where he wrote his Princeton University thesis on politics and soccer in that country, and he speaks conversational Spanish. Wahl lives in New York City with his wife, Celine, and their dogs, Coco and Zizou. He’s active on Twitter (@GrantWahl), Instagram and Facebook

All Grant Wahl Stories

May 24, 2010

Soccer Savior

A SPECIAL REPORT BY Grant Wahl

Africa's greatest star, Didier Drogba, didn't single-handedly end his country's civil war, but such is the respect he commands that when he called for Ivorians to look beyond what divided them, the people listened

Jan. 11, 2010

He's The Shizz

Overflowing with talent, Kentucky freshman guard John Wall is dominating college hoops as few others have ever done

Sept. 11, 2000

Remember the Mayhem

Unusually boisterous crowd support boosted the U.S. to a win over Guatemala

July 20, 1998

Coup De Grace

Zinedine Zidane scored twice with his head to seize the hearts of a nation—and France's first World Cup

Feb. 18, 2002

Ahead of His Class

Ohio high school junior LeBron James is so good that he's already being mentioned as the heir to Air Jordan

May 04, 1998

Paternity Ward

By Grant Wahl and L. Jon Wertheim With special reporting by Lester Munson and Don Yaeger

Fathering out-of-wedlock kids has become commonplace among athletes, many of whom seem oblivious to the legal, financial and emotional consequences

Oct. 31, 2011

Out-Foxed

Could a TV power shift hurt American soccer?

June 07, 2010

ALL AMERICANS

As soccer gets serious in the States, scrutiny has intensified and expectations have soared. Meet the men of Team USA, who'll take on the ...

Dec. 21, 2015

PLAY LIKE A GIRL BADASS

The unyielding U.S. women's soccer team didn't just win the World Cup: It captivated a nation AYLA LUDLOW, a 13-year-old soccer player from ...

May 23, 2011

Sorry Soccer

New allegations of corruption underline the need for change in FIFA

Nov. 01, 2010

Rooney Tunes

The face of English football pulled a LeBron on his fans. Now what?

Dec. 06, 2004

Trade Deficit

Star players like Landon Donovan are leaving MLS for Europe. Is this a disaster--or a sign that American soccer is coming of age?

June 30, 2008

Hard Return

Her World Cup outburst violated the team-first ethos of women's sports and made her an outcast. Now Hope Solo is the U.S. goalie once again, bound for Beijing—and still trying to figure it all out

June 14, 2010

Good Hands

The U.S.'s three World Cup keepers draw strength from Premier League experience and an unusual solidarity

July 04, 2011

GREEN ACRES

TWELVE YEARS AFTER SHE AND HER TEAMMATES MADE HISTORY, THE PIONEERING WOMEN'S SOCCER STAR AND WORLD CUP ...

Feb. 19, 2007

Phenomenal Freshmen

He headlines perhaps the most formidable group of first-year players in college basketball history, but Texas forward Kevin Durant is in a class by himself--and should be the first frosh to win player of the year

March 19, 2007

March Sadness

A Staten Island rite of spring—partaking in a million-dollar NCAA pool—comes to an end

April 11, 2016

The Case for ... Taking a Stand

LAST WEEK THE five most prominent members of the World Cup--winning U.S. women's national soccer team dropped a bombshell, filing a ...