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

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

June 07, 2010


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. 01, 2008

Tango Argentina

The Columbus Crew danced to its first MLS Cup title behind the brilliant moves of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the league's most talented (sorry, Becks!) and influential import

June 13, 2005

Follow Me

Landon Donovan's ready to lead the U.S. to next year's World Cup--but who'll be going with him?

Nov. 09, 2015

The Case for ... Carli Lloyd

IN THE SOUTHEAST corner of Portugal, in a tiny stadium wedged between the beach, a lighthouse and the river frontier with Spain, Carli Lloyd ...

July 20, 2015

Here We Grow

The women's win was a great moment for their sport—but we've been here before. Now can this new energy propel a pro league forward?

March 20, 2006

Possession Obsession

The madness in March boils down to tempo and efficiency. Teams that control the pace and make the most of every chance-at both ends of the floor-have the best shot at reaching Indy

Oct. 15, 2007


The purposely annoying Bruce Pearl made Tennessee men's basketball relevant again, using a freewheeling offense, pressing defense and ...

Aug. 25, 1997


The exorcism of the 1996 season finally took place this May, onone of those sweltering days that almost melt the carpet atLincoln's Memorial ...

Sept. 24, 2012

Judging Jurgen

World Cup qualifying wasn't supposed to be this hard—or look this ugly. After a Jamaican scare, it's time to evaluate the man in charge

March 08, 1999

Inside College Basketball

PLAYER OF THE YEARFor his scoring and other reasons, Arizona's Jason Terry is thepick Early in his freshman season Arizona point guard ...

June 07, 2010


Once insular, stagnant and fearful of change, England now has its football fate— some would say its national birthright—in the hands of a suave ...

April 04, 2005

Take the Shot

As a frenetic NCAA tournament reaches its finale, the national champion is likely to be determined by a showdown among deadeye marksmen

May 21, 2012

Homes Sweet Homes

With the debut of the Dynamo's new downtown Houston stadium, most every MLS team now has a venue well-suited for the sport

April 14, 2008

Rock Chalk, Champions

After a fantastic two-minute flurry at the end of regulation, Kansas KO'd Memphis 75--68 in overtime to claim the Jayhawks' first title since Danny and the Miracles prevailed 20 years ago

Sept. 24, 2012

Legacy of Betrayal

Police blamed Liverpool fans for a deadly tragedy, but new findings say otherwise

June 09, 2014

Villainy Or Victory?

Four years ago LUIS SUÁREZ committed a cynical but shrewd offense ( quarterfinals, hand ball—you might recall it) that helped lift ...

Aug. 29, 2005

Stars of David

Even in the shadow of recent violence, two Arabs have become heroes of Israel's surprising soccer team. Next Saturday, in Switzerland, Israel could all but clinch a World Cup berth in the nation's most important sporting event in three decades