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
MOLTO, MOLTO MARIO
FRIEND OF POPES, LOVER OF PIGS, OFTEN-TAUNTED SYMBOL OF AN INCREASINGLY MULTIRACIAL EUROPE—MARIO BALOTELLI IS A LIGHTNING ROD FOR ATTENTION. AT 23, ITALY'S STAR FORWARD ALSO HAS TALENT THAT'S EVERY BIT AS ELECTRIC AS HIS PERSONALITY
Michael Bradley always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, and now he has his shot, with Aston Villa
FIFA has long wanted the U.S. to take more interest in global soccer—and the indictment of 14 officials indicates how involved Uncle Sam has become. Careful what you wish for, Sepp Blatter
The Four Tops
A quartet of powerhouse teams, each with a uniquely skilled star, is set for a showdown in San Antonio in the strongest Final Four ever
The Next Step
The U.S. got a glimpse of the top at the Confederations Cup—now it must apply its lessons to 2010
As the Premier League approaches its end games, TV goes all in
Red Card, Yellow Card
In a scandal, unlike the U.S., the Brits make the right call
A phenomenal rebranding success, Sporting KC is a favorite for the MLS title and—sorry, Chiefs and Royals—the hottest team in town
Can a major Euro-style shake-up bring the Red Bulls and their savvy French star a title at long last?
Won and Done
After a distinguished 49-year career, Arizona coach Lute Olson abruptly retired, leaving the Wildcats to rebuild
Could a TV power shift hurt American soccer?
The Silky Way
The star-studded Galaxy is playing to its potential at playoff time, thanks to Bruce Arena's smooth touch
Red All Over, Again
A transcendent 4--0 victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final stamped La Roja as the most accomplished side in history
THE START THEY NEEDED
On a historic night in South Africa, the underdog Americans matched England blow for blow, putting the U.S. team in position for a coveted spot in the knockout rounds