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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

Oct 29, 2012

Sporting Chance

A phenomenal rebranding success, Sporting KC is a favorite for the MLS title and—sorry, Chiefs and Royals—the hottest team in town

Aug 26, 2013

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

Feb 28, 2011

Wish Fulfillment

Michael Bradley always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, and now he has his shot, with Aston Villa

Jun 08, 2015

World Corrupt

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

Apr 07, 2008

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

Jul 06, 2009

The Next Step

The U.S. got a glimpse of the top at the Confederations Cup—now it must apply its lessons to 2010

Apr 30, 2012

BIG FINISH

As the Premier League approaches its end games, TV goes all in

Feb 15, 2010

Red Card, Yellow Card

In a scandal, unlike the U.S., the Brits make the right call

Mar 11, 2013

Thierry-Eyed

Can a major Euro-style shake-up bring the Red Bulls and their savvy French star a title at long last?

Nov 03, 2008

Won and Done

After a distinguished 49-year career, Arizona coach Lute Olson abruptly retired, leaving the Wildcats to rebuild

Oct 31, 2011

Out-Foxed

Could a TV power shift hurt American soccer?

Nov 02, 2009

The Silky Way

The star-studded Galaxy is playing to its potential at playoff time, thanks to Bruce Arena's smooth touch

Jul 09, 2012

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

Sep 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