Stories from William Troop
As an editor at The World, I'm crashing against a deadline almost all the time that I'm in the newsroom, editing content for The World's many daily stories. When I get a chance, though, I like to report on my favorite topic: soccer. OK, actually soccer takes up most of my non-work life, but I'm cool with that.
I also consider myself a citizen of the world and a global nomad. I grew up in Mexico and Italy before moving to the United States for college and beyond. So what better place to work than The World?
That explains why I joined the original team that created The World in 1995. Since then, I've worn almost all the hats in our newsroom: producer, director, correspondent and editor. Before joining the team in Boston, I was a producer and editor at National Public Radio, and news director at NPR member station WAMU in Washington.
In Bristol, a city in the southwest of England, soccer fans take their sport very seriously. So when Bristol City's super-fan, Ben Swift, lost his regular spot in the stadium when construction began, he was disappointed — until he realized he could get an even better view from his own backyard.
Arts, Culture & Media
The Blacksad series of noir graphic novels stands out for two reasons. All the characters are animals. And the series is set in 1950s America, even though its original creator has never been to the US.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo already have a lot of records under their respective belts. But in their battle for individual soccer supremacy, the latest honor belongs to Messi.
Soccer's governing body FIFA is being sued in California over the sport's handling of concussions. One key to the debate over concussions in soccer is whether FIFA will change its rigid substitution rules at the top professional and international levels.
Match-fixing is a widespread problem in soccer. But I don't think the 2014 World Cup will be affected or rigged in any way. The stakes are too high for all involved to let that happen.