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.
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.
The 33 Chilean miners who spent 70 days trapped underground in 2010 are now starring in a new TV ad, urging fans to support Chile's World Cup soccer team. The miners deliver a rousing message to the nation. But it may sound a little intimidating to the players.
What if President Obama joined the NBA's Washington Wizards? Obama might want to consider that, after he hears what Bolivian President Evo Morales is up to. Morales has just been offered a contract to play professional soccer in Bolivia's first division.
The documentary film "Next Goal Wins" tells the story of the soccer team from American Samoa. The team went through a decades-long losing streak but managed to turn things around thanks to a Dutch coach and a transgender defender.
As political unrest continues in Ukraine, the government there has called for all soccer matches to be held without spectators. That's in addition to the cancellation of the country's Premier League matches and the cup final, which were planned to be held in eastern cities and on the Crimean peninsula.