Here’s a rare instance when it’s acceptable—nay, your civic duty as an American—to stake out territory at a sports bar at 9am. The US Men’s Soccer Team faces Germany in an epic match this morning, and if, for some reason, you’re reading this on your computer currently—get thee to a pub.

Catch some international soccer spirit with the Nike animated short above, get step-by-step instructions on skipping work to watch futbol from the Wall Street Journal, and keep reading for ways to rep your favorite team—United States or otherwise.

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We had a feeling this team would be one to watch. After defeating Canada 4-3 in what’s being called perhaps the most entertaining women’s soccer match EVER, the US Women’s National Team will face Japan in a grudge match for Olympic gold. (US defeated Japan for the medal in 2008 in Beijing, but Japan came out on top in last year’s World Cup—meaning both teams have an axe to grind.)

Tune in this morning at 11:35 PST to see what happens. (Sorry for the short notice. Try watching it live online here.)


In the meantime, watch Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal against Canada:


…And click this link or the screen-cap below to watch the full US v. Canada highlights on the official NBC Olympics page:


If you follow football (you know: ‘soccer’), you know that the Men’s National Team came up short of securing a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

However, there are still plenty of good reasons to tune in this summer. Eighteen of them in fact, also known as the reigning-gold-medalist US Women’s National Team—not the least of whom is world-class goalkeeper Hope Solo. If you’re uninitiated or otherwise unconvinced, check out her superhuman save, below, which helped the US defeat Canada last night in the team’s final exhibition before the Olympics—which kick off July 25 versus France. (Hey, at least the men still have basketball.)

In other soccer news, the final game of the Euro 2012 men’s tournament airs today at 2:45 EST on ESPN. Again, no USA, but the match between Italy and defending champs Spain has been heralded as a showcase of the nuance and artistry the sport is meant to be all about—with both teams having surpassed opponents who attempted to thwart their creativity with aggressive defense, rather than compete with it.

In the meantime, get inspired by these posters of ‘Football Legends’ by Bosnian graphic designer Zoran Lucic. Many more in the artist’s gallery on Typography Served.


[Hope Solo image courtesy of Posters ©Zoran Lucic.]