William Troop


William edits The World, and likes how that sounds. He can otherwise be found on the nearest soccer field, or at least on the sidelines.

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.    

Italy players look dejected after their game with Sweden in a qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Italy’s soccer apocalypse is served


Italy has failed to qualify for a men’s World Cup soccer tournament for the first time in 60 years. And Italy fans are taking it pretty hard.

President of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini welcomes students from Sicily to the Italian Parliament. Photo from Facebok, October 2, 2017.

This Italian politician wants kids to become ‘fake news hunters’

Global Politics
United States' Christian Pulisic and Trinidad's Kevan George and Shahdon Winchester in action.

Four reasons the US won’t be at next year’s World Cup

Players waiting for a decision after the referee asked for a video review of Australia's second goal against Germany during a Confederation Cup match in Sochi, Russia

Soccer flirts with making ‘let’s go to the videotape’ official

Colombian singer Juanes, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Medellín

Colombian rock star Juanes just wants to keep it positive right now

Café Tacvba band members Quique Rangel, Rubén Albarrán, Joselo Rangel and Meme del Real

This aged well: Mexico’s Café Tacvba still rocks, hard


Café Tacvba puts out its first album in five years, and rock is just one of the ingredients.

Zucchero with Miles Davis

What Miles Davis told Zucchero


Italy’s Zucchero has been singing in a mix of Italian and English for years. But early in his career, Miles Davis told him to stick to Italian.

fan during a FIFA World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Atlante and Auckland City

How a bigger FIFA World Cup could lead to March Madness-style drama


The world governing body for soccer has decided to expand the format of its men’s World Cup from 32 teams to 48, effective 2026. So, get ready for a big debate over this for the next nine years.

Bob Bradley during his first game as a Premier League manager, Arsenal v Swansea City, Emirates Stadium in London. October 15, 2016.

This American soccer coach was criticized for being too American


In October, Bob Bradley became the first American to coach in the English Premier League. In December he was fired. In between, he was criticized for speaking like an American.

Detail from "Mary Comforter of the Afflicted," stained glass portrait by Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley reimagines old portraits because ‘if Black Lives Matter, they deserve to be in paintings’


Kehinde Wiley thinks art, at its best, highlights what we as human beings value. That’s why all his portraits have at their center a person of color.