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Soccer is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, conveniently coinciding with the country’s decent performance in this and the last World Cup. No news outlet has been milking the globally-loved sport’s new recognition in America more than the New York Times, with seemingly one out of every two stories coming out of the venerable outlet being focused on soccer since the Brazil World Cup began.

Other outlets, comedians, and the forever-loathsome she-thing, Anne Coulter, are having a grand old time calling out the NYT on its pretentious World Cup coverage, but the Times may have jumped the shark when it published this almost impossible to decipher infographic that tracks “Soccer clubs with players on at least two national teams.”

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The interactive graphic is confusing even when you click around to narrow down the focus on a few of the intricate web of lines connecting players, teams and countries, but once you’ve got it somewhat figured out – possibly with the help of your engineer brother or something – you’ll find it actually contains some interesting information. Such as that archrivals Brazil and Argentina have some team overlap, meaning certain stars that often play alongside each other find themselves on opposing teams once or twice a year.

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I love watching the World Cup, but I’m far from a soccer expert – as some Europeans, who seem to believe Americans are simply incapable of comprehending a bunch of guys kicking a ball around without using their hands, will surely agree with. Perhaps to true fans, reading this infographic is at least as easy as reading the ingredients label on a Twinkie, but since I have a short attention span and a slow Internet connection, it will forever remain the most mind-blogging soccer-related thing I have ever seen.

Source: Footballnet
Photos: Screencaptures via New York Times