Longtime soccer sportswriter Grant Wahl died suddenly while covering the World Cup in Qatar. Wahl, who was 52, had been a fixture at the World Cup for nearly two decades, and his death came as a shock to the soccer community.
Wahl was known for his unassuming demeanor and his love of the game. He was a beloved figure in the soccer world, and his untimely death has left many mourners.
Wahl began his career as a soccer beat writer for The Kansas City Star. He then moved on to cover Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team for Sports Illustrated. In 2006, he became the first American journalist to be elected president of the Football Writers Association of America.
Even though he was based in the United States, Wahl was a familiar face at the World Cup, and he had a deep understanding of the game. His death is a big loss for the soccer community, and he will be deeply missed.