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Worrying Rise In Brazil's Assaults Ahead Of World Cup

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 05.22.2014 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Marcelo Gomez was taking the bus home from a soccer match at Maracana stadium, where the World Cup final will be played, when ...

Watch Thousands Scramble To Escape Chaos In Brazil's Subway

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.22.2014 | World

Mere weeks before the start of the World Cup, terrifying footage of an immense and chaotic crowd trying to get out of a Brazilian subway station has l...

American Soccer's Steady Journey From Periphery to Core, Where Germany Has Comfortably Resided for Decades

Andrei Markovits | Posted 07.21.2014 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

For very different reasons, the impending World Cup will be huge for both the German and American teams that will actually confront each other in the third game of the first round in a group rightly given the sobriquet "Group of Death."

Brazil's Vale Do Pati Is The Perfect Escape

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.21.2014 | Travel

With soccer fans counting down the days to the FIFA World Cup and Brazilians busy getting facitilies ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics, the country is o...

Artist Captures The Irony Of Brazil's World Cup In Heartbreaking Image

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts

A Brazilian artist has captured the heartbreak and anger of his countrymen in a poignant image that is now being shared by thousands around the world....

Brazil Tries To Assure World Cup Tourists Airports Are OK

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 05.20.2014 | Travel

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is trying to assure World Cup tourists that they won't face problems at airports even though not all upgrades will be comple...

Why Brazil's Planning Failures Could Hurt The Country Even After The World Cup Is Over

Brasil Post | Thiago de Araújo | Posted 05.22.2014 | World

The current state of mass transit in Brazil is far from desirable. An initial plethora of promises and high expectations has given way to delays and t...

Lloris Heads to World Cup After Standout Season With Europa-bound Spurs

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 07.19.2014 | Sports
Rob Kirkpatrick

No club wants to have a goalkeeper stand out as its best player. Tottenham's Hugo Lloris said as much late in the season. "If the goalkeeper is man of the match, then it means the team didn't do the job properly."

Protest and Human Rights Shape Debate on Awarding of Mega Events

James Dorsey | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Mass protests against Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, Turkey's loss of opportunities to host sports events and controversy over 2022 World Cup host...

Scientists: Some World Cup Cities Face Serious Health Threat

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports

LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) - The risk of an outbreak of dengue fever during the upcoming soccer World Cup in Brazil is serious enough to warrant a hig...

World Cup Update: The Roof.. The Roof.. Is Not Done

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports

SAO PAULO (AP) — The roof of the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in a few weeks will not be fully finished in time for the tournament, construc...

Face Off: How Tensions Between Protesters And Brazil's Government Could Disrupt The World Cup

Brasil Post | Diego Iraheta | Posted 05.14.2014 | World

The World Cup is a mere 30 days away, and the #NãoVaiTerCopa (#ThereWillBeNoCup) movement persists. While large numbers of Brazilians will be watchin...

Another Worker Dies At Brazil World Cup Site

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 05.08.2014 | Sports

SAO PAULO (AP) — A worker at a World Cup stadium in Brazil died Thursday in an electrical accident, temporarily interrupting construction at one of ...

Homeless Blame World Cup For High Rent In Brazil

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of impoverished Brazilians are living illegally on land near the World Cup stadium where the opening match will be played...

Brazil's World Cup Conundrum

Rafael Salazar | Posted 07.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

With expectations running high, is Brazil prepared to take on the burden and honor of the 2014 World Cup, or has it set itself up for disappointment and chaos?

Blackwater and the World Cup

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

As Wikileaks documents showed back in 2010, the U.S. has vamped up its assistance on anti-terrorism for the World Cup because it saw a right risk of danger -- and also a great business opportunity for its companies. However, opaqueness surrounds this support; the total investment of the U.S. embassy in the training was only revealed now -- U.S.$ 2,2 million over the past 2 years. The deal was never publicized in full, and many questions remain. The Ministry of Justice is yet to explain for instance, how many courses were funded by the U.S., and who were the trainers -- U.S. military? Mercenaries? And more importantly: in a country with a poignant track record of police torture and abuse, and no history of terrorism-related activities, is this the kind of training our police should be getting?

Altair Faces Eviction – for the Third Time

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

The story of 60-year-old builder Altair Antunes Guimarães from Rio de Janeiro, illustrates a "collateral effect" of the mega-events in Rio that has fallen under the radar lately. With the first kick getting nearer -- less than 60 days now! -- people seem to have forgotten the thousands of families who at some point faced eviction to give way for the enlargement, improvement, or establishment of infrastructure for the 1-month tournament. The feeling is that the battles are lost to the construction companies, who indeed profited immensely during the construction of the stadiums -- and that families have by now resigned to leave their homes.

(NOT) Happy About the World Cup

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 06.07.2014 | Sports
Nathalie Vassallo

A country that struggles with its lack of infrastructure, healthcare, education, and abundance of poverty and corruption, could use these billions of dollars for so much before deciding to build new stadiums and renovate old ones.

These 'Happy' Parodies Capture All The Angst And Joy Of Hosting The World Cup

Posted 04.01.2014 | World

While plenty of soccer fans are excited for Brazil to stage the World Cup in less than three months, not everyone in one host city is happy about the ...

Brazilian Footballers Ask For Common Sense

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

Foreigners often ask why Brazilians are so critical of the World Cup if they are so crazy about football. But that's exactly the reason. Every kid in Brazil plays football as soon as he or she is old enough to kick a ball, and Brazilians are much more into discussing football than politics. It's such a part of our culture that the World Cup is having a much more profound impact over us than any other society.

Work Halted At World Stadium After Death

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 04.01.2014 | Sports

SAO PAULO (AP) — Labor officials are halting construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a worker died this weekend, creating a problem for ...

Brazil Police Push Into Slums Ahead Of World Cup

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian Marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's internation...

Black Blocs In São Paulo: A Criminal Gang?

Natalia Viana | Posted 05.21.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

2014-03-21-BLACKBLOCSBRAZIL_originalviana.jpg Groups of Black Blocs have been present in the Brazilian protests since June 2013, and their presence is seen as a threat for social order by the federal and state governments.

We Wish These Were Actually The Jerseys For The World Cup

Posted 03.10.2014 | Sports

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is less than 100 days away! With excitement already building (and merchandise already selling), a graphic designer and Re...

U.S. Soccer Players Fail World Cup Auditions

Posted 03.06.2014 | Sports

By Ives Galarcep, Goal.com There was plenty for Jurgen Klinsmann to ponder after Wednesday's U.S. national team loss to Ukraine. From Fabian Johnso...