This great World Cup 2014 of shocks and beautiful, counterattacking football continued on, in its three Friday games, with even more treats being offered up this weekend -- Germany vs Ghana on June 21, Belgium vs Russia, and Dempsey's USA vs Ronaldo's Portugal on June 22.
Another fantastic day in Rio! Got a workout in yesterday showing off my fútbol skills with Jayzinho, the ultimate freestyle and professional street fútbol player.
Watched the Chile v. Spain game with the Elvis Presleys Wednesday! I first met this group of fútbol fans eight years ago at the World Cup in Munich and have been watching games with them at the World Cup ever since!
This is potentially an even bigger breach of diplomatic trust than the NSA spying that Dilma denounced at the United Nations.
The time has come for FIFA and the world to expect a deeper dialogue about how a nation and a powerful multi-national organization can work together to synergistically support each other.
Brazilian top brass are panicking: it is widely believed that only a sixth World Cup championship will persuade citizens that hosting the event was worth the trouble and expense, buttressing national pride and confirming Brazil as the country of futebol.
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
In my recent trip to Brazil, I had the opportunity to learn about Bolsa Familia -- one of the most popular cash-transfer schemes in Latin America.
The writing was on the wall a little over five years ago, when La Roja were upset by the U.S. in the Confederations Cup in South Africa. At the time, few chose to recognize exactly what the U.S. had done.
If you thought downing a tablespoon of sriracha on a dare made you tough, the Bullet Ant Ritual will shrivel your balls in disgrace. ...
Hola from Copacabana, Rio! I'm here in Brazil covering the World Cup for Univision and loving every second of my time at the games! I've been meeting ...
I previously observed that it's as if the spirit of "jogo bonito/beautiful football" has permeated this tournament and inspired the players to put on a show. And what a show it's been so far, only seven days in.
From soccer ball burgers, to Pele-themed drinks, and of course, Brazilian fare, the World Cup is definitely in the air.
Why is it hard to get excited about the gradual return of the Washington-Brasília pas de deux?
On one level the World Cup in Brazil resembles lived religion with fans as ecstatic worshipers at the cathedrals that are the massive soccer stadiums. But on another level, the current games to crown the quadrennial world champion couldn't be more Catholic.
We can't help but feel we're watching the last vestiges of the two big European colonization waves from the early 15th to early 20th centuries.