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World Cup 2014

Why Brazilians Want More From the World Cup

Peggy Goldman | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Peggy Goldman

Brazil is not ready for the World Cup, and after a $3.5 billion investment in stadiums and infrastructure, no one is more distraught than its own people.

World Cup Preview: Bosnia's Edin Dzeko Among Group F Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.03.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

This is the first-ever World Cup for the imposing striker and for his country. This tournament's only debutant, Bosnia will be hoping for six-foot-four Dzeko to lead their line with the same authority that has seen him score better than a goal every two games in his previous 60-plus appearances for his country.

Six Steps to a Successful World Cup

David Shams | Posted 08.03.2014 | Sports
David Shams

The first kick is less than two weeks away and like World Cups in the past, it's already filled with intrigue. We shouldn't expect anything less. The only guarantee is anything is possible. There will be goals, there will be heartbreak, but only one winner.

A Cup for Whom?

Comitê Popular da Copa de SP | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Comitê Popular da Copa de SP

Many people have been and still are dumbfounded by the dissatisfaction of a large part of the Brazilian people with the 2014 World Cup: how come the country of soccer, where almost anyone carries a story of passion for this sport, is protesting against its major event? Between the devotion for the ball and the general discontentment, what has been lost?

World Cup Preview: Group E Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.02.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

He was once compared to Brazilian striker Adriano, and fans will be hoping that his similar traits -- great strength and a rocket of a shot -- can blast Ecuador out of one of the easier groups in the tournament. They face France, Switzerland, and Honduras.

This Is 'The New American Dream'

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 06.02.2014 | Sports

Forget the white picket fence and the two-car garage. There is a new dream grabbing hold of the American consciousness. It is not simply a pursuit of ...

Mexico Gets Bittersweet Friendly Victory

Goal.com | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports

By Seth Vertelney, Goal.com Mexico won the battle, but lost the war in a 3-1 friendly win over Ecuador at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. El Tri score...

Police Repression Seems to Be the Lasting Legacy of the 2014 World Cup

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

In Brazil, the military police, responsible for public security, is under the authority of each state government. A recent article by web portal G1 showed that between June last year and May 2014, the military police of various states in Brazil purchased over 270,000 tear gas bombs and 260,000 rubber bullets cartridges. The states that purchased more non-lethal arms were Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Distrito Federal and São Paulo e Bahia. This shows just how the governments are seeing their role in keeping the event peaceful for those few lucky and wealthy enough to be inside the stadia -- by having their police forces violently clash down on protestors. What is yet to be seen is if the Brazilian population will be okay with that.

World Cup Preview: Loaded Group D Will Hinge on Veteran Leaders, Young Talent

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.30.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Incorporating both experience and exciting young talent, such as Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, Italy will be hoping for a good tournament, which, if they were to go all the way, would see captain Buffon become the third keeper to lift the trophy.

World Cup Preview: Group C Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.29.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

While many expected Radamel Falcao to be the one grabbing the headlines, it is widely acknowledged in Bogotá that 22-year-old James Rodriguez is the one who makes Colombia tick. Colombia will be expecting to qualify from a group that includes the Ivory Coast, Greece, and Japan.

A Sneak Peek At McDonald's Special World Cup Sandwiches

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 05.28.2014 | Taste

A McBrazil, anyone?

Why The World Cup Is No Stranger To Controversy

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 05.28.2014 | World

Fans around the globe are counting down the days to June 12 to see their favorite teams perform at the World Cup in Brazil. But Brazilians have been c...

Photos Show The Incredible Way Indigenous People Took On Brazil's Security Forces

Posted 05.28.2014 | World

Members of Brazil's indigenous tribes protested in the country's capital on Tuesday, leading to dramatic clashes with riot police some two weeks ahead...

World Cup Preview: Midfielders Hold Key to Group B

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.28.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Once known for his versatility, Arturo Vidal has now found his place as a tough-tackling, box-to-box midfielder at Juventus. Also capable of picking a pass, he will offer vital solidity as the likes of Alexi Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas look to shine in a tricky group, which includes 2010's finalists, the Netherlands and Spain.

Ritual on Steroids: Staging the World Cup in Brazil

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

The World Cup is a carnival that has turned into a global commodity, organized by semi-official and semi-legal institutions that resemble mafias much more than they do the UN.

A Win in Brazil Would be Lionel Messi's Crowning Achievement

Jaime Heilbron | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
Jaime Heilbron

His accomplishments, both individual and with teams, speak for themselves. There is one thing, however, that Maradona still holds over Messi.

World Cup Preview: Eto'o, Oscar Among Group A Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 07.27.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

Capable of turning on a sixpence and with flair in abundance, Oscar, 22, is one of an exciting crop of players who helped Brazil lift the Confederations Cup on home soil in 2013.

With Donovan Cut, Pressure Squarely on Klinsmann

Bryan Maygers | Posted 07.22.2014 | Sports
Bryan Maygers

The major news of the announcement was the shock exclusion of Landon Donovan, the team's all-time leader in goals and assists. But the move was not the only surprise in the final round of roster cuts, which, considered together, paint a puzzling picture of the manager's decision-making.

Stunning Omission On USMNT World Cup Roster

Goal.com | Posted 05.23.2014 | Sports

By Thomas Floyd, Goal.com When the U.S. national team flies to Brazil for the World Cup next month, it will do so without its all-time leading scor...

Chagas Disease: A 2014 World Cup Yellow Card

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Almost 6 million of the most vulnerable people living in the nine World Cup participating Latin American countries today do not receive treatment for their most debilitating neglected tropical disease.

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."

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."

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...