We all appreciate the athleticism demonstrated by the elite soccer players competing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Their speed, endurance and skill are remarkable. How fit are these elite athletes? Is fitness something that the rest of us, woefully non-elite, should be concerned about?
It is no longer the case that the lowest common denominator is the only segment of the population that gets what they want. ESPN can attest to this; the U.S.-Germany tilt had more viewers watching on streaming media than the Super Bowl.
Pricing by Qatari entities holding World Cup rights for the Middle East and North Africa, including Al Jazeera's belN Sports channel, puts broadcasts beyond the reach of many football fans in the region.
After 48 hours in the psychiatric ward, you get home just in time to see Michael Bradley score the winner against Germany causing a blackout drinking session that lasts for days and you wake up inside a Berlin nightclub wondering how you got there and why your socks don't match.
It's always a good time when one of these national soccer teams are playing. Watch the World Cup with these fantastic fans, ideally in their home country. From Brazil's wild, samba-dancing bunch to Germany's "fan mile," we track down the nations that take World Cup partying very seriously.
What the world is seeing in Brazil are protesters who are acting out of the impulse that built Brazil's democracy out of dictatorship, often being confronted by police whose tactics and training are holdovers from military rule.
As part of its $530 million program to guarantee the security of the World Cup in Brazil the government of president Dilma Rousseff has set up a special cybercrimes unit.
By Anthony Gooch In a phrase that has become immortal in soccer mythology, one of the greatest managers in the history of "O Jogo Bonito" (the beau...
Just a few days away from the largest sporting festival in the world, the stories coming out of Brazil are not so festive. The handwringing reflects less on Brazil, but on whether the world even needs a World Cup anymore.
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?
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.
Sports developments may well benefit a society over the long run, but the manner in which they are carried out today in many countries disproportionately impacts the poor and powerless. Sports have a special obligation to create the greatest good for everyone.
On Tuesday, they meet again in World Cup qualifying on the road to Brazil, hosts of the Finals in 2014. Everything will be at stake for 90 minutes in Mexico City at the Azteca Stadium, Mexico's soccer cathedral.
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We have lost the joy that comes from challenging ourselves to compete, and from knowing that we have given our best effort, even if we didn't win.
Listen up, male soccer-actor! Watch the women play. You will see the beautiful game. The women play, you act. The women fight, you pose.