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Is the Road to Hell Paved with Qatar's Intentions?

Lilac Sigan | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Lilac Sigan

How similar is Qatar's real face to the image it's trying to portray? For one thing, Qatar has funded many extremist Islamic movements, such as ISIS, something it's probably regretted once ISIS got out of hand.

FIFA Rejects Calls To Strip Russia Of World Cup

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 07.25.2014 | Sports

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Ge...

Dear FIFA

Rodrigo Salazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Sports
Rodrigo Salazar

My "love letter" to Sepp Blatter, to the tune of Jay Z's "Dear Summer".

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

What the US Men's Soccer Team Has Taught America

Kevin Siskar | Posted 07.15.2014 | Sports
Kevin Siskar

When Landon Donovan lead the American Outlaws on their 2010 run in the World Cup people were paying attention but it was mainly just soccer enthusiasts watching. It appears now though, that the excitement of the 2010 World Cup set the framework for soccer to grow over the last four years.

Lebron, Brazil, and Legacy

David Sable | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media
David Sable

In an always-on digital world, we have the two-edged sword of our "legacy cement" constantly being poured...hero to zero and back again before it dries.

Kicking FIFA While It's Up

The B Team | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
The B Team

As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, now is the time to enter an era of good governance of the world's most popular sport. That means FIFA, football's governing body, must change to ensure this beloved sport is a force for good in the world.

Love Bite: Why Uruguayans Revere Luis Suárez

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.11.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

People have expressed incredulity: how could Suárez do that, again (the third biting incident in his professional career)? Perhaps more shockingly, how could the Uruguayan national team and its coach, its fans, and even Uruguay's President defend his actions?

WATCH: This World Cup Sponsor Is Changing The Renewable Energy Game

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green

If you're one of the over 3 billion viewers estimated to be watching the 2014 World Cup, you may have noticed Chinese characters on the boards surroun...

Suarez Appeal Rejected

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 07.10.2014 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. Football's intern...

Brazil Scores

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

You, reader, must be finding this title strange after the humiliating defeat of Brazil 7 to 1 to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. But that's not what I am talking about.

How Much Do You REALLY Know About The World Cup? (QUIZ)

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 07.11.2014 | Sports

The World Cup has captivated the hearts of fans and patriots all around the world, whether or not they are truly devoted to soccer. But how knowledgea...

Why I am Rooting for Brasil

Mandeep Singh | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Brasil winning the World Cup could be a small moment of reconciliation for the nation's struggle, potentially helping to heal the wounds of what is lost.

Let's Talk About Fútbol

Axel Schlossberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Sports
Axel Schlossberg

Let's talk about futbol, or soccer, call it as you wish. It is the sport and not the name that brings people together.

Details Emerge From World Cup Ticket Scalping Probe

AP | Posted 07.05.2014 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A total of 131 World Cup tickets, including 70 for corporate hospitality packages, were seized by Rio de Janeiro police in an ...

Why Soccer Matters, And Why Your Opinion About It Doesn't

James Rotondi | Posted 07.05.2014 | Sports
James Rotondi

For those of you who feel compelled to air your rather dated and utterly predictable anti-soccer sentiments during this World Cup, may I take a moment to remind you of a few salient points...

If FIFA Was A Country, This Is What It Would Look Like

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

As the 2014 World Cup in Brazil grips soccer fans around the globe, many look on in bemusement at some of the quirks of the tournament. There are ...

FIFA Official 'Amazed' By World Cup Drunkenness

AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA's number two official has said he's "amazed" by the levels of drunkenness in Brazil's World Cup stadiums, reviving a deba...

Mexico's Obsession with Football and Identity

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

Few people on this Earth relish self-analysis the way Mexicans do, and the country's football failures are an endless source of national introspection.

FIFA Fervor in Colombia

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 07.01.2014 | Sports
Deborah Schoeberlein

These are precious days precious in Colombia, where hope and glory at the FIFA World Cup are transforming national identity. You can't help but notice the combination of passion, patriotism and "team spirit" that bonds people to each other.

How to Watch the World Cup

Will Durst | Posted 07.01.2014 | Comedy
Will Durst

But whether you call it soccer, futbol or boring, Pele got it right when he called it: "O jogo bonito." The Beautiful Game. We occasional spectators from the Estados Unidos just need to learn how to watch the darn thing.

Win or Go Home at World Cup and Coulter's Disingenuous Soccer Shot Skies Into Row Z

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The USA team plays Belgium on July 1 and as infectiously positive coach Jurgen Klinsmann puts it: "Now we really get started. We have a very clear picture in front of us. You got to win no matter how. And, it's a good feeling, now we focus on one specific opponent to beat at a time."

Fixing Flopping in Soccer: Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game

Lewis Krell | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Lewis Krell

Anyone who has ever taken an Economics class knows that there is only one universal truth; we all respond to incentives. To remove flopping you need to remove the incentive to flop.

World Cup 2014 Group Stage Review

Marvin Blugh | Posted 06.27.2014 | Sports
Marvin Blugh

The World Cup group stage passes again with it usual splendor, perennial giants seemingly collapsed, new chosen ones in their place, the stereotypical upsets, referee gaffes, miscellaneous action, and repeated history.