The Cleats Everyone Will Wear At The World Cup Seem To Fucking Suck

So our staff illustrator was perusing the sneaker blogs today when he happened upon this neon-yellow/afterbirth abomination: the Nike Magista. These bad boys were first unveiled to the world today in Barcelona, and they're fucking fugly. That's fine; shoes don't have souls and they don't have mirrors, so they're… » 3/06/14 5:55pm 3/06/14 5:55pm

Diego Costa Snubs Brazil For Spain And Could Swing The World Cup

Diego Costa is, at this moment, the best Brazilian striker in the world. The 21 goals he's scored for this year's title-challenging Atlético Madrid team are the fourth highest tally in the top five European leagues. Normally, you'd think Costa's impressive resumé would see him as one of the faces of the Seleção, out among… » 3/05/14 4:47pm 3/05/14 4:47pm

Report: Operator Of Crane That Killed 3 In Brazil Worked 18 Straight…

A month ago, it was reported that a crane collapsed at a Sao Paulo stadium where workers were doing construction ahead of next year's Brazil World Cup. The collapse left three people dead, and little answers as to the cause of the tragic accident. According to a new report, however, the tragedy may have been caused due … » 12/23/13 5:41pm 12/23/13 5:41pm

The USMNT Probably Won't Win The World Cup

Going into today's World Cup draw, we already knew just how stacked the 32-team field that make up next year's tournament in Brazil was. Seemingly every perennial superpower—hosts Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and the Netherlands, Italy—as well as the ridiculous "underclass" of teams like Belgium, Colombia,… » 12/06/13 4:21pm 12/06/13 4:21pm

Brazil's World Cup Kick-Off Times Are Perfect

The last four World Cups have been nightmares for American television viewers, with games kicking off at sunrise or (in 2002) in the middle of the night, and finishing in the middle of the afternoon. But Brazil's got our backs, and the match times are absolutely ideal for making sure no one gets a damn thing done at… » 11/22/13 1:40pm 11/22/13 1:40pm

France Make History To Qualify For The World Cup

After France lost to Ukraine on Friday in the first leg of their World Cup playoff 2-0, it seemed their hopes of traveling to Brazil were all but over. After all, no team had ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first leg of the playoffs to qualify for the sport's biggest tournament. To advance, France needed everything… » 11/19/13 7:53pm 11/19/13 7:53pm

Ronaldo Scores Three, Feigns Human Emotion; Portugal On To World Cup

The Portugal-Sweden playoff matchup was seen by most as little more than a matchup of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović, two of the best players in the world. Portugal won on Friday in Lisbon, 1-0, after a late diving header from Ronaldo. For Sweden to advance, they'd have to win today. That meant that… » 11/19/13 5:53pm 11/19/13 5:53pm

The Portugal-Sweden World Cup Playoff Will Be A Beautiful Tragedy

Two-legged playoffs to decide the final spots for the 2014 World Cup are being played this week and next. We've already seen Uruguay and Mexico more or less punch their tickets with mollywhoppings of, respectively, Jordan and New Zealand. Friday's European playoff matchups will undoubtedly be much more dramatic. » 11/14/13 4:40pm 11/14/13 4:40pm

Mexico Just Destroyed New Zealand. New Zealand Sucked So Much.

Mexico passed through them. They used long through balls, practically jamming it down the All Whites' throats. They dominated on set pieces. They defended with almost profound ease. They tripled their opponents' possession. And barring one the most unbelievable comebacks in the history of sports, Mexico just qualified… » 11/13/13 6:38pm 11/13/13 6:38pm

Mexico Are Definitely Going To The World Cup. Right?

For a few minutes, anyway, Mexico looked to be out of the World Cup. Last month, they lost away to Costa Rica on the final day of World Cup Qualifying, and Panama scored a late goal to take a 2-1 lead over the United States. If scores held, Panama would have moved on to a World Cup playoff. It didn't happen. » 11/13/13 9:01am 11/13/13 9:01am