Someone Maybe Probably Etched A Swastika Onto The Pitch In Croatia

Look at the above image, taken from today’s Croatia-Italy Euro 2016 qualifying match. You’ll definitely notice the completely empty stadium, courtesy of a UEFA-imposed stadium ban after Croatian fans chanted racist things at not one but two prior international matches. What might slip your gaze is a strange patch of… » 6/12/15 6:06pm 6/12/15 6:06pm

Italian Paper Alleges FIFA Used Corrupt Refs To Fix 2002 World Cup Games

The 2002 World Cup hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan was already infamous for its horrendous refereeing, most notably two knockout stage match-ups involving South Korea. Today, one Italian paper has linked what was widely believed to be match-fixing behavior back then to this current FIFA scandal. » 5/29/15 1:44pm 5/29/15 1:44pm

The Best Restaurant in the World Is: Disney's Epcot Theme Park

For the past year, Rich Juzwiak and Caity Weaver have scoured New York in search of the city’s greatest restaurant. This spring, the authors expanded their quest into a global hunt: the search for the Best Restaurant in the World. Due to time and budget constraints, it was determined that the most efficient method to… » 4/30/15 12:45pm 4/30/15 12:45pm

Andros Townsend Waves Hi To Media Hater After Great International Goal

Andros Townsend isn't a great player, but then again, England aren't a great team, so it isn't too much of a surprise that the Spurs winger was called up during this international break, nor that he managed to blast home the tying goal in today's 1-1 draw against Italy. Well, not a surprise to us. Former player and… » 3/31/15 6:15pm 3/31/15 6:15pm

Soccer Fans to Get Free Access to Museums So They Don't Destroy Cities

You look like you love sports. Would you ever fuck up a historical monument in order to prove to the world how much you really loved sport(s)? Would you rather go to a museum to prove that you love sports—and art—thereby killing two birds with one stone? I like where your head is at. » 3/12/15 3:29pm 3/12/15 3:29pm

Ageless Wonders, Crazy Owners, And Ultras: Our 2014-2015 Serie A Preview

Italy's Serie A is a league of stories, full of characters, narratives, plots, tensions, climaxes, and clichés. Time and again, the line between fact and fiction becomes so blurred that you just have to throw your hands up and shrug. You really couldn't make a lot of this stuff up. » 8/30/14 2:21pm 8/30/14 2:21pm

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting

Luis Suarez, despite being sent home from the World Cup for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, was hailed as a conquering hero in Uruguay, unjustly done in by a biased FIFA and, somehow, the English media. But now Suarez has sort-of owned up in his first public statement since the incident, apologizing to Chiellini for… » 6/30/14 2:07pm 6/30/14 2:07pm

Mario Balotelli Jumps Over A Guy, Knees Him In The Head In The Process

Italy are playing Uruguay today in World Cup Group D's final matchday. The winner of of this game joins Costa Rica (!(?)) in the knockout stages, so as you'd imagine, it's a bit chippy. In the 23rd minute, Balotelli retreated into his own half to win a header, elevated, and jumped right over a Uruguayan player. He … » 6/24/14 12:47pm 6/24/14 12:47pm

Costa Rica Beat Italy And Knocked Out England, All With One Goal

In arguments about whether Group D or Group G was the true Group of Death, the answer mostly rested on how you thought about Costa Rica vs. the US. Italy, Uruguay, and England were probably a stronger top three than Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, but the thinking went that the US had a better shot to make the Round of… » 6/20/14 2:55pm 6/20/14 2:55pm

Italy-Costa Rica: England Be Damned, The Ticos Are In Search Of A Draw

Most would agree Brazil 2014 has been as exciting as any World Cup group stage in recent memory. The tournament began with an unbelievable twelve consecutive matches without a draw. Of those first twelve matches, five were come-from-behind victories with two of the five genuine upsets (Netherlands-Spain and… » 6/20/14 10:47am 6/20/14 10:47am

Mario Balotelli Has A Better Idea For Italy's Lineup

The collecting craze at this World Cup is not trading cards, but stickers. Panini's World Cup album is once again a hot seller, with collectors buying sticker packs in the hopes of completing an entire national side—or even the whole album. Mario Balotelli is his own sort of completist. » 6/17/14 11:40am 6/17/14 11:40am