That World Cup Trophy You Bought In Chinatown Might Be Fake

Counterfeiting the World Cup trophy seems kind of pointless. A Cup-winning team receives only a single gold-plated replica. It's not as if anyone's going to believe that you, Joe Soccer Fan, have one of these lying around the house to impress company. Yet thousands of counterfeit trophies ready for export have been… » 4/18/14 2:39pm Friday 2:39pm

Run The Jules: Your Guide To The USMNT's Newest (Maybe?) Star

During last night's USA-Mexico friendly, USMNT fans finally got a glimpse of Julian Green, the 18-year-old superstar-in-the-making(?) who spurned Germany to play for the US. The massive excitement at his arrival is matched only by the massive amount we don't know about him. Who is this guy? Is he really that good? What … » 4/03/14 11:37am 4/03/14 11:37am

Brazil Wants To Blow You Out Of The Sky If You Fly Over The World Cup

In anticipation of the World Cup soccer tournament this summer, Brazil has announced that it will enforce no-fly zones within a 4 nautical mile radius of the twelve Cup stadiums. As the law currently stands, unresponsive planes cannot be shot down over populated areas, but the Brazilian Air Force is hoping to change… » 3/26/14 5:41pm 3/26/14 5:41pm

How Will The 2014 World Cup Ball Swerve? An Aerodynamic Test

There are now only a few months to go until the biggest sporting event of 2014—the FIFA World Cup in Brazil—and questions are being asked. Will the stadiums be ready? Are the airports ready for the crowds? But one matter rises above all others, and may have an impact on the destiny of the cup itself: How will the ball… » 3/13/14 11:15am 3/13/14 11:15am

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

Chart: Who Has The Hardest World Cup Draw?

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With the world cup just six months away, The Guardian has put together a great set of charts comparing the relative schedules of each qualifying team, based on their opponents' FIFA rankings. As you can see above, by this measure the U.S. has the third-hardest schedule, just behind Ghana and Australia. In fact, with… » 12/18/13 4:54pm 12/18/13 4:54pm

What if FIFA Seeded The World Cup The Way Americans Would?

FIFA is so hopelessly corrupt that today's lottery to determine World Cup round robin groups is a necessary evil. If a committee determined the groupings behind closed doors, it would surely result in political enemies being forced to face Brazil in the first round and the country giving Sepp Blatter the biggest… » 12/06/13 9:27am 12/06/13 9:27am

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