Stories from William Troop
As an editor at The World, I'm crashing against a deadline almost all the time that I'm in the newsroom, editing content for The World's many daily stories. When I get a chance, though, I like to report on my favorite topic: soccer. OK, actually soccer takes up most of my non-work life, but I'm cool with that.
I also consider myself a citizen of the world and a global nomad. I grew up in Mexico and Italy before moving to the United States for college and beyond. So what better place to work than The World?
That explains why I joined the original team that created The World in 1995. Since then, I've worn almost all the hats in our newsroom: producer, director, correspondent and editor. Before joining the team in Boston, I was a producer and editor at National Public Radio, and news director at NPR member station WAMU in Washington.
Brazilian supermodel Fernanda Lima has received a torrent of online abuse from Iranian soccer fans, following her appearance at last week's World Cup draw. Lima's dress was too revealing for Iranian TV, which interrupted the live program every time the cameras focused on the model — which was often.
Adidas has unveiled the official match ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Brazuca is the latest in a long line of official World Cup match balls, and a pretty funky ball.
Thanks to the US, Mexico still has a chance to qualify for the next World Cup. Now, Mexico just needs to beat New Zealand.
Spain's Real Madrid has officially signed Welsh player Gareth Bale for what may or may not be the world-record transfer fee for a soccer player. But Bale has his sights on something bigger: monetizing his own goal scoring antics.
Arts, Culture & Media
You don't have to be all that fit to enjoy the TV soap opera that millions of people are watching right now in Colombia. Although, it is about sports. Sort of. "La Seleccion" is a TV series about some star Colombian soccer players.