At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches have been taking a beating. Imagine how your back yard would look after all that foot traffic and slide tackling. But Brazil has a secret — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada.
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian women have been forbidden from attending public sporting events. Foreign women are allowed to support their teams in public. So recently some Iranian women snuck into a stadium wearing jerseys showing support for Brazil's volleyball team.
In Colombia, World Cup celebrations turned rowdy — and deadly. Nine deaths and widespread arrests led some cities to ban alcohol while Colombia is playing, which has saved lives but devastated some businesses.
Cricket is king in Pakistan, but one downtrodden neighborhood is mad for soccer — and the Brazilian national team. Lyari has produced some of Pakistan's biggest soccer stars, and its residents feel a special kinship with the World Cup host country.