Carlos Alberto was the captain of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 1970, one of the best soccer squads ever. He was also a humble defender who led a bunch of attacking superstars like Pelé to glory in Mexico City.
If the governing body of soccer wants to regain the respect of fans, it needs to move quickly after the announced resignation of its embattled president Sepp Blatter. Here are 5 steps FIFA can take right now to begin to reform itself after decades of corruption allegations.
Amnesty International says Qatar is failing to act fast enough to improve conditions for migrant workers building its World Cup soccer stadiums. But critics says it's only when sponsors like Coca-Cola and VISA speak up that soccer's governing body, FIFA, pays attention.
As many as 1,000 foreign workers have been killed on construction sites in Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup four years ago. Poor pay, inhumane conditions, malnutrition and death — all are part of life for the men trying to build the new stadiums and hotels, while supporting their families.
Ireland's Stephanie Roche could become the first woman to ever to win FIFA's Puskás Award for scoring the best goal of the year. Her spectacular shot became a YouTube sensation and earned her a place on the shortlist with Colombia's James Rodriguez and Hollands' Robin van Persie.
Russians, buoyed by their success at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year, are looking forward to the World Cup in 2018. But they're worried the Russian national soccer team, which tied twice and lost once in Brazil, will let them down.
Sports writers are calling Sunday's World Cup final "Messi vs. the Machine," and Izzy says the machine can't be stopped. Our World Cup ocelot is calling a win — and a world championship — for Germany. And we've even got an extra surprise...
You would think the Mexicans have a shot at World Cup glory ... that is, if you watch the Mexican boys teams. But the men typically disappoint. PRI's The World reporter Jason Margolis finds disillusioned Mexican fans have several theories why.
Earlier this year, we profiled three crazy Englishmen who set out on a trip to walk more than a thousand miles to the World Cup in Brazil. At the time, no one knew it would turn into a story about a dog.
During past World Cups, the atmosphere in Brazil has been festive and people were obsessed with whether the Brazilian team could win it all. But this year, in the midst of social unrest and protests, an increasing number of Brazilians doesn't really care what happens on the field.
Manaus, Brazil, will host several opening round games in the upcoming World Cup. The city is in the middle of the Amazon, and the local river is rising. But soccer fans who venture to town will still find all the familiar aspects of city life.
When Caitlin Fisher went down to play professional soccer in Brazil she encountered two different games, one for men and one for women. She co-founded the Guerreiras Project, advocating for equality on the soccer fields of Brazil.
When the World Cup starts this week, Team USA will be led by a German who is a household name in Europe, but largely unknown in the US. Jurgen Klinsmann has high hopes for his team, despite their difficult road through the World Cup.