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.
Soccer announcers the world over cry out an elongated form of 'gooooooooooooal!' when a team scores. But that cry originated in Brazil in the 1940s. Reporter Fernanda Santos dug into the origins of the cry.
Maybe you're among the lucky soccer fans travelling to Brazil to experience World Cup 2014 — or more likely you're watching as many of the the beautiful games as you can on cable. In any case there are 32 teams representing 32 countries that have earned the right to compete in Brazil. So how do you pick a World Cup team to cheer for?
This year's World Cup has brought fandom and ad-dom together in a way never before seen before. Companies have created a barrage of commercials that are more similar to action-packed movies than what you might see in your nightly sitcoms.
This Sunday, Bosnia-Herzegovina will play its first World Cup match ever. More than two decades after the country was torn apart by ethnic violence, this national team symbolizes a new page in the country's history.