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.
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.
A scoreless match turned into a riot in Belgrade on Tuesday — literally. When a banner-toting drone flew over the match between political rivals Albania and Serbia, it touched off a riot between the teams and hardcore Serbian fans.
Soccer fans chants "Ebola, Ebola" at them; teams forfeit matches so they don't have to be near them; they're quarantined everywhere they play. That's what it's like to be on Sierra Leone's national soccer team right now.
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.
The fate of the US national soccer team is still up in the air. After a heartbreaking draw against Portugal on Sunday, everything now rides on their final game against Germany on Thursday. Reporter and soccer player Anders Kelto explains what needs to happen for the US to make it to the next round of the World Cup.
Almost all of the leaders of FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have been suspended, amid charges of corruption. The scandal is being followed closely in Africa, where FIFA has spent millions of dollars.