The 33 Chilean miners who spent 70 days trapped underground in 2010 are now starring in a new TV ad, urging fans to support Chile's World Cup soccer team. The miners deliver a rousing message to the nation. But it may sound a little intimidating to the players.
US soccer superstar Landon Donovan won't be on US Soccer's National Team for the 2014 World Cup. Fans are angry, but there are some good reasons, explains Grantland's Men in Blazers co-host Roger Bennett.
If sports are a metaphor for life, then the 2014 World Cup, held this summer in Brazil, is probably an extremely obvious metaphor for the socio-economic divides of contemporary Brazil. Preparation for the games has come at a high price ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17831/the-2014-afropop-unofficial-world-cup-album/"> Read more »</a>
Adam Burns, Dave Bewick and Pete Johnston are hardcore English soccer fans. How hard core? They've decided to fly to Mendoza, Argentina and then walk more than 1,000 miles to Porto Alegre, Brazil. The idea isn't just to support England's soccer team, but also to raise awareness about the deadly drought that the region of Bahia is currently experiencing.
It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.
For the first time since Bosnia gained its independence from the former Yugoslavia, the country is sending a team to the World Cup finals. And that's got the biggest Bosnian community in the US pretty excited.
At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches took a beating. But Brazil had a secret to beat that foot traffic and slide tackling — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada. Why wouldn't Canada have provided it to its own Women's World Cup?
Soccer governing body FIFA has spent months examining allegations of corruption into the runup of Russia and Qatar's successful bids to win the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Now it's said there was no serious corruption — a claim even its own investigator finds incredible.
Stephanie Labbé is one of Canada's best women soccer players. Two years ago, she was the goalkeeper for Canada's bronze-medal winning Olympic soccer team in Rio. After the games, Labbé wanted to keep playing professionally in Canada, but there are no professional women's teams.