Tag: 2014 FIFA World Cup

Putting a Cap on the Cup: The End of My World Cup Journey

I had no idea that my World Cup journey, which began by cheering alongside the Argentines at my favorite futbol hideaway in NYC (which features a literal shrine to Maradona) on the first Sunday of the tournament, would end with me marching alongside those same fans into Maracana, the most sacred of all futbol ground,… Read More

The Spirit and Impact of the World Cup: National and Global Pride

Those of you who witnessed what went down at the World Cup between Germany and Brazil on Tuesday know that this is no regular occurrence; it is essentially unheard of for any team in the game of soccer to score more than the average two or three goals — needless to say, seven goals is nearly… Read More

The Horror Behind The Score: Sexual Slavery in Brazil

The world cup is well under way and thousands of sports fans around the world enjoy a sense camaraderie and playful competition as they cheer for their country. There is a dark side of popular sporting events, however, that is deeply troubling, and sparsely reported. The business of sexually slavery and child exploitation is a… Read More

Four Days of FIFA Fury: It’s a Sprint to Round Two in the World Cup

Two questions: Are we having fun yet? What will the US Men’s National Team do for an encore?   By any measure, the World Cup is off to a raucous start, with goal-scoring and TV viewership at an all-time high, and the USMNT pulling off the rare double-double of notching one of the earliest goals… Read More

Rihanna: The World Cup’s Unexpected Sports Commentator

The World Cup is well under way, and everyone on Earth seems to be glued to their television sets, eagerly watching the action. From young to old, celebrities to sports fans, everyone’s focus is on Brazil this month. However, no one seems to be more vocal than internationally known singer and fashion superstar, Rihanna. The singer’s Twitter… Read More

What We’ve Seen, Heard & Learned From World Cup Opening Week: All Hail Los Ticos, La Tri, Uncle Sam’s Army & The Flying Dutchman

Things can turn quickly at the World Cup. Just ask American striker Clint Dempsey, whose deft goal just 34 seconds into the Americans’ critical match with Ghana turned the Group of Death on its head. The US scored early and late as it exorcised its Black Star demons in dramatic fashion on Monday night.  … Read More

2014 World Cup: Top 5 Game Changers & Standout Players To Watch

You are watching a World Cup game with friends, and you get edged out as your more soccer-savy friends take over the conversation, and there you are, left watching in silence, eating potato chips by the bag, wanting to put your two cents in, only to get shut down. Sound familiar? Well, we can help!   Here are… Read More

World Cup Style: What Are Players And Fans Wearing On And Off The Field In Brazil

The World Cup is well under way, and along with the players in the cup come thousands of loyal fans. However, what are World Cup players and fans wearing in and out of the field? We did a little research and here is what we found.   First and foremost: the jerseys. No stadium is… Read More

A Guide to Becoming a Football Guru, Just in Time for the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off tomorrow.   If you are anything like most of your fellow Americans, your knowledge of the great sport of football is most likely confined to the fact that Wayne Rooney kinda resembles Shrek, David Beckham is much better-looking than you and if you ever walk into an English pub and holler “Manchester… Read More