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What We Learned From the World Cup
 What We Learned 
 From the World Cup 
OPINION

What We Learned From the World Cup

Hope for the US, a nation that almost loves the game

(Newser) - Now that the final whistle has blown and a champion has been crowned, it's time to reflect on the lessons of the 2014 World Cup. Here are some of our favorite takeaways:
  • FIFA needs to address concussions. We saw numerous people take hard shots to the head and keep
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As Germany Celebrates, Argentina Riots

60 arrested amid Buenos Aires unrest

(Newser) - Germans poured into Berlin's "Fan Mile" last night, watching the World Cup final in pouring rain near the Brandenburg Gate. Tension reigned until minute 113, when the German team scored the winning goal over Argentina. When the final whistle was blown, fireworks appeared in the sky as, for...

How Brazil's Drubbing Was Historically Terrible

Here's a look at just how bad it was

(Newser) - We're still not over Germany's epic 7-1 spanking of Brazil , and frankly, the soccer world may never be. The home nation crapped the bed in truly historic fashion, and today dazed observers are combing through the record books to figure out just how historic. The loss is sure...

Brazil's World Cup Loss: Blame Mick Jagger's 'Jinx'

At least, that's what Brazilians would have you believe

(Newser) - Still upset about Brazil's World Cup loss yesterday? Blame Mick Jagger. To understand why, Time explains, we have to go back to the 2010 World Cup, during which Jagger cheered on England, the US, and Brazil at various matches—and England, the US, and Brazil all lost those matches....

Tim Howard: Tourette's Sufferer and All-Time Great

...and Secretary of Defense, apparently?

(Newser) - The US may have been eliminated yesterday , but instead of mourning, many fans are today toasting a heroic performance from Tim Howard, who set a World Cup record with 16 saves—the previous record was 13. Howard's now-undisputed status as the greatest US goalkeeper ever is all the more...

US Knocked Out of World Cup
 US Knocked Out of World Cup 

US Knocked Out of World Cup

Belgium wins 2-1 in extra time

(Newser) - They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game. But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup's round of...

How Do Soccer Players Survive Ramadan Fasting?

Better than you think they might

(Newser) - Some players find it impossible to get through 90 minutes of World Cup soccer without having a little on-field snack , but what about those who are fasting from sun-up til sundown? Soccer's biggest tourney intersects with Ramadan for the first time since 1986, and Vox takes a look...

How to Talk to Soccer Haters
 How to Talk to Soccer Haters 
OPINION

How to Talk to Soccer Haters

Jason Gay offers a helpful guide to their complaints

(Newser) - Believe it or not, there seem to be a couple of Americans who have not caught World Cup fever, even though the US team has done well, and the tournament has revived "the lost art of drinking on weekday afternoons," observes Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal...

Germany Wins, but US Advances to Round of 16

Portugal's narrow win over Ghana eliminates both teams

(Newser) - It may not have been the glorious triumph some fans were hoping for, but the US is advancing out of its group and into the round of 16, after a 1-0 loss to Germany today. Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the tournament to give the Germans the win,...

It&#39;s Do or Tie for US and Germany
 It's Do or Tie for 
 US and Germany 
World Cup Preview

It's Do or Tie for US and Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann thinks you should take the day off work to watch the match

(Newser) - This is it. The US men's national team plays a climactic match against powerhouse Germany at noon today, and, as USA Today's For the Win blog puts it, "It's do or … tie … or lose with better goal differential … or something." Confused? Or...

World Cup Star Accused of Biting Rival (Again)

Uruguay's Luis Suarez in another controversy

(Newser) - Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup today, but headlines about the win are being overshadowed by a high-profile bite. Video shows Uruguay's Luis Suarez looking for all the world like he's chomping down on the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini reports USA Today . Chiellini got...

Dramatic Late Goal Gives Portugal 2-2 Draw With US

They were less than 30 seconds away

(Newser) - They were less than 30 seconds away. The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer's showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games...

Meet Brazil's Family of 6-Fingered Soccer Fans

Silva family has an extra digit due to a genetic condition

(Newser) - There are plenty of die-hard soccer fans out there, but few are receiving as much media attention during this World Cup as Brazil's Silva family. As a result of a genetic condition known as polydactyly, all 14 members of the four-generation family were born with an extra digit on...

Bomb in Nigeria Hits World Cup Fans

They were gathered watching soccer

(Newser) - Boko Haram appears to have taken aim at World Cup soccer fans in Nigeria. A suicide bomber triggered a blast at an open-air viewing center in the northeast city of Damaturu, reports AFP . The AP has the death toll in the immediate aftermath at "several people," but it'...

Delta's 'Ghana Giraffe' Ignites Twitter Fury

There are no giraffes in Ghana

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines is getting an earful from the Internet over a postgame tweet. After the US beat Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match, Delta congratulated the American team with a pair of pictures, since deleted but viewable here . One showed the Statue of Liberty with the US score;...

Revenge at Last: US Defeats Ghana 2-1

John Brooks becomes first sub to score for the US in 30 World Cup games

(Newser) - After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana. US fans were screaming for revenge today after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups. They got it. At a price. Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a...

Should the US Be Faking More Soccer Injuries?

We're among the few teams that avoid the practice: Sam Borden

(Newser) - If you've been watching the World Cup, you've surely seen some players howling in apparent pain; perhaps you caught Frederico Chaves Guedes of Brazil topple downward, wailing, after his shoulder was touched by an opposing player. Such exaggerated "flopping," which draws the ref's attention to...

Hours Ahead of World Cup, Tear Gas

Police, small group of protesters clash in Sao Paulo

(Newser) - Just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in Sao Paulo, protesters took to the streets in the city shouting "There won't be a Cup." They didn't quite achieve their aim: Live TV images showed Sao Paulo police unleashing tear gas and...

5 World Cup Facts for Non-Soccer Lovers

A primer so you can sound moderately in-the-know

(Newser) - The World Cup begins today. If those five words have your eyes glazing over, hang on—and read on. We've pulled together five things to know about the games (which FIFA calls matches , but which the media refer to interchangeably as games and matches) that'll have you in...

Match-Fixers Targeted Games Ahead of 2010 World Cup

Reports cites payoffs, possible death threat in South Africa

(Newser) - With the next World Cup starting in less than two weeks, a New York Times report reveals extensive efforts to fix matches in the run-up to the last tournament—some of which efforts, it seems, were successful. The Times highlights an investigation by FIFA, the organization in charge of international...

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