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U.S. opens World Cup with 2-1 upset win over Ghana

USA stun Ghana 2-1 in World Cup (via AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann celebrated his 50th game in charge with a memorable 2-1 win over Ghana in their World Cup Group G clash on Monday. Clint Dempsey scored the opener after just 30 seconds and German-born John Brooks headed…

Rio airport workers declare 24-hour strike on opening day of the World Cup

Rio airport staff declare partial strike for World Cup kick-off (via AFP) Ground staff at Rio de Janeiro’s three airports will stage a 24-hour partial strike Thursday, the day Brazil hosts the opening match of the World Cup, their union said. The workers vowed to maintain 80 percent service, but…

Bus driver and police detective strikes add to Brazil’s pre-World Cup problems

A bus drivers’ strike stranded more than two million passengers in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, just 22 days before the Brazilian megacity hosts the opening match of the World Cup. Meanwhile, adding to concerns about public safety before the year’s biggest sporting spectacle, police detectives staged a partial walkout in…

Violent protest hits fabled Rio beach district after dancer is beaten to death

Violent protests broke out in Rio’s landmark beachfront district, Copacabana, on Tuesday following the death of a resident, an AFP photographer said, less than two months before the World Cup. Two main thoroughfares were closed after angry demonstrators from a slum set ablaze barricades of tires to protest the death…

Three dead in Brazilian World Cup stadium collapse

Three people died Wednesday following an accident on the site of the stadium in Sao Paulo that will host the opening match of next year’s World Cup, Brazilian television reported. Reporters at the scene reported a crane fell across part of the metallic structure at the Arena Corinthians stadium, still…

A ‘World Cup of Terror’ coming to Brazil if crime bosses prevail

Leaders of one of Brazil’s most feared gangs have warned they will order a wave of terrorist attacks during next year’s World Cup if they are moved into a maximum security prison in the state of Sao Paulo. One of Brazil’s largest criminal gangs has threatened to unleash a wave…

World Cup by Continent

I have a friend who frequently makes the complaint to me that every continent except Europe is over-represented in the World Cup. With only six of thirteen teams advancing, I’ve not heard from him recently, but he does raise an interesting question about what is the right way to allocate…

World Cup All-Group Stage Squad

The field has been cut in half, and everyone’s (rightfully) looking ahead to the elimination games that begin tomorrow. But before we relegate this memorable group stage to the history books, let’s reflect on the players who performed the best over the last two weeks. Goakeeper: Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria It’d…

The wingnut anti-soccer lie machine, or how teabaggers determined England is in South America

Reading this only clarifies something that’s been really obvious to me for awhile—the emotional satisfaction of being a wingnut comes from being able to rationalize your deep desire to be a hater. This is something I’ve suspected for a long time about the anti-choice movement in particular, and today my…

Alright wannabes, it’s World Cup!

Pandagon’s side sports project Pandagoal is all geared up and ready for World Cup. But are you? Oh, we all know the drill. You know that World Cup is important to most of the world. It’s bigger than Christmas. And you plan to watch it. You plan to look up…

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