Sports

Photos: Brazilian Vendors, Sticking it to FIFA, Set Up a DIY Fan Fest of Their Own
Matthew Niederhauser’s World Cup Photo Diary: Day Five
June 21, 2014

The big screen wasn't as fancy, but the throng of fans didn't mind 

A Less Smooth Soccer Ball is Actually More Predictable When It's Kicked
Science explains pressure distribution shifts!
June 20, 2014

Science explains transition points and pressure distribution shifts.

Knausgaard on Angel Di Maria: Looks Like Kafka, Plays Like A Dream
"The first time I saw him play, I thought, That's my man."
June 20, 2014

"The first time I saw him play, I thought, That's my man."

After Their South African Disaster, Will France Hold It Together This World Cup?
Looks like it, at least on Twitter
June 20, 2014

The French team famously imploded four years ago. What do their Twitter accounts reveal about team harmony this time around?

At This World Cup, England Fans Get Their Disillusionment in First
Low expectations, duly met
June 20, 2014

Low expectations, duly met 

Luis Suarez Is a Beast
On the taxonomy of strikers, the Uruguay star is an apex predator
June 20, 2014

The Uruguay star and the grand tradition of strikers who seek to destroy 

Why Did Borges Hate Soccer?
Mass culture was anathema to the Argentine writer
June 20, 2014

"Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular,” Borges once said.

Wayne Rooney Not Scoring for England, in GIFs
Forty-one goals in international matches, 40 of which were not scored in the World Cup
June 19, 2014

Forty-one goals in international matches, 40 of which were not scored in the World Cup 

England's Loss to Uruguay, as Epic Poem
The doggerel of defeat
June 19, 2014

Sad supporter pens doggeral of defeat 

Photo: Bulgarian Wrestling Is a Pain in the Neck
June 19, 2014

A fun day out for all the family.

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