26
Sep

Washington is selling out-of-date World Cup beer to fans

When Jerome Valcke said he was “amazed" by the level of drunkenness at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, it was a pretty safe assumption not a drop of alcohol went unconsumed.

Well, it turns out, it wasn’t.

While we don’t know how much alcohol was left over from the tournament, we do know that at least some of it ended up in the U.S.

During Washington’s crushing loss to the NY Giants on Thursday night, fans were served with ice cold World Cup-branded beers. And, as the Washington Post found out, they are indeed from June of this year, and well past their “freshness date.”

Yum.

(H/T Washington Post)

15
Sep

Fans of club in Brazil copy Japan’s post-game clean-up practice

While Japan didn’t win any matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, their fans won the hearts of many around the globe with their unique post-game ritual.

After every match, the Japanese fans stayed after and cleaned up their section of the stadium. It was a truly heart-warming thing to see. And it looks like one Brazilian club took notice and adopted this practice.

After Atletico-PR beat Vitoria 2-0 on Sunday, their fans stayed after the match to help clean up the Arena da Baixada. The club even gave the supporters 20,000 trash bags to aid their efforts.

We’re hoping this is a practice that catches on at stadiums around the world!

(H/T DirtyTackle)

14
Sep

President Obama makes good on USA-Belgium World Cup beer bet

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Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.

As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.

Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)

Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”

Sounds like a new bet!

Image provided by Getty

23
Aug

2022 World Cup final set to be played in city that doesn’t exist yet

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In case you don’t have enough doubts over Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, listen to this: the proposed site for the final is set in a city that doesn’t even exist yet!

Funded by the oil-rich Qatari government, the city of Lusail is currently being built from the ground up by around 20,000 workers at an estimated cost of $45 billion.

According to CNN, the government hopes the city will be completed by 2019. Lusail is expected to then contain a commercial district, a lagoon, four islands, two marinas, an upscale shopping mall, a hospital, a zoo, two golf courses, housing for 250,000 people and, of course, the stadium.

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From CNN:

Residents and visitors will get around via a light-rail network, a water-taxi system and a network of underground pedestrian tunnels. And all the energy, communications and transportation systems will be run with the help of computers from a single command center, making Lusail a “smart” city that can automatically adapt to changing traffic and weather conditions.

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Well then, that should ease all your concerns, especially those about the labor laws in Qatar….

H/T Deadspin

All images via CNN

12
Aug

Landon Donovan is the latest athlete to have a “Short Memory”

It was a tough summer for Landon Donovan. The United States legend was left off of the World Cup roster in what would turn out to be his last chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament.

Some might say it was a summer to forget for the LA Galaxy star. Well, for Foot Locker’s latest edition of athletes with short memories, it literally was just that.

Donovan joins Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen on the list of greats that that have simply “forgotten” the worst moments of their careers. 

"I’m the captain!" Apparently it’s not just short memory that’s afflicting Donovan, but "revised" memory as well.

11
Aug

Ibrahimovic helps Swedish learning disabled team get to Brazil for INAS World Cup

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(Image: Facebook.com/UnknownSwedes)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not have been able to lead his country to the World Cup this year, but he’s not going to let that happen again.

He’s now the official ambassador for Sweden’s football team for the learning disabled, named “The Unknown Team.”

The team, which qualified for the INAS World Cup in Brazil was having trouble raising funds to get the players to Brazil. So they reached out to Sweden’s soccer stars asking for auction-able items.

But Ibrahimovic decided to do better than a signed jersey, saying "What the hell are you going to do with a shirt? How much is it to go?" The striker then decided to pay the whole bill upfront, which was about 350,000 kronor ($51,000).

According to the Swedish football federations's website, Ibrahimovic was more than happy to help his fellow countrymen realize a dream.

"Football should be played by anyone, regardless of gender, disability or not," Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying. “And when we missed the World Cup, I was deeply disappointed, but when I heard about ‘The Unknown Team’ I said to myself that I wanted to do everything in my power to help them to experience the World Cup. There was nothing to think about. Now I get to experience the World Cup through them.”

The INAS World Cup begins on August 11 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

10
Aug

England’s Beth Mead hits screamer in Under-20 Women’s World Cup

A month ago, we were watching what we thought were the final phases of the “World Cup of Goals.”

Instead, it looks like it’s far from over. The ladies at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup have picked up right where the men in Brazil left off - scoring worldies left and right.

First, France’s Claire Lavogez defied physics with a hit that rainbowed over the keeper to finish off a beautiful team move. And now, England’s Beth Mead goes on and does this:

You might want to start watching this tournament!

7
Aug

Work of art! France Under-20 women score beautiful team goal

Maybe you watched the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night, or maybe you tuned in to the Under-20 Women’s World Cup bout between France and Costa Rica instead. If you missed the latter, then you also missed the best goal of the day.

Check out this beautiful team goal from France that ends with Claire Lavogez’s nifty lob of the Ticos keeper, going off the crossbar and in:

With goals like that, the Under-20 Women’s World Cup is sure to pick up a few more viewers, we hope!

H/T SBNation

26
Jul

Too cute! James Rodriguez teaches daughter his World Cup dance moves

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James Rodriguez became a household name this summer by winning the World Cup Golden Boot and securing a mega-million transfer to Real Madrid. Before all that, James also did countrywoman Shakira proud by breaking out some excellent dance moves after each of his World Cup goals.

And now, James is passing his talents on to his young daughter.

How cute is this:

H/T BleacherReport

20
Jul

Whoops! World Cup trophy damaged at afterparty

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The German national team apparently celebrated their fourth World Cup title a bit too hard last weekend.

According to DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, part of the World Cup trophy was damaged at the Rio afterparty!

"At one spot a small piece was chipped off, but don’t worry. We have specialists who can fix it," Niersbach told German news magazine Spiegel.

The culprit? A mystery. Niersbach joked that a thorough and persistent investigation was conducted, but proved inconclusive.

Good thing the damaged trophy wasn’t the original! Because no World Cup champion actually gets to keep the real deal, FIFA representatives had already taken the original version back for safekeeping before the team even left the Maracana.