After years of debate in the futbol community, World Cup 2014 will be the first in history to feature the new goal-line technology instituted by FIFA.
FIFA already has its hands full as we pass the two-week mark until kickoff in Sao Paulo between Brazil and Croatia. Preparations are in overdrive mode, as three stadiums are still a cause for concern for the football's governing body. Now FIFA and head of security Ralf Mutschke have to deal with the ramifications of a rumor that the Nigeria-Scotland warmup match was fixed, bringing worry to this year's World Cup.
It's almost World Cup tournament time, and we here at The18 decided to start things early with our first-ever The18.com World Cup Kit Championship.
Forget about the World Cup buses that will be taking national teams around Brazil in two weeks with slogans painted on their sides. Check out the plane that the Brazilian national team will be flying in and out of Brazil's unfinished airports (low blow, we know). Brazilian artists and identical twins, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo (a.k.a.
We here at The18 have already written about the trials that the USMNT will go through regarding weather and travel at this year's World Cup. However, in the past weeks the Brazilan player’s federation, also known as Fenapaf, filed a lawsuit to change kickoff times of 24 matches scheduled to start at 1 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET).
The United States opened its World Cup warmup matches with a sluggish 2-0 win over 85th-ranked Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco last night. With team captain Clint Dempsey a late scratch with a groin injury, the U.S. team played a 4-4-2 formation, with Jozy Altidore and Chris Wondolowski up front. Wondolowski had two excellent chances in the early part of the match off set pieces in the 4th and 15th minutes, but could not convert the opportunities into goals. It was only in the second half that the U.S.
For World Cup 2014, ESPN engaged Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira to create a series of posters, one for each of the 32 nations playing in the tournament. For our money, Siqueira nailed it. We'd love to have every one of these hanging on the walls of The18 headquarters. The posters blur the line between graphic art and street art.
When news broke on Thursday that Landon Donovan had been left off the USMNT roster for World Cup 2014, the Internet basically had an aneurysm.
Twitter in particular exploded with every reaction imaginable, from name-calling, to whining, to anger, to applause for a decision well made. Depending on your point of view, Jurgen Klinsmann was either a national villain or hero.
At this year's World Cup in Brazil, Hyundai is bringing back a cool little campaign from the 2010 South African World Cup. Over the past several months, soccer fans have been able to submit slogans to the "Be There With Hyundai Contest." Ideas for World Cup slogans for fans' respective nations were submitted, voted on, and the winners will be placed on the side of each team's bus at the 2014 World Cup.
It’s been almost 24 hours since news broke about Landon Donovan being left off the 2014 USMNT World Cup squad. Reactions have been widespread throughout the soccer community and, on both sides, passionate to say the least. In case you've been living in a bunker for the past day (and, if you're Jürgen Klinsmann's son, you probably want to take cover in a bunker after dissing Donovan on Twitter), The18 lays out both sides of the argument.