Why Would Any Country Host the World Cup?

There should be a sense of pride and revelry overtaking the nation of Brazil, where the World Cup starts today. Yet residents in cities across the country are protesting with transit strikes and tent occupations, hoping to draw attention to the extreme costs and unfinished facilities stunting the sluggish economy. » 6/12/14 1:40pm 6/12/14 1:40pm

Brazil's World Cup Logo Sure Looks Like Someone Facepalming

With less than 50 days to go before Brazil hosts the World Cup finals, chatter over whether it's prepared has been growing by the day. This doesn't help: The event's logo is being ridiculed for bearing an uncanny resemblance to the internet's favorite way to express disgust, shame, or embarrassment—the ol' facepalm. » 4/24/14 11:32am 4/24/14 11:32am

Qatar Is Canceling Four Of Its 12 Planned World Cup Stadiums

After a year of ballooning costs, delays, and controversy over its labor practices, Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organizers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. » 4/21/14 12:00pm 4/21/14 12:00pm

How Far Do You Run Playing Different Sports?

While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it. » 4/03/13 2:20pm 4/03/13 2:20pm

All the Major Sport Competitions Since 1903 Condensed In Beautiful…

If you like sports and awesome data visualization, you will love these posters, which can be printed to order in beautiful paper. You can choose the final playoffs of every major sport event since 1903—427 brackets from the American MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS to the European Champions League, the UEFA Euro and FIFA's… » 7/20/12 1:00am 7/20/12 1:00am

Soccer's New Ball-Tracking Technology Should Be Used In Every Sport

At last, after years of horribly bad referee calls, the cave full of old crooks and farts known as FIFA has approved the use of technology to track the ball in soccer games. This is a huge change, with profound implications in the most popular sport in the world. » 7/05/12 5:08pm 7/05/12 5:08pm

Xbox Live Users Are Being Hacked for Virtual FIFA Gear (Updated)

Xbox Live users are under attack on two levels: hackers are targeting them at an alarming rate and using their MS points on FIFA '11 and '12 in-game gear; and Microsoft is then shutting down their accounts to investigate for up to 25 days. » 10/14/11 11:20am 10/14/11 11:20am

Four Minutes With FIFA 11 For iPhone

Developers are really getting a sense of what they can do for iOS, namely, making console-quality ports of their popular franchises. FIFA 11 feels as good as the older FIFAs did a few years ago, meaning, I'm still lousy at them. » 10/01/10 1:20pm 10/01/10 1:20pm

If Japan Has Its Way, You Will See Holographic Soccer Matches In The…

With the 2010 World Cup a distant memory, Japan has started preparations for its 2022 World Cup bid. Judging by what they're showing FIFA, it's going to be ridiculously futuristic. Like real-time holographic matches beamed across the world futuristic. » 7/26/10 2:40pm 7/26/10 2:40pm

FIFA to Consider Goal Line Tech, But Not Offsides

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has acknowledged that referee mistakes were made and that FIFA will "take on board again the discussion about technology." But he's not going far enough. » 6/29/10 12:24pm 6/29/10 12:24pm

Giz Explains: Watching the World Cup in 3D

The problem with 3DTV, as we've said, is that there normally isn't a damn thing to watch. But the World Cup in 3D, that's something to watch. » 6/09/10 3:40pm 6/09/10 3:40pm

Five Amazing Solar Stadiums To Be (Hopefully) Built In Qatar For 2022…

The Middle-Eastern state of Qatar is so keen to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, they're building five solar stadiums to woo organizers. Each stadium looks stunning, but the fact they take advantage of the country's sunshine is even better. » 5/21/10 7:40am 5/21/10 7:40am

EA Bringing Madden, FIFA Franchises to the iPhone

Yes, EA's most popular sports games are coming to the iPhone. You know what that means: similar gameplay, unusable controls. I can't wait! [PocketGamer via Kotaku] » 7/29/09 1:00pm 7/29/09 1:00pm

EA Sports Fifa '07 Case Mod Winner Melds Sport, Hardware

The winner of last year's EA Sports Fifa case mod contest pulled a repeat this year, managing to outdo himself as well as the competition. The case itself is covered in a textured paint that simulates a leather soccer ball (sorry 'the rest of the world,' your sport is still "soccer" here) and even the peripherals are… » 8/09/07 7:53pm 8/09/07 7:53pm

World Cup Ball More Advanced Than Your PC

The World Cup finally started today with Germany and Costa Rica providing one of the better opening matches in recent memory. The official ball of the tournament, the Adidas Teamgeist (or "team spirit," which is unbelievably lame), is packed to the seams with well-researched hi-tech goodness. » 6/09/06 4:55pm 6/09/06 4:55pm

World Cup USB Cam

GOOOOOOOAL! GOOOOOOOOOAL! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Built-in microphone. GOOOOOOOAL! Skype support. GOOOOOOOOOAL!$22. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Is there some sort of big soccer thing going on right now or something? GOOOOOOOOOAL! » 5/03/06 5:31pm 5/03/06 5:31pm

Xbox 360 Blue Edition Set for Launch

Microsoft will be releasing a soccer-inspired bundle of the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 Blue Edition will have all of the same parts as the Premium edition packages, but also include a super-sporty Adidas Japan blue faceplate, Adidas Japan blue bandana and also include 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. This special edition… » 4/06/06 3:35pm 4/06/06 3:35pm