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Russia's World Cup Is Already Outrageously Expensive

Maybe you're still mourning Brazil's catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on—to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it's going to be very, very expensive. Like $11,500 per seat expensive. » 7/18/14 12:13pm 7/18/14 12:13pm

These Posters For Every World Cup Since 1930 Were Made By One Designer

The semi-finals of the World Cup begin today, and soccer, er, football fever—though slightly dimmer now Stateside—is ramping back up for the rest of the world. Which makes it a perfect time to check in with one superfan-slash-designer, who redesigned each official World Cup poster for fun. » 7/08/14 9:00am 7/08/14 9:00am

World Cup Refs Are Wearing Smartwatches That Alert Them To Goals

At today's opening match between Brazil and Croatia, the referees will be wearing smartwatches that read "GOAL" and vibrate when a team scores. No, it's not punishment for the infamous Frank Lampard disallowed goal of 2010. It's part of a new "unhackable" goal line detection system, the first to ever be used in the… » 6/12/14 11:20am 6/12/14 11:20am

Finally, A Stadium Shaped Like A Crocodile

I'm as baffled as you are that it's taken so long, but it seems someday we still might get the stadium we've all known architecture really needs: Turkey's Burasapor soccer team, nicknamed the "Green Crocodiles," could soon be getting an architectural masterpiece, a structure that will rival the greatest palaces of the… » 4/11/14 6:40pm 4/11/14 6:40pm

Nike's Aggressive New Cleats Help Football Players Turn On a Dime

The use of 3D printers has allowed Nike's designers to prototype and test new footwear designs with a remarkably quick turnaround. And the latest shoe born from that new process is the Vapor HyperAgility cleat featuring re-engineered studs that Nike claims will give football players the necessary grip to explode off… » 2/26/14 12:00pm 2/26/14 12:00pm

This video about winter makes me feel colder than winter itself

It's 70 degrees where I am right now but I'm shivering. I have goosebumps all over my body and my teeth are chattering and I swore I just saw my own breath. I want to put on my winter coat and scarf and earmuffs and gloves. Why? Because I just watched this frigidly beautiful video directed by Oliver Würffell. It's… » 2/11/14 8:48pm 2/11/14 8:48pm

Richard Sherman Gives the Best Twitter Advice You'll Ever Get

Richard Sherman is a very talented football player, and I, like many of you, have become a fan. It's clear that in the post-NFC championship days, he's emerged as a divisive character. No matter your opinion, when it comes to Twitter he has some very sage advice. From a post he wrote earlier this week on the MMBQ: » 1/31/14 3:00pm 1/31/14 3:00pm

Facebook Data Show Just How Much Football Games Depress You

Whenever Facebook rolls out a new broad survey of its data, like a map of NFL fandom, the instinct is usually to jump right to the counterintuitive bits—Why would there be a pocket of Saints fans in the heart of Texas?—and then sussing out an answer. But here, with a look at how positive and negative words are used in… » 1/31/14 8:56am 1/31/14 8:56am