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 Monday 12:00pm

Rio's Olympic Construction Crews Are Unearthing Its Slave Trade Past

Rio is currently pouring its energy into building stadiums, housing, and roads to host the World Cup next summer and the Olympics in 2016. But in the process, the city is uncovering relics of its past—including evidence of its one-time reign as the busiest slave port in the Americas. » 3/09/14 11:01am 3/09/14 11:01am

Architect Zaha Hadid Says 500 Worker Deaths Are Not Her Problem

Qatar's overtly yonic soccer stadium, a global architectural symbol of the forthcoming 2022 World Cup, has seen its share of the nation's staggering number of construction deaths: more than 500 Indian migrant workers have died in Qatar since January 2012. This week, the stadium's architect—Zaha Hadid—said, well, it's… » 2/26/14 6:40pm 2/26/14 6:40pm

The Grim Secret Behind Qatar's Lavish New Stadiums: Human Rights Abuse

Don't hate Zaha Hadid's new World Cup stadium because it looks like a vagina. Hate it because it'll likely be built with "modern-day slavery," according to a new Amnesty International report. » 11/18/13 2:43pm 11/18/13 2:43pm

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

Qatar Will Use $500,000 Artificial Clouds for the World Cup

When I heard that World Cup 2022 was going to be in Qatar, I was confused like everyone else. Isn't it deathly hot over there? But they've got a solution: to make artificial clouds (something Bill Gates has wanted to do) to cool down the temperature. » 3/24/11 4:40pm 3/24/11 4:40pm

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

Watching the World Cup in 3D: The (More) Beautiful Game

The recent wave of 3D has been all about action and spectacle, taking us from Tim Burton's Wonderland to James Cameron's Pandora. Today I had a much different three-dimensional experience, one that was subtle and extremely promising: the World Cup. » 6/25/10 3:20pm 6/25/10 3:20pm