Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't… » 12/17/14 10:52am 12/17/14 10:52am

A Memorial to Qatar's World Cup Worker Deaths That Will Never Be Built 

Thousands of immigrant workers have died over the past year as they labored at the sprawling construction sites for Qatar's World Cup in what Amnesty International calls "modern-day slavery." Now a pair of architects have shared a proposal for a memorial to the workers—and it's a horrible reminder of just how many… » 12/02/14 5:06pm 12/02/14 5:06pm

Qatar's $45 Billion Plan to Build a Brand New City for the World Cup

Qatar, the 2022 host of the World Cup, is not a large country, with a population just over 2.1 million. So to prepare for the millions who'll descend on the country eight years from now, it's going to great lengths—including building an entire new city from scratch. » 9/16/14 11:32am 9/16/14 11:32am

10 of History's Deadliest Construction Projects

The Panama Canal opened 100 years ago this month, one of the greatest engineering achievements in history. It was also one of the greatest sacrifices of human life in the name of construction, but tragically, it was far from the most deadly project in modern history. » 8/28/14 10:09am 8/28/14 10:09am

6 Great Shots From The World Cup

Germany went blitzkrieg on the entire UN of soccer and took the 2014 World Cup. Here are your views of the festivities—ranging from your quiet kitchens to Brazil's insane parties. » 7/15/14 2:00pm 7/15/14 2:00pm

The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed Its First Big Test

Tiresome TSA security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the Socceroos. » 7/14/14 10:33am 7/14/14 10:33am

How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. » 7/11/14 1:40pm 7/11/14 1:40pm

This "Brazil World Cup riot" picture is actually from 2013

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Cities Are Finally Fighting Back Against Insane Olympic Costs

A petition with tens of thousands of signatures. Protestors in the streets. Fiery op-eds. All this public unrest in Tokyo isn't over an election or divisive political issue. It's about the design of the city's 2020 Olympic Stadium. And the people are winning. » 7/08/14 11:20am 7/08/14 11:20am

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

Awww, the Little Google Maps Guy Is Wearing His Soccer Gear

World Cup madness is sweeping the internet—even the little yellow guy on Google Maps is wearing his soccer gear. And according to commenters, he's wearing the uniform of whatever nation you view him in. Commenter toschlebelge shows us Google Guy's German outfit; what's he wearing in your lands? » 6/28/14 3:30pm 6/28/14 3:30pm

Brazil's Soccer Team Has Smart Gatorade Bottles That Track Hydration

Everyone knows you should drink plenty of fluids when playing sports, but hydration actually becomes an exact science when the pride of your nation is at stake during something like the World Cup. That's why at this year's tournament, Brazil's soccer team is using specially-designed Gatorade bottles that track how… » 6/26/14 4:00pm 6/26/14 4:00pm

World Cup Security Team Accidentally Shares Its Awful Wi-Fi Password

What's the bigger security crime: having your Wi-Fi password displayed on a big screen, or using tired old internet speak to have "b5a2112014" as the password for the Brazil 2014 event security team network? » 6/25/14 7:15am 6/25/14 7:15am

The Clever Reason Flag Emoji Count as Two Characters in Twitter

With World Cup fever in full swing, people have finally found a use for the flags tucked in the far corners of emoji keyboards. But patriotic tweeters can only fit at most 70 little flag icons in a 140-character tweet. What gives? Turns out, each flag emoji counts as two characters—and there's a clever reason why, as… » 6/24/14 10:10am 6/24/14 10:10am

How Far Do Soccer Players Run During a Match?

After four weeks of well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever was going on with Ronaldo's hair, the World Cup finally draws to a close today. But while you're holding your breath during the Germany-Argentina nail-biter, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90… » 6/22/14 6:51pm 6/22/14 6:51pm

80 Years of World Cup Ticket Designs

FIFA World Cup 2014 is underway, and for those lucky spectators who have managed to get a ticket for one or more of the tournament matches, it's a little piece of print design they'll probably cherish for years to come. » 6/20/14 2:20pm 6/20/14 2:20pm

Three New Chrome Games Quench Your Soccer Lust Between World Cup Games

Even after waiting four years for it to roll around again, the World Cup isn't wall-t0-wall matches. There are breaks in-between the games that need to be filled while you wait for the action to start up again. Drinking the hours away is one solution, but Google has a more sober suggestion: A collection of mini-games » 6/20/14 12:00pm 6/20/14 12:00pm

This Soda Can Mutes World Cup Mania By Secretly Shutting Off TVs

It's a well-known trick that's liable to get you killed during the World Cup, but that's why the folks behind Orangina are cleverly hiding tiny remotes beneath their cans, allowing those who've already tired of soccer to turn off every TV in their vicinity. » 6/20/14 9:20am 6/20/14 9:20am

This Site Turns Each World Cup Game Into a Graphic Design Smackdown

If it hit you this weekend that maybe, possibly watching soccer isn't really your thing, perhaps this is your way to get a piece of the World Cup action: See how two designers visualize each match in a poster created during the time it takes to play each game. » 6/18/14 2:00pm 6/18/14 2:00pm

The Wobbling Stairs at This World Cup Stadium Look Ready to Collapse

Given that Brazil has spent around $14 billion getting ready to host the 2014 World Cup, you'd think they'd have sufficient funds to install staircases that weren't made of scaffolding. I mean, just look at those steps shake under the load of hundreds of futbol fans. » 6/18/14 1:20pm 6/18/14 1:20pm