Luis Suárez's bite attack on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini yesterday could see him kicked out of the World Cup. But in his home country there's denial and finger-pointing - at the English of all people.
Determined but impecunious enthusiasts have braved lawless borders, overcrowded minibuses, and perilous river crossings to keep costs down en route to Manaus, Brazil.
Soccer has become the latest target for Venezuela's beleaguered political opposition as it tries to use the World Cup craze to keep pressure on embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
The World Cup draw between the US and Portugal Sunday drew 25 million US viewers, an all-time record for soccer, and US interest in the World Cup has surged since 2010. Does that mean soccer has finally arrived in the US, or is it destined to be like Olympic sports – wildly popular just once every four years?
President Barack Obama is not playing for England in the World Cup, despite what Chris Smalling souvenir mugs might show you. A friendly reminder of parents battling summer slide and kids forgetting their school lessons.