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.
McDonald's isn't the only restaurant with World Cup-themed menus – burger joints across the world are cooking up burgers for the 2014 World Cup. Bread Meats Bread in Scotland made a burger in honor of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the Penguin Cup, writers from 16 countries are playing in imaginary match-ups.