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Get a KICK Out of Soccer Season with Topps App 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 19, 2014, 4:39 PM

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Back in March, we told you about the BUNT app from Topps, which lets collect digital baseball cards. Well today, the company has launched something similar, but for football… er, soccer.

Topps KICK 15, a free app for iOS and Android devices, lets you collect cards featuring more than 1,000 players from 57 clubs in the Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga, and Major League Soccer. You then use those cards to build the ultimate football team to compete with fans in other parts of the world.
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8-Year-Old American Walks Messi Into World Cup Final 0

  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • July 29, 2014, 1:47 PM

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A record-breaking number of Americans (26.5 million to be exact) tuned in to watch Germany and Argentina compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. But 8-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott was the only American to escort Lionel Messi onto the field before the match.

The Virginia native was one of 1,408 kids from around the world who were part of the McDonald’s Player Escort Program at the World Cup. She was one of 25 Americans chosen to be in the program, and the only kid from the United States on the pitch for the final match.
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Robots Hit the Pitch for RoboCup 2014! 0

  • Posted by: Scott Chiusano
  • July 23, 2014, 2:26 PM

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Having a hard time accepting that World Cup is over? Then you might want to check out the 2014 RoboCup, happening this week in Brazil. Just don’t expect any tears or flops from these robot competitors!
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Video Game Soccer in Real Life 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 21, 2014, 4:57 PM

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Earlier today we gave you a look at the cover for FIFA 15. But it was a busy weekend for EA Sports, and they had more up their sleeve than just a simple announcement.

The FIFA series bills itself as the most realistic soccer/football game you can buy. But YouTube power user and Electronic Arts employee Marius Hjerpseth wanted to know just how the game stacks up to the real thing. So he enlisted the help of his co-workers, hit the pitch at EA Sports HQ in Vancouver, and filmed the game. Then he edited the footage as if it were a game from the FIFA series.

The result is wild, and a little bonkers:
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Clint Dempsey and Lionel Messi are FIFA 15 Cover Boys 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 21, 2014, 10:48 AM

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What do you do for an encore after playing in the World Cup? If you're US captain Clint Dempsey and Argentinian star Lionel Messi, you became the faces of the FIFA video game franchise.

Over the weekend, EA Sports announced that Dempsey and Messi would grace the North American cover of FIFA 15, which hits stores September 23. The game will be available on Xbox One and 360 and PS3 and PS4. Dempsey and Messi will wear their club uniforms on the FIFA cover, which has led EA to create two different versions. Dempsey's club team, the Seattle Sounders, are sponsored by Microsoft and "XBOX" is written across the jersey's chest. And since you can't advertise Xbox on the cover of a Playstation game, Dempsey will wear his American kit on the Sony edition of the game.
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2014 World Cup: SI Kids' End of Tournament Awards 0

  • Posted by: Scott Chiusano
  • July 14, 2014, 1:05 PM

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After Germany’s win over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, FIFA awarded the Golden Ball to Lionel Messi and the Golden Glove (for goalkeeping) to Manuel Neuer. There were countless other memorable highlights and standout players over the last month, so here are a few more World Cup awards.
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