For 13 years, Google has published a roundup what was most searched for around the world on a website called Google Zeitgeist. Zeitgeist collects more then 1000 lists from more than 70 countries that track the "spirit of the times" by looking at the people, places, and events that trended and were searched over the course of the year.
Of course, sports are included in those lists. Zeitgeist tracks the most searched athletes, sports, stadiums/arenas/ballparks, and teams, among many other categories. The 2013 edition of Zeitgeist was released recently, and with the 2014 World Cup only six months away we thought it would be fun to look at what soccer players and futbol teams were the most popular this year.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and its first league title since 2000.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is so, so close. And now we know how the 32 teams in the competition will match up. The World Cup draw was held today, and here's how the groups break down:
World Cup draw week continues with the debut of the official 2014 FIFA World Cup match ball. The ball is called brazuca and was designed by adidas. The company released the first images of the ball yesterday.
The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup groups is Friday, which means the biggest soccer event in the world is getting closer! The World Cup runs June 12-July 13, 2014, and 32 national teams will compete for the world championship: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States, and Uruguay.
When they finally take the pitch, matches will be played in 12 host cities around Brazil, from the opening game in Sao Paulo to the championship round in Rio de Janeiro. And to get fans ready, FIFA has released some pretty great posters for each of the host cities. While you wait for the World Cup draw, check out a grid of the 12 posters, as well as a short video produced by FIFA TV introducing you to each of the host cities.
We're about seven months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the field of competition is still being set. But while national teams continue to battle for a spot in the biggest football tournament in the world, fans are starting to get a look at what their heroes will wear on the pitch.
Earlier this week, adidas unveiled the World Cup uniforms sets for NUMBER countries: Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. According to adidas, the uniforms were designed by talking to young people and next-generations players and asked them what it was about their countries that made them proud. Designers incorporated some of the responses (like Russia's Cold War-era cosmonaut program and the art of Mexico) into the kits. But there's more going on in the jerseys than just national pride. They were made using adidas' adizero technology, which gives players a better fit and makes the jerseys the lightest the company has ever made.
Let's take a closer look at the uniforms. (That's Messi and Lavezzi hanging out in their WC kits at the top of this post. The jerseys represent the half-and-half Argentinean flag, which is a symbol of the country's independence.)
It’s the dream of every young athlete to get some one-on-one training time with the biggest stars of the sport you play. If you play soccer, your smartphone makes that a reality. The Fivestar Soccer Training app launched today for the iPhone. The app provides instructional videos, games, and interactive simulations featuring two of the biggest names in soccer: Alex Morgan and Wayne Rooney. The app is free to download, and comes loaded with a batch of free workouts, challenges, and tips. Additional workouts can be purchased for $5.99 or the full program for $19.99.
Morgan and Rooney guide you through drills and skills, helping you improve your game — both physically and mentally.
Earlier this week, Morgan spoke to Sports Illustrated Kids about the Fivestar Soccer Training app, the drills she thinks young footballers should focus on, and how she trained as a kid athlete.