Russia has a nerdy robot to protect English fans from hooligans at the World Cup

Qatar’s slave laborers complete first air-conditioned World Cup stadium

When a coin toss kept Spain out of the World Cup

How to fix the 48-team World Cup

Qatar says they’re giving stadium workers “cooled helmets” so everything is OK now

Rafa Marquez scores late winner to end US’s “dos a cero” streak against Mexico

This is Kenwyne Jones’ last chance to transform from average player to national legend

The life and death of the World Cup’s first hat trick scorer

The ageless Gianluigi Buffon’s Italy debut

In Carlos Alberto’s most famous goal, soccer imitates art

Penalty shootouts may not be perfect, but they’re better than the alternative

Wayne Rooney and the aesthetics of sacrifice