nostalgia
Here’s The Tech We Were Using Last Time England Reached A World Cup Semi-Final

The 4th July 1990, the last time England reached the World Cup semi-final, was a very different time. Take politics, for example: The Conservative Party was massively divided over Europe, and their female Prime Minister's leadership was under threat from malcontents within her own party. How can we possibly begin to understand what that might feel like today? Read More >>

football
Forget Your Dreams: This Data Proves You’re Too Old To Play In A World Cup Team

When you were young, did you ever dream of one day being on the England football team, walking out into a packed World Cup stadium and representing your country on the pitch? I sure didn’t, but I was definitely bullied by people who did. Read More >>

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You Can Make a Wooden Soccer Ball With Some Masterful Carpentry

You won’t want to actually kick it around without wearing steel-toed shoes, but Russian carpenter Vladimir Zhilenko makes turning a bunch of wooden pentagons into a perfectly-round soccer ball look incredibly easy. The final sanding looks especially satisfying, assuming you don’t accidentally sand away your fingertips in the process. [YouTube via The Awesomer] Read More >>

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Watch a Football Slam Into This Guy’s Head in Super Slow Motion

The Slow Mo Guys have come up with some wonderfully original experiments to film with their high-speed camera. But the footage they capture is always the most fascinating, or excruciating, when they turn their slo-mo camera on themselves. Read More >>

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Spinning is the Only Strategy When You Play Table Football With Power Drills

There’s always one annoying dude at the table screaming, “no spinning!” whenever you’re playing table football. But when you replace the game’s handles with high-speed electric drills, frantic spinning is the only real gameplay strategy you have at your disposal. Read More >>

science
French Physicists Unravel the Secrets of the Knuckleball  

Knuckleballs – think "bend it like Beckham" – are mostly associated with baseball in the United States, but this devilishly unpredictable ball motion also shows up in football, cricket, and volleyball. Yet it’s never seen in other sports like squash, basketball, and table tennis. A team of French scientists think they’ve finally figured out why and describe their conclusions in the New Journal of Physics. Read More >>

google
Google Taught an Ant to Play Football

DeepMind beat a world champion of Go, so now it wants to try its hand at a much more popular game. Sorta. Read More >>

robots
How We Won the World Robot Football Championship

My team from UNSW Australia defeated team B-Human from Germany 3-1 last week to claim back-to-back Robocup SPL World Championships. Here’s how we did it. Read More >>

design
People are Redesigning World Cup Sponsors’ Logos to Protest Worker Abuse

FIFA is getting it from all sides right now, and for good reason. Last night the US Justice Department reportedly arrested officials for fraud related to the upcoming World Cups in Qatar and Russia. And even before the arrests, fans were protesting the use of forced labour at World Cup construction sites by hitting FIFA where it hurts: the sponsors. Read More >>

sports
Players Help Power the Lights on This Football Field Just by Running

As they make their way up and down the field chasing the ball, the players on this new football pitch in Rio de Janeiro are actually helping to keep the lights powered when the sun sets. Because underneath the artificial turf are 200 special tiles that work like tiny generators to harness the kinetic energy of the players and turn it into electricity. Read More >>

internet
Be Careful About Infringing Our Intellectual Property on Vine, Warns Premier League

The English football money police is threatening a "clamp down" on the insta-posting of goals on Vine, after the practise went mainstream during the World Cup. Warning that doing so is a "breach of copyright," the EPL says it's working on a range of measures including GIF and Vine "crawlers" to automate the removal of such clips. [BBC] Read More >>

sports
Brain Expert Says Heading Footballs is “Not Safe” for Children

The next looming childhood health and safety issue may be football related, after a brain specialist suggested that the brains of footballing children could potentially be damaged by heading balls. Read More >>

security
The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed its First Big Test

Tiresome airport security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the those teams. Read More >>

architecture
How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. Read More >>

design
Every World Cup Poster Since 1930 Remade by One Designer

James Campbell Taylor, a NYC-based graphic designer, took it upon himself to redesign each World Cup poster going back to 1930. I ran across his collection after realizing that some sites had mistaken Taylor's faux-posters as the real historical thing. It's easy to see why: each of the posters looks like a little piece of graphic design history from that era. Italy in 1934 looks like it was ripped from a book about the Italian Futurism of Mussolini's day. Switzerland in 1954? Done up against an impeccable Swiss grid. Read More >>