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FIFA World Cup

  • News

    July 24, 2014

    The World Cup Boom Is Real, But Will Soccer Remain Must-See TV?

    ESPN, Fox and Univisión are betting millions that U.S. viewers will continue to watch soccer even after the World Cup.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    ESPN, FOX and Univisión are Betting Millions That You'll Keep Watching Soccer

    It was a Tuesday afternoon up at my radio station, and the United States' 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time had just ended, eliminating the American men's soccer team from the 2014 World Cup. Depressed, I stood there staring at the television, slowly calculating how old I would be the next time I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    LSU Head Coach Les Miles' World Cup Analysis Goes Sideways At SEC Media Day (VIDEO)

    I've been working on a piece for next week's print edition of the Houston Press on the sport of soccer in the aftermath of the World Cup. In doing some of the research, I've been gathering the usual cadre of statistics, quotes, historical information, and expert speculation (thank you Glenn Davis a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Here's Where Houston Whatever Fest Came From

    If you happened to head down to Lucky's Pub during the height of this year's World Cup action, you probably noticed the district around BBVA Compass Stadium, the several apartment blocks in the area and Warehouse Live has become one of those thriving urban pockets that so-called "livable city" advoc ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2014

    Appreciate the Ceviche and Ceviche House Will Feel Like Home

    This little restaurant tucked away in an Alief strip center knows how to mix it up with citrus, fish and fútbol.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    More Places to Watch the World Cup and the U.S./Belgium Game Today in Houston

    Though the World Cup is more than halfway over, there's no sense yet that the fervor is dying down--particularly as the home team (that's 'Merica, y'all) is still in the running. A few weeks ago, we compiled a list of some of the best spots in town to watch the games with a cold beer and (more oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The Beautiful Game Is a Beautiful Thing at El Big Bad

    "Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllll!" A battle cry is being sounded across the bar by an overzealous fan. It's the tenth time he's done so, making it appear as though his boasting button stuck on repeat. Every time his Netherlands team scores against Spain, his drawn-out call elicits loo ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Raucous Crowd, Latino Stars Enliven El Tri Watch Party

    "A que venimos? A TRIUNFAR!!!" -- Piolín Piolín's Jugada Musical feat. Gabriel Iglesias and Intocable House of Blues June 17, 2014 When you interview someone who talks for a living, keeping him or her on topic is about as easy as winning the World Cup. In other words, it can take what seems like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Which World Cup Teams Might Houstonians Root For? [Map]

    The U.S. plays its first game of the 2014 World Cup today against Ghana. Of course, Houston is in the good old US of A, and the Americans will have Houstonians rooting for them. But this is one of the most diverse cities in the country (maybe even the world). With that in mind, we decided to look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Goooooooal!! A Mostly Musical Guide to Enjoying the World Cup

    When did World Cup soccer start mattering to U.S. fans? I know many of us have doled out orange slices and cursed at volunteer officials at youth league games, but interest in the pro soccer pitch is apparently now at fever pitch. The global football tournament begins this afternoon and won't end u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The Best Spots to Watch the World Cup (And Toast to Every Goal) in Houston

    It's the most wonderful time of the year for soccer fans--The World Cup! The 2014 FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil June 12 through July 13. Even though most of us won't have the opportunity to be there for all the international excitement, there are plenty of chances to watch the games and ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    2014 Summer Preview: What Will Sustain Us as a Sports Nation?

    The dirty little semi-secret in sports talk radio is that there are many hosts out there who dread the months of June, July, and the first part of August. Yes, the same time of year to which the rest of the free world counts down like a prisoner approaching their parole date, many in my business ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Ten Things That Could Go Wrong With Brazil's World Cup

    Oh, Brazil. Beautiful Brazil. Poor-at-planning Brazil. The World Cup kicks off in less than three weeks, and there are tons of problems, with more potentially on the way. We decided to take a look at 10 things that could go wrong, and are going wrong, with the 2014 World Cup.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Season Outlook: Dynamo Ride Offense to MLS Cup Playoffs

    Every year that Hair Balls does a season preview on the Houston Dynamo, footy aficionados always complain and moan about the same things: why didn't the front office bring in a star player, is this team aging before our eyes, blah, blah, blah. For starters, the average age on the Dynamo for 2014 is ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 22, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Soccer Notes: Mexico Comes to Town, Again

    If you're a fan of watching a big-time football team beat up a small program, then October 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium is the place to be. And no, Texas Southern won't be hosting an SEC or Big 12 team.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Euro 2012: How to Fake a Conversation on Europe's Huge Soccer Tournament

    Wait a minute, your American red blood-soaked brain might be thinking, wasn't there just an international soccer tournament? World...something? And didn't we win that already? Are we going to kick ass in this one, AGAIN? In short:a) two years ago, b) Cup, c) no and d) no, because this tournament is ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Manchester United: Five Reasons To Hate Them

    Yeah, yeah -- tradition yadda, yadda, yadda​Manchester United F.C. will be making their first trip to Houston as they play the MLS All-Stars at Reliant Stadium Wednesday. As one of soccer's most successful and most recognizable clubs, Man U is the sole reason why a record-sellout crowd is expected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    MLS All-Star Game Build-Up Begins, And Dynamo Start Super Liga Action With A Win

    The man who cheated Ireland out of the World Cup is coming to Houston​The Houston Dynamo officially kicked-off their Super Liga schedule last night with a 2-1 over Mexican rival Pachuca. Joseph Ngwenya was the hero of night with both goals for the Orange. Ngwenya first got on the board in the 19th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    World Cup 2010: Spain Wins Ugly, But Wins

    Spain finally gets the cup​The Spaniards huffed and puffed; and they puffed, and puffed, and ...Well it took 116 minutes of puffing, but Andres Iniesta scored the lone goal Sunday to give Spain their first FIFA World Cup title. And it came off a Dutch mistake in the backline, when they turne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    World Cup 2010: David Villa Goes For The Golden Boot

    No need to play: The octopus has chosen Spain​It's been almost one month since South Africa and Mexico got the FIFA World Cup started in Soccer City. This Sunday - 63 games later - the Netherlands and Spain close up shop with what could be an instant classic.This will mark the first time tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    GOOOOOOOLLL!!!: 17 Sexy Soccer Album Covers

    ​​After tomorrow's third-place match and Sunday's final, Rocks Off will be sorry to see the World Cup go away for another four years. We've grown pretty fond of those vuvuzelas, and besides, there hasn't been much else to cheer about sporting-wise around Houston for, like ever. See you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    World Cup 2010: Spain Vs. Germany -- Starry Individuals Face A Daunting Team Of Relative No-Names

    All Euro all the time​One team has been laying beat downs.The other team, well, hasn't.That pretty much sums up the difference between Germany and Spain heading into their semifinal date later this afternoon - evening in Durban, South Africa.In a rematch of the 2008 European finals, the Germ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Believe It Or Not, There Are Bigger Crybabies Than Cristiano Ronaldo

    ​We've reached the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup, and some big names have already been unceremoniously booted after early round losses. Not many people were surprised at France's exit, and The USA and England were lucky to make the Round of 16 in the first place. But Italy, the reigning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    World Cup: 25 Things An Outsider Learned

    What? No "Heil Shitler" headline?​With the U.S. soccer team defeat to Ghana on Saturday, I thought I would note some things I noted from the World Cup this year.1. From my readings on the internet and twitter, it appeared that the U.S. soccer team was coached by Gary Kubiak. The team had bad fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    World Cup 2010 -- What's The Future Look Like For Team America?

    Is Coach Bob Bradley staying?​Now that the US has been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's time to play a little Monday quarterback, futbol style.Even though the US won its group for the first time in this millennium, and even though they made it past the first round (this was the team's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- I Am Darth Soccer

    "Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"​If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    World Cup 2010: USA-Ghana -- Five Keys To Look For

    A moment he'll never forget​The images of Wednesday morning are still fresh on many people's minds. The image of Landon Donovan putting the US ahead in the 91st minute against Algeria, putting the Americans back in the round of 16 for the first time since 2002.Their opponent on Saturday is Ghana, ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 24, 2010
  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010

    The World Cup Soccer Final: Netherlands vs. Spain

    Check out our World Cup Soccer Bars Directory for a place to catch all the action

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- USA Wins! Now Awaits Conference Expansion Invite To Become Part of South America

    Photo by Monica Fuentes Catching Cup fever this morning​"Soccer is about to cement its place as the worst 'sports bar sport' EVER..." -- Me at the 89-minute mark of the USA-Algeria game today"THIS IS AWESOME!!!" -- Me hugging strangers at the 91-minute mark of the USA-Algeria game today A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    The French Soccer Team: Five Movies That Would Have Ended Differently With Les Bleus In Them

    When the going gets tough....​France is in an uproar over their soccer team, which has not only sucked to an incredible degree in the World Cup but which has also gone on strike -- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD CUP -- because their feelings were hurt.Why did they strike? One of the players criticized ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Five Things In Sports More Annoying Than Those Vuvuzelas

    Photo by pempempie​Folks, it's time to shut up about those stupid African trumpets already: The constant drone of cheap and tuneless plastic horns is killing the atmosphere at the World Cup. Where are loud choruses of "Oooohhhs" from enthralled crowds when a shot scorches just wide of the go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    The Week In TV: Boardwalk Empire And Bravo, Two Ends Of A Spectrum

    This guy has to be stopped.​The Cup is upon us, the spring season is definitely behind us, and I'm warning you: Don't tease the panther. This was the week in TV Land: • So, the World Cup started the other day. I was with friends at a Mexican restaurant when the USA-England game began, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    World Cup: Today South Africa; Tomorrow Houston

    This ball is shaped funny​The world's biggest sporting event might be coming to a stadium near you, that is, if you want it here more than everyone else. A reception was held at City Hall Thursday to announce that Houston is holding the top spot in the bidding to host the FIFA World Cup in 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    World Cup 2010: These Teams Will Make It Out Of The Group Stage. Guaranteed

    Now THAT was a USA World Cup squad​The 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Oh, okay. When we heard "designer meat" we were afraid it was going to be some ridiculously sculpted abomination, but no, we'd totally eat that.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we accidentally made a fancy dessert dish with our banana-scented sunscreen. We s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 10, 2010

    2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

    Watch as the soccer world goes to war

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    World Cup In Houston: Where To Get Your Gamewatch On

    32 teams, one cup, plenty of Houston bars​Two days from now, the world will tune in to Johannesburg, South Africa as the 2010 FIFA World Cup officially kicks off. The first match is a Group A clash between Mexico and South Africa. For all you futbol fanáticos, there are plenty of places to view a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    World Cup: Get in the Spirit

    zota​If you couldn't care less about the World Cup, that's fine, because basically the ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD is excited, and we'll make up for your lack of enthusiasm. But should you be looking to get into the World Cup spirit, here's a brief list of Houston restaurants where you can enjoy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    25 Weird And/Or Hilarious Soccer Chants

    ​Rocks Off spent June 2006 in Salamanca, Spain during the World Cup, and we can tell you it's difficult to exaggerate what an event this is to pretty much every country in the world but America. (Although the U.S. is reportedly gaining.) While watching the games, we would leave the window open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Life Goes On, Even After Lost And 24

    ​In case you hadn't heard, this week marked the series finales of both 24 and Lost, leaving fans of Byzantine plots, glacial pacing, and right-wing propaganda with huge, empty spaces in their lives. At least until the next Tom Clancy novel comes out. But have no fear, brave TV watchers. For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    The World Cup Is Coming To Houston! The Trophy, At Least

    ​While Houston won't be hosting any World Cup games anytime soon, fans of the world's most popular sports can at least lay they eyes up on the world's most coveted trophy.The World Cup trophy is coming to the University of Houston and will be on display as part of a soccer festival that will featu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 3, 2006
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    July 20, 2006
  • Dining

    July 4, 2002

    Gooooaaaal!

    Emporio Brazilian Café scores with home cooking

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