There is always a breakout star of each World Cup, and this year the candidates are numerous. There's Jermaine Jones, who scored America's most stunning goal. There's Luis Suarez, who has been banned for biting an Italian player. There's this guy's dick. And then there's Rihanna, who has inflamed American Twitter by rooting for everyone else.
Carlos Valentin reacts after learning that tickets for some of Brazil's World Cup soccer games are sold out, as he stands outside São Paulo's Ibirapuera Gym with other fans hoping to buy tickets on Wednesday. Tickets for the opener sold out as fans lined up in the cold to try to buy what was left for the other matches. Image via Nelson Antoine/AP.
[Brazilian protestors staged a toilet sit-in on Ipanema beach today to protest the city's substandard sanitation. Much of the city's sewage currently flows untreated into Rio's waterways, although the state government has pledged to update its system before the 2016 Olympics. Image by Felipe Dana via AP.]
On Monday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden penned an open letter to Brazil, praising the country for its strong response to the NSA's widespread data collection and offering to help investigate such programs if Brazil grants him permanent political asylum. Snowden is currently living in Russia on a one-year asylum.
A significant portion of the stadium meant to house the World Cup's opening match in Sao Paulo next year was destroyed in a crane collapse today, killing three people. Brazil is hastily attempting to complete its 12 World Cup venues by FIFA's end-of-year deadline. Six stadiums reportedly remain unfinished.