• 9:30pm Jun 25, 2014
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    A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon

    The final World Cup game in the Brazilian city of Manaus is on Wednesday. For fans who made the trek to the jungle for games this tournament, many were rewarded by something else: seeing a centuries-old opera house in the heart of the Amazon.
  • 12:48pm Jun 25, 2014
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    FIFA Probes Whether Uruguay Star Bit Italian Opponent

    Uruguay beat Italy in a close match. But instead of celebrating, the team finds itself embroiled in controversy. Star player Luis Suarez was seen on TV worldwide apparently biting an Italian defender.
  • 11:11am Jun 23, 2014
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    Portugal Snatches Victory From U.S., Match Ends 2-2

    The U.S. men's soccer team had a chance to secure its spot in the second round of the World Cup, but it failed to hold on to its lead in the final moments of the match.
  • 7:29am Jun 20, 2014
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    Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

    Ecuador produces some excellent soccer players, but they predominantly come from the same area. The sparsely populated Pacific coast province of Esmeraldas. What makes it Ecuador's soccer hotbed?
  • 4:32pm Jun 18, 2014
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    In Brazil, Predictions Of Doom And Gloom Give Way To Minor Annoyances

    Brazil's World Cup preparation endured some heavy criticism leading up to the games. Stadiums were still under construction, Internet connections were sketchy and transportation faced major challenges. A week into the tournament, NPR's Russell Lewis has traveled to three airports and three cities so far. He talks to Melissa Block about what has worked and what remains a challenge.
  • 7:09am Jun 18, 2014
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    Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup

    In World Cup action Tuesday, Brazil and Mexico played to a draw. Despite the dashed hopes of the home team, Brazilians are feeling more buoyant generally about hosting soccer's biggest tournament.