• 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.
  • 6:38pm Jun 15, 2014
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    U.S. Faces Long Odds In First World Cup Match

    NPR's Arun Rath speaks with sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the U.S. national team's first game of the World Cup. The team faces off against Ghana in what promises to be a tough match for the Americans.
  • 12:12pm Jun 14, 2014
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    Kings Beat Rangers For Stanley Cup

    The World Cup games are underway and the Stanley Cup is over. Howard Bryant of recaps the win, and the rest of the week's sports news, with NPR's Scott Simon.