The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast
The Guardian's excellent Football Weekly podcast is kicking it up a notch during the World Cup: You can listen to a new podcast every day during the tournament, where the hosts (James Richardson, Barry Glendenning, James Horncastle, and more) will give you a rundown of the day straight from Brazil.
A bit of light reading
Want to do a little bit more background reading about Brazil and the history of the World Cup? Try an iBook. David Goldblatt's acclaimed Futebol Nation ($10) focuses on Brazil's soccer story, and how the sport has shaped the country's politics, art, and national pride — for better and for worse.
On the analytical front, there's Soccernomics ($10), by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, which answers some of soccer's big questions based on soccer's history and economics.
Finally, there's Brazil's Dance with the Devil ($10), by sports columnist Dave Zirin. This book takes a socio-economic look at how the expensive endeavor of hosting both the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 is affecting Brazil and Brazilians.
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