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Keep up with every World Cup gooooooooooal with these soccer apps

Leah Yamshon | June 12, 2014
It's true that the US deviates a smidge from the rest of the world when it comes to sports. While most of our national attention is on the next football draft, international attention is on the other game of football. (You know, soccer.) But the World Cup kicks off in Brazil this Thursday, and for a brief moment, we'll be caught up in the excitement of soccer.

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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