Soccer-playing robots eye their own world cup

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-playing robots eye their own world cup

by Rob Lever

When robots play soccer, it looks like a game played by 5-year-olds: they swarm around the ball, kick haphazardly and fall down a lot. However, robot teams have made strides in recent years, and some researchers believe the humanoids could challenge the world’s best ...

Jun 25, 2014

Japan's soccer fans despondent

Groggy fans reacted with sadness across Japan after an early-morning game saw the national team exit soccer’s World Cup tournament in a crushing 4-1 defeat.

| Jun 21, 2014

Park life

Elderly woman (speaking to a man sitting on a park bench drinking beer and listening to a transistor radio): Is that the soccer (match between Japan and Cote d'Ivoire)?

Donations send Tohoku kids to World Cup

Jun 10, 2014

Donations send Tohoku kids to World Cup

Soccer fans in Chiba Prefecture have raised more than ¥2.5 million in donations to send four children from Tohoku’s Oshika Peninsula to watch the Japan play in the World Cup in Brazil. The supporters launched the fundraising drive in April as a treat for ...