Human Interest

We're never coming down after watching soccer in zero-gravity

One small step for Luís Figo, one giant leap for... well, I'm not sure who really benefits from this situation apart from Luís Figo and the seven players who got to set a world record for the highest football match ever at 20,230 feet in zero-gravity.

It's pretty crazy to think that Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, Bolivia, isn't all that far behind at 11,932 feet.

But Figo, along with a team of footballers from across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, set the new Guinness World Record inside an aircraft that contained a pitch measuring 807 square feet.

Football-related arrests in England and Wales up 59% on pre-COVID numbers

A total of 2,198 football-related arrests were made in the 2021-22 season in England and Wales, the highest number since the 2013-14 season, a report by the Home Office said on Thursday.

The 2021-2022 season was the first full season where all scheduled matches were played at full spectator capacity following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The arrests made last season were around 59% higher than those in the 2018-2019 season, which was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The most common offense types were public disorder (36%) and violent disorder (20%).

World Cup Stadium Trial Turns Into Nightmare For Overheated Fans Stuck In Long Lines Without Water

DOHA - "Stop! Can't you see the metro station is full? Stop!" a frazzled supervisor shouted as green-vested marshals linked arms to contain thousands of fans streaming from the stadium that will host soccer's World Cup final in Qatar.

It was after midnight on Friday and, for hours, nearly 78,000 people had been filing out of the stadium after a near-capacity match tested the small Gulf state's readiness for the tournament, which kicks off on Nov. 20.

Flamengo Fan Is Arrested Afer Kissing ESPN Reporter On The Cheek On Live TV

On Wednesday night, a Flamengo fan was arrested by Brazilian police moments before his team faced Vélez Sarsfield in the Copa Libertadores semifinals. His crime? Kissing an ESPN reporter on her cheek without consent. 

And while for some this might sound excessive, the truth is that it's not. 

Magisterial! Ray Hudson Returns To TV For Champions League On CBS/Paramount+

Ray Hudson is back! After a year away from national TV, the inimitable soccer commentator returns to our TV and streaming sets for U.S. coverage of the Champions League in 2022-23. He’s one of many Champions League announcers you’ll be hearing this season. 

Soccer Dad Assaults Ref In Arizona While Son Threatens To Kill The Official

A youth soccer match at the Graham County Fairgrounds in Safford, Arizona, ended with deputies being called to the scene after multiple reports of a parent tackling the referee before his 17-year-old son threatened the official with gun violence. 

According to witnesses, the referee was separating two players who were fighting on the field when the suspect, identified as Michael W. Goodwin, told the ref not to touch his son and tackled him.

Juan Román Riquelme's Nephew Scores From Deep Inside His Own Half Against River Plate

During a distinguished playing career with Boca Juniors that included five Primera División titles and three Copa Libertadores triumphs, Argentine legend Juan Román Riquelme made a habit of destroying rival River Plate.

He loved nothing more than snatching the souls of lost Millonarios

FIFA's 11-Day Ban Of India Has Disastrous Consequences For Women's Team At Asian Championship

BENGALURU - India's soccer fraternity breathed a sigh of relief as FIFA lifted the suspension imposed on it after 11 days, but the decision came too late for Gokulam Kerala FC whose hopes of playing at the AFC Women's Club Championship were shattered.

FIFA suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Aug. 15 for undue third-party influence leading to Gokulam Kerala being banned from the club championship — a pilot tournament before the launch of the AFC Women's Champions League in 2024.

20,000 People In Turkey Request Name Change To Famous Soccer Coach

No country has been distancing itself from middle school putdowns as effectively as Turkey this summer.

Back in June, the United Nations agreed to officially change the country's name from Turkey to its Turkish name of Türkiye. While obviously not a big deal inside the country, NPR's Peter Kenyon reported that the move was a rebrand "to dissociate the country's name from the bird that traditionally appears on American dining tables at Thanksgiving and from the slang definition of a turkey as something that doesn't work or is foolish."