Gli Azzurri vs. Los Ticos

All Spoils To The Winner: Who Will Advance?

Waylon Francis

Costa Rica’s Waylon Francis controls the ball during training the day before his team’s World Cup soccer match with Italy in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


World Cup football action continues today in Brazil, with Italy taking on Costa Rica in a key Group D matchup.

Costa Rica is coming off a stunning 3-1 win over Uruguay while Italy opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over England. Whoever wins Friday’s match in Recife will secure a spot in the Round of 16, also known as the knockout round.

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All's Quiet in the Streets of Sao Paulo

A View from The Streets: How Brazilians Spend Game Day

shrine-to-beautiful-gameBrazil, some say, is where the soul of football lives.

The passion of its loyal fan base is especially evident now during the World Cup. At one Brazilian family’s home in São Paulo, that passion is on full display.

VOA’s Ramon Taylor takes us inside that home: