“People are worried about how much has been spent. But once we see the first game, the parties will start.” That’s the hope of many in Brazil, but as the NYT reports, the lead-up to the World Cup has been marked by apathy and apprehension (and strikes and protests).

+ “Comically grotesque and cartoonishly evil.” That’s how John Oliver describes FIFA, the organization behind the World Cup.

+ Soccer not exciting enough for you? How about Soccer meets Beach Volleyball. Futevolei is basically like playing volleyball without the use of your hands.