For those who love “the beautiful game,” being stuck at work during the 2014 FIFA World Cup is playing is akin to torture. But fear not: Google is providing some discreet World Cup coverage that will ease your torment, while allowing you to say quite truthfully to your boss, “I’m not watching soccer online! I’m just on Google!”
Quick World Cup Fix #1: Put “World Cup” or “World Cup USA” into Google’s search engine, and the site will provide you team lineups before the next match, live scores of games underway, and real-time goal info and player stats.
If you have Google Now, you won’t even have to search. “You’ll be given an option to start seeing cards with stats about each match that you can tap for more detail,” according to Google’s official Search blog.
Quick World Cup Fix #2: Want to know what other World Cup fanatics are searching for right now, all around the world? Check out the Google Trends page for the World Cup to find all the weird little side stories people are interested in.
For example, searches for Team USA’s coach Jürgen Klinsmann are twice as high in his native Germany than here in the States. I wonder if the Germans have a word for that…
Quick World Cup Fix #3: Can’t get to Brazil to see the games? Of course you can’t. You’re stuck at work. We already covered that. Well, at least you can see the stadiums without getting on a plane.
Google Maps has provided Street Views of all 12 World Cup stadiums. It’s fun to pan around the empty cathedrals to sport from a vantage point right in the middle of the pitch—don’t forget to look straight up.
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