Americans, it has been said time and time again, will never embrace soccer. Not when we have so many other sports (like baseball, basketball, hockey and American football) to watch, cheer on and follow. But if anyone can change minds, surely it's Adriana Lima. The Latin American supermodel – best known for being a Victoria's Secret Angel – is the lust-worthy centerpiece of Kia's campaign for the FIFA World Cup, taking place this year in her native Brazil.
Brazil gets to showcase two of its passions next year: biofuels and soccer. The world's largest biofuel producer is hosting the World Cup next year, and visitors will be traveling around in biodiesel buses. It should be cleaner – and safer – than hanging out of car windows.
Europeans, as we know, take their football (our soccer) seriously – it isn't until a team wins that their fans can stop being so focused and have some serious fun. Exhibit A: after the German national team beat Argentina in Euro 2012, some chaps still full of cheer (and beer, presumably) came upon this woman trying to slot her tiny Citroën C2 into an equally tiny parking spot. Naturally, they decided she could use a cheer of her own. It is guaranteed this did not happen after the Germ
Clunkbucket.com's head wrench, the inimitable Mike Bumbeck, has posted a great photo feature on what might be motorsports' best new addition – Auto Soccer. Imagine taking everything you love about demolition derby and throwing in heaping handfuls of soccer, including a repurposed propane tank that now serves as a 400-pound ball. Needless to say, hilarity and carnage ensues.
As two of the world's most popular and action-packed sports, F1 racing and soccer ("football" to just about everyone outside North America) share more in common than you'd think. This past season, the F1 race calendar was adjusted to avoid conflicting with the World Cup. No wonder, as grands prix are consistently second only to the World Cup (and the Olympics) for global television ratings.
In the midst of the fervor over the World Cup, Toyota has high hopes for soccer in Chicagoland, where it has bought the naming rights for the Chicago Fire's home stadium for the next 10 years. Toyota Park, as the $95 million stadium is to be called, will help Toyota and its dealers in Chicago gain visibility. Toyota is currently the number two brand in the area (behind Chevrolet).
Our friends at
Luxist report that ex-BMW-owner
David Beckham is back on the road, this time in a shiny new Audi Q7. It seems that Beckham's Real Madrid squad are
sponsored by Audi, who gifts each of its 23 stars with a new Audi every year. Beckham's newest 4x4 is a 4.2FSI finished
in pearlescent Phantom Black, with black leather interior, car phone, video player, Bose sound system, a nav
system and keyless entry. All told, Beckham's free Bimmer replacement boasts more than $35,000 wort
superstar and English soccer football hero David Beckham has lost his second BMW in just six months.
In the latest heist, his armored BMW X-5, which was fitted with the latest in high-tech security features (including an
ignition requiring a unique ID code to start the engine), was lifted from a shopping mall parking garage near Madrid.
The guys at Top Gear really know how to show a small hatchback a good time... by
using it to play soccer. Five a side "football" with Toyota Aygos pits red versus blue for the ultimate
sporting experience. Don't try this at home, though -- we hope the Top Gear body shop repair specialists were up for a
little reconstructive surgery after this experience.