Google's really been on a roll lately when it comes to Google Now... or at least our readers have been especially good at spotting features that we hadn't before. As the 2014 World Cup draws ever nearer, Google has added the various competing national soccer (all non-Americans, read: football) teams to the integrated sports updates already seen for most of the major league sports in the US. Now you don't need a separate app for score updates and news, unless you're the picky type who likes things like content or videos.

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Assuming that the search feature works in the same way as it does for other sports, a generic search for your team (like "United States soccer") should automatically cause scorecard and game alert cards to appear in the main Google Now list. If you'd like to be a little more proactive, you can add your team manually in the Customize menu (scroll to the bottom and tap the magic wand icon). Tap Sports, and if your preferred national team isn't in there already, search by country and add the entries with the soccer ball icon. Remember that you can also select the "hide scores" option to avoid getting spoiled for recorded games.

If you don't like the Google Now interface, Google Search itself has been updated on both the web and in the Android app to quickly show World Cup information and scores. Want even more technology and soccer mashup action? Check out our roundup of apps made specifically for the World Cup.

Thanks, Adam Wootten!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • LeeroyJ.

    GO US BOYS, btw, Klinsmanns parents are my neighbors :)

  • Tomáš Petrík

    I have a dilemma - I am from a European country, but I am a bigger fan of "football" than of "soccer". I won't call soccer "soccer", because for me it has been "football" my whole life. However, I mention "football" games much more often than "soccer" games and don't know how to call them. In Europe, its official name is "American football", but that is too long for common mentioning. And if I just say "football", everybody around me assumes I am talking about "soccer".
    Wow, now I am even more confused :)

    • Laurence

      As a fellow fan of American football in a soccer-dominant country, you have my sympathy. You could do what I do and just call it "NFL". You could argue that it's not strictly correct (since it refers to the league and not the sport), but it's short and easy to say, it avoids stupid debates over the correct definition of "football", and everybody understands what you mean if say something like "Hey, did you watch last night's NFL?"

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Good idea :)

  • godutch

    I still don' t get why americans call american football, football. You don' t play with a ball, balls are round but with an egg, and you don't kick it with your feet but run around with it, it should be called american egg running!

    • Boba

      same reason why gaelic football in Ireland is football and Soccer is the football other countries know as that.

      Same reason Brits call Chips Crisps.

      Same reason Germans call it Kugelschreiber even though everyone else calls it pen.



      (just an FYI I'm Swiss)

      • apmechev

        I always thought gridiron is a perfectly fine word.

      • Lisandro O Oocks

        Australia calls theirs Autralian Rules Football.
        USA should call theirs "American Rules Football"
        i think it sounds appropriate and cool at the same time.

    • Laurence

      Do you really want to know the answer to this question, or are you just trying to act smug?

      The answer is that all sports that are today know as "football" are derived from games were played in English public schools in the 18th and 19th centuries, and gradually codified. From these, there evolved many different types of football

      - Association football (often abbreviated to "soccer")
      - Rugby football
      - Gaelic football
      - Australian rules football
      - American football
      - Canadian football
      ...and many others.

      ALL of these sports can be accurately called football. Also, it's perfcectly legitimate to refer to association football as "soccer". This was originally an English slang term, and there are many countries that still use it, not just the United States. For example, in South Africa, where I'm from, the highest-level domestic football league is called "Premier Soccer League".

      • Pele

        All the Europeans' heads will explode when they find out the British coined the word 'soccer'.

      • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy


      • James

        Soccer was coined by the Upper classes. As football is a working class sport you would never hear anybody call it soccer in the wild.

      • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

        Pretty much this.

        What I want to know is why Americans enjoying American football frustrates the hell out of everyone else. It's an American sport. We like it. We don't make everyone else watch it (while all my European friends seem to think I'm insulting them by ignoring "real" football).

        In Texas, pretty much everyone grows up playing and watching American football as soon as they can walk. We play it in Pee Wee leagues, in high school, in college, and watch it every Saturday and Sunday in the fall and winter. It's a sport. It's part of the culture, and a hell of a lot of fun.

        If I had been born in England or Germany or Brazil, I'd probably be a rabid soccer fan, just like a large portion of the people in those countries. I'm American, so I love my American football. I don't see why that bothers people.

        • https://plus.google.com/+OllyPercival OllyPercival

          I've got a few friends who delight in picking up on Americans using the terms 'soccer' and 'football' in the 'wrong' way.

          "But we named it first!" they point out smugly and, it seems, incorrectly. I don't get it either.

          An English football fan

        • Velija

          I think its that the people who actually show up online and such and decide to actually post things are the only one who have a true problem with it.

          Virtually every time some reasonably known site posts anything with the word soccer or football or futebol or whatever in it, the first post tends to be, "whats with americans and calling it soccer WTF".

          Most of us dont have a problem with it, its just people with maybe too much time on their hands that do.

        • godutch

          Why so serious, you make fun of the rest of the world, I tease you guys back a bit!?

          • primalxconvoy

            Americans aren't exactly famed for their ability to take sarcasm or pain; that's why they cushion themselves with political correctness, lawsuits in their everyday lives and excess padding in sport.

        • Vincentius Phang

          the thing is, the rest of the world named it football, but only america named it soccer....

          • GraveUypo

            it's their language, what's your beef with it?
            pretty sure you don't call the capital of russia Москва, or have a problem with brazillians calling USA EUA

          • gfw

            LOL. Its not their language.

          • GraveUypo

            oh, i forgot americans speak british english.

        • q

          Because few things in the world are more entertaining than watching an American being made fun of or take criticism.

    • tintin.92

      I think the bigger question is why Americans are stumped by and unaware of the fine sport of Football/Soccer.

      • DerekR

        What are you talking about? My local club averages over 40k fans a game. That is respectable attendance anywhere in the world.

        • elgatro

          Oh yeah? My poor asian country have 65k on it. In a POOR FOOTBALL STADIUM

      • primalxconvoy

        They're not; that's why the term "soccer mom" (sic) exists.

    • http://patrickzachar.com/ Patrick Zachar

      Get ready to get your mind blown, it's called football because the ball is foot long

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Now they might start with metric vs. imperial...

    • Johnny Bravo

      apparently its a football because its a foot long. yeah i know, go figure.

    • https://plus.google.com/+OllyPercival OllyPercival

      So by that logic we should call rugby the same. Seems confusing.

      • primalxconvoy

        Technically, both rugby and American football are derivatives of the umbrella term "football" (ie "rugby football", etc), but the common vernacular shortens them.

        That said, most mainstream American sports are copies of British ones anyway (Baseball came from Cricket, American Football came from Rugby, etc).

        • https://plus.google.com/+OllyPercival OllyPercival

          Actually, football (European), rugby and football (American) all originated from old English ball games.

          It's a bit like saying we evolved from chimps. No we didn't, we share a common ancestor.

          Either way, this comment is pointless and pedantic. People will call stuff whatever they want based on their region and, at the end of the day, who cares.

      • GraveUypo

        seems fair. i can't tell the difference between them anyways

        • ew

          American football is rugby for padded-up pussies.

    • disqus_yKaRUTRJ31

      Well, these are the same people that happily use an ancient system of measurement, and put the month at the beginning when they write it. I guess we should almost expect them to get it wrong.

    • Andre Qeen


      1. Join http://worldcup2014access.com/

      2. on any device

      3. all top events

  • Frank Barten

    Finally! The only soccer team I'm interested in has been added :)

  • Gregor Smith

    a "2014 FIFA World Cup" card would be nice, otherwise I'm adding all 32 teams

    • Jamil Gasimov

      Actually, there is such card. It is just not very easy to find. First of all, google asks if you are interested in FIFA World Cup updates. If you answered "No" at first, like I did, then go to cards configuration -> Sports -> add any football team. Then go back to Google Now, then three vertical dots (options) next to your team's card and answer that question again, After that you FIFA World Cup card will appear in the list of your cards under Sports category. And you can delete the team you added now. Scores for all teams will be shown. Enjoy. :)

      • Gregor Smith

        Yeah, got it a few days ago, beats adding all teams, I hope it becomes as functional the the search card for 2014 world cup

      • Michael Ouellette

        That was really helpful thanks! I hit no on accident the first time and I'm glad there is a way to get it back.

        • Jamil Gasimov

          I'm glad it was helpful.

  • Johnny Bravo

    Like all other sports, Im sure (american) football is fun. However I just dont get it, the game is waaaayy too slow. you hike the ball and make your play which lasts for 10-15, 20 secs at best and then you stop to set the game up which takes like 2 mins. I find it ridiculous and slow paced. Like I said when it is "played" I enjoy it, it is fun. but overall i find it slow paced.

    Depending on the teams playing watching soccer can be boring, but playing soccer is always fun and not as slow paced except for maybe the goalie

    • jurrabi

      Talking from the perspective of liking and understanding both games, I never would say Soccer is faster paced than American Football...

      • Johnny Bravo

        thats why i said watching can be boring. but playing is a lot more fast paced, at least it feels that way. im sure its the same with football

    • Laurence

      You just need to approach it with the right mindset. Some people say that soccer is boring, because you can often watch an entire 90 minute game and only see one or two goals scored. But other people can appreciate the whole ebb and flow of the game, not just the goals.

      The same thing applies to American football. Yes, there are breaks in the game, but there's a lot of excitement and strategy in every play. When I first started watching it, I absolutely amazed by the speed and athleticism of NFL wide receivers. Those guys have to run like mad, leap into the air, somehow catch a ball that is at them from behind with perfect accuracy, and do all of this while dodging tackles from multiple people on the defending team. It seems amazing that they ever manage to do this at all, and they succeed, just because of intensive training that builds up an almost psychic connection with the quarterback. If you approach it with the right attitude, it's awesome to watch.

    • primalxconvoy

      American Football = Special Needs Rugby.

      A lesson on football for our American cousins, from the master himself:

      - http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2sD_8prYOxo&feature=kp

      • Johnny Bravo

        ohh boy this made my night, thank you

  • jurrabi

    I can confirm that this is a new, quite recent, feature since I tried to add my National soccer teams just on Saturday and they weren't there. Today I could.

    Now I only need Google to add F1 Racing teams and I will be the happiest android user in Europe.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  • frafri

    Google now : soccer Chile
    works perfectly.
    better watch the chilean team boys !

  • fsaez

    Futbol ;)

  • SuperMario7

    Google Now has had support for non-US sports for a while, though the World Cup is a new feature, English Premier League and Spanish La Liga team scores are there, though for some reason there seems to be a bizarro info gap as the Champions League apparently don't exist when you ask a question like "Tell me about Real Madrid" it just reads out and displays the score from their last La Liga game vs Espanyol, . That was the case throughout last season. Don't know whether it's a rights issue or what, but Apple's Siri also doesn't recognize the existence of the Champions League, which is kind of odd as this competition probably draws a bigger audience than a lot of World Cup games

  • elgaro

    Well americans should see how Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspurs play. They are teams that plays like beast. Speed, agility, action, jumping, passing making it more fun than ever

  • Andre Qeen


    1. Join http://worldcup2014access.com/

    2. on any device

    3. all top events.

  • Impheatus

    Ok guys, for one month let's just call it fútbol.
    Adriana Lima explains it better in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHhFGu4ZuTc

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  • AvoiBrutGoals

    AvoiBrutGoals says:

    The “Bruto-Goalians” are up to somethings really malicious
    drastic, at now, and this is very obvious from the rough pre-planned
    preliminary militarizations against the people, which are uncalled-for.
    In the 3rd paragraph of
    the 13th of their ‘Own’ World-published “Bruto-Goals”, they confessed : ”
    In order that the masses themselves may not guess what they are about
    COMPETITIONS IN ART, IN SPORT IN ALL KINDS: these interests will finally
    distract their minds from questions in which we should find ourselves
    compelled to oppose them. Growing more and more unaccustomed to reflect
    and form any opinions of their own, people will begin to talk in the
    same tone as we because we alone shall be offering them new directions
    for thought … of course through such persons as will not be suspected of
    solidarity with us. ” !!!! — So, Brazil and the Brazilians are awaited
    suffer very much from a series of Catastrophes. I WARN THAT THE
    "Bruto-Goalians" for decades have seduced and lured the Brazilians
    into the Very Same Dangerous Practices, that have Terminated a Lot of
    Civilizations Before !! And note how they compelled the referee of the
    Brazil-Croatia match to help in trancing and intoxicating the Brazilians
    as much as possible, despite their team's obvious modest form.

    • AvoiBrutGoals

      AvoiBrutGoals says:

      The diabolical scenario stages of depopulating and enslaving the Brazilians and confiscating the remainders of their properties, along The Sidelines Of The World Footbal Cup, ARE QUITE VIVID AND INTIMIDATING, and include :1. The pre-Hired Mobs of para-Revolutionaries were already deployed into the Streets from before, and they continue to draw around them scores of Real Revolutionaries towards their sought Sad Fate. 2. The 'aiding' irritations of high crazy expenditures on the Sport Event, coupled with Purposeful Confessions of the "Broto-Goalians" on their severe deliberate mis-management of Public Money, are driving the naiive of the peoples to throw themselves into the streets. 3. The non-Patriotic collaborators of the "Bruto-Goalians", who are well-paid hyper-Suppression forces that are armed with super-deadly weapons, are ordered to react ultra-Stupidly and with Excessive Might against the armless protestors. 4. The Murdered and the Injured of the Brazis are used as, actually and secretly, qabbaalistic sacrifices to appease the Worshiped Devils and enhance the World Domination Project. 5. The detained and the jailed of the Brazis, like sheep and cattle, are kept for future mass-murders and mass-sacrificing. 6. The massive amounts of sins, of the time of the World Cup, are to 'Complete' those of the meanly encouraged past decades by the more freer Brazilians, to facilitate the Utter Destruction of Brazil the the Brazis and their annexation to the "Bruto-Goalian" World State. 7. As pre-Devised 'Natural-Like' Catastrophies go on ocurring also, the Depopulation approaches the optimum NINETY-THREE PERCENT, inscribed in Eight Languages on the surface of the paganic "American Stonehenge". 8. At the end of the Brazilian semi-Apocalypse, the Christian and non-Pagan of the native oppression forces become of No-More Use, and thereby reach their own 'Turn to Perish', and the 'Ethnic Bruto-Goalian' forces execute them with their much-developed weaponry.

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