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2014-06-13 18_24_12-Google Maps

You guys like soccer, right? Sorry, football... At any rate, Google likes it too, so maybe you'll want to check out Google Maps. In recognition of the World Cup, the Street View pegman is all suited up in a football/soccer uniform that matches the version of maps you're using. Note, this is desktop only, at least right now. It should be good for several minutes of amusement.

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The uniform is automatically applied after the desktop Maps interface loads. The domain is what determines the uniform, so the US is the standard .com, then there's .br, .au, .es, and many more. So have fun playing around with that. Should help kill some time at the end of the week.

[Thanks, Oleg Mazin and Michael Warburton]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Smashley

    It is, in fact, okay to just say soccer.

    • Chris P

      It is, however, better to say football. ;)

      • PigeonFudge

        ...proving to everyone how silly this argument is. And this is why AP have to make the joke in every article. :(

        • Eduardo

          That´s easy. It´s Soccer inside US, and football elsewhere. There´s no right or wrong here.

          • Marcelove

            Nope, there is a right name... The name always should be named by the way the original creator intended... It's like the people that make fun from American Football saying its name is EggHand...

            England created the game... It was named football... If Americans call it soccer, they are wrong...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Can't we just agree on Sockball?

        • RyanWhitwam

          Sportsball. That way you can just call almost all games the same thing. It'll prevent these arguments from happening in the first place

          • APOI

            I like the Sportball movie Million Dollar Arm, that movie is so much AMAZING ;-)

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            but...but that's no fun!

        • Chris P

          Footer?

    • http://dakuten.fr dakuten

      It is not. Soccer might be okay for natively english-speaking people, but since most fresh and original news, information, etc. can only be fetched in English, since there is not a single other language in the world using "soccer" for "football" (or fútbol, futchebow, Fußball, voetbal…) and since US Americans don't seem to be much interested in this sport (or religion): it's waaay better to say Football.

      But AP is doing well :)

      • PigeonFudge

        Sure. Choose one and roll with it.

        brb gotta go to a game with 67,000 in Seattle that call it soccer :P

        • http://dakuten.fr dakuten

          That must have evolved during the past years… Don't you guys like violent rugby, basketball and airgolf anymore ?

          • PigeonFudge

            haha. MLS has exploded in about the last 5 years. Building stadiums left and right. There's a couple teams that are having a hard time but most are doing pretty darn good.
            We might even have the Miami Beckham's pretty soon :P
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_MLS_team

        • Mikkel Kinnberg Gunvald

          Here is 100.000 that call it football.

          • PigeonFudge

            Yep. Think you are missing my point. Don't care which one is used.

    • APOI

      Do You Know There is A World Outside USA !!!?

      • PigeonFudge

        Yeah yeah. My point was, choose one. I think this is the third "soccer... oops I mean football hurr hurr hurr" article on AP.
        Granted, this isn't a sports site so :P

      • pfmiller

        The word Soccer comes from England originally. Sure they no longer use the word now, but that's not America's problem.

        • Rovex

          Actually 'Football' is 14th century, 'Soccer' is 19th Century. Football as a sport, where the ball was primarily kicked, is older than the US as a nation.

          • pfmiller

            Yes, football is an older word. Soccer was short for "association football". Just saying football at the time was not clear since there was "rugby football" as well.

          • Rovex

            Its also more logical, in American football the foot hardly ever contacts the ball!

        • APOI

          if America being a stingy jerk and can't stopped using a very old word, which others countries, ever then originator country england stopped using it than its certainly America's problem.

          • pfmiller

            It should be obvious why America never stopped using that term.

          • APOI

            What Obvious ???!!!!

        • lwe

          Yup, being outdated is right up America's alley. Who else uses a system of measurement that the rest of the world abandoned in the 19th century?

    • Marcelove

      There is a right name... The name always should be named by the way the original creator intended... It's like the people that make fun from American Football saying its name is EggHand...

      England created the game... It was named football... If Americans call it soccer, they are wrong...

      • pfmiller

        As I said previously, English also came up with the name soccer.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Futbol

  • Brendan

    I wonder if this gets a prize like the Pokemon one... Speaking of which, what ended up being the prize for that?

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    • Tomáš Petrík

      I think we don't know yet. I filled in the form approx. 5 weeks ago and I'm still waiting (delivery was expected in 6 weeks though, so they're still on time).

      • Brendan

        Alright, I guess we'll wait and see!

  • http://www.androidandfreak.info/ Charan
  • Rovex

    Thankfully this doesn't seem to happen for me, im already sick of this boring 'sport'.

    • GraveUypo

      i see no reason for the quotes. it's as much a sport as anything will ever be.
      i don't like it either though (and i'm brazillian)

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      A sport that the whole world plays that has been around longer than basketball and american football?

  • Piotr Rogulski

    How will pegman look like in Poland?

    • Paul Faraday

      Drunk?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    SOCCER MANIA IS UPON US!

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    The world is a lot bigger than the us

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