June 23rd, 2014
12:14 PM ET

Univision Sports Anchor Takes On Match-Fixing: 'It's the Mystery of the World Cup'

America is apparently late to the game with its newfound World Cup-driven soccer obsession.

So who better to catch up CNN's Chris Cuomo on all things "futbol" than Fernando Fiore, the Univision sports anchor who has covered not one, not two, but SEVEN World Cups.

On "New Day" Monday, Fiore expressed optimism about the U.S. men's soccer team's chances of beating Germany.

"Yesterday, they demonstrated that they can beat anybody," Fiore said of the U.S.' 2-2 draw with Portugal.

Fiore, who counts U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann among his friends, spoke less definitively, however, about the prospect of Germany and the U.S. colluding on Thursday for mutually beneficial results.

Should the match between Germany and the United States end in a tie, both teams would automatically advance out of group play.

Have you heard of the controversial 1982 World Cup game between a then-West Germany team and Austria?

Conspiracy brewed after the 1982 match played in Gijon, Spain, where both teams knew a low-scoring German win would automatically eliminate the Algerian team from group play and ensure that both teams advanced.

Early group matches are played at the same time now as a result of that World Cup, Fiore explained.

"It's the mystery of the World Cup," he said.

Fiore predicted that collusion rumors would swirl furiously leading up to Thursday's game.

"If it happens - 'I told you so," he said of soccer's naysayers.

"If it doesn't - 'soccer is the cleanest sport in the world.' It's a win-win situation."

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And see behind-the-scenes photos from Chris Cuomo and producer John Griffin in Rio de Janeiro:

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"The other 'twin brothers'– I promise, we ARE actually working," shared producer John Griffin.

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CNN's Chris Cuomo enjoys Sunday at fan fest. Photo credit: John Griffin

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"Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, land of beaches, mountains... and soccer!" Photo credit: John Griffin

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Portuguese producer Duarte Mendonca loses a bet against Chris Cuomo following the USA vs. Portugal game. He had to wear this Team USA jersey.

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June 23rd, 2014
11:16 AM ET

Jermaine Jones: 'We Always Trust in Ourselves'

Did you know the name  Jermaine Jones before Sunday's Team USA vs. Portugal World Cup match?

Jones is the U.S. men's player that thumped in an amazing long-range shot to score the first goal for America.

He brought the score to 1-1.

The game eventually ended with a final score tied at 2-2, and although the team was upset at the draw, they're concentrating on their next match.

"Mistakes happen and we have to learn that we step on and we have still everything in our own hands,"  Jones said.

Team USA faces Germany in the final group game on Thursday.

Jones is confident: "We 100% believe that we can make it to the next round.”

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June 23rd, 2014
10:33 AM ET

Pope Excommunicates Italian Mafia Members

Using his strongest language to date, Pope Francis told Italian Mafia members on Saturday that they are excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

"Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated," Francis said in an outdoor Mass in Piana di Sibari, Calabria.

It is the first time a Pope has spoken of excommunication for the Mafia. Excommunication, which excludes Catholics from the church, can be imposed by church authorities or incurred automatically for certain grave offenses.

The Pope's remarks will resonate strongly in this part of southern Italy, where the Mafia are known to attempt to portray themselves as upstanding religious men in good rapport with the Catholic Church, in order to maintain local credibility.

During a one-day visit to Calabria, the Pope denounced the local mafia, called 'Ndrangheta, as an example of "the adoration of evil and contempt for the common good."

According to reports, 'Ndrangheta is one of the wealthiest international crime organizations, with an annual turnover of 53 billion euros ($72 billion), much of it from the global cocaine trade.

Calabria also suffers from 56% youth unemployment, which the Mafia exploits with promises of jobs for disillusioned young people.

"They must be told, No!" the Pope said to a crowd of over 100,000 gathered for the outdoor Mass.

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June 23rd, 2014
10:18 AM ET

Best. Friends. Ever.

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff,"  two friends devise a way for their blind and deaf buddy to experience World Cup soccer. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Two people in Brazil built a miniature soccer pitch with raised lines that their friend could feel.

Then they basically simulcast the recent Brazil game using their hands.

One friend takes him through the action on the pitch, the other signs the play-by-play on the man's back.

Here's another example of the goodwill of the World Cup, and two determined people going above and beyond for a friend.

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