Category: FIFA

A Look back at the World Cup Mascots

The tradition of a World Cup mascot has become almost as popular as the games themselves. Mascots these days draw attention from the youth and are always part of the marketing campaigns for each tournament. Here I take a look at the best and the most ridiculous: England 1966 World Cup Willie Hosted in England, …

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World Cup 2014: Team Focus – Brazil

Best: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) Group: A Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari Brazil enter every single World Cup as favourites. I guess thats expected when you’re the most successful country in the history of the World Cup. Now that they’re also playing on home soil, well that only adds to the expectations. Not that …

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World Cup 2014 Brazil: Team Focus – USA

Best: Semi Finals 1930 Group: G (vs Portugal, Ghana & Germany) Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann Jurgen Klinsmann has revamped this national team since taking over and I must say he has put together arguably one of the best USA sides that will grace the World Cup. Its unfortunate that they have been drawn into group G …

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World Cup 2014: The Best Footballers not going to Brazil

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden The Paris Saint-Germain striker enjoyed a great season in France finishing at Lique 1’s top scorer and with the domestic title in hand. Unfortunately, EURO 2012 may have been the last time we see him on an international level as Sweden failed to qualify for Brazil.

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World Cup 2014: Stadium Guide

Its getting closer! Today I have a quick guide of the stadiums that will be hosting the games in 2 weeks time. Here are the 12 stadiums and host cities: Maracanã – Rio de Janeiro Mineirão – Belo Horizonte Arena Castelão – Fortaleza Arena da Amazônia – Manaus Arena da Baixada – Curitiba Estádio Nacional …

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FIFA: The Qatar 2022 Saga

I write this post with a very heavy heart. The recent allegations of corruption and bribery surrounding Qatar 2022 has left a very bitter taste, especially with the 2014 installment so close. When Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup  back in 2010, I was excited. I even blogged about it . What …

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World Cup 2014: Team Focus – England

Best: Winners 1966 Group: D Coach: Roy Hodgson For a country that boasts one of the most entertaining leagues in the world, that provides employment for footballers from far and wide, the English haven’t really impressed on an international stage have they? Maybe that’s the problem, that their league is busy honing the skills of …

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The war against the World Cup and the Olympics

Relating to my earlier post on Paulo Ito’s socially conscious painting, here are some good snippets of the general feeling in Brazil right now:

World Cup 2014 Brazil: A Guide to the Most Fabulous WAGs

If you remember the 2006 installment of the World Cup, the Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) of the England team rose to prominence with their socializing and shopping, they created more buzz than their husbands and boyfriends did on the pitch. Led by the original WAG herself, Victoria Beckham, the WAGs partied up a storm in …

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World Cup 2014: Team Focus – Germany

  Best: Winners 1954, 1974, and 1990. (Well, West Germany anyways) Group: G (vs Portugal, Ghana & USA) Coach: Joachim Low Back in the 2010 World Cup, with youngsters like Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Mueller making their World Cup debut, nobody expected them to lift the trophy. In fact, I thought they did well to …

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