FIFA World Cup 2014: Fun Facts

So the World Cup is on our doorstep, literally! With less than 24 hours to kick-off, I’m sure footy fans the world over are giddy with excitement.

World Cup 2014 Brazil is here

Here are some quick facts, I bet you never knew about the FIFA World Cup 2014:
  • Its the first time FIFA will be using goal line technology at a World Cup. (Finally!)
  • The Official World Cup song is “We Are One” by Pitbull and JLO.
  • The Official World Cup Anthem is “Dar um Jeito” (We will find a way) by Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, Avicii & Alexandre Pires.
  • Shakira also released a World Cup song La La La (Dare) (unofficial), which seems to be more popular than the other two.
  • World Cup 2014 is the most expensive one yet, costing USD$11 million, and teams have also jumped onto this with crazy demands that have to be met.
  • The official mascot for Brazil 2014 is Fuleco, the Armadillo.
  • I know we thought they only exist in si-fi movies, but reportedly drones and robots have been deployed to secure stadiums.
  • The first kick of the tournament will be by a paraplegic child, who will be wearing an “exoskeleton” of sorts.
  • The winning team will bank USD$35 million, while the runners up will take home a cool USD$25 million.
  • This tournament will be hosted across 12 cities, more than any other tournament.
  • This will be the second time Brazil is hosting the tournament, the last being in 1950.
  • Brazil also happen to be the most successful team in the history of the tournament (6 titles).
  • Refs will be using a revolutionary vanishing spray to mark out the spot where free kicks will be taken from. S no more bickering about where to drop the ball!

    Vanishing Spray in action

    Just a few more hours to go now!

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