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Whose getting ready to hear a lot of “Xavi Alonso”?

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: 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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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: 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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Picture of the Week: Paulo Ito’s Message

A picture says a thousand words right? Brazilian artist Paulo Ito thought so too. He painted this on the doors of a school in Sao Paulo and the image has already gone viral. Despite a billion dollar tournament being held in his homeland and the millions spend on building and upgrading stadia, most of the …

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World Cup 2014: Team Focus – Argentina

Best: Winners 1978 & 1986 Group: F (vs Bosnia, Nigeria & Iran) Coach: Alejandro Sabella Argentina are serious contenders for this title. Well, at every tournament they like to think of themselves as “serious contenders,” but seriously, this time they are. With so much talent upfront, coach Sabella is so spoilt for choice he could …

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World Cup 2014: Team Focus – Italy

Best: Winners 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 Group: D (vs England, Uruguay, Costa Rica) Coach: Cesare Prandelli With Italian domestic football in a state of constant crisis after the 2006 Italian Football Scandal, the Azzuri must be going into this tournament with their heads in a bit of a mess. Coach Prandelli has done well to recover …

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