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World Cup 2014

Marco on Marco

reus puma Marco Reus says Germany can bring that famous trophy back this summer. Interviewing himself, Reus talks about the group of death, confirms Germany’s unshakable belief in themselves and offers his opinion on who will win the World Cup this year. Continue reading →

Ireland and the 1950 Brazil Rejection

worldcupposterbrazil-01 When Sepp Blatter ridiculed Ireland’s rather embarrassing request to be installed as the 33rd team at the World Cup in South Africa, it was in stark contrast to what had happened 60 years earlier. Ahead of the 1950 finals, also in Brazil, FIFA were faced with a mass exodus of nations with just 13 teams eventually pitching up by the Copacabana. Back then it was the world governing body pleading with Ireland to participate. Incredibly we refused, and wouldn’t appear at the finals for another four decades. Read why in the latest installment of The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle. Continue reading →

Sergio on Sergio

aguero puma Sergio Agüero believes he can win the Golden Boot this summer. Find out about his first memories of the World Cup and how the sensational striker can be stopped on the pitch, when Sergio talks to Sergio. Continue reading →

Cesc on Cesc

fabregas puma Cesc Fàbregas believes the Spanish national team can repeat its success from 2010. How does a team get over a first match defeat, what other opponents are to be looked out for and why is Spain not scared to face Brazil? Find out and see the most intimate interview Cesc has ever given as he interviews himself. Continue reading →

F#ck FIFA, Brazil’s Graffiti Messages

FuckFiFa3 We’re unlikely to see marches on the same scale as last year’s Confederations Cup though violent demonstrations have been increasing in Brazil in recent weeks. But a more peaceful form of protest is still as noticeable – and perhaps just as powerful – throughout the World Cup host nation brought about by Brazil’s graffiti artists. Continue reading →

Mario on Mario

balotelli puma What happens when Mario Balotelli has to face himself for an interview? Find out why Mario has always believed in himself, where he watched Italy win the tournament in 2006 and who is the coolest guy in the Azzuri squad. Continue reading →

ESPN World Cup Posters

Argentina - Imgur crop ESPN have released a series of illustrations for all participating nations at the FIFA World Cup. The 33 posters were created by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueria in collaboration with Wieden + Kennedy, New York, featuring star players from each of the teams pictured in goal celebration mode. Continue reading →

Maracana History Repeating Itself

Maracana brazil series The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle, Póg Mo Goal looks at the storied past of the iconic ground that holds a special place in the heart of all Brazilians. It’s ironic that the reopening of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium with Brazil vs England was overshadowed by accusations that the venue wasn’t ready. It’s merely a case of history repeating itself. Continue reading →

Top 5 World Cup Golden Boot Hopefuls

41a5ae5bb26b1dd55d5549f9b23f99b0 The World Cup kicks off in less than two months, at which point the eyes of the world will be on the action in Brazil. Right now there are a handful of heavy favourites to hoist the trophy-Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and the defending champions Spain-followed by a large pack of major underdogs of varying intrigue. While it seems inevitable that one of those favoured teams will win the tournament (since 1970 only those four countries, France, and Italy have won the competition), less certain is the identity of the Golden Boot winner. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Felipe Scolari

scolari Brazil coach Felipe Scolari has placed restrictions on the sideways samba at the World Cup this summer. ‘Big Phil’ will allow his players to partake in nocturnal exercises with their wives and girlfriends, as long as it’s not of the ‘acrobatic’ variety. The Selecao boss was responding to a question in Portugal as he continues preparations to win the World Cup on home soil in the summer. Continue reading →

Nike USA World Cup Away Kit

1621793_10151942703347035_1338957105_n As the countdown to the World Cup continues, Nike have released the new USA away kit, worn for the first time in last week’s friendly against Mexico. The launch campaign features NFL’s Ndamukong Suh, sprinter Allyson Felix and director Spike Lee. Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Ronaldinho

ronaldinho11 PORTO Alegre is known as “Cidade Sorriso” or Smile City. It’s appropriate then, that it should export the most famous buck-toothed grin in world football. An odyssey that traversed three of Europe’s most renowned cities came full circle when Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronadinho, returned to his homeland where his career has continued to glitter. He celebrates his 34th birthday this week. Continue reading →

30 Goal Neymar Hails Little Pitch Invader

neymar south africa crop Neymar stopped stewards from ushering a little South African boy off the pitch following Brazil’s 5-0 win in Soweto. The video of the striker, who scored a hattrick, taking the child in his arms over to his team-mates has gone viral online. Neymar became the 12th Brazilian to score 30 international goals, and he did it in just 47 games. Continue reading →

PUMA Reveal More World Cup Kits

switz crop The World Cup gear is arriving thick and fast this week, and following the launch of Italy’s home and away shirts, comes PUMA’s unveiling of the Brazil 2014 kits for Cameroon, Ghana, Algeria, Switzerland, and Chile. The new jerseys will be worn for the first time in tonight’s series of international friendlies. Continue reading →

Adidas ‘Carnaval’ Pack

carnival_pack_shoot_01_11pro_album_10 The big sportswear giants are in maximum World Cup mode with Adidas launching a full-on campaign to ‘Brazil-ify’ their catalogue of gear. With Carnival reaching its climax, the German manufacturers have followed up the Samba series with the ‘Carnaval’ pack. Continue reading →