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2014

Adidas Brazuca Final Rio

10329014_10154307820740551_4898998667338599455_n Adidas’ official match ball of the World Cup final has been updated. The Brazuca Final Rio will be used only once in the last game of the competition when Germany face Argentina on Sun 13 July, in the Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading →

Neymar Loss Causes Outbreak of Emotion

neymar baby The loss of their star player is hitting all Brazilians, both young and old. It was all a bit too much for this little baby with the news that Neymar was in hospital. Meanwhile, the player himself issued an emotional rallying call to his teammates to fulfill his dream of becoming a World Cup champion. Continue reading →

Neymar’s Hospital Arrival

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Brazil’s World Cup hopes have been rocked with the news that Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after a serious back injury. The striker’s arrival at the hospital in Fortaleza was met by large numbers of Brazilian fans. The Selecao themselves were accused of rough-house tactics in their win over Colombia but David Luiz won back some admirers telling James Rodriguez in a post-match interview “You are already a world champion.” Continue reading →

One Centimetre From Glory, Pinilla’s Tattoo

tattoo Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla has had an image of THAT shot which struck the crossbar against Brazil tattooed on his back. In the final minute of extra-time, the strike from the edge of the box crashed off the bar saving the hosts from elimination. Pinilla also missed a penalty in the shoot-out defeat but it was the last drama of extra-time that will remain with him. The inkwork is accompanied by the line ‘One centimetre from glory’. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Carnival Atmosphere’s Unlikely to Last

carnival In the next of our Brazil Series, amid continuing anger ahead of the World Cup, the contrast couldn’t be greater between Carnival, now underway, and the summer’s festival of football. Revellers on the streets brought Brazil to a stand-still at the weekend. A repeat in June could spell a nightmare for FIFA and the image the tournament hosts want to convey to the watching world. Continue reading →

Brazil Dream Still Alive for El Tigre

falcao Radamel Falcao could still feature at this summer’s World Cup after his doctor gave him a better than 50% chance of recovering in time. The Monaco star, nicknamed ‘El Tigre,’ watched from his hospital bed as his team-mates and supporters held a pre-match tribute. The striker was also visited in Porto by Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos. Continue reading →

Brazil Host City in Race Against Time

curitiba The city of Curitiba, a host venue for this summer’s World Cup, had a deadline of February 18th to speed up construction of its stadium or it faces exclusion by FIFA. The Arena da Baixada, where Spain will begin their title defence, is 90% complete but FIFA officials have described the construction timeline as “an emergency.” Continue reading →

Socceroos: Available Not Always Best

ange The best man available is not necessarily the best man for the job, so the theory goes. So it was that the FFA (Football Federation Australia), instead of casting about for an out-of-work coach with international credentials, poached the new Socceroos manager from the A-League’s biggest club, as Ian Kerr of Thin White Line writes. Continue reading →

Gudjohnsen Tears Over Play-Off Heartbreak

Untitled Who says sport doesn’t matter? Eidur Gudjohnsen couldn’t hold back the tears after Iceland’s World Cup dream ended with a 2-0 defeat to Croatia. The islanders had held the Croats scoreless in the first leg but lost out in Zagreb to spell heartache for the former Chelsea man and his homeland with a population of just over 300,000. Continue reading →