Brazil 2014

We’ll Leave It There So

He’s been the steady hand guiding generations of football fans through some of the most heady days in Irish sport. After decades on our television, and 36 years tearing his hair out with everyone from Denis Irwin to Don Givens on RTE’s football panels, Bill O’Herlihy is embarking on his final World Cup as anchor. ybig.ie look back at some of Billo’s memorable moments.

Maracana History Repeating Itself

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.

Nike USA World Cup Away Kit

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.

Nike England Home & Away Kits

Nike have unveiled the new England home and away kits for the World Cup this summer. According to the manufacturer, the designs focus on English football history and culture, and carry the best in performance innovation.

PUMA Reveal More World Cup Kits

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.

Touré de Force: Yaya’s Ready for Brazil

Coinciding with the launch of the new PUMA Ivory Coast World Cup kit, Manchester City’s Yaya Touré looks ahead to the tournament in Brazil and says Africans live for football.

Adidas Spain World Cup 2014 Shirt

It’s been a busy time for Adidas as the sportswear giant revealed a number of new national team kits including the defending world champions Spain. We take a look.

Last Meeting: Cat’s Out of Kazakh

Ireland’s performance in Astana in the opening game on the road to Brazil set off alarm bells. A smash and grab raid at the death with a Robbie Keane penalty and a late show from substitute Kevin Doyle earned Giovanni Trapattoni a scarcely deserved victory. Ireland’s low morale and rudderless game-plan meant even the minnows knew how to trouble us. The cat was out of the bag.