It has been a wonderful World Cup and football proved again that it is far more than just a game. We have seen people from everywhere not only from the thirty two nations at the tournament but actually from every nation in the world. It makes us feel like a big family getting together to commemorate and rejoice, singing and dancing together on the streets. It is not the most perfect World Cup in and out of the field but the harmony among people on the streets is the most important thing the tournament achieved. Many good and not so good surprises like in the past but in my opinion the good one was the US fans and their growing passion for the game, not so good was to see that African teams were not among the best again besides all the talents.
The World Cup vibe in Brazil is amazing from south to north, news coming from all the 12 host cities confirmed that the tournament has been great in and out of the field. In Belo Horizonte were i am based now and is the base camp for Argentina, Chile and Colombia the party starts early in the morning without time to finish. Yesterday we participate in a futsal clinic and tournament organized by Briarwood Soccer Club from United States in the biggest favela in town , was great to see the interaction between the local kids and the talented players from America, we could watch as well among a big crowd at Praca da Savassi the match between England and Uruguay.
Wonderful day of football and watch Spain against Holland with thousands of supporters from both sides at the Copacabana FIFA Fan Fest brought memories from 2010 and the unforgettable World Cup in South Africa, this time the dutch team had a perfect second half and got a historical score against the world champions. From the other matches no surprises but expected more from Cameroon; Mexico and Chile with good chances to go to the next phase.
Was at the fanfest in Copacabana, FUNtastic!
People from many nationalities, singing and dancing together since early in the morning, during the game, and until late in the night. The match was a typical World Cup match and in my opinion Croatia deserved a better result, Oscar and Neymar made the difference for the brazilian team.
Today besides the big match between Spain and Holland we will follow Mexico and Cameroon, Chile and Australia.
Holland trying to forget 2010 and a African and Asian team trying to prove that they can win their first World Cup. Enjoy!
I am currently in Brazil to watch the World Cup and the energy is electric.
I was at the beach at 6, absolutely wonderful, already full of tourists & flags. The climate is amazing! Copacabana is really a special place to be.
Don’t worry I will be updating the blog with photos soon 🙂
Let the games begin!
Crucial slip leading to first goal in defeat by Chelsea will haunt captain but is far from only reason why trophy is likely to bypass Anfield and arrive 25 miles away in Eastlands
Here is a terrifying thought. All careers, no matter how great, can be boiled down in the end to a few easily digestible images, mocking chants and a headline that screams of failure. One slip is all it takes.
Just how far away are England from producing their very own Lionel Messi?
The prospect of a player in the shirt of the Three Lions, displaying the kind of skills and intelligence currently associated with arguably the world’s most talented footballer is a mouth-watering one.
Ronaldo was probably 10 when he properly stepped on a beach. Born and bred in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, he had spent more time grazing his toes on concrete or grass-less pitches than actually stepping on sand — he would later almost drown in an over-enthusiastic attempt to tame the waves at the renowned Copacabana Beach. For him and his family to regularly check the seaside scene they would have to endure grueling bus journeys.
The FA is finally embracing futsal, with the game growing on these shores and clubs implementing it into their academies
The passing was crisp and incisive, the movement restlessly purposeful; the relentless pace of the game and ambitious dribbling on show were yielding goalscoring opportunities continuously. It was, by common consent, a feast of technical excellence, gladdening the heart of anyone keen to witness controlled creativity on a pitch.