Football Medicine 2014 – R&V Eventos

August 23rd, 2014 by Vilabong

It is with great pride that the FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence in Brazil (UNIFESP, USP Home and Brasilia), perform in an unprecedented way this event sponsored by FMARC and ISAKOS.

Especially since this is a year of the World Cup in our country and that serve as a model for future World Cups in the future headquarters. We will have the participation of international icons of world football medicine as directors and members of FIFA – Michel D’ Hooghe ( FIFA – Belgium), Jiri Dvorak (FIFA – Switzerland), Gurcharan Singh ( FIFA – Malaysia), Efraim Kramer ( FIFA – South Africa ), Colin Fuller ( FIFA – Switzerland), Pieter D’Hooghe (F-MARC Belgium), plus several coordinator Medical Centers Cup of Excellence as Philippe Neyret (France) and Joo Mendes Espregueira (Portugal).

Several Brazilian colleagues demonstrated recognition in football field will enhance as well complete and the program that is very attractive.

Do not miss this opportunity. Make your registration as space is limited.

We hope to count with you.

Prof. Dr. Moises Cohen Dr. Andr Pedrinelli Dr. Paul Lobo Event Coordinators

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World Cup record holder Klose retires

August 11th, 2014 by xhellofootiex

German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement from international football on Monday, AFP reports.

The 36-year-old leaves the German national team as a World Cup winner after last month helping Joachim Loews side to their first global crown since 1990 when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the Rio-hosted final.

The Lazio frontman picked up his 16th goal, in what was his fourth World Cup, to surpass Brazilian Ronaldo as the tournaments leading scorer.

Klose, who won two German titles with Bayern Munich following spells with Kaiserslautern and Werder Bremen, said he had fulfilled a childhood dream with the title in Brazil and lived unforgettable moments with the national team, according to a statement released by the German football federation.

The success of the team stood and always stands for me in the highest place, Klose said.

With the national team I achieved our greatest goal, a goal which we had together within the squad.

In addition, I achieved personal goals and those who know me know that I am very ambitious, but I am a striker and the task of a striker is to score goals.

Therefore the records never concerned me, but it was always about giving my best for the team.

The Polish-born marksman scored five goals at the 2002 World Cup, where Germany were beaten 2-0 by Ronaldos Brazil in the final, five in 2006 on home soil, four in 2010 at South Africa and two in 2014.

He broke the World Cup record for goals in July when he found the target for his 16th strike during the 7-1 semi-final rout of Brazil.

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[HIGHLIGHTS] Australia 26-3 South Africa at Women’s Rugby World Cup – Video

August 4th, 2014 by saidina



[HIGHLIGHTS] Australia 26-3 South Africa at Women's Rugby World Cup
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World Cup Final: Magical Messi or United Germany?

July 12th, 2014 by MichaelloUR

The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet’s best player against the tournament’s best team.

Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a game that will define careers, cement legacies and be watched by a global audience of about a billion viewers.

And it’s a matchup that means more to both sides than just a chance to lift one of the most hallowed trophies in sports.

For Messi, it’s a chance to firmly make his case for being perhaps the greatest ever to play the world’s most popular game. For Germany, it’s an opportunity to make up for a number of near-misses over the last decade and re-establish itself as the dominant force in international football.

And then there’s the matter of settling a historical score. Argentina and West Germany played each other in two straight World Cup finals in 1986 and ’90, games that are well remembered in the sports psyche of both countries. Diego Maradona and Argentina won the first, the Germans took the second. So call this game the tiebreaker.

“At this point who is favorite, who is not, it doesn’t make a difference,” Argentina midfielder Maxi Rodriguez said. “Both teams feel a responsibility to go all the way.”

Most would name Germany as the favorite, especially after its astounding 7-1 drubbing of host Brazil in the semifinals. Argentina only reached the final after eking out a penalty shootout win over the Netherlands following a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes.

Germany also dismantled Argentina 4-0 in the 2010 quarterfinals in South Africa.

“Germany is a great team. What happened to Brazil could happen to any team,” Argentina forward Sergio Aguero said. “(But) we have players who can create danger up front. We’re in the final for a reason.”

One thing speaks against Germany, too. No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Whether that’s because of the climate, the fan support or something else, Germany thinks it can buck the trend.

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CASTLE Lager Premiership clubs will take advantage of the mid-season transfer window which opened on July

July 8th, 2014 by MichaelloUR

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Following an embarrassing exit from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification, Zimbabwe is preparing a formidable 2016 Olympic Games soccer squad packed with international stars.

BY MICHAEL MADYIRA

Qualification for the quadrennial global sports fiesta has become Zifas immediate major focus after Septembers Cosafa Cup.

Monaco trialist tear-away winger Kudakwashe Mahachi, AS Nancy midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and Sweden-based linkman Archford Gutu are eligible for the Olympics. Teenage sensation Macauley Bonne of English League One side Colchester United has also availed himself.

The 18-year-old forward was born in England to Zimbabwean parents. All players participating in the preliminary and final competition of the Mens Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 shall be born on or after January 1 1993, with the exception of a maximum of three players who do not meet this age limit who may also be included in the official list of players for the final competition, said Fifa in a statement.

Mahachi was born in September 1993, while Nakamba was born in January 1994 and Gutu who took part in the bid for the foiled 2012 Olympic has August 5 1993 as his official date of birth.

Fifa has set a October 25 deadline to register teams for the Olympics where only four African teams slots are reserved for qualification.

Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa has been verbally appointed Under-23 coach and is yet to sign a contract with Zifa.

Pasuwa took over from Warriors legend Peter Ndlovu who has found a full-time job at Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.

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World Cup goalfest inspires keepers to excel

July 7th, 2014 by healthybeeme

Tim Howard has been a standout at the World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Quite rightly, the world’s strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.

More goals were scored in the first two phases in Brazil than were scored in the entire World Cup in South Africa, and although the tallies are falling markedly in the knockout stages – understandable given the sudden death nature of these games and the fact that instant elimination follows for the losers – the quality of the games is still strong and the number of attacks high.

Names like Colombia’s James Rodriguez, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar top the goal-scoring lists and have taken all the plaudits.

But there is a strange paradox thrown up in this World Cup. While attacks have been on top and strikers scoring regularly, the standard of goalkeeping has been excellent.

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Normally there are a handful of keepers who stand out in World Cups, but this time – perhaps because defences are not as good as in the past and goalkeepers are being pressed into action more often – several have come to the fore.

None more so than the US’ Tim Howard, the Premier League veteran who has been an absolute stand out for the Americans as they progressed from a very difficult group to a pulsating match against Belgium, which they lost 2-1 only in extra time.

Howard, a familiar face to Premiership watchers as he has been the long-term custodian at Everton, made an amazing 15 saves in the match against Belgium, a World Cup record.

Now they weren’t all point blank efforts denying certain goals – some of them were routine stops from regulation shots for a man of his experience and ability – but it still constitutes a phenomenal feat.

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Another World Cup, Another Flop

July 2nd, 2014 by jos

One shouldnt look at victorys teeth. The point is, you should enjoy your win, not overanalyse it. And that is, of course, a completely wrong attitude and one that leads to a losers mentality, because there is just as much to learn from your wins as there is from your defeats.

If you look at the drubbing of Cameroon at the World Cup, you would find the Indomitable Lions in very poor dental health to further the analogy. They were clearly falling apart before everyones eyes. They committed the stupidest, most obvious foul of the tournament that led to Alex Song being sent off; their defensive transition was outrageously bad; and they scuffled amongst themselves on the pitch.

Cameroon has long been aware of the problem, but they fail to learn from their past failures. Instead, they react to them, violently, like a driver who abruptly leaves his lane to avoid an obstacle. Every tournament seems to be played out as a belated riposte to the ills that have gone just before.

Finke came in after AFCON 2013, determined to stop Cameroon from getting embarrassed as they were in South Africa. His answer was a radically defensive setup, with a bank of four in front of goal, three defensive midfield stalwarts and two forwards who were told to track ball during off-the-ball moments. This perfectly decent, if limited, strategy brought results (of sorts): Cameroon went home technically defeated and the negative approach played badly at home with fans, pundits and the media.

The preparation was detailed and intense but sensible and relaxed. And still the fundamental shortcomings of the nations footballers have been exposed.

In the final analysis, most fans said before the tournament that the minimum they wanted to see was evidence of improvement and hope for the future. The disappointment over the display against Croatia stemmed from their absence. The plain fact is Cameroon are not good enough and do not have enough performers of serious international quality and stature to make an impression on these big occasions.

Not a single Cameroon supporter I met, nor any comment I saw on the web suggested Cameroon would progress very far in this tournament; most thought the squad would do well to emerge from a tough group. Considering expectations, its rather odd to see the outpouring of frustration and anger from the Cameroonian public. The consequence is that Cameroonian football will begin yet another period of soul-searching as it looks for the answers to what went wrong in a World Cup campaign that lasted for just six days.

The national team has been failing for decades and attempts to turn on current players, the manager or tactics are utterly pointless. Those doing the shouting havent been any more successful than those soon coming home. Cameroon football has long been in a mess; the grass roots of the game are where the problems lie and even if this were to be addressed tomorrow, it would still be another two or three World Cups before Cameroon reaped the benefits.

There is a widespread and entirely incorrect perception that the sole point of football is to score more goals than the opposition. In fact it is just as important to concede fewer goals. Football is a game of two halves, attacking and defending, yet much of the time we only concern ourselves with the former. In a sense, thats fair enough. Attacking: thats the good stuff, the bit that stirs the soul of fans and the ego of players. No kid ever wanted to play centre-back in the playground; no crowd ever chants Defend defend defend! When Ruud Gullit coined the phrase sexy football in reference to Portugal at Euro 96, he wasnt referring to Fernando Couto winning high balls.

In some countries, particularly Brazil, it is a philosophical issue. That is all fine and correct, yet when it comes to winning which rightly or wrongly has become by far the most important thing in modern football attacking and defending are of equal importance. Yet still we allow our judgement to be skewed.

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World Cup Sets Facebook Interactions Record

July 1st, 2014 by madzoombax

The FIFA World Cup is the most talked about event in Facebook (FB) history with over one billion interactions so far, the social network has announced. Tallying likes, comments, and related posts, 220 million users have helped the global soccer tournament set the record.

Facebooks data editors have never measured an event sports or otherwise that has topped a billion interactions, said Facebooks blog post.

The milestone was reached on June 29th after tracking began at the tournament commencement on June 12th. The World Cup still has nearly two weeks left, with the final game scheduled for July 13th.

Every four years, the World Cup is celebrated as an international challenge between the best soccer teams. One of the most popular global sports, the games attract a lot of attention, especially in South America and Europe.

The most-buzzed about event was the opening game between Brazil and Croatia with 58 million people generating 140 million interactions. 31 million people participated in the conversation surrounding Saturdays match between Brazil and Chile, generating 75 million interactions.

There are twelve teams still competing for this years championship, including the United States. The odds are on Brazils home team, with a 41% chance of winning the whole tournament, according to predictions from FiveThirtyEight.

This years event is hosted in Brazil. The 2010 World Cup took place in South Africa, with Spains team emerging as the victor.

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World Cup using Manitoba grass

June 27th, 2014 by jos

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Evan Rasmussen, who farms west of Headingley, supplied grass seed to this year’s World Cup.

World Cup soccer players getting their kicks in Brazil are doing it on grass from Manitoba seeds.

And even if you didn’t make it to Brazil, you can grow a similar lawn. The Manitoba blend has some tough Kentucky bluegrass mixed in for our harsh climate.

Canadian company Pickseed was plucked as the official grass seed supplier for this year’s World Cup. The company provided Manitoba-grown perennial rye grass seeds for each of the World Cup’s 12 stadiums.

Pickseed also provided seeds for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2012 UEFA European Championship in Ukraine and Poland.

“We have a World Cup blend we sell that is designed for soccer pitches and other playgrounds, which germinates quicker than regular grass,” said Terry Scott, the western Canadian vice-president of DLF Pickseed.

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World Cup highlights Asia's illegal betting boom

June 18th, 2014 by Fasssdexgfred

HONG KONG (AP) As teams battle for football glory at the World Cup in Brazil, the biggest winners from the tournament may be illegal bookmakers in Asia.

Since kickoff, Chinese officer worker Chen has already wagered 2,000-3,000 yuan ($320-$480) through black market online bookies and plans to gamble more on big upcoming games.

Chen, who started betting on sports that also include NBA games four years ago, said that during the previous World Cup in South Africa he bet 115,000 yuan ($18,500) in a single day on three different games a huge sum for the average Chinese and lost about half of it.

“My friend helped me with betting on games through the Internet,” said Chen. “I’ll call my friend and transfer money to him and he would help me to deal with the rest.”

Chen, who lives in the southern city of Shenzhen, next to Hong Kong, would only give his surname because he didn’t want to get in trouble with authorities for betting illegally.

Demand for bets from Asian sports enthusiasts illustrates how the World Cup is also a huge bonanza for betting companies while focusing attention on the surge in illegal wagering in East Asia, where there are few legal options to accommodate the lucrative market.

“It is the biggest single gambling event of the decade and each World Cup gets bigger,” said Warwick Bartlett, CEO of Global Betting & Gaming Consultants, based on the Isle of Man in the U.K. However, “the propensity to gamble in Asia is stronger than anywhere else on the planet, yet there are few legalized gambling opportunities.”

Government monopoly operators offer legal sports betting in a handful of Asian jurisdictions, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The Philippines’ Cagayan province is home to 68 online gambling companies. It’s banned outright in many other countries, including India, Indonesia and Thailand. But thousands more illegal online bookmaking outfits, which don’t pay tax, are thriving because they offer better prices, odds, wider variety of bet types and credit. Asia accounts for just over half of the nearly $700 billion in illegal bets placed worldwide, according to a recent report by a sports monitoring group.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the world’s second biggest betting operator, reported that betting turnover during the 2010 World Cup fell 1.6 percent compared with the 2006 event, which it blamed on growing use of illegal bookies.

Police forces in Asia are cracking down, swooping on a number of gambling rings in recent weeks. In May, Singapore police arrested 18 people suspected to be involved in an illegal football betting ring. They seized 1.4 million Singapore dollars ($1.1 million) in cash and uncovered records that showed the suspects received S$8 million ($6.3 million) in illegal bets in the prior two weeks.

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China vs South Africa – Women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Hague Pool B [08/6/2014] – Video

June 10th, 2014 by Fasssdexgfred



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World Cup 2014: Brazil Under Pressure To Rekindle Finals' Magic

June 4th, 2014 by xhellofootiex

The reaction was inevitable. Spain, world football’s aesthetes, had just vanquished a bruising Holland side in the World Cup final with one of the last kicks of 120 moribund minutes. It was dressed as a victory for football, and the BBC’s Alan Hansen lauded the first-time world champions as the tournament’s “most exciting team”. He had mispronounced “stultifying”.

Holland, with their thuggish brutality and Nigel de Jong’s kung-fu kick, made an unmemorable final memorable. Not everyone remembers Andrs Iniesta’s winner but they do remember De Jong’s studs thudding into Xabi Alonso’s midriff. Spain won every single knockout match 1-0 and played out joyless homages to West Germany-Austria from 1982, whereas Holland recovered to beat Brazil in the quarters and defeated Uruguay 3-2 in a vibrant semi-final. They were more exciting.

South Africa 2010 was arguably the worst World Cup in the tournament’s history, let alone living memory. A finals best remembered for its Jabulani ball, bore draws and fans as plastic as the vuvuzelas they wielded, there was little to suggest the country – or the continent – deserved to be hosts. Only 309,000 fans turned up when the government had been expecting 450,000 spectators.

Almost every goal was greeted not by the crowd’s roar, but that awful, blaring blaaarrrrrrm which burst eardrums and highlighted how manufactured World Cups had become. Goal music is bad enough, but this noise was the soundtrack equivalent of waterboarding.

World Cups have rarely matched the hype in recent memory. Sir Alex Ferguson, rather hubristically, said the last great World Cup was Mexico ’86, when he managed Scotland. Italia ’90 generated a record low goals-per-game average of just 2.21, USA ’94 hosted the first – and only – scoreless final, France ’98 was hardly stirring, the best teams at Korea and Japan were eliminated before the quarter-finals and Germany 2006 peaked at the group stage.

Brazil 2014 has much promise purely because of its location. There is a worthy romanticism about the country hosting the World Cup finals 64 years after Uruguay shocked 173,850 attendants inside the Maracan in the 1950 de facto final.

No one has won the World Cup more times than Brazil and yet this is their most underwhelming finals squad in decades. And still, no previous nation’s host status has been trumpeted as loudly as Brazil’s has. Brazilians’ expectation alone is a fascinating narrative, although that is where excitement over Brazil only stems from.

They are over-reliant on Neymar, whereas in 2006 they had Ronaldo, Kka, Ronaldinho and Adriano. However much neutrals may loathe Luis Surez, his absence from the World Cup would impoverish the tournament. He illuminated 2010 with a screamer against South Korea and his cheating against Ghana. Surez was vilified in the African country – and by neutrals – however he did at least enliven a soporific tournament.

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World Cup Prompts Public Christian Witness Against Child Sex Abuse

June 1st, 2014 by MichaelloUR

RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) As Brazil counts down to the opening of the World Cup on June 12, churches in cities hosting the international soccer tournament are not content to sit on the sidelines and cheer.

Theyve launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the hundreds of vulnerable children at risk of sexual exploitation during the monthlong competition.

With an estimated 600,000 soccer fans expected to arrive in Brazil within a matter of days, the South American nation is under pressure to combat its international reputation as a destination for child sex tourism.

Church leaders fear the heavy flow of tourists during the games could fuel an explosion of sexual trafficking of children and teens at fan fest locations around the World Cup arenas.

Thousands of youngsters will be on school holidays during the event, and the risks of exposure to criminal gangs and predatory individuals is significantly higher.

According to UNICEF, an estimated 250,000 children are sexually abused every year in Brazil and the numbers spike around major sporting events. Research from Childhood Brazil, a human rights organization designed to protect children, shows sex crimes against children increased by 66 percent during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and by 28 percent during the 2006 games in Germany.

A network of Brazilian churches and nonprofit groups has joined forces to form Bola na Rede or Back of the Net in English, a nationwide campaign alerting tourists to the dangers facing the countrys children.

Over the last three years, weve been preparing churches in the 12 cities, encouraging them to mobilize their congregations so they actively do something in the days leading up to and during the World Cup, said Ronald Neptune, the national coordinator of Bola na Rede and a missionary with the United World Mission in Sao Paulo, referring to the 12 host cities.

As Christians, we cant just clap our hands and praise the Lord, we have to work to make a difference to the lives of the young people at risk, he said. We can be the eyes and ears on the streets and the motivating force that gets people out leafleting and speaking to tourists about how they can be vigilant to help protect our children.

On May 18, over 97,000 peopletook to the streets in Brazils host cities in a nationwide day of marches.

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Football: World Cup ball will be on target

May 31st, 2014 by jaredreedazx

With every soccer World Cup, it seems, there is controversy about the ball — the Jabulani used in South Africa was said to be so unpredictable as to border on the "supernatural". The Fevernova used in South Korea and Japan in 2002 was said to be too light and bouncy, while some complained that Teamgeist used in Germany four years later was slippery. On Thursday, scientists in Japan said the …

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Diskerud delivers for U.S. on international stage

May 30th, 2014 by manpilac

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The disappointment of not playing in the Olympic soccer tournament two years ago stuck with Mix Diskerud.

That had been a lifelong goal, and he was part of that U.S. team that lost its chance for a spot in the London Games with a late-game collapse during qualifying.

Diskerud is getting a shot at redemption of sorts on the international soccer stage, headed to the World Cup in Brazil next month. He showed in a 2-0 exhibition victory Tuesday night against Azerbaijan the impact he can make for coach Jurgen Klinsmann off the bench, scoring the first U.S. goal off a rebound in the 75th minute just four minutes after subbing into the game.

And he did it wearing Landon Donovans old No. 10 jersey.

You grow a lot from certain experiences, and definitely one like that, because that was a goal in my life to reach the Olympics, Diskerud said. Another goal was to reach the World Cup, so now Im part of that.

Mikkel Diskeruds parents met at Arizona State his father is from Norway and his mother from Arizona. He was born in Oslo and was given his nickname by his mother. His full name is Mikkel Morgenstar Palssonn Diskerud.

When I was a little kid, I always ran around the house, and my mom said I was like a mixer, Diskerud said ahead of his U.S. national team debut in an exhibition at South Africa four years ago. When I was a kid, I was on a team called Frigg and there were two guys named Mikkel, so one had to get a nickname. I got Mix, and it stuck.

He had dual citizenship, enabling him to play on youth national teams from both Norway and the U.S. His goal Tuesday night sparked the Americans after a listless half-and-a-half.

Following Brad Davis free kick, Diskerud headed the ball down to Michael Bradley, whose shot was cleared off the goal line by Elvin Yunuszade. Diskerud then banged the ball in with a right-footed shot from 6 yards.

It was the third goal in 18 appearances with the national team for Diskerud, who plays for Norways Rosenberg. While Klinsmann insists hes not superstitious about No. 10, Diskerud earned the honor for how far he has come since the Olympic near miss.

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May 30th, 2014 by xhellofootiex



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World Cup's Brazuca ball rated more stable than Jabulani

May 30th, 2014 by JonSmith

With every soccer World Cup, it seems, there is controversy about the ball — the Jabulani used in South Africa was said to be so unpredictable as to border on the "supernatural". The Fevernova used in South Korea and Japan in 2002 was said to be too light and bouncy, while some complained that Teamgeist used in Germany four years later was slippery. On Thursday, scientists in Japan said the …

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World Cup Digest: More protests, Luis Suarez injury concern and tournament-inspired street art

May 30th, 2014 by jaredreedazx

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This is our latest installment of “World Cup Digest” which will be published every Thursday afternoon from now until June 12 when the games begin rounding up all the stories happening off the pitch.

WHAT MONEY CAN BUY: Money cant buy everything love and happiness come to mind but if you have $11 billion, then you can finance a World Cup. Well, you can finance the most expensive World Cup in history. Its more than double what South Africa spent in 2010 and more than five times what Germany put down for 2006. The US total expenditure for 1994? Around $30 million.

About a third of the money being spent for this years cup is going to building stadiums, while the rest has been delegated to infrastructure projects, some of which have been cancelled.

TO THE VICTORS, THE SPOILS: Winning the World Cup has plenty of intangible value. For example, if you score the winning goal in the World Cup, four years later they might dedicate an ice-cream bar to you. Lifting the Cup will also have about $35 million worth of value for the victors. Its the largest purse in the history of the Cup, but its also pocket change compared to what FIFA is raking in: $4 billion. On the other hand, the stock market in whatever country happens to win is likely to see a bump in the aftermath of the Final.

SPOILER ALERT: Brazil is going to win the World Cup. Heres 67 pages of analysis by Goldman Sachs to prove it to you.

CAPITAL CLASHES: Plenty of ink has been devoted to covering the World Cup protests in places like Rio de Janeiro, where the Seleccaos bus was surrounded by an angry mob as it departed for its training ground, but on Tuesday the arrival of the World Cup trophy in Brasilia sparked a round of demonstrations in the capital. Members of the Homeless Workers Movement marched on the Man Garrincha National Stadium in condemnation of the most expensive venue built for the Cup. The demonstrators were also joined by local Indians, and reportedly one police officer sent to confront them was shot in the leg by an arrow.

There will be nearly 170,000 security officers deployed during the tournament.

SOCCER AS PUBLIC HEALTH RISK: Of course, even if youre not going to Brazil to catch the games, a World Cup summer can still be a dangerous time. Research has shown that the tournament is typically accompanied by a surge in heart attacks, suicide, depression, assaults, road accidents, binge-drinking and pigging out on artery-clogging, waistline-expanding junk food. Enjoy the Cup, everyone!

PLAY ON: Even after being sued by the Brazilian players union last week, FIFA has staunchly refused to change kick-off times for day games. The concern is that the temperature would pose a health risk to the athletes, but FIFA has downplayed those concerns, saying that the venues with the highest average temperatures such as Manaus, Cuiab and Fortaleza do not have any matches with 1 pm kick-off times during group stage. The Federation did concede that medical officers could impose cooling breaks in the game under the right circumstances, but that it would be decided on a game-to-game basis.

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Football: Australia out to 'shock the world'

May 28th, 2014 by Fasssdexgfred

SYDNEY – Veteran Mark Bresciano said Wednesday the Socceroos plan to “shock the world” as they departed for Brazil to headlines asking: “Will Australia be the worst team at the World Cup?” The inexperienced Australians, the lowest ranked team in the World Cup at 59, face a daunting task against Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in Group B.

Bresciano, the 34-year-old former Parma and Lazio midfielder, said he was excited about heading to his third World Cup and believed the team could hold its own.

“It’s always a dream going to a World Cup, regardless if it’s your first or third,” he told reporters at Sydney airport where hundreds of fans saw off Ange Postecoglou and his squad.

“I guess the expectation is maybe a little bit high (this time) because, in the last nine or 10 years, we’ve been very successful as a nation.

“Saying that, we know that we are going to Brazil in a very tough group but we’re going to go there and just try and do our country proud and do ourselves proud and try and shock the world.” His confidence is in stark contrast to the nation’s media which has largely written off their chances with the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday suggesting the Socceroos would be the worst team in Brazil.

“The bookmakers regard Australia’s World Cup possibilities as something worse than a snowball’s survival chances in hell,” said chief football writer Michael Lynch.

“As do the world rankings, which place Australia last of the World Cup qualifiers in 59th spot (between Mali and Burkina Faso).

“And judging by the social media response to the Socceroos’ stuttering 1-1 draw against a less-than-fearsome South Africa on Monday night, large numbers of the Australian public share that pessimistic view.” The Australian newspaper’s Ray Gatt said the team were leaving “with the sound of doom and gloom ringing in their ears” and bookmakers offering in excess of 750-1 for Australia to win the tournament.

“One former captain (Paul Wade) believes they’ll be smashed, few fans hold out any hope they’ll get through the knockout stage and the critics believe they’ll be lucky to score a goal, let alone get a point,” he said.

The Socceroos will be one of the first teams to arrive in Brazil ahead of the showpiece tournament and Bresciano believes it will work in their favour.

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World Cup chit-chat: Official WC balls to have built-in HD cameras

May 27th, 2014 by MisterX42172

Technology will get a new meaning at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil as the ‘Brazuca’ balls that will be used at the mega event will come with six in-built HD cameras capturing 360 degree view of the on-field action.

Encapsulating everything that’s Brazil and its passion for the game, the ball has shades of blue, orange and green, and stars on it reflecting the vibrancy and flair associated with the game in the Mecca of football.

Brazuca is the 12th ball created by sportswear giants but its last World Cup creation, Jabulani, which was used in the 2010 competition in South Africa, was heavily criticised for its unpredictability in the air due to its lighter weight.

Adidas, though, claimed that this time the ball will be much better. It said the football will have vastly improved touch and accuracy.

The technology involves a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch.

Brazucam is a customised Brazuca official match ball featuring six HD cameras that capture 360 degree view of the action. The product features custom-made image stabilization software at the cutting edge of innovation.

It is created by six propeller-shaped polyurethane panels being thermally bonded together. Between the seams the Brazuca also has a different geometry to different balls, which aerodynamics experts believe, will help it remain more stable in the air.

“We do extensive flight path analysis and the results have shown constant and predictable paths with deviations hardly recognisable,” Matthias Mecking, Adidas football director, had been quoted as saying by BBC.

Brazuca went through a thorough testing process over a two-and-a-half year period involving more than 600 of the world’s top players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by Adidas and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions.

Around 600 players from across 30 professional and national teams in 10 countries were used during what was a thorough testing process.

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