World Cup 2014: Opening Match Ratings

December 12th, 2014 by comment utiliser viagra

After months of anticipation, the globe’s most-watched sporting event, the soccer World Cup, kicked off Thursday night with a match between tournament host Brazil and Croatia and before a television audience numbering in the hundreds of millions.

Even in the U.S., where soccer is still a niche sport, ratings were solid, with ESPN reporting an average 3.2 overnight rating for Thursday night’s opening match between host Brazil and Croatia. ESPN said the rating was the highest it has ever recorded for a World Cup Opener since the channel began tracking the data in 1998. It was also a 52 percent jump on the 2.1 rating recorded for the opening match in 2010 between South Africa and Mexico. Of the top ten metered markets in the U.S., the strongest performance was in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., where the game drew a 5.1 overnight, compared to a 5.0 in Boston, 4.6 in Los Angeles and 4.5 in New York.

But better still was Univision’s ratings. The Spanish-language channel drew 5.1 million viewers, compared to ESPN’s 4.4 million for the opening match.

Final ratings figures aren’t yet in for all territories but preliminary estimates show that in key international territories including Germany, Spain, France and the U.K., ratings were strong and up sharply on the opening match of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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That had less to do with the quality of soccer on displaythough Brazil’s squad has a large internationally followingthan with the scheduling of the match. The opening match of the 2010 Cup aired early afternoon in Europe, while Thursday’s kick-off was in primetime, or near enough to it.

15.87 million German viewers62.6 percent of the viewing publictuned in to network ZDF for the game, nearly double that of the 2010 Opener, when 8.6 million caught the match. An impressive 65 percent of 14-49 year-olds, the key advertising demographic, saw Brazil beat Croatia 3-1.

In the U.K., a total of 12.6 million viewers, or 52.9 percent of the audience, caught ITV’s broadcast, with the average over the entire match at 11.2 million. An average 8.2 million Brits, or 40.3 percent of the audience, watched ITV’s entire coverage of the game, which ran from 7 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. To compare, the 2010 South Africa vs. Mexico opener pulled just 4.3 million viewers, a 45 percent share. In France, 46.5 percent of the audience, or 8.7 million viewers, saw the game, while in Italy the match drew 9.1 million viewers for a 41.1 percent share.

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Telecinco scored 8.4 million viewers, a 43 percent share, in soccer-mad Spain, though ratings are expected to spike well above that on Friday, when Spain facse the Netherlands, a rematch of the 2010 final, which Spain won 1-0. Dutch viewers, 3.6 million of which caught the opening night match on the NOS network, will also be out in force Friday.

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FIFA World Cup 2010

December 5th, 2014 by admin

Updated: Friday, December 5, 2014, 18:22 [IST]

The Fifa World Cup 2010 is set to kickstart from 11th June till 11th July 2010 in South Africa. A feast for all football fanatics across the globe, this will be the first time that the tournament will be hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process.

The World will get to witness football being at its highest level where every qualified nation will be fighting for the prized world cup.

The organisers have released a provisional list of twelve venues to be used for the World Cup: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (two venues), Kimberley, Nelspruit, Orkney, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, and Rustenburg.

Italy are the defending champions this year and they will be fighting hard to retain the cup.

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Previously, we have had 18 World Cups being played which was started from the year 1930. Brazil has been the most successful team in the World Cup winning it five times, two times fininshing runners up, two times third place and securing fourth place once. Defending Champions Italy are one step behind them winning the prestigious four times. Germany follows the two with three championship wins.

There are 13 teams from Europe competing for this year’s World Cup, five teams from South America, three teams from North and Central America, four teams from Asia, six teams from Africa and one team from the Oceania Football Confederation. A total of 32 teams eyeing to lift the highly honoured World Cup.

For the event, the hosts South Africa has been pumping around $ 15 billion according to Economic times reports.South Africa which has had a troubled past, hovered by racisim calls and struck by mass rich-poor divide, hunger and famine, top policy makers want to bring positive energy in the African nation.

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Emirates Airlines Wanted More for Its World Cup Dollars

December 4th, 2014 by madzoombax

When Emirates Airlines decided not to renew its marketing deal with FIFA last month, the move was seen as the first sign of skittishness among World Cup sponsors over allegations of corruption at soccers international governing body. The theory gained momentum when Reuters reported thatSony (SNE) is also withdrawing its support. Have sponsors really had enough of FIFAs reputation as a bribe collector at the gate of world football? And while FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insisted that this interpretation is wrong, well,FIFAs trustworthiness has been the problem to begin with.

An Emirates executive has offered a more complicated explanation for the airlines decision: Im not sure that the bang for your buck is that good, to be blunt, Gary Chapman, Emirates president of group services, saidof the airlines FIFA deal at a business breakfast in Australia last week. Chapman, whose comments were reported by the website Arabian Business, put concerns about return on investment ahead of queasiness with FIFA. He continued:

You dont go on the shirt of anyone, so you dont get that recognition. If you ask people to recall who are the sponsors of these events, youd be surprised actually how many people cant actually recall them.

I think a big part of it is the bang for your buck, theres a question [there], but you put that with all the other stuff thats been going on [and] it just kind of gets messy. Its a lot of money and [FIFA] is an organization that has some questions over it, theres no doubt, so perhaps there are better ways you can spend that money.

What Emirates wants out of these arrangements, in other words, is more association with the World Cup and less with FIFA. And if it could splash its name on the shirts of the top national teams, it would probably get over any qualms it has with the bidding process behind Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022.

In Brazil this summer, the airline had to make do with ticket giveaways, stadium signage, a TV spot featuring Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo, and flight attendants as a backdrop to the trophy presentation. Before the World Cup began, Roger Duthie, the airlines head of global sponsorship, described the companys calculus this way to sports marketing research agency Repucom:

In terms of measuring a return on investment, weconduct regular media evaluation on our sponsorship assets. This looks at a number of factors butmostly focuses on the value of television exposure. We would normally expect somewhere in the region ofa 6-1 return on our sponsorshipsthat is, $6 worth of TV exposure for every $1 invested. Print coverageadds many more millions of dollars in coverage, but its harder to track globally.

Six-to-one is an aggressive target. For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, sponsors paid FIFA a combined $1.072 billion to secure marketing rights, a figure that doesnt include advertising buys and additional costs that come with touting official sponsor status. According to Repucom, the total exposure value for TV sponsors in 2010 was $4.12 billion.

In 2014, World Cup sponsors spent a combined $1.5 billion on FIFA rights. Of that, Emirates spent about $100 million, according to marketing consultantBrand Finance, to be one of six top-tier partners, along with Sony, Adidas (ADS:GR), Coca-Cola (KO), Hyundai (005380:KS)/Kia Motors (000270:KS), and Visa (V).The last four have renewed their deals. Qatar Airways is said to be in talks to fill the slot vacated by Emirates. FIFA wont be starving for sponsor dollars.

A glut of sponsors is part of Emirates problem with the FIFA deal.The big spenders in apparel, soft drinks, and finance tend to crowd out relatively small players such as an airline. Part of the calculus is that the other partners like Adidas, Coca-Cola, and Visa are putting so much marketing muscle behind this that they are going to grab so much share of voice around the World Cup, says Jim Andrews,vice president for content strategy at sponsorship consultant IEG.Emirates remains a major player in European soccer, where its shirt deals with top clubs in the English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Greek leagues provide prime placement in a less-crowded space.

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Springboks World Cup-winner in carjacking

December 3rd, 2014 by healthybeeme

Springboks World Cup-winner in carjacking

Hannes Strydom (R) is recovering following a violent carjacking in Pretoria Getty Images

Former South Africa rugby international and World Cup winner Hannes Strydom says he suffered a fractured skull and spent a night in intensive care after being attacked by six people in an attempted carjacking.

Strydom told a local television channel on Tuesday that he fought off the attackers, but was left with cuts on his head and a fracture to his skull and jaw. He said that he was attacked on Monday in the South Africa capital, Pretoria, when he saw a person lying on the road and stopped his car, thinking they needed help.

He said the attacked then threw bricks at his car, with one smashing his window and hitting him in the head. The people tried to steal his car, but he fought them off and drove himself to the hospital, he said. “I remember I was standing there surrounded by six people and I had to fight for my life,” the 198cm former lock said.

Strydom was a member of the Springboks’ famed 1995 World Cup-winning team.

Violent carjackings are common in South Africa which struggles with high levels of crime. Strydom was the second well-known sportsman to become a victim of crime in recent months. South African national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot to death in an apparent house robbery in October. Police are still searching for his killers.

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Olympic sailor becomes ambassador to charity for young people

November 19th, 2014 by wholesalefhlnk

Southampton Olympic sailor Ian Walker, skipper of Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) contender Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, has been appointed as an ambassador to one of the worlds leading foundations working to support young people.

Ian, at present resting Cape Town, South Africa after winning the first leg on the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race, has accepted the role as Laureus Ambassador.

A week after skippering his team to victory in the first VOR leg from Spain to South Africa, Walker welcomed a group of young people from Laureus-supported community projects in Cape Town on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racings yacht Azzam, to take a look around, meet the crew and later take a tour of the race Boatyard service facility.

The youngsters then watched from the waterfront as Azzam, which is sponsored by Laureus Global Partner, IWC Schaffhausen, took part in the Cape Town In-Port race.

Ian said: Its a great honour to be asked to be a Laureus Ambassador and I was delighted that we were able to get the youngsters along from Laureus projects in Cape Town to meet the crew.

“Yachting depends on teamwork and harmony among the crew and I was able to explain that to the kids. Thats why sport is a great way of teaching young people life skills.

“I am really looking forward to taking part in more activities for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

The youngster who toured Azzam came from five projects in Cape Town, which are supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation: Great Commission United; Grassroots Soccer; Indigo Youth Movement; Vuka Rugby and Waves for Change.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Walker and sailing partner John Merricks took the silver medal in the 470 class.

Three years later Walker teamed up with fellow Brit Mark Covell and at the Sydney Ian has also been involved in two Americas Cup campaigns.

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Olympic sailor becomes ambassador to charity for4 young people

November 19th, 2014 by healthybeeme

Southampton Olympic sailor Ian Walker, skipper of Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) contender Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, has been appointed as an ambassador to one of the worlds leading foundations working to support young people.

Ian, at present resting Cape Town, South Africa after winning the first leg on the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race, has accepted the role as Laureus Ambassador.

A week after skippering his team to victory in the first VOR leg from Spain to South Africa, Walker welcomed a group of young people from Laureus-supported community projects in Cape Town on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racings yacht Azzam, to take a look around, meet the crew and later take a tour of the race Boatyard service facility.

The youngsters then watched from the waterfront as Azzam, which is sponsored by Laureus Global Partner, IWC Schaffhausen, took part in the Cape Town In-Port race.

Ian said: Its a great honour to be asked to be a Laureus Ambassador and I was delighted that we were able to get the youngsters along from Laureus projects in Cape Town to meet the crew.

“Yachting depends on teamwork and harmony among the crew and I was able to explain that to the kids. Thats why sport is a great way of teaching young people life skills.

“I am really looking forward to taking part in more activities for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

The youngster who toured Azzam came from five projects in Cape Town, which are supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation: Great Commission United; Grassroots Soccer; Indigo Youth Movement; Vuka Rugby and Waves for Change.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Walker and sailing partner John Merricks took the silver medal in the 470 class.

Three years later Walker teamed up with fellow Brit Mark Covell and at the Sydney Ian has also been involved in two Americas Cup campaigns.

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Manuel Neuer Could Save FIFA World Cup's Relevance in Ballon d'Or Vote

November 13th, 2014 by MisterX42172

Since its inception in 1930, the World Cup has been widely regarded as football’s greatest prize. Since 1956, and especially since it was merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2010, the Ballon d’Or has similarly been considered the greatest individual achievement in world football.

There is an increasingly unignorable inconsistency, however, with the results of Ballon d’Or voting and of international football performance. In 2010, Lionel Messi was awarded the first FIFA Ballon d’Or despite failing to score a single goal at the World Cup in South Africa before Argentina were humiliated by Germany in the quarter-finals.

And now, as the awarding of the 2014 Ballon d’Or approaches, Cristiano Ronaldo is favored by many to take the honor. His Portugal were unable to advance from their group, with the Real Madrid winger drawing a dud against Manuel Neuer’s Germany and failing to deliver for his country in any decisive way.

It is ironic that FIFA now organizes both the Ballon d’Or and the World Cup, yet the results of the former seem to undermine the latter.

If Ronaldo is honored this year as Messi was in 2010, it begs the question: Is the World Cup still relevant as a top-tier competition?

UEFA President Michel Platini seems to be concerned with the implications of awarding Ronaldo or Messi with the 2014 Ballon d’Or. Speaking to beIN Sports (h/t AS), he asserted that a German player should win the award following the Nationalmannschaft’s historic World Cup final victory in Brazil this summer:

The Ballon d’Or tends to go to a player who has performed exceptionally well at the World Cup, someone who won it, so this year it should be for a Germany player. It was always that way until 2010 when Leo Messi won despite having a fairly average World Cup, so nothing is for certain.

Platini has a point. And among the six Germans (Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer) nominated for the award, there are some viable alternatives to the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly that has dominated the voting in recent years.

Muller had a great World Cup and won both the silver boot and silver ball, but he wasn’t decisive in the latter stages of the tournament. Gotze was in the final, but otherwise struggled and rarely played in the knockout stages.

Neither player can come close to comparing with the club season goals records of Ronaldo or Messi. If a German wins the award, it will have to be a non-attacking player.

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1996 Summer Olympics – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

October 27th, 2014 by Fasssdexgfred

The 1996 Summer Olympics (French: Les Jeux olympiques d’t de 1996), known officially as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially as the Centennial Olympics, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, from July 19 to August 4, 1996. A record 197 nations, all current IOC member nations, took part in the Games, comprising 10,318 athletes. The International Olympic Committee voted in 1986 to separate the Summer and Winter Games, which had been held in the same year since 1924, and place them in alternating even-numbered years, beginning in 1994. The 1996 Summer Games were the first to be staged in a different year from the Winter Games. Atlanta became the fifth American city to host the Olympic Games and the third to hold a Summer Olympic Games.

Atlanta was selected on September 18, 1990, in Tokyo, Japan, over Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, and Toronto at the 96th IOC Session. Atlanta’s bid to host the Summer Games that began in 1987 was considered a long-shot, since the U.S. had hosted the Summer Olympics just 12 years earlier in Los Angeles. Atlanta’s main rivals were Toronto, whose front running bid that began in 1986 seemed almost sure to succeed after Canada had held a successful 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and Melbourne, Australia, who hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics and felt that the Olympic Games should return to Australia. The Athens bid was based on fact that these Olympic Games would be the 100th Anniversary of the first Summer Games in Greece in 1896. The initial push for 1996 coming to Atlanta came from Billy Payne and then Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, whose main push for the Olympics to come to Atlanta mainly came from a motivation to showcase a changed and resurgent American South which was overcoming racial tensions from the African American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and to showcase a robust and growing Southern economy to help offset international stereotypes that the region was still plagued with poverty.[1]

The 1996 Olympics was predicated on the financial model established by the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The cost to stage the Games was US$1.8billion. U.S. Government funds were used for security, and around $500 Million of taxpayer money was used on the physical infrastructure including streetscaping, road improvements, Centennial Olympic Park, expansion of airport, improvements in public transportation, and redevelopment of public housing projects[3] but neither paid for the actual Games and the new Venues themselves.[4] To pay for the games, Atlanta relied on commercial sponsorship and ticket sales, resulting in a profit of $10 million.[5][bettersourceneeded]

Events of the 1996 Games were held in a variety of areas. A number were held within the Olympic Ring, a 3mi (4.8km) circle from the center of Atlanta. Others were held at Stone Mountain, about 20 miles (32km) outside of the city. To broaden ticket sales, other events, such as soccer, occurred in various cities in the Southeast.[6][7]

The Olympiad’s official theme, “Summon the Heroes,” was written by John Williams, making it the third Olympiad for which he has composed. The opening ceremony featured Cline Dion singing The Power of the Dream, the official theme song of the 1996 Olympics. The mascot for the Olympiad was an abstract, animated character named Izzy. In contrast to the standing tradition of mascots of national or regional significance in the city hosting the Olympiad, Izzy was an amorphous, fantasy figure. The 1996 Olympics were the first to have two separate opening ceremony events. Savannah, because of its geographical separation from Atlanta, had its own opening ceremonies on July 18, 1996. The event featured “Worldwide Connection,” a song composed by Savannah native Jeffrey Reed and a concert by Trisha Yearwood, a Georgia native.

Atlanta’s Olympic slogan “Come Celebrate Our Dream” was written by Jack Arogeti, a Managing Director at McCann-Erickson in Atlanta at the time. The slogan was selected from more than 5,000[8] submitted by the public to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Billy Payne noted that Jack captured the spirit and our true motivation for the Olympic games.[9]

The ceremony began with a flashback from Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in August 1992 which showed the then president of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch asking the athletes to compete in Atlanta in 1996. Then, spirits rose in the northwest corner of the stadium, each representing one of the colors in the Olympic rings. They called the tribes of the world which after mixed percussion formed the Olympic rings while the youth of Atlanta formed the number 100. Famed film composer John Williams composed the official overture for the 1996 Olympics, Summon the Heroes, his second overture for an Olympic games (the first being Olympic Fanfare and Theme written for the 1984 Summer Olympics). The song “The Power of the Dream”, composed by David Foster performing in the opening ceremony by Cline Dion accompanied by David Foster on the piano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Centennial Choir (Morehouse College Glee Club, Spelman College Glee Club and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus). Gladys Knight sang “Georgia on My Mind”, Georgia’s official state song, at the opening ceremony. There was also a showcase called “Welcome To The World”, which featured cheerleaders, Chevrolet pick-up trucks, marching bands, and steppers, showcasing the American youth and college sporting culture, including the wave commonly seen in sporting events around the world. A showcase entitled “Summertime” focused on Atlanta and the Old South with a placement on its beauty, spirit, music, history, culture, and rebirth after the American Civil War. Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies of the games and received a replacement gold medal for his boxing victory in the 1960 Summer Olympics. For the torch ceremony, more than 10,000 Olympic torches were manufactured by the American Meter Company and electroplated by Erie Plating Company. Each torch weighed about 3.5 pounds (1.6kg) and was made primarily of aluminum, with a Georgia pecan wood handle and gold ornamentation.[10][11]

The 1996 Summer Olympic programme featured 271 events in the 26 sports. Softball, beach volleyball and mountain biking debuted on the Olympic program, together with women’s soccer/football and lightweight rowing.

In women’s gymnastics, Lilia Podkopayeva became an all-around Olympic champion. Podkopayeva also won a second gold medal in the floor exercise final and a silver on the beam becoming the only female gymnast since Nadia Comneci to win an individual event gold after winning the all-round title in the same Olympics. Kerri Strug of the United States women’s gymnastics team vaulted with an injured ankle and landed on one foot. The US women’s gymnastics team won its first gold medal. Shannon Miller of the United States won the gold medal on the balance beam event, the first time an American Gymnast had won an individual gold medal outside of a contested Olympic games. The Spanish team won the first gold medal of the new competition by women’s rhythmic group all-around. The team was formed by Estela Gimnez, Marta Bald, Nuria Cabanillas, Lorena Gurndez, Estbaliz Martnez and Tania Lamarca.

Amy Van Dyken won four gold medals in the Olympic swimming pool, the first American woman to win four titles in a single Olympiad. Penny Heyns, swimmer of South Africa, won the Gold Medals in both the 100 metres and 200 metres breaststroke events. Michelle Smith of Ireland won three gold medals and a bronze in swimming. She remains her nation’s most decorated Olympian. However, her victories were overshadowed by doping allegations even though she did not test positive in 1996. She received a four-year suspension in 1998 for tampering with a urine sample, though her medals and records were allowed to stand.

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South African Footballer Shot Dead | BREAKING NEWS 27 OCT 2014 – Video

October 27th, 2014 by LISAqq26



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Rugby World Cup 2015: team-by-team verdicts

October 11th, 2014 by xhellofootiex

Difficult to say until after the autumn internationals. But with a fragile peace being held in domestic Welsh rugby, it is questionable whether or not the players have the mentality to end their Australian hoodoo especially without the advantage of the Millennium Stadium crowd. Group stage.

Australia

An improving tight five — prop James Slipper made Opta’s team of the Rugby Championship — means that the pack can no longer simply be given the Andrew Sheridan treatment. They arguably have the most exciting backs too, with Israel Folau potentially lethal on the counter attack, although they do have a tendency to implode a bit too often for comfort. Quarter-finals.

Fiji

Since their famous 2007 win over Wales, one of the finest rugby matches of all time, Fiji have sadly declined. The win over Italy in June was promising, and in the 6’5″, 19st 10lb goal-kicking wing Nemani Nadolo they have one of the most exciting players in Super Rugby, but a lack of funding and political unrest have seen the romantics’ favourites slip back. Group stage.

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Pool B

South Africa

After becoming the first team to beat the All Blacks in almost two years this month, South Africa’s confidence will be high. So will that of the brilliant 20-year-old fly-half Handre Pollard. The most exciting young No 10 in rugby prefers a running style to the traditional South African kick-chase model. He is surrounded by a team of enormous, fast Terminators and they have the great Victor Matfield back from retirement. Semi-finals.

Samoa

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World Cup agreement reached

September 20th, 2014 by MichaelloUR

The dispute over World Cup compensation between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby has been settled after a package worth up to 13million was agreed.

The 2015-16 league season will start from the weekend of October 17 after the International Rugby Board granted dispensation for club games to be staged during the knockout phase of the tournament.

Alarmed by the possibility of five income-free months because of England 2015 and the off-season, the Premiership clubs sought 14million in lost revenue from the RFU.

Some owners threatened to flout IRB regulations by playing throughout the entire World Cup if their demands were not met, but a complex agreement that is part-incentivised has now been reached.

As part of the settlement, England head coach Stuart Lancaster will name his next elite player squad on October 22, delayed from its traditional slot in August.

The additional time enables Lancaster to select from those players who are in form for November’s QBE Series against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

“It’s a reflection of the strength of the partnership that once again we have managed to come to an arrangement that benefits both the RFU and clubs,” RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said.

“We’re very happy to continue to invest significant sums into Premiership Rugby and to support their desire to be successful on and off the pitch.”

The agreement is made up of two parts with 6million generated by the re-allocation of match revenues for both union and clubs to increase income for 2015/16 and 7million in payments for the absence of Premiership rugby during the group stage of the World Cup.

Whether the entirety of the 7million will be paid is subject to World Cup ticket sales and gross profit targets being met and on the signature of a new heads of agreement that covers areas such as player release and season structure.

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The cosmology of Brazil 2014-the African Origin story.

September 12th, 2014 by wholesalefhlnk

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Source: Listowell Yesu Bukarson

Reports are rife that the Ghana Football Association in a three page reply to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing the 2014 World cup debacle in Brazil has sought permission for its original appearance date of 15th September to be postponed. Among the GFAs reasons for this call are that, it is engulfed with activities which include its congress on Friday, 12th September and a lot of travels around the globe in the name of Ghana Football. The GFA will also have to seek clearance from the World football governing body, ALMIGHTY FIFA before respecting the constitutionally established Commission. My information is that, the Commission is yet to respond to the GFAs request. The world awaits the decision of the Commission whether to grant the GFAs request or not. But in all of this, I ask, if you dont have anything to hide, do you have anything to fear? Point however is clear, that you can always run but you cant hide and so the earlier the better. Lets also remember, that beatings which is inevitably yours, earlier received, prevents future torrential hostilities. Whichever way it is, it will just be a matter of time. For the GFA cannot and must not be made to escape appearance before the respected Commission. A word to the wise, they is enough. In the meantime, and in between times, let me extend greetings to Mr. Horace Ankrah. To the extent that today Gh34 is equal to UD$35 is not only amazing but miraculous. And this happens only in Ghana. Hehe! Folks, the cosmology of the setbacks from the World Cup in Brazil stems from SYSTEMS FAILURE, apologies galore to the chairman of the Commission, Justice Senyo Dzamefe. In this piece I want to concentrate on one of the three travels and tour agents contracted by the Brazil 2014 Secretariat. African Origin Travels and Sports Tourism. In his book, 48 Laws of Power, Robert Green writing under the topic, Plan All The Way to the End, argues that the ending is everything. He explains that one must take into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse his/her hard work and give the glory to others. Therefore by planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. So then, gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. Its evident from the massive revelations at the Commissions sittings that lack of careful and pragmatic planning was the bane of the nations appearance at the World Cup. According to the cosmology of the ancient Greek, the gods were thought to have complete vision into the future. They saw everything to come, right down to the intricate detail. Men, on the other hand, were seen as victims of fate, trapped in the moment and their emotions, unable to see beyond the immediate dangers. Those heroes, such as Odysseus, who were able to look beyond the present and plan several steps ahead, seemed to defy fate, to approximate the gods in their ability to determine the future. So do we see why the Commission has been turned into a weeping ground? Those appearing before it and weeping are perhaps lamenting their lack of foresight which is why we are where we are today. Must companies, agencies, individuals suffer from the lack of planning on the part of leaderships? I say no, and thats why I make the case for African origin Travel and Sports Tourism and others who invested their resources into the World Cup. For the records, Established in March 2000, African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism is Ghanas premier and number one accomplished company in the Sports Tourism market. Through its network of branches in Ghana thats, Accra, Kumasi and Sunyani, the company services the public request and the sports market offering a wide range of competitively priced accommodation and tours throughout the world. African Origin has been official Travel partner for the Ghana Olympic Committee and was the Ghana Olympic Committee and International Olympics Committee appointed Authorized Ticket Reseller for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as the Official ATR for Commonwealth Games in SCOTLAND 2014 The company was also appointed Official Ghana Olympic Committees ATR for Youth Olympics in China this month. Other achievements by African Origin include, organisation of 56 fanatics to support the Ghana Black Stars in Egypt for the AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS 2006, GFA accredited and authorized travel and hospitality partner for Ghanas participation at the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Germany 2006 (took Ghanaian fans and supporters), World Cup Germany 2006 by facilitating the largest number of visas approved by the German embassy to support the Ghana National team and organisation of over 500 supporters to support the Ghana Black Stars in South Africa the FIFA WORLD CUP 2010. Others are Organisation of over 100 supporters to support the Ghana Black Stars in the LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES 2012, organisation of over 75 supporters to support the Ghana Black Stars verses England friendly in 2012, agent for over 10 international major companies within 3 years, Official Travel Agent for the NATIONAL SUPPORTERS UNION of the Ministry of Education Science and Sports for the arrangement of VISAS, HOTEL and AIR TICKET during the All AFRICAN GAMES in ALGERIA, UNDER 17 WORLD CUP in South Korea and FIFA Womens World Cup in China, official Agent / Sponsor for King Faisal Football Club, official Travel partner for the Ghana National Supporters Union (GHANSU) 2004-2008 and GFA accredited and authorized travel and hospitality partner for Ghanas participation in CAF African Cup of Nations in Egypt, Angola, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea / Gabon. With these enviable achievements as a travel agent, it surely did not come as a surprise to anybody when African Origin was contracted by the World Cup Secretariat to help fly Ghanaian soccer fans to support the Black Stars in Brazil. The Chief Executive Office of African Origin, Mr. Samson Deen, appearing before the Commission to state his case regarding his role in flying fans to Brazil, debated that following his track record, he was not the least surprised when African Origin was contacted to provide professional advice to assist local organisers of the 2014 World Cup tournament towards ensuring a smooth outing by Ghana. After some interaction with now former Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, I was requested informally to submit proposals and later held meetings with Fred Darko at the direction and pleasure of the minister who subsequently invited me over to his office for discussions on the preparations he told the Commission. African Origin Travels fully complied with the requested requirements including submitting a detailed corporate profile and references, hospitality programme and budget for the requested services he adds. He told the Commission that his company was later to receive a formal invitation from the Ministry of Youth and Sports dated the 3rd of January 2014 to submit proposals to provide travel management services to Ghanas fans, supporters and officials for Brazil 2014. The minister and the Chairman of the Protocol and Supporters Welfare Committee of the ministerial organising team for Brazil 2014 Kwadwo Adu Asare, former MP for Adenta both called him on telephone; some three weeks later, to invite him to attend an interview at the Osu Castle on the 24th of January 2014. Which he did attend and made a power-point presentation. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Adu Asare. Mr. Deen told the Commission that his outfit received a letter dated 13th of March 2014,a month and half after the interview, congratulating and notifying him that African Origin Travel had been selected after evaluation processes undertaken by a technical team. My Lord, before this however, I had cause and concern to request to meet the minister and did meet him to discuss a number of relevant issues including media reports in which the minister was reported to announce plans I felt were difficult or almost impossible to implement. I did recommend cost saving measures including doing away with plans to set up fan parks, games village, cooking for supporters as well as the need to reduce the proposed thousands of supporters to a maximum of three hundred state sponsored supporters either directly or by the MOYS raising funds from corporate Ghana He adds. He said, subsequently, an aide to the minister, Larry Acheampong, called to inform him the minister wanted him to meet him at Akosombo on the 21st of March 2014. He honoured this invitation at the Volta Hotel for a meeting that lasted only for ten minutes during which he was officially informed that his company had been allocated 235 persons to be airlifted to Brazil, provide transfers in Brazil and hotel accommodation for same. My company on the 24th of March 2014 received a letter dated same day, and like most previous official letters, signed by the minister confirming African Origin Travels had been assigned the responsibility of airlifting the said number of 235 supporters to Natal,Fortaleza and Brasillia. He reveals. Mr. Deen told the Commission that late in March he was requested to submit a revised budget reflecting the reduction in the numbers from 500 or more to 235. I duly submitted the attached marked as Exhibit RB with a caution via email in response to one from the Project Coordinator, Fred Darko. That email sought to unilaterally vary the agreement reached at Akosombo by demanding a visit to Brazil to inspect the accommodation facilities my company had long secured before approval for payment. In these my emails in April I consistently drew attention to delays in signing the necessary MOUs and making payments and the fact that even though as an IATA member (i.e. International Air Travel Association) I could provide accommodation at anytime during the tournament, I was concerned that prices would increase with increasing demands for such facilities the more the payments delayed. He asserted. He said all emails from this point on were never replied neither were his telephone calls to the minister and his aides or assigns responded to. The minister called him on Sunday the 10th of May 2014 or thereabout informing him one Ben Nunoo Mensah was to contact him over the outstanding matters. Mr. Nunoo Mensahs preoccupation was to discuss with him how to distribute a newly allocated space for 300 supporters among 25 registered supporters groups known to his company. Nunoo Mensah also discussed how to secure visas for these supporters and MOYS dignitaries. By this time, his company had long procured visas for supporters groups including all those on the said list of 25. In fact, I all the while had been waiting for payments for this reviewed list for 300 supporters having submitted same to the minister upon request earlier in March 2014 he said. He laments that he was once again not contacted again, neither were his attempts to make contacts with the minister and his people successful. It was on June 3rd that Mr. Nunoo Mensah called him requesting another revised invoice for the much earlier agreed and assigned 235 persons. I honoured a call to meet the minister over this budget in his office by 2pm of the 4th of June 2014. I was, however, not attended to until about 5:40pm when the minister who appeared to be hurrying out of his office directed me and George Amoako of Kenpong Travel and Tours to discuss all outstanding matters with Mr. Joel Nettey, chairman of the subcommittee Brazil In Ghana. His excuse was that he was late to catch a flight for Brazil. I was assured payment would be made the next day by Mr. Nettey and his committee comprising Ben Nunoo Mensah, Fred Darko, Kwesi Bentum, Horace Ankrah, one Rebecca and Dentaa Amoateng Deen will add. He advanced that, the next day when all frantic attempts to reach any of the above failed, he was left with no option than to seek audience with the Chief of Staff. I counted myself extremely lucky to have had the chance after some bit of difficulty. He, Mr. Prosper Bani, was very disturbed to learn of the events which he felt an urgent action was needed to avoid potential hitches. I understand he held separate discussions with key members of the organising committee. On the 7th of June 2014, he held a second meeting with them together with representatives of all three travel and tour agencies with whom he discussed solutions to avoid an undesirable consequence especially upon learning that the said committee had accredited a total of about 700 persons for the tournament. He pointed out. Eventually as indicated in the Exhibit SUCCESS Series 1-7 attached hereto my company successfully flew out a total of 270 persons for the tournament on the 15th of June 2014 and brought them safely back to Ghana on the 27th of June 2014 he said. He adds, that African Origin applied to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for a total of 1,500 game tickets but they had 2000.00 USD worth of tickets delivered upon payment. We were promised 217 tickets which we paid for but this was not delivered. Attached hereto and marked Exhibit GT Series are receipts of the said payment. He stressed. My Lord, things seemed to happen in a manner and fashion that gave me reason to suspect a lot of the services I was engaged to provide had been pre-procured and that the organising team was up to games with me while I broke my back to comply with every demand and request from the team. He lamented. Mr. Deen then prayed the Commission for the recovery of 108,000.00 USD (being 400.00 USD per seat agreed profit margin), Recovery of GHC 59,722.74 (being the cost of a total of 217 tickets paid for but not delivered Unit price @ GHC 275.22), Loss of profits (due to delays in making payments on agreed times while cost of secured facilities rose), Lost time and business (deploying tools and machinery of company to focus on executing the special project to the total neglect of all potential businesses) and Legal fees (hiring the services of counsel to advice and assist in preparations to assist the commission) He stressed that I have given this account faithfully to the extent of my personal knowledge of events before, during and after the tournament. The account reveals a sad commentary of the processes from start to finish. Adding that, the difficulties, frustrations, stress, avoidable waste, and the near disgrace that would have occasioned relative to this aspect of the organisation, were largely self-inflicted and needless He recommended to the Commission for consideration that the state, acting through the MOYS, may have to divest itself of much of such processes and by compliance with the Procurement Act, more professionally engage the services of travel agents for this aspect of the organisation and timeously. The MOYS may also consider an outfit whatsoever called and howsoever to be constituted upon sufficient professional consultation, to coordinate and serve the supporters unions. It may put in measures to, among others; screen persons to more accurately account for same and avoid the national image-damaging occurrence of supporters turning Asylum seekers. He concludes. As I listened and write the account of African Origin and the other two travel agents, I can only hope that I dont hope against hopes, in the hope that lessons will be learnt, at worse from these and many more revelations at the Commission. For, it is becoming clear by the day that, in the matter of Ghanas participation at the World Cup in Brazil, the nation did not plan all the way to the end. And the African Origin story epitomizes the nations cosmology of the Brazil 2014 fisco. Writer is Sports/Political Freelance Journalist. Ashanti Regional Chairman, Ghana Journalists Association Lbukarson76@yahoo.com

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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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