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World Cup: stage is set
December 19 , 2013

The 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa came with the thrills, the ecstatic fans, the dance, the jaw-dropping dribbles, the memories and above all the honey-beebuzzing and deafening sound of the Vuvuzela. The Vuvuzela became a kind of monument at that particular competition and the whole world could not but notice how rich Africa is with culture, color and glamour. All that is now in the past as the attention of the whole world is being directed to the South American-continent-country, Brazil—host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fans were offered a glimpse during the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup and also during the final round of qualifiers. With the high expectation, fabulous form of players and the adequate preparation being put in place for the showdown, the stage is almost set for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Though it’s still six months away, preparations are already in top gear within the ranks of the teams that qualified for the competition. The various Football Associations, the Administrators and the players are not leaving any stone unturned in a desire to write their names in the annals of history when the competition officially flags off in 2014.

Following the round of qualifiers and play-offs, in which 200 countries battled each other for slots available at the global tournament, only 32 teams were successful in their quest to hoist their flag in Brazil. The round of qualifiers ended when Uruguay picked the last slot out of the six slots allotted to South America by defeating Jordan in a two-legged playoff showdown on September 20, 2013. At the end of it all, 32 teams were ably represented; from Europe came 13 countries, 6 nations were victorious from the continent of South America including the host Brazil, 5 teams are coming from the continent that hosted the last World cup, Africa; Asian Nations presented 4 teams and 4 also came from the North American nations.

Here’s the list of countries that made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup: from Africa we have Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. Teams from Asia are Australia, Iran, Japan and Korea Republic. The giants from Europe are Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. 

North and Central America presented the following teams; Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and USA. And the host continent South America has Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay. 

For all football fans globally, June 12, 2014 will be the most expected day, as it’s the day the world’s most prestigious and biggest tournament, the World Cup, will kick-start. As the fans countdown, watch and analyze the chances of the 32 teams for the trophy, it does not matter the team that carry the cup, we just want to enjoy the best of football in the land of the Samba boys. See you in Rio.

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Overs      Reply     2014-06-22 12:12:27     

We like over here, Waves, offense...both in our mirtlaiy and in ours sports (sadly)---defense just does not move us very much at all. So, when we have a baseball game that has a final score of 1-0, we are bored and consider the games a failure, because there were not homeruns, and mega-scoring bursts to hold our interest. And in basketball, we’d rather see a run-and-gun type game, where each team scores over a hundred points, than a defensive struggle, where 80 points wins the day. I really think it’s our short attention spans...that’s why we play video games instead of reading a book---with a book, you might have to wait 200 hundred pages for the denouement, where with stupid video games, something/someONE is killed every 2.5 seconds, so the reward is instantaneous, though of dubious value. And we have 200 hundred tv channels on our cable tvs, so we flip channeles ceaselessly...this way, something exciting pops up on our screens every 10 seconds (and when we finally do flip back to that basketball game, someone will almost certainly score within 10 seconds of our return, so there! We have our stellar offensive moment!). And soccer, sadly, is a game of strategy, and long-term goals. Feint..feint...feint...and eventually, maybe once a game, or twice, you will deceive and beat your opponent, and score the winning goal. But it takes long periods of time....two 45 minute halves (is that spelled right?? Oy, I’m asking a very smart person who knows 5-6 languages how to spell something in my own langauge!! :)...and the score might end 1-nil, or 2-1. We do not have the patienece, as a nation, to sit around and wait 1.5 hours for something of an offensive nature to happen, in our games. It’s very sad, really...the World cup games are the most exciting event!! :) Anywways, I don’t want to sound too down on my countrymen...there are some very good things over here, of course, as well. Does any of this make sense?? :) Chris R.


Caitlynn      Reply     2014-06-21 21:50:11     

I don’t think so. Most sport games don’t get upgraded too much in the next game up eecxpt for graphics, teams, and sometimes skills, features, options, etc.You won’t be missing out on too much. Wait if you really want to, but there isn’t anything worth waiting for.


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