As the world’s most popular sporting event unfolds and everyone suddenly becomes an expert (or wants to be) on the subject here are a few tips to keep you up to par and hold a conversation on the subject. First of all, the major sporting event is of course the FIFA World Cup which is the game of soccer or football if you prefer but definitely not the Super Bowl!
The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. Here is what you need to know…
1/ Soccer has been around since the 16th Century and its played by kicking the ball hence the name, which makes me think that American Football would be better named as throwball!
2/ New to this World Cup are goal line technology and vanishing line spray which will be used by a referee to mark where the ball needs to be placed for a free kick and the 10 yard line where defenders have to be behind at the free kick.
3/ Each country starts in a group of 4 and play each other in that group. The top 2 from each group then move forward to the next round where if you lose the game you are eliminated.
4/ There is big money at stake as follows: Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants will receive US$1.5 million for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money will be distributed as follows:
• US$8 million – To each team eliminated at the group stage (16 teams)
• US$9 million – To each team eliminated in the round of 16 (8 teams)
• US$14 million – To each team eliminated in the quarter-finals (4 teams)
• US$20 million – Fourth placed team
• US$22 million – Third placed team
• US$25 million – Runner up
• US$35 million –Winner
Talking of big money here are the costs to put on the event
Costs of latest World Cups
Host General cost
Brazil (2014) US$14 billion (1st)
Germany (2006) $6 billion (2nd)
Korea / Japan (2002) $5 billion (3rd)
South Africa (2010) $4 billion (4th)
France (1998) $340 million (5th)
USA (1994) $30 million (6th)
5/ The favorite to win is Brazil followed by Germany, Argentina and Spain. Last world cup winners were Spain at a final in Johannesburg, South Africa where they beat the Netherlands 1-0
6/ The word cup final will be broadcast to 200 countries and 3.2 billion people around the world watched the last World Cup final, nearly half the planet’s population.
7/This years final will be played on July 13th 2014 in Rio de Janeiro which has a population of 6.3 million people so imagine the traffic jams!
8/ The 2010 tournament saw a total of 145 goals in 64 games for an average of 2.3 per game.
9/ for our Northern hockey fans that might be reading this, Canada qualified once back in 1986
10/ Brazil is the only nation to have claimed five World Cup trophies, and it’s no exaggeration to say that soccer is a pillar of national identity, the glue that binds the nation. During times when the country was struggling and there was little cause for patriotism, soccer spurred the wealthiest and the most downtrodden to set aside their worries and wave the country’s flamboyant green and yellow colors.
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