Ole Ola! FIFA Football World Cup fever grips the world

Put your flags up in the sky (put them in the sky)
And wave them side to side (side to side)
Show the world where you’re from (show them where you’re from)
Show the world we are one (one love, life)

Ole ole ole ola
Ole ole ole ola
Ole ole ole ola
Ole ole ole ola

Are you chanting the official FIFA World Cup 2014 anthem sung by J-Lo and Pitbull? Or are you a bit disappointed with this year’s anthem and are instead dancing to the beats of Shakira’s latest number La La La. Or you are amongst the millions who believe that Ricky Martin’s Cup of Life (Here we go, Ale Ale Ale) is the best soccer anthem ever.

Guys, the countdown for the FIFA World Cup 2014 (June 12-July 13) has begun. And all roads lead to Brazil…the Football Pilgrimage where every street corner and beach is abuzz with the dribbling and kicking of FOOTBALL.

The football bug has smitten even the not-so-crazy soccer fans. And why not? 32 countries are fighting it out for the coveted trophy. So, who do you think is going to win? Will the reigning champions Spain be able to defend their title? Or will the hosts Brazil make a record sixth win on July 13 at the Marcana Stadium, the venue for the finals. You cannot count out Germany who are eyeing their fourth title or Argentina which has stars like Lionel Messi. 

Portugal is being called the dark horses of the game banking on the firepower of their captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal star was awarded last year’s Ballon d’Or (World player of the year) for his dazzling achievements in 2013. But can he take his team to the finals? We’ll know very soon.

Besides being etched forever in history, it will also rain money on the world champions. The winning team will be awarded $35 million by FIFA, soccer’s governing body. Another interesting fact: Beer sales this world cup is estimated at $816 million! That’s a whopping figure, right! Know more such interesting facts in the presentation below:

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With just a day to go, Brazil is racing against time to make the perfect arrangements. But all is not so well, it seems. First the strike by bus drivers, then the threat of dengue fever and then the controversy of match fixing. Brazil’s indigenous tribes too took to streets in protest against FIFA legislation. Dressed in traditional headdress and armed with bows and arrows, they carried signs reading “FIFA NO. DEMARCATION YES.” The riot police tried to disperse the protesters with volleys of tear gas sparking clashes between the two. The presentation below shows in pictures the anti-world cup sentiment amongst tribes and some locals:

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The World Cup will begin June 12 when hosts Brazil meet Croatia in their Group A clash at the 70,00-seat Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo. We are very excited and are sure you are too. If you have some favorite soccer world cup moments to share with us or a prediction who will win (remember Paul the Octopus!), do share them with us by creating your own presentation and sharing it on authorSTREAM. 

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One Comment

  1. The World Cup started and people are roaring because of excitement. It is such a popular event that I have seen discussions about it across various social media channels for several days already. Just have to wait to know who will get to bring home the bacon.

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