• FIFA 2014: Spain Sent Packing!

    Spain FlagJust after two games Spain’s World Cup defence came to a crashing end, as they suffered a 2-0 to Chile at the Maracana. First half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz were enough to hand Chile a deserved win, confirming the first two teams to exit the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    Having earlier lost to the Netherlands, Australia joined Spain as the first of two teams to book their tickets back home. Six points each for the Dutch and Chile mean that neither Spain nor Australia could surpass their points tally. (more…)

  • Match Report: Brazil vs. Mexico 0:0

    Flag of BrazilFortaleza- Brazil and Mexico kicked-off the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stages with a 0-0 draw on an evening where Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa stole the show.

    Ochoa is a new free-agent after leaving French side Ajaccio upon its relegation to the Ligue 2. Ochoa is linked is linked with multiple potential moves to English Premier League, showed why so many clubs are interested in the 28 year-old Mexican’s signature.  (more…)

  • Fifa Report: 4:0 Germany vs. Portugal

    GermanyThe first hat-trick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup courtesy of Thomas Müller led Germany to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening group game.

    Portugal led by two time world player of the year Cristiano Ronlado, were clearly outplayed and their chances of winning were compounded by a first half red card from Pepe.

    What happened to Portugal?

    Pepe is no stranger to red cards and moments of madness but even by his standards, picking up a first half red card in a world cup match against Germany is ridiculous. In an off-the-ball incident, in plain sight of the referee, Pepe swooped down to head-butt Germany’s Thomas Müller who had moments earlier gone down a little softly, clutching his face following a flailing arm from Pepe. Joey Barton who is no stranger to controversy on the pitch tweeted: (more…)

  • Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador

    Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador @ WikipediaSalvador, Brazil’s first capital city will welcome the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the new purpose-built Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova. Also known as Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, it was built for the 2013 Confederations Cup and Subsequently this year’s World Cup.

    History of Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador

    In 2013, the brewery Itaipava from Grupo Petropolis, signed the naming rights of the new arena “Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova” under a sponsorship agreement until the year 2023, amounting to US$ 100 million. This was the first naming rights agreement signed to 2014 World Cup stadiums. (more…)

  • Spain vs Netherlands – 5 star revenge

    Spain vs. NetherlandsSao Paulo – We are all familiar with the saying ‘revenge is best served as a cold dish,’ we however did not expect Netherlands to execute so well, with a spectacular 5-1 demolition of defending world champions Spain.

    Revenge of the 2014 World Cup Final

    Lead by veteran’s Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, the pair scored a brace each as they celebrated one of Holland’s most famous victories in the tournaments history. In a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, majority of fans expected a cagey affair. What followed was described as ‘”inexplicable” by Holland’s captain, Van Persie. (more…)

  • Arena Pernambuco in Recife

    Arena Pernambuco in Recife @ WikipediaItaipava Arena Pernambuco is located in the city of Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, a north-eastern state in Brasil. The stadium is co-owned by the state of Pernambuco and a private consortium. Its name stems from the sale of naming rights to beer company Itaipava.

    The city of Recife is the home of three historic Brazilian teams in the shape of Nautico, Santa Cruz and Sport. The big stadium of Itaipava Arena Pernambuco is however, the home of six-time state champions Clube Nautico Capibaribe, also known as Náutico. Náutico, as of 2013, is competing in the Serie A, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. (more…)