• 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…)

  • 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…)

  • Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba

    Arena Pantanal in CuiabaArena Pantanal is a multi-purpose stadium that was built to serve as one the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Estádio José Fragelli (Verdão), which served as the main football stadium for the city of Cuiabá.

    History of Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba

    Estádio José Fragelli was demolished in 2010, with work on the new stadium commencing later that year. Due to its Location adjacent to the region of Pantanal, which is known for its rich fauna and flora, sustainability heavily influenced all aspects of the stadium. This attempt to preserve the surrounding environment as best as possible, created some challenges for organisers and added to delays in stadium construction. (more…)

  • Arena Corinthians / Arena de São Paulo

    Arena Corinthians / Arena de São PauloLocated in the East Zone of São Paulo, Arena de São Paulo is the new home of Brazilian giants Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and the venue of six mouth-watering football clashes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The arena is also known as the Arena Corinthians and Arena de Itaquera.

    The city of São Paulo has a strong and fierce passion for the beautiful game. For a very long time Sport Club Corinthians Paulista was the only club in the city that did not own a stadium that matched its size and had the necessary infrastructure. With the announcement of this year’s World Cup, Corinthians fortunes changed as the erection of Arena de São Paulo became a necessity for the host city. (more…)

  • FIFA Opening Game: Brazil vs. Croatia

    FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014After four years, 820 qualifying matches involving over 202 teams, the nation synonymous with the beautiful game is finally ready to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the build up to the tournament marred in controversy, one can expect the protests to be replaced with passionate support of the national team. The protests have been legitimate as Brazil looks to host the most expensive World Cup in history, at a time when the people feel the funds could be used to improve service delivery and infrastructure of the country.

    Brazil – A nation full of hope

    Coming off the back of a successful Confederations Cup 12 months ago, the Brazilian national team restored their identity. With an impressive 3-0 victory over world and European champions Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup public belief returned to its high expectant norms. (more…)