• 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…)

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Squads

    2014 FIFA World Cup Squads - SpainAll 32 participating nations at 2014 FIFA World Cup have announced their final squads. With unfortunate pre-tournament causalities ruling out the likes of Italy’s Riccardo Montolivo not everyone’s place was safe. Final squad announcements have come with their surprises, disappointments and some seemingly never ageing veterans. Below is a complete group-by-group guide of the final FIFA World Cup squads. Let´s see who will make it to this years final and win the glory World Cup. (more…)

  • Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre

    Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto AlegreOfficially named Estádio José Pinheiro Borda, better known as Estadio Beira-Rio, is the biggest stadium in the south of Brazil and has a very rich history with the people of Porto Alegre. The stadium is the home of Internacional, arch-rivals to their Porto Alegre neighbours Gremio.

    History of Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre

    In 1956, the city of Porto Alegre donated the site on which Estadio Beira-Rio is located. The site is near the Guaiba river, giving rise to the mean of the stadium’s name in Portuguese, Riverside Stadium. The site had to be initially drained before construction could begin. Construction only began in 1959 due to the financial difficulties that Internacional was experiencing at the time. Internacional therefore relied heavily on their fans for contributions of building materials.  (more…)

  • Arena Amazônia in Manaus

    Arena Amazônia in Manaus
    Built to serve as one of the host venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Arena Amazônia has drawn a lot of attention in the run up to the tournament. The impressive stadium was built as a replacement of the city’s old main stadium, Vivaldão stadium.  (more…)