• Arena da Baixada in Curitiba

    Arena da Baixada in Curitiba Officially named Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, commonly referred to as Arena da Baixada, is the home of Atlético Paranaense. The stadium is situated in the Água Verde neighborhood of Curitiba, Paraná.

    The name stems from Joaquim Americo Guimaraes who was the founder of Internacional Football Club, which later would become today’s Clube Atletico Paranaense. Atletico Paranaense own and carry out all operations at the stadium. (more…)

  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • 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…)