• 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 @ Wikipedia

    Salvador, 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 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…)