Let the games begin. [x]
The World Cup 2014 Draw.
A - Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
B - Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
C - Colombia, Greece, Cote d’Ivoire, Japan
D - Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
E - Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
F - Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
G - Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
H - Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
Clearly the Garbage song “I’m Only Happy When it Rains” was written about Lukas Poldoski
(Is a Garbage reference too obscure for tumblr? I think it is)
Someone has hacked the Emmanuel Eboue wikipedia page and removed almost all of the goals he scored in his time at Arsenal. This is a tragedy!
This ridiculous volley from Vancouver Whitecaps Camilo Sanvezzo was just named as the MLS Goal Of The Year. Watch and enjoy.
Introducing Brazuca, the 2014 FIFA World Cup match ball!
Experience the World Cup like never before, follow @brazuca on Twitter and see the 2014 FIFA World Cup through the eyes of the match ball!
In a move that marks the Italian denim brand’s debut into the tailoring arena, Replay will provide off-field official uniforms to the FC Barcelona soccer team for the next four years. For More
I wasn’t aware Barcelona was up on the latest in Canadian fashion
Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said.
A sad story that is unfortunately not all that uncommon in the construction of stadiums in countries hosting the World Cup.
Celtic’s Green Brigade Ultras have gotten the club in UEFA’s sights again after these banners were displayed before the Bhoys played AC Milan in Champions League action last night at Celtic Park.
According to UEFA, banners may not be displayed if they contain messages or “gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious offensive or provocative nature.”
Celtic, who had a magical run in last year’s Champions League, have not faired anywhere near as well in this season’s campaign, holding only three points after five match days. They will not advance into knockout play nor enter into Europa Cup competition. It remains to be seen what this banner display may cost the club in terms of UEFA sanctions.
In 200 Days, World Cup dreams become reality
Since we mentioned the World Cup Draw taking place on 6 December, there’s a simulator available for hours and hours of entertainment. Above is one of the ones I just made.
Here are the 32 nations that will compete for the World Cup in Brazil next summer:
- The Netherlands
- The United States
- Ivory Coast
- South Korea
- Costa Rica
Other than the obvious favorites, is there any nation you see making a run out of the group stages and into the knockout rounds? Can Uruguay recapture their magic to get back to the semi-finals? Will Spain’s world dominance continue? Can Brazil win on their home soil? Will Lionel Messi have a huge moment in a World Cup?
There are a lot of questions as we head towards the group draw on December 6th.
"Sam The Eagle" Pellegrini, mashed up by Ben Somner. The resemblance is striking.
Exploitation and Abuse, Qatar 2022
“I have not seen a single slave in Qatar. I don’t know where those reports come from. I have been to Qatar many times and therefore have a different view, which, I believe, is more realistic." - Franz Beckenbaurer
Franz, it might be time to rethink that position. The ongoing exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar is an established fact at this point, and a recent report by Amnesty International further confirms what we already knew: Qatar is a nation whose explosive growth has been based on the systemic exploitation of migrant workers. Whether it’s the latest hotel in Doha, a man-made luxury island, or a stadium fit for a World Cup Final, odds are, it’s been built on the back of a maltreated and underpaid slave workforce.
Here are some highlights from Amnesty International’s report:
- There are 1.35 million foreign nationals working in Qatar
- Migrant workers now make up some 94 per cent of the total workforce in the country
- 90% had their passports held by their employers
- 56% did not have a government health card, essential to access public hospitals
- 21% “sometimes, rarely or never” received their salary on time
- 20% got a different salary than had been promised
- 15% worked in a different job to the one promised
And that’s just scratching the surface.