10
Apr

Colombian kid bursts into tears upon meeting idol Radamel Falcao

Warning, you might want to get your Kleenex handy before watching. This video will surely make your heart melt.

Adding reason No. 1,234 why we love Radamel Falcao to the list.

Falcao, who tore his anterior crucial ligament back in January, is currently in Madrid rehabbing his left knee and remains hopeful of returning for Colombia before this summer’s World Cup. Yet, Falcao’s hectic schedule didn’t stop him from helping make a young fan’s dream come true.

Thanks to the Revel Foundation, Michael Steven, a 13-year-old aspiring footballer from Bogota, Colombia, met with the Colombian superstar in an emotional meeting that made the Monaco ace himself come to tears.

Michael, who admits to having over 130 photos and newspaper clippings of Falcao in his bedroom wall, cried uncontrollably upon setting eyes on “El Tigre” and refused to let go of his soccer idol with his mighty grip. Emotions run deep later in the clip when Michael touches Falcao’s knees (2:32), wishing for the striker’s speedy recovery to help Colombia’s World Cup hopes.

Pause. Reach. Grab. Tissue.

H/T: fundacionrevel.net

8
Apr

Pitbull, J-Lo unleash official Brazil World Cup anthem

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Well, it’s finally here. The official 2014 World Cup song, recorded by none other than Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. We have to admit we weren’t expecting “We Are One (Ole Ola)” to be quite so catchy. 

Then again, isn’t that the point of these songs? To make them so catchy that by the end of the group stage you’re ready to be committed to an insane asylum?

Although it might break the record for number of times the word “world” is used in a song, ‘Mr. Worldwide’ and J-Lo’s jam isn’t half bad. Time to brush up on your whistling!

Side note: We give a slight edge to Shakira’s unofficial anthem. Which do you prefer?

3
Apr

Pepsi releases melodious, star-studded World Cup commercial

Pepsi released its World Cup commercial for this summer and, unsurprisingly, plenty of stars make an appearance.

The ad follows around a Pepsi-wielding Brazilian teen, who creates a beat while causing mischief around town. Along the way, he runs into Lionel Messi, Kun Aguero, David Luiz, Jack Wilshere, Sergio Ramos and a really gray Robin van Persie, each of whom he would apparently much rather annoy than ask for an autograph or share a Pepsi with.

Seriously, how much of a jerk is this kid? Who goes around yanking on people’s newspapers, kicking people’s soccer balls down massive hills, and reaching over a bus driver’s shoulder to honk the horn? Where are your manners?!

Okay, so the beat is admittedly very catchy, and Janelle Monae does kill it with her cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” But we still prefer the way Pepsi used to do World Cup advertisements.

In 2002 and 2006, for instance, the sugarwater manufacturers had a selection of World Cup All-stars battle a team of Sumo wrestlers and Bavarian polka band, respectively. The prize being? Pepsi, of course:

2
Apr

Homer becomes referee in ‘The Simpsons’ World Cup episode

The long-anticipated Simpsons episode revolving around the 2014 World Cup finally aired this week, and it didn’t disappoint.

After Homer Simpson referees one of Lisa’s soccer games and aptly punishes her for diving, our favorite yellow, beer-bellied hero immediately gets called up to officiate the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

There, his resolve is tested by the theatrics of a player dubbed “El Divo,” who has a penchant for — you guessed it — diving, and bribing officials.

As you can see in the video above, though, Homer is not intimidated, showing the kind of toughness that would make referee legend Pierluigi Collina proud.

Among the games Homer officiates are both the opening match, played between hosts Brazil and — wait for it — Luxembourg (!), as well as the final, Brazil vs Germany. Ahead of the final, Homer again must resist the urge of taking bribes, this time to ensure that Brazil will win. Homer heroically declines, and as a result Germany come out 2-0 winners.

His performances clearly impressed legendary Spanish commentator Andrés Cantor:

24
Mar

Neymar and Gisele combine their powers for upcoming edition of Vogue

Vogue Brasil is putting together a special edition featuring supermodel Gisele Bundchen and soccer star Neymar that will hit stands in June — we’re guessing the big tournament happening that month might have something to do with it.

Coincidentally, Gisele was also featured on the cover of Vogue Brasil last June. This year’s version will probably be just as popular. Probably.

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20
Mar

FOX Soccer Exclusive: Julian Green opens up about decision to play for Team USA

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Editor’s note: Julian Green spoke to Ole Pongratz on Tuesday in Munich. This interview has been translated from German to English by FOX Soccer’s Thomas Hautmann.

Ole Pongratz: Reports in the United States said you were to be included in the US training camp ahead of the friendly against Mexico but you have said that this isn’t the case — yet. Can you explain?

Julian Green: Yes, Klinsmann wanted to invite me to the game against Mexico but because it is not an official international match, Bayern had to give me the clearance first. That [only] happened on Tuesday.

OP: Jurgen Klinmann has announced that you have chosen the United States and that you have handed in your request for the one-time association switch with FIFA. What can you tell us about that?

JG: Yes, that’s right: I have decided on the USA and I will play for them from here on out.

OP: And why did you choose the USA?

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17
Mar

Budweiser releases first promo for ‘Rise As One’

As anticipation builds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Budweiser released it’s first television spot entitled “Believe As One,” centered around the six-episode soccer series “Rise As One.”

Airing on FOX Sports 1 on March 25, “Rise As One” will showcase some of soccer most memorable and incredible tales in the run up to this summer’s extravaganza.

Click here for more information on “Rise As One.”