24
Mar

Four years after Waka Waka, Shakira releases Brazil World Cup song

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you had to see this one coming.

Between the popularity of her 2010 World Cup anthem, "Waka Waka," her love of the sport and her devotion to footballer Gerard Pique, Shakira was bound to become musically involved in the upcoming tournament in Brazil. Even if FIFA already selected Pitbull for this year’s “official” World Cup song.

Behold: “La La La,” the Colombian singer’s unofficial song for the World Cup.

To come up with this upbeat jam, Shakira re-worked her new song “Dare,” adding in soccer-specific lyrics like, “Hear the whistle, kick the ball.” 

Alright, so it’s not particularly clever. But it’s rather catchy, so it’s almost a certainty that we’ll all be sick of it by the end of the World Cup.

28
Feb

England fans petition to ban Tom Cleverley from World Cup

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It turns out that Manchester United fans aren’t the only ones that have been unimpressed by midfielder Tom Cleverley this season.

The 24-year-old was selected by Roy Hodgson in the 30-man squad for the Three Lions’ friendly against Denmark next week. England fans immediately made their feelings known.

The online petition, which says Cleverley doesn’t possess any genuine qualities whatsoever,” has almost reached 5,000 signatures in just a couple of days.

Ouch.

6
Feb

Here’s an image of the special World Cup seats for obese fans

As we reported almost a year ago, all 12 stadiums hosting World Cup matches in Brazil this summer are required to offer seats for fans struggling with obesity (at least 1% of the stadium’s capacity, according to Brazilian law). It is the first World Cup to hold this requirement.

And on Thursday, Bloomberg news reporter Tariq Panja gave us hard proof this is in fact a real thing. The picture of the seat above was taken at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

According to Panja, obese fans will also be entitled to a 50 percent discount on match tickets. Fifty! Can you believe that? Almost encourages you to gain a few pounds, no? Fans from around the world can apply for these seats and the discount, under one condition: they must have a body mass index of 30 or higher, and be able to prove it with a note from their doctor.

You know who’s very happy about this? This guy:

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30
Nov

Brazilian babies to receive free World Cup ball

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Sounds like official World Cup supplier Adidas will be a big hit at baby showers this week. According to the Associated Press, all babies born in the World Cup host nation this coming Tuesday will receive a free soccer ball!

Tuesday, of course, is the day Adidas unveils the new official World Cup ball, and the company says that the special giveaway is part of a marketing campaign based on the notion that every Brazilian is born with a soccer ball “by its feet.”

Next year’s World Cup ball is called the Brazuca, an informal word that represents national pride.

Adidas said Friday that parents of every baby born on the designated day will be entitled to redeem a Brazuca on Dec. 6 and 7 at sites in all 12 host cities, provided they present the child’s birth certificate.

10
Sep

How can Mexico defeat the United States in Columbus?

Crew Stadium functions as a venue of reckoning for Mexico. It isn’t necessary right now. At this tender point in El Tri’s existence, a dash of reality isn’t required. Every player understands the increasingly complicated and dire situation in the wake of a 2-1 home defeat to Honduras on Friday and José Manuel de la Torre’s departure.

Rejuvenation and revival are required now to push aside the events of the past and start planning for Brazil next summer. The first step toward recovery involves procuring a result in Columbus, the capital of Ohio and the center of Mexico’s American nightmares during the past three journeys through the Hexagonal.

Dos a cero occurs reflexively when Mexico steps between the lines in this haunted ground. The seemingly preordained result meanders along a different path in each instance (Rafa Márquez’s continued indiscipline provides one more common thread) without straying from the inevitable conclusion at the final whistle.

Another two-goal setback isn’t inevitable, though. Mexico can break its duck in Columbus. As Honduras can attest in the aftermath of its triumph at Estadio Azteca, the past does not dictate the present. It won’t be easy for El Tri to contradict its prolonged run of poor form to collect a famous victory, but it could dispel the mysticism surrounding this hostile road venue forever if it adheres and upholds a few selected principles on Tuesday night.

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26
Jul

Bob Bradley Discusses Time in Egypt on ‘The Daily Show’

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After Bob Bradley was sacked as head coach of the United States Men’s National Team in late 2011, no one was quite sure where he would end up. Some suggested Mexico, others saw England as a likely destination, while still others made outlandish claims that he would find work in the Caribbean. But even as rumors grew more and more unbelievable, not a single person mentioned Egypt.

Two years and a nearly-finished World Cup Qualification cycle later, Bradley has Egypt on the verge of qualification for Brazil. We’ve previously discussed Bradley’s experiences in Egypt, but it’s entirely another thing to hear about them from the man himself.

Bradley recently sat down with The Daily Show’s John Oliver to discuss the Port Said Massacre, the reality of coaching in a foreign country, and Jon Stewart’s soccer skills.

Check out the interview below:

19
Jul

10 Questions: Jozy Altidore talks Premier League, Di Canio and more

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By Leander Schaerlaeckens, FOXSoccer.com

On July 5, Jozy Altidore sealed his transfer from AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands to Sunderland of the Barclays Premier League. The Black Cats will be the 23-year-old’s seventh club. His reported transfer fee of $13 million broke his own American record of the $10 million Villarreal paid the New York Red Bulls in 2008. On Friday, FOX Soccer caught up with Altidore to chat about his transfer and the reasoning behind the move:

FOX Soccer: During your last spell in the Premier League with Hull City in the 2009-10 season, you faced a steep learning curve. Do you think you’re better prepared this time around?

Jozy Altidore: “I don’t think it’s about being better prepared. Looking back on it, I think I was the number one striker on that team, not the greatest team in the world, I was always going to be up against it. It wasn’t easy. Now I’ve played in Europe more, I think I’m a little bit of a different type of player now than I was when I was 19 years old.”

FS: You matured rapidly with AZ. How did that help shape your career?

JA: “Just being there and training every single player day was good, you learned every single day. It was a really good two years for me, in every aspect. Just becoming a target man became a bit more natural for me.”

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11
Jul

Debate of Mexican naturalization reignites old arguments

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Photo: FOXSports.com

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

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Every sentence out of José Manuel de la Torre carries the potential to infuriate at the moment, but the Mexico manager’s current stance on the prospect of including nationalized players in his squad will likely provoke genuine anger in some quarters.

The idea of allowing naturalized citizens – usually defined in this case as imports with no familial ties to the country – to play for El Tri sparks vociferous debate every time the topic emerges. It did when Guillermo Franco, Antonio Naelson Sinha and Vicente Matías Vuoso earned a place in the team. It does now when the possibility of including Christian Giménez (a player who has already declared his willingness to turn out for Mexico), Lucas Lobos and Lucas Silva in a future squad rises to the fore.

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12
Jun

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva as…a soccer player!?

It’s a good thing Anderson Silva chose to pursue mixed martial arts as a kid, and not a soccer career like 99% of Brazilians.

The defending UFC middleweight champion’s brute strength and temper (we’re just assuming here, please don’t hurt us) just wouldn’t translate well to the soccer pitch, as this funny Brazilian TV spot points out.

In a “what if” montage, Silva is seen botching kicks into the stands, revenge-tackling opponents left and right, even refusing to get subbed off the field. In the process, he dooms the Selecao’s World Cup hopes, becomes a national scape goat and, best of all, gets smacked upside the head by the great Pele.

Yup, good thing you stuck to fighting, Anderson!

Source: Vivo