24
Apr

National teams have odd requirements for Brazil World Cup

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Is this how Portugal’s security will protect Ronaldo? (Image: Action)

It’s never easy to adjust to a new environment when you’re traveling the world. The importance of that adjustment is astronomical for teams at a World Cup. The pressure is on to perform, but how can players be expected to do so if they’re not comfortable?

Naturally, each team has some specific and downright weird demands ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

  • Portugal must have six private security guards, with FOUR of them dedicated to protecting Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ecuador requires a basket of Ecuadorian bananas every day in their rooms.
  • Uruguay wants silent air-conditioners in the players rooms.
  • France needs liquid soap, not bar soap, for proper bathing.
  • Honduras has to have faster WiFi.
  • Japan’s demands include a jacuzzi in every suite.

This is just a sample of the requirements released by Brazilian newspaper Lance. And we’re sure there are many more demands that we’ll never hear about (and probably don’t want to).

(H/T SB Nation)

24
Apr

Hang ten! Hurley unveils 2014 Phantom National Team boardshorts

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Just in time for this summer’s extravaganza in Brazil, Hurley unveiled their highly anticipated 2014 Phantom National Team boardshorts. And we must admit, they’re spectacular.

In conjunction with their “Fly the Flag” campaign, the ultra lightweight Phantom collection are aligned with the Brazil, France and United States’ national team kits which Nike released earlier this year. The colorways are truly similar that you have to seem them for yourself:

USA’s red, white and blue:

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La Verde-Amarela’s verison:

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And France’s iconic Gallic rooster:

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And the fun doesn’t stop there. Aside from their hip design, the Phantom boardshorts are made from an average 12 recycled plastic water bottles, demonstrating Hurley’s support for environmental protection. To date, more than 50 million plastic water bottles repurposed into Hurley’s signature boardshorts.

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“We try to bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world,” said Hurley Creative Director Ryan Hurley in a released statement. “Connecting the competitive passion for sport and country, through Phantom Innovation, is what this project is all about. I feel very fortunate to be a small part of such an inspirational moment for the world’s best.

Starting on May 1, you can go straight from the beach to the stadium in these beauties.

Images provided by Hurley.

10
Apr

Pele diamond statues created from his own DNA

Yes, this is really a thing.

For the bargain price of $7,500 you can now own a special World Cup souvenir — a diamond figurine made of diamonds that actually contain DNA extracted from Pele’s hair.

A total of 1,238 of these special edition statues will be available for purchase, one for each goal Pele is said to have scored in his legendary career.

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?

8
Apr

Brazil manager forbids ‘acrobatic’ sex during World Cup

Every World Cup, it becomes the talking point amongst players and media members. No, not starting lineups or formations, weather or field conditions. Sex.

Yes, the idea of players bringing their girlfriends or wives along to the world’s biggest tournament has been ‘hotly’ debated for decades. Could they be a distraction to the players, perhaps even “tire” them out ahead of the games? Or would a little “stress relief” actually be beneficial? You know, clear the mind among other things. These are excellent questions that every national team manager has had to address.

As the host nation, Brazil is facing the most pressure to perform this summer, so sex was naturally one of the topics manager Luiz Felipe Scolari had to answer recently. And he gave a fantastic answer:

“The players can have normal sex during the World Cup. Usually normal sex is done in balanced way, but there are certain forms, certain ways and others who do acrobatics. And that, no,” Scolari replied at a press conference in Lisbon on Monday.

"We will put limits and survey the players.”

So close the Kama Sutra, Thiago Silva. No diving in the bedroom, Neymar. Rules are rules.

H/T Pies

5
Apr

Brazuca travels the world with six cameras inside of it

We found out late last year that Brazuca, the official match ball for the 2014 World Cup, was beloved by many. Just one day in Brazil proved that. We love it, too.

This Monday, adidas will begin to share a truly unique perspective of the beautiful game through what they have dubbed “Brazucam.” A specially created ball with six HD cameras inside of it will capture moments across the world in a way we’ve never seen before.

If this is even half as cool as we’re expecting, you won’t want to miss out on the journey. We can’t wait.

H/T Soccer Bible

4
Apr

Jon Stewart gushes after Pele gives him a 1970 World Cup jersey

Even heroes have heroes of their own. Brazilian superstar Pelé opened up about his idol — Dondinho, his father — on The Daily Show last night.

Pelé reflected on the first time he saw his father cry, back in 1950.

"[I saw my father crying], and I asked him, ‘Why are you crying?’

'Brazil lost the World Cup.'

'I'm going to win one World Cup for you, don't worry.'”

Yeah, he fulfilled that promise (and then some).

And from Jon Stewart’s reaction to the extraordinary gift the Brazilian legend gave him, it’s safe to say Pelé is one of his idols:

We feel you, Jon.

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:

29
Mar

Pele, CR7 fight for fans’ affection in airline ad

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It’s always humbling to find oneself in the presence of greatness. But what if two equally-great stars happen to be on the same flight?

Emirates Airline explores that very scenario in a new advertisement that comes just in time for the World Cup.

In the ad, Cristiano Ronaldo emerges from a fancy first-class bathroom and walks over to the even fancier onboard bar, when he overhears two fellow passengers whispering to each other. Cracking a smile, Ronaldo figures they’re talking about him like two giggly schoolgirls. But when the two talk about the “three World Cups” he’s won, the Portuguese star suddenly realizes he was mistaken. At that moment, the great Pele appears, smirking all the way as if to say “Calm down, rookie. They’re here for me.”

But to show that Emirates “connect all football fans,” no matter who they might adore, a third, younger passenger appears and asks for a picture with Ronaldo, presumably not recognizing the great Pele, which is absurd. The two legends smile at each other like, coming to the understanding that “hey, we are both so awesome.”

And then they all fly off to Brazil together, happily ever after. Because who wouldn’t be if they can afford a seat on that ostentatious airbus!

Watch the ad below: