5
Jul

What’s in a name? Brazilian boy named after multiple French legends

Being named after one of your parent’s heroes is hardly a new phenomenon.

World Cup hero James Rodriguez was famously named after fictional secret agent “James Bond,” while soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) was named after American inventor Thomas Edison. So, it’s a normal practice, we’re sure you will agree.

However, being named after five — yes, FIVE — separate legends?That seems a bit much.

It is, however, every day life for seven-year-old Brazilian youngster Zidane. Or, to give him his full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos.

Phew!

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The boy’s father, Petrucio Santos, is to blame for the 10-word-strong name. With Zidane born so soon after France’s victory over Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, Petrucio showed his appreciation and love of the country the way he felt best.

Petrucio, a shopkeeper from Maceio, told G1:

"I was won over by the friendliness of French people. I decided to learn the language to be able to speak it without sounding ridiculous if I visit again!"

Spare a thought for little Zidane though, who doesn’t even know most of his own name. "I don’t know [the rest of my names] yet. I never learned them," said the confused young boy.

As well as Zidane, Henry and Barthez, Petrucio included tributes to Eric Cantona and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari — Silva Santos being the family name.

When asked which player he’d prefer to be named after, it wasn’t Neymar, David Luiz or Thiago Silva on the young lad’s lips.

"I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo," little Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierr … ahh, we give up.

(HT: G1 Globo)

5
Jul

World Cup Diary: Nation’s hope, apprehension continues for another day

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RIO DE JANEIRO —

The scene at the Delirio Carioca Bar, tucked away on a side road behind the Copacabana Beach, was replicated all over Rio de Janeiro. Friends and neighbors gathered round televisions on street corners or in what they call “pe sumo bars” — it literally means dirty foot bar in a nod to being homely and unpretentious — out in the open air as they summoned all the goodwill they could muster in the name of the Selecao. It wasn’t a cross-section of life. It was all life; From babies to grandparents and everyone in between, decked out in yellow and green and drenched with a heady combination of hope and apprehension.

Buses by the side of the road were parked up, bumper to bumper, stalled for the duration of the game as drivers got out to join in this vital communal moment. There was nobody to take anywhere anyway. Everyone stopped. Friday in Rio was an official World Cup day. A national holiday is declared either when Brazil play a home game, or when there is a World Cup match on at the Maracana. So this was a double reason for the city to give itself in completely to this tournament.

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20
Jun

World Cup Day 9: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Well, it’s official: the United States are still very much alive at the World Cup while England and Spain have already crashed and burned after just nine days of competition.

Meanwhile, CONCACAF is 4-1-2 through the first half of the group stage, and Costa Rica is one of the first four teams to advance to the Round of 16. Just like we all predicted.

Yup, it’s certainly been a strange — and impossibly fun — tournament. Check out the best tweets of the day in our latest installment of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:”

THE GOOD

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Heading into the World Cup, most folks felt that the UEFA representatives would struggle in Brazil while picking South American teams to thrive in the tropical conditions. That’s certainly been true to an extent, but it seems we all overlooked the real story: CONCACAF.

Not anymore. Now that Costa Rica has shocked the world (twice), this World Cup could become CONCACAF’s finest hour. With Mexico and the United States enjoying favorable odds of joining Los Ticos in the Round of 16, we could see three nations from CONCACAF advance past the group stage for the first time in history:

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27
May

Adidas stages public demolition of France’s 2010 World Cup bus

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France’s last World Cup campaign will forever live on in infamy.

Aside from losing all three of their group games in South Africa, the team notoriously walked out on manager Raymond Domenech and boycotted practice following the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka and a training-ground dust-up between Patrice Evra and an assistant coach. The players’ revolt shamed an entire nation, spelled the end of Domenech’s reign, and curtailed the international careers of several members of the squad.

Monday, in an effort to eradicate the ghosts of Knysna - the site of France’s forsaken South Africa camp - adidas came up with a clever ploy: demolish a replica of the very bus the players so infamously boarded in protest four years ago.

Check it out:

Brilliant!

All that was missing was Anelka, Evra and maybe a few others from the disgraced squad occupying the bus, but we shall see in a few weeks’ time whether or not this will bring France better fortune in Brazil.

2
May

Series Recap: ‘Rise as One’ offers inside look at soccer’s storied history

The groundbreaking documentary series, “Rise as One,” presented by Budweiser and FOX Sports, showcased six of the most unique soccer stories from around the world.

Now is your change to re-live some of the greatest moments, seen below:

Power of Unity: The Japanese women’s national team overcame intense personal pain to inspire their country after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The story was truly uplifting and one of the best moments in sports to date:

Breaking Barriers: The United States men’s national team and Iran went head-to-head at the 1998 World Cup amid volatile politics and intense scrutiny, which helped break diplomatic tension — albeit for a short moment in time — on the world stage:

One Nation: Les Bleus’ memorable 1998 World Cup title run unified the racially diverse nation and helped inspire France to one of the most memorable victories in world soccer history:

Match for Peace: The story of how an exhibition match between World Cup champions Brazil and war torn Haiti, helped lift the spirits of the island nation during one of its darkest hours:

Forever Heroes: Nearly 20 years after a plane crash killed all but three men from Zambia’s national team, ”Forever Heroes” shows how the new survivor-led club overcame tragedy to capture the African Cup of Nations, just miles from the crash site:

 World War Truce: During a tense, frozen Christmas in World War I, German and British soldiers held a secret cease-fire to play a friendly soccer game. 

For information or video footage on “Rise as One,” visit FOXSoccer.com or Rise as One.

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)