16
Apr

Carlos Tevez to skip watching Argentina play during World Cup, will visit Disney World instead

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When Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s widely expected that Carlos Tevez will not be on the Albiceleste’s roster. A little more surprising: Tevez is not even planning on tuning in!

The excluded Juventus striker revealed to Argentinian news site Cronica.com.ar. that he has other plans this summer:

"I don’t think I will watch my national team play at the World Cup," Tevez said. "I’ve already bought tickets to go with my wife and my three children to Disney World. They deserve that trip and I have very clear in my mind where my place is."

Disney World, really?

"I will nevertheless be Argentina’s number one fan," Tevez added, not realizing perhaps that ‘number one fans’ usually watch their team’s games.

Okay, we can all agree that Disney World is a magical place, but for Tevez to not root on his own national team at the World Cup kind of seems strange, and also tastes a bit like sour grapes.

The 30-year-old Tevez played for Argentina at the last two World Cups, but has not featured for the team since missing a penalty that saw his national team lose to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America. However, Tevez insists there is no grudge between him and national team manager Alejandro Sabella.

From TeamTalk:

"We (Tevez and Sabella) were together during my time in Brazil when I was at Corinthians (Sabella was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella)," Tevez said. "We had a fantastic rapport. We never had any problems and our relationship was cordial and very good.

"Everyone asks me why I’m not in the team but I cannot answer that question because I would be lacking respect. Things are as they are and that’s that.

"I think he (Sabella) is convinced of his selection and that’s very good. If he has to win, he will do so with his convictions and he shouldn’t do something he doesn’t feel is right. It wouldn’t be good for him to select me now!

"My wife asked me to travel to Disney with the children and I want to give her that joy once I win the scudetto with Juventus."

Should Argentina make a deep run in the tournament, however, it’s entirely conceivable that Tevez would change his mind and watch his country in the knockout stages. Nobody can be in Disney World for an entire month, can they? Right?

Composite: FOX Sports/Julie Ahn & Cheryl Hasegawa

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

6
Apr

Ronaldo treats fan who woke from coma listening to his games

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Cristiano Ronaldo is at it again.

It was only last month that CR7 paid for a young fan’s brain surgery, and here he is producing yet another reason for why, regardless of your opinion of him, he deserves your respect and admiration.

Fourteen-year old Ronaldo fan Dawid Pawlaczyk was in a coma for three months after getting hit by a car, during which time his family had been playing Ronaldo’s matches for Dawid to listen to. In a magical coincidence, according to Yahoo, the boy finally woke up on the same day his favorite player shot Portugal past Sweden in the World Cup qualifying play-offs.

After Polish outlet Fakt contacted Ronaldo about the story, the selfless star immediately treated the boy and his family to a trip to Madrid for Real’s Champions League clash against Dortmund, even giving the boy his jersey after the game.

And so the legend of Cristiano Ronaldo grows a little more.

H/T Bleacher Report

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.

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:

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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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.