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 Post subject: FIFA World Cup - Brazil 2014
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:15 pm 
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I know it's early but the Maracana has opened (see link below). It looks brilliant.

Plus this time in 1 year the ads will have started, people will be praying about broken toes, and Tesco will have cheap beer!

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 Post subject: Re: FIFA World Cup - Brazil 2014
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Was gutted it was closed when I was over there in Feb, would have loved to watch a game there as the pictures look fantastic.

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Was gutted it was closed when I was over there in Feb, would have loved to watch a game there as the pictures look fantastic.

Did you get near it, or any of the WC or Olympic venues?

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Don't think so. Our apartment was just down the road from Botafogo's stadium which is pretty small. I doubt that's being used for the WC.

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John Barnes danced past some top-class defenders to score that legendary goal in the Maracana in 1984 - and Mark Hateley climbed above some of them to head the second in England's 2-0 victory.

But as England prepare for their first visit to the new Maracana on Sunday - after the game finally got the go-ahead following safety fears - they can expect a very different sort of encounter.

For all the undoubted talent and experience on display, it would be a mistake to regard the team that lost to the Three Lions on 10 June, 1984 as a fully fledged Brazil side.

In those days, there was no real concept of a permanent Brazilian XI. Squads were brought together for specific tournaments and Brazil's previous game had come in the Copa America over seven months earlier. They were not really in serious action again until some warm-ups for their 1986 World Cup qualifiers the following April.

So while, for England, the 2-0 win had undeniable significance - Bobby Robson's side were coming off a bad run, and winning in such style in such a location proved a key step along the road to the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, and the semis four years later - for Brazil, the match was an irrelevance.

That is emphatically not the case with Sunday's meeting, England's first trip to Rio since that famous night 29 years ago.

It is fair to say that, for Luiz Felipe Scolari and his men, the 2014 World Cup starts here. June is the crunch month, with a friendly against France and the Confederations Cup in addition to the England game.

This is the time that Scolari will have together with his players. He will expect to use it to sort out his team and his tactics for next year's supreme challenge, a first home World Cup since 1950.

And he starts under pressure.

Not since 2009 have Brazil beaten a team they consider a true heavyweight (England in Doha if we are being charitable; if not, a couple of wins over Italy, including one in that year's Confederations Cup).

This leaves Scolari, in his second spell in charge of the national team, and his men with a huge task in front of them. If playing at home next year is really going to be an advantage, then Brazil need to have the fans behind them. But Brazilian crowds can turn on their own team with the fury and bitterness of spoilt children. And the Maracana is known for being especially vicious.

I well recall the media conference held after Brazil had been fortunate to draw 1-1 with Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier 13 years ago. Coach Vanderley Luxemburgo talked about how scared his players had been of the crowd's reaction, and how after the game some of them had begged him to find a different venue for future matches.

Older members of the Maracana crowd grew up watching the greats, and waste no time informing contemporary players that they are falling short of the required standard. Few are spared - especially if they come from Sao Paulo. The great Cafu has never forgotten the way the Maracana turned on him in a friendly against Argentina shortly before the 1998 World Cup.

But if Scolari is looking for a more positive precedent, he can find it in England's Maracana debut in May 1959.

A year earlier Brazil had won their first world title, with local hero Garrincha turning on the style. A huge crowd gathered to watch him, and they were not pleased when the news emerged that he had not been selected. To make matters worse, his replacement on the right wing was Julinho, from Sao Paulo. He became the focus of the crowd's displeasure.

But Julinho was a great player in his own right. He had been named the best right winger of the 1954 World Cup, and though he was initially disconcerted by the crowd's reaction, he soon set about winning them over. Within two minutes he had given Brazil the lead - and he quickly set up the second in his team's 2-0 victory. Jeers turned to applause.

This is the lesson Scolari will be trying to impress on his men. In the last few months, both in Sao Paulo and in Belo Horizonte, Brazil crowds have even turned on Neymar. Playing at home could easily become a disadvantage.

But with strength of character and strength of performance, there is nothing to fear. Fifty-four years on, Scolari needs an entire team of Julinhos to thrive in the famous Maracana atmosphere.

But what will that atmosphere be like in the new Maracana?

This is the first proper game since the stadium's vastly expensive rebuilding. Safety concerns at the stadium on Thursday led to the match being temporarily suspended; the decision was reversed hours later, with the Rio government saying it had failed to deliver a safety report due to a "bureaucratic flaw".

The stadium looks modern, impressive - but some fear it might be a soulless, anywhere arena lacking the character of the old Maracana.

Brazil has new stadiums opening up and down the country, and there are fears, explicitly voiced on a radio show I did last week, that the country might be over-reaching itself by attempting to import an alien culture of fan behaviour.

There will certainly be changes - on Sunday, for example, Brazil supporters will not be able to take musical instruments into the ground - with experience pointing to the conclusion that more comfort often means less atmosphere.

This is where the England fans can come in useful. They can give the locals a masterclass on the pros and cons of the sanitisation process.


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Substitute Josh Kennedy's goal seven minutes from time sent Australia into the World Cup finals in Brazil next year after a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in front of 80,523 at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

Kennedy, who last played for the Socceroos in 2011, replaced a displeased former Everton star Tim Cahill in the 77th minute before climbing unmarked to head Mark Bresciano's cross past the despairing dive of Noor Sabri.

Kennedy was mobbed by his team-mates as the Australians celebrated the goal that effectively sealed second place in Asian qualifying Group B and a ticket to their fourth world finals after appearing in 1974, 2006 and 2010.

"It's amazing for the country," delighted captain Lucas Neill said. "Three World Cups (in a row) now. It wasn't pretty but we beat what was in front of us. Tonight let's look at the positives, Australia are going to Brazil!"

Robbie Kruse had found the net with a fierce shot after 65 minutes of a tense encounter but the goal was disallowed for a Cahill push with home nerves finally lifted by Kennedy's late intervention.


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How many of you think Spain can win WC on S.American soil? ?

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Judging by the way they took Uruguay apart on South American soil the other night it's hard to look past them and they won one in Africa so why not in South America.

Going into the world cup it's hard to look past the Europeans Spain/Germany/Italy all look strong sides the South American threat comes from Brazil/Argentina but I would say it's very hard to look past Spain especially if Xavi/Iniesta are fit.

I don't think the travel/climate conditions effect the players as much anymore they stay in 5 star hotels, arrive 2-3 weeks before the tournament starts and it's not exactly cold in Spain during the summer so the weather conditions probably don't effect them as much.


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Agreed JSP.

No reason to think that Spain can't win the World Cup next year. The heat shouldn't be a problem, and they have so much possession that they're not chasing around the pitch after the ball all the time. If you control the ball then you have a great chance.

England on the other hand will run about aimlessly, then moan that it's too hot cos we spend 90 minutes chasing the ball.

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Apparently the climate will be pretty variable because Brazil is so huge the games in the South will be played in their Winter whereas in the North it will be played in Summer so it could be as much as 20 degrees difference.

Also, all the players play in Europe now which surely has to be a leveller in terms of coping with the heat/humidity in foreign tournaments as everyone has to get used to the change in climate even the South American teams.

You actually think we're going to get to this world cup? The way England are playing at the moment I'd say it's 50/50 that we'll even get into the playoffs as we pretty much need to win all our remaining games to top the group and in a playoff I wouldn't back us over 2 legs because we don't control games. If we got to the world cup we shouldn't take anyone over 30 (except Gerrard as he's the captain & Cole) just let the youngsters play and have the experience.


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20 degree difference is mental :lol:

I think we'll get there, yeah... we always seem to get to these things when the manager doesn't have an umbrella :shrug:

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FIFA is already sending the trophy to the USMNT, it's that much of a foregone conclusion :coat: :coffee:


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Ticket prices for international fans attending the football World Cup in Brazil will start at $90 (£59, 69 euros) for initial group matches.

Football's governing body Fifa announced that the cheapest ticket for overseas fans for the final on 13 July was $440 (£288) and the most expensive $990 (£650).

The tournament starts on 12 June next year, with the first game being played in Sao Paulo.

Tickets will go on sale from 20 August.

Fans have until 10 October to apply and a ballot will be held to decide which of these applications are successful.

Only later will tickets be sold on a first come, first served basis.

In total about three million tickets will be available for fans.

'No surprises'

For Brazilian nationals the cheapest tickets start at $15. These are only available for students, those aged over 60 and people on social welfare programmes. For other Brazilians tickets start at $30.

The lowest price paid for a ticket in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was $20, also for group stage matches in the special category set aside exclusively for residents.

The governing body had previously said that tickets in Brazil would be the "cheapest ever".

The Fifa ticket website will include a map of the ground that shows the location of different categories of tickets.

This meant there would be "no surprises" over where fans would end up sitting, said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil, who is in charge of ticketing strategy.

Supporters can request a maximum of four seats per match, and for a maximum of seven matches.

He said there would be a reselling system run by Fifa, if people were unable to attend games for which they had bought tickets.

At least 400,000 tickets will be reserved exclusively for residents of Brazil, with about 50,000 for construction workers who were involved in building and upgrading the grounds for the tournament.


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After Confed Cup annhilation of Spain , people may have more varied opinions.

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I still think you have to make Spain favourites but Brazil have shown they can perform under the pressure.


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Their place in the final round playoffs will be taken by Tunisia, who the Cape Verdians had sensationally eliminated at the weekend to win their group with a shock 2-0 win in Tunis.

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul quit in the wake of the embarrassing setback.

FIFA said in a statement that Tunisia had been awarded a 3-0 victory because Cape Verde defender Fernando Varela should have sat out the match after being sent off in a qualifier in March.

It means Tunisia finish top of Group B and will play in the final round of the qualifiers next month and in November. The 10 group winners go into a draw on Monday to determine the pairings for the five playoff matches from which the winners will go to Brazil next year.

Cape Verde have also been fined 6,000 Swiss francs (£4,100) after a meeting of the FIFA disciplinary committee.

The latest administrative mix-up continues a bizarre sequence of similar failings that have already seen Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Sudan and Togo all sanctioned for using ineligible players during the 2014 qualifiers.

Cape Verde had themselves been awarded 3-0 wins from their two group matches against Equatorial Guinea following similar sanctions, which put them back in contention to win the group after Tunisia had in June seemingly sewn up top place.

Equatorial Guinea had won the first match 4-3 while Cape Verde won the return 2-1.

The Cape Verde Football Federation (FCF) was quoted by Portuguese media as saying that it considered Varela's suspension had been annulled along with the result of the match in Equatorial Guinea.

"The matches in which Cape Verde faced Equatorial Guinea were declared void, giving 3-0 wins to Cape Verde, and the effect of those (decisions) was that the disciplinary sanctions arising from the games were lifted," it said in a statement.

Cape Verde, who had already produced giantkilling results earlier this year in reaching the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, caused another big shock with a win on Saturday to usurp Tunisia in the standings.


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Mexico were almost knocked out last night, but were saved by two second half USA goals.

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Anyone else think it would be weird to have a World Cup without Mexico?

They are just always there it would be like Brazil & Argentina or Italy & Germany not being there.


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Anyone else think it would be weird to have a World Cup without Mexico?

They are just always there it would be like Brazil & Argentina or Italy & Germany not being there.

Definitely. I had this discussion on Friday with my mates (to the point where we picked our ideal, within the rules, WC lineup). There are quite a number of teams I would notice if they werent there. Colombia is a good example as Ive always considered them a big team (probably because they were so good when I was young), and every WC they have missed Ive noticed it immediately.

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In my head from South America you always expect to see Brazil, Argentina & Uraguay.

Columbia I agree are another one you expect to see but I'd also chuck in Paraguay/Chile in my life time which is WC 94 onwards (I was 4 during WC 90 but I have vivid memories of playing the Italia 90 arcade game) they always seem to have been around. In my head it always seems to be 2 from those 3.

From Asia it's always Japan, South Korea & Saudi Arabia who always seem to make it but I imagine that is changing slightly.

From North America it's always Mexico & USA they are just always there and Mexico are one of those teams that always gets tipped as an outsider but then inevitably flop but they're always good to watch as very rarely can they defend but they've always got flair going forward.


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