The draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals was made earlier today. Things will change over the next seven months. Injuries, bust-ups, even managers being fired can and will significantly impact a country’s chances.
Nonetheless, with 188 days until the opening game here is a quick rundown of the 32 countries, the groups and things to consider.
Brazil – the host nation and the recipients of a terrific group draw. It is inconceivable that ….to read more please click on the link.
This is a follow up to yesterday’s post that highlighted some of the factors that will make next summer’s World Cup Finals unique but unfair.
The chosen format has many of the countries criss-crossing Brazil and having to cope with multiple long distance flights, fluctuating… to read more please click on the link.
Brazil’s state of readiness to host the 2014 World Cup Finals continues to be a concern – in fact an escalating one. This past summer there were demonstrations during the test event that was the Confederations Cup and there are indications that demonstrators will back in greater numbers and perhaps more emboldened when the eyes of the world are focused on Brazil next June. To read more please click on the link.
In his book “tor! The Story of German Football” Ulrich Hesse explains that it was this period that gave rise to what Germans call Bayern-Dusel – essentially undeserved luck. The roots of a hatred for all-things Bayern, held by so many Germans can be traced back to this time. Bayern became and still are, like so many other successful teams…..to read more please click on the link.