Tuesday, 10 June 2014

"Never stopped me dreaming..."

World Cup fever has been steadily building of late. 
The tournament starts on Thursday, so I thought it was time to call upon Hubby and his extensive knowledge of all things football (soccer to you Americans) to give us the low down on exactly what The FIFA World Cup exactly is and why every English man, and some women, decide (every time the tournament happens) that this will be the year England win again... #48yearsofhurt
What exactly is the FIFA World Cup & where is it played?
The FIFA World Cup is an international football tournament that is played in different countries every four years. Teams have a two-year qualifying period where they play games against other teams in the continent; Europe is the biggest confederation to run a qualifying campaign. The countries have to bid to host the world cup, normally about 12 years before they host the tournament – after Brazil the next world cup is in Russia in 2018.

How long does the competition last & how many games are played in total? 
The competition lasts around a month, from June – July and this year there will be a total of 64 games with the final (game 64) taking place on Sunday 13th July 2014, at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

How many countries take part? How many games does each country play?
A whopping 32 countries take part and each team will play a minimum of three games. If you manage to get to the final then you will play seven games in total.

Who won the last World Cup?
The last World Cup was won by Spain who beat Netherlands in the final. These two teams meet in the same group stage in this tournament, playing one other on Friday 13th June!

What happens after the group stages?
After the group stage, the top two teams from each group progress to the Round of 16 (2nd Round).

What does the winning team/country win?
The winning team wins the FIFA World Cup Trophy (1974 – present), the previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy (1930 – 1970, the one England won in 1966!!) was presented to Brazil in 1970 for winning the World Cup three times.

Do England stand any chance at actually winning, seeing as the last & only time we won was 1966?
Head says no, heart says yes! I do honestly think they will win it again one day though!

Which team/country should I put my money on? 
Being as though the World Cup is being held in South America, one of these teams are a good shout: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, but never write off the Germans!

Do we really have to watch every game?
Yes, the World Cup is for the best 32 teams via the qualifying campaign, so it's always worth watching all the games as most of the time the so-called smaller games, for example Honduras vs. Switzerland (no offence but this game isn’t as say Germany vs. Portugal) normally provide the best entertainment. Plus for any football fan, the World Cup is the best international football competition in the world!

Give me & my blog readers a great, unquestionable World Cup fact that we can learn & recite, making us sound like we know what we're talking about?!
Well, on 20th March 1966, four months before the 1966 World Cup in England, the trophy was stolen. The trophy was found just seven days later, by a dog named Pickles.

FIVE great World Cup facts to make you sound like an expert:
  • Brazil have played in the most World Cup competitions
  • Ronaldo (the Brazilian not the pretty-boy from Portugal) is the all-time top World Cup goal scorer 
  • Pele is the all-time youngest World Cup goal scorer; he scored against Wales in 1958, aged 17 years and 239 days old
  • 13 countries played in the first World Cup, which was held in 1930
  • Egypt and Norway have both gone 56 years between World Cup appearances (1934 - 1990 and 1938 - 1994 respectively)
There you have it, all you need to know about the upcoming FIFA World Cup!

Now that you know everything you need to know, why not take this Buzzfeed quiz 
and test your new-found knowledge :) #goodluck
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  1. Happily living in a football free zone lol -but yes, it always amuses me how we do this all the time, but it is nice to see the country pull together if only for football!

    1. Hahaha, yes Kate, we don't seem to come together for much, but sporting events certainly unite us against the rest of the world! I wish my house was a footie-free zone; I am fearing for my sanity!

  2. I actually love football myself as I was my dad's only child so got plonked in front of the TV with him when footie was on and mum went out - it was our quality time just like mine and my partners although we support different teams just to keep him on his toes ;)

    1. Arrww that's lovely, Jackie. I grew up surrounded by footie-loving men, so the fact that Hubby is obsessed is nothing new or unusual to me. I'll probably watch a few games with him, but knowing him, he'll wanna watch all 64 games and I'm soooo not up for that!

  3. i hate world cup season, but i do like the family get to gethers and party aspect of it in the garden x

    1. I dunno how much of that there will be this time as Brazil is behind us time-zone-wise so most games are 5pm or later I think. Fingers crossed for this gorgeous weather to remain so we can have garden gatherings :)