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Friday, June 06, 2014

Chile in the House

World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go

The Chilean team has arrived in Brazil. Here's the news from FIFA..

The first South American neighbour arrives in Brazil

The red team, or "La Roja" as they are known by their devoted fans, have arrived on Brazilian land. After two victories in friendly matches against Egypt and Northern Ireland, Chile arrived today in Belo Horizonte where they will make their final preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, confident and excited to surprise fans during the tournament .

The house of the Chilean national team during the World Cup – Tocada Raposa II – wasready to receive La Roja with welcome messages to the team led by Jorge Sampaoli. The whole training centre of Cruzeiro is adorned in colours of the flag of the South American country.
Chile has a difficult task of going through the first phase in Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, grouped with Spain, Netherlands and Australia. The team’s opening match will be on June 13 against the Australians in Cuiabá.

Italy, Netherlands touch down.

World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go

Italy and Netherlands touch down in Brazil. From FIFA....

Italy, Netherlands, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cotê D’ Ivoire arrive in Brazil

The first of the seven world champions participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, apart from hosts Brazil, arrived on Thursday, 6 June, in Brazil. Four-time champions Italy landed early morning at Base Aérea do Galeão, in Rio de Janeiro, to start the preparation for their first match against England on 14 June in Manaus. The Italian team will train at Portobello Resort & Safari, in Mangaratiba, south of Rio de Janeiro state. Besides England, Italy will face Costa Rica (20 June) and Uruguay (24 June) in Group D.

The Netherlands also landed on Thursday but at Rio International Airport. After their arrival, the delegation went straight to the hotel in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. The Dutch will play against Spain (13 June), Australia (18 June) and Chile (23 June).

Meanwhile Cotê D’ Ivoire were the third team to arrive on Thursday in Campinas. As the first African nation to land in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Cotê D’ Ivoire will prepare at Águas de Lindóia, in the state of São Paulo. On arrival at Viracopos International Airport, coach Sabri Lamouchi said that his team is ready to face Japan (14 June), Colombia (19 June) and Greece (24 June) in Group C.

“I am happy with the two friendlies that we played before the World Cup against Bosnia-Herzegovina and El Salvador. They proved that we are in good shape and top condition for the competition. All the players are confident. We are ready to go now,” said Lamouchi.

International star Didier Drogba is also confident:

“This is our third time at the FIFA World Cup so that experience will show through. We know that fans in Cotê D’Ivoire have great expectations about our team and we as players have great ambitions for this tournament too,” said the African striker.

The last team to land on Thursday was Bosnia-Herzegovina. At Sao Paulo International Airport, coach Safet Susic said that his team is looking forward to facing Argentina (15 June), Nigéria (21 June) and Iran (25 June):

“After the friendly matches against Cotê D’Ivoire and Mexico, I can say that we are getting ready. We have two or three medical issues but I’m sure the players will be fit for the first match.”

Brazilian street party in Miami!

World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go!

The World Cup kicks off next Thursday in Sao Paulo, with Brazil vs. Croatia. I'll be reporting from there live. For those who can't make it to Brazil, this looks like a fabulous second option....

Bud Light Brings Brazilian Carnival to Miami Block Party to Celebrate the FIFA World Cup™

 WHAT:      The wait is over. To kick-off the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ inaugural game between Brazil and Croatia, Bud Light is bringing down the house with a unique celebration that includes a Brazilian carnival float, samba dancers, live batucada band and other surprises to the largest block party in Miami

 Even better, Bud Light – the official beer of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ is inviting fútbol aficionados and media as special guests to join this ultimate soccer experience. The event will feature exciting games, a fan zone with tournament prizes, performance stage with live bands and other surprises that will be taking place at the historic Kukaramakara Brickell.  The inaugural game will be hosted by actor Ivan Van Hernandez and radio personality and television host Humberto Rodriguez “El Gato”.

 WHEN:      Thursday, June 12, 2014

                    1:00PM – Festivities/Media Opportunities    3:30PM – Brazil v. Croatia (game)

 WHERE:   Kukaramakara (Brickell)

1250 South Miami Ave.

Miami, FL 33131


  • 25-foot carnival float that features FIFA World Cup™ logos and Brazilian macaws
  • Live samba dancers and batucada band – dressed in Brazilian carnival attire
  • Fútbol Kings: Freestyle soccer players that combine electrifying tricks with capoeira, a Brazilian art form that blends elements of martial arts, music and dance