World Cup Countdown: 43 days to go!
The big news here in Miami, other than Beckham's people and their critics facing off, is that on Thursday CONCACAF and CONMEBOL officials will hold a press conference in Miami Beach to announce the worst-kept secret in the Western Hemisphere....A special 100-year Anniversary Edition of the Copa America, The Centenario'', will be held in the United States in 2016.
I got to meet Pele today. It was one of those career moments I will not forget.
Here is my story...
And here is as close as I will ever get to the Man Himself...
49 Days (gulp!) to the World Cup! Opening game between Brazil and Croatia is exactly seven weeks from today!
If you happen to be one of those fans who is obsessed with your Panini World Cup sticker album, Soccer Max in Sunrise is hosting a Trade Party on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Bring your stickers and trade. Address: 12140 W. Sunrise Blvd. Word is there will also be a pre-game Trade Party at the Strikers game Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.
In other news....
To help World Cup tourists get the most out of their stay, Brazil’s Ministry of Sport has prepared the Host Cities Guide available online at: http://www.copa2014.gov.br/en/servicos.
The Guide, available in Portuguese, English and Spanish, features helpful information on transportation, including subway maps, average cab fares between airports and stadiums and information on special bus lines that will operate during the World Cup. It also includes tips on tourist attractions, culture and cuisine, weather information, places to exchange currency, contact information for embassies and consulates and a list of mobile apps that may be useful to travellers.
On the sports side, supporters can check out a full profile of the teams playing in each of the host cities, run simulations in an interactive match schedule and get detailed pictures, videos and infographics of the World Cup’s twelve arenas.
Among the many tourists visiting Miami this week: The World Cup trophy. Yes, THE World Cup trophy, in all its golden glory.
Here's the press release...
On April 14, Washington D.C. will be the first stop in the United States, during which the tour will visit the U.S. State Department and the residence of the Brazilian Ambassador for special events. After stops in Miami on April 15-16 and Atlanta on April 17, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy will visit Los Angeles for a two-day fan experience on April 19 and 20 at L.A. LIVE. Coca-Cola will bring the FIFA World Cup™ to life in Los Angeles with Brazilian-themed entertainment, and fans will be transported to Brazil through a hologram experience.
For the latest from the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour including exclusive interviews, photos and videos, visit the official website www.fifa.com/trophytour, the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/trophytour, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/trophytour / @trophytour where an official photo blogger will live tweet directly from the events.
David Beckham has played for several of the world's greatest clubs, captained the English national team, and faced world-class competition his entire career. Here is his latest opponent...can he score on these guys?
World Cup Countdown: 63 Days to Go!
England's national team will have a 1-week training camp in Miami before heading to Brazil for the World Cup. Wayne Rooney and Co. are scheduled to fly to Miami June 1, play friendlies against Ecuador June 4 and Honduras June 7, and then head to to Brazil.
Initially, the WAGS (wives and girlfriends) were invited to Miami with the team. But that plan changed. Read about it here...