David Beckham's people went up against the Port site critics in a public debate today. Why is everything so complicated in my beloved city?
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...
71 Days to the World Cup...
Closer to home, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, who open their Spring Season Apr. 12 vs. the Ottawa Fury, just signed local midfielder, Mitchell Lopez. The 20-year-old Opa Locka native went through open tryouts in February and impressed the coaching staff.
“Mitchell is a very hard-working young man and shows a lot of promise,” said Strikers Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner in a press release. “He impressed us at the tryout and had continued to give his all for us in preseason.”
Lopez appeared in several preseason games for the Strikers, getting time at both center back and holding midfield. He scored a memorable volley from outside the box in the 5-1 win against Florida Atlantic University on March 16.
Born in Opa-locka, Fla. to a Brazilian mother and Cuban father, Lopez moved around during his youth and lived in South Florida, Brazil and Uruguay.
Current roster: Goalkeepers (2) – Oka Nikolov, Lionel Brown Defenders (6) – Stefan Antonijevic, Matt Hall, Ivan Guerrero, Justin Chavez, Stephane Guillaume, Rafael Alves Midfielders (11) – Mitchell Lopez, Chris Nurse, Gonzalo De Mujica, Pecka, Martin Nuñez, Fafa Picault, Carlos Salazar, Shawn Chin, Mark Anderson, Darnell King, Manny Gonzalez Forwards (3) – Aly Alberto Hassan, Marius Ebbers, Yaikel Perez