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Post by M99 on Wed May 14, 2014 7:45 pm

We will be seeing this a lot from next month. Official TV opening of the World Cup.


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Post by Onyx on Thu May 15, 2014 7:57 pm

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Post by Onyx on Fri May 16, 2014 4:08 pm

Official match ball:

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Post by Onyx on Fri May 16, 2014 5:12 pm

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Post by Art Morte on Fri May 16, 2014 6:27 pm

Yohan Modric wrote:Value of World Cup Squads:

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I found this kinda interesting.

Belgium in 5th underlines their potential.

Their neighbours Holland in 14th underlines their young (weak?) squad. I wonder when would have Holland ranked 14th or lower on a list like this the last time.

Russia seems over-valued.
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Post by sportsczy on Sat May 17, 2014 9:41 am

http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/La-dengue-menace/465946

Apparently, there is a high risk of Dengue fever outbreak during the WC in 3 host cities... Natal, Fortaleza and Recife. Laughing

The teams affected:
- Mexico
- Cameroon
- Uruguay
- Costa Rica
- Ivory Coast
- Japan
- Ghana
- United States
- Brazil
- Greece
- Italy
- Germany
- Croatia

These teams all have games in those cities Laughing

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Post by rwo power on Sat May 17, 2014 11:23 am

@sportsczy wrote:Apparently, there is a high risk of Dengue fever outbreak during the WC in 3 host cities... Natal, Fortaleza and Recife. Laughing
Well, in Germany it has been a topic pretty early that there are quite some tropical diseases in certain regions of Brazil, unfortunately several where there are no vaccinations against.

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Post by M99 on Sat May 17, 2014 1:00 pm

The players just need to stay away from mosquitoes hmm

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Post by rwo power on Sat May 17, 2014 1:08 pm

Well, always staying away from mosquitos might not be so easy when training with short sleeved kits and shorts... I know how difficult it was not to get stung by those evil vampires on vacation in Italy, and these were comparatively harmless.

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Post by M99 on Wed May 21, 2014 9:43 pm

Batman has joined in on the protests.

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Post by Onyx on Thu May 22, 2014 1:34 am

Fifa is not considering changing the kick-off times or adding mandatory cooling breaks in this summer's World Cup matches, despite Brazil's players' union (Fenapaf) taking legal action against the game's governing body over health concerns.

This week, the union filed a lawsuit to try and force Fifa to change the times of the 24 matches that are scheduled to start at 13:00 local time (17:00 CET), arguing that the intense heat and humidity in some venues will put players at risk.

Fenapaf has insisted that, at the very least, two minute water breaks must be taken at the midway point of each half during such games.

However, Fifa have ruled out changing kick-off times for next month's tournament.

"Fifa's medical team is always monitoring carefully all venues during any Fifa competition to protect the players' health," the organisation indicated in a press release.

"Cooling breaks will be considered on a match-by-match basis for the 64 matches. Official and mandatory cooling breaks will not be pre-established. Rather, climate conditions will be evaluated prior to each match by the Fifa venue medical officer.

"One core aspect in defining the kick-off times was the very thorough analysis of the historical climate data in all venues.

"Therefore, the venues with the highest average temperatures such as Manaus, Cuiaba and Fortaleza do not have any matches with 13:00 kick-off times during group stage."

Fenapaf insists the changes are required based on local labour regulations and a study conducted by Brazilian sports doctor Turibio Leite.

Union president Rinaldo Martorelli told Associated Press: "We've been trying to discuss this with Fifa for nearly two years and they won't even sit down to talk to us.

"The only alternative was to seek legal action. We really hope that they make the changes in kick-off times, but if that doesn't happen, they need to at least make the cooling breaks mandatory."

http://www.goal.com/en/news/3790/world-cup-2014/2014/05/22/4832985/fifa-wont-change-world-cup-kick-off-times
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Post by rwo power on Thu May 22, 2014 8:15 am

Just heard at SSNHD there is bad news for Uruguay - Luis Suarez got injured in training and had/has (?) surgery on his knee today, so he will likely not be available for the World Cup.

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Post by M99 on Thu May 22, 2014 8:24 am

@rwo power wrote:Just heard at SSNHD there is bad news for Uruguay - Luis Suarez got injured in training and had/has (?) surgery on his knee today, so he will likely not be available for the World Cup.

Nah it's a minor injury. He should be fully fit for the first game.

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Post by rwo power on Thu May 22, 2014 9:35 am

Ah well, they put it as "Breaking News" or  so in their Sport News. So they were a bit too fast then at SKY. Good for Suarez then. Smile

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Post by Onyx on Thu May 22, 2014 7:22 pm

All the kits for every team:

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Post by Onyx on Thu May 22, 2014 9:19 pm

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Post by rwo power on Thu May 22, 2014 9:40 pm

Looking at the overview of the kits, the German kit looks quite okay after all. I just wish we wouldn't use white shorts with it, though.

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Post by Onyx on Thu May 22, 2014 10:37 pm

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Post by Onyx on Thu May 22, 2014 10:47 pm

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Post by Tomwin Lannister on Thu May 22, 2014 10:58 pm

Napoli padding their stats buying squad players from small South American countries. :bow:

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Post by Don't call me James on Thu May 22, 2014 11:17 pm

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The balls from the 50s aren't even round Laughing

Roteiro from Euro 2004 is to this day one of my favorite footballs of all time.

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Post by M99 on Fri May 23, 2014 10:07 am

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Mexico 1970 is a classic. Nearly everyone owned a ball with the same design.

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Post by Le Samourai on Tue May 27, 2014 6:56 pm

Will anyone be going?

Just bought a Brazilian AirPass.

----->Sao Paulo Opening Ceremony

----->Salvador for 14-26th

---->Brasilia for a couple weeks (for free accomodation, would've liked to check out
Recife/Fortaleza but you could stay in Bolivia in 4 star hotel for the same amount it would take to get a bunk bed in a random hostel hostel right now)

---> Rio for the final.

In all this I'm going to one match: Bosnia - Iran Laughing

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Post by Art Morte on Tue May 27, 2014 7:47 pm

@Le Samourai wrote:
In all this I'm going to one match: Bosnia - Iran Laughing

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Nice that someone from the forum is going, though. Hopefully there won't be any trouble...
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