Posts Tagged: world cup 2014

Our goal of the World Cup 2014

stádio Nacional Mané Garrincha cofounder Pete ( pb1uk10 ) picks his goal of the World Cup. Rightly so there was a lot of hype surrounding the World Cup and after the disappointment of 2010 to live up to expectations I was somewhat wary of getting too carried away in the build up to this summer’s competition. Boy did it deliver though, the group stage in the main being non-stop entertainment with goals flying in left right and centre. Looking back at the goals it has been a tournament of Volleys. Many not only claim that James Rodriguez’s strike against Uruguay in the last… Read more »

World Cup 2014 Blog Four: Waar is da feestje?….. HIER is da feestje!

Belgium World Cup 2014 Stadium Mineirão

It’s time for part 4 of Michael Moss’s World Cup 2014 blog… We stumbled from the plane and into the heat of Belo Horitonte (said Bay-lo Hori-zon-ch) and were immediately eager to see how the Germany Portugal game was faring. As we made our way to find the game, iIt was very apparent that the planned expansion to support the World Cup was not yet complete. Signage was missing, large areas were sealed off by plastic sheeting or tape, and swaths of the flooring were incomplete and definitely tripping hazards, but without the expected warning signs of tripping hazards. Despite… Read more »

World Cup 2014 Blog Three: The Rhythm of Rio

The Maracana in a sunset tone.

In part 3 of his World Cup 2014 blog Moss heads to Rio. The World Cup 2014 has been lambasted for it’s poor effort to support Brazil, a developing country, with it’s infrastructure programs. The two biggest cities with a combined population of 20 million individuals, although neither the capital, have no rail connection, despite being a relatively close 420km apart. Our group of seven assumed escape velocity from the concrete swamp of Sao Paulo and raced into luscious countryside, however none of us witnessed this due to drowning in slumber. Upon occasionally waking, I admired the freshness of seeing… Read more »

World Cup 2014 Blog Two: Landing with a bump

Michael Moss Sao Paulo World Cup 2014 co-founder and global groundhopper Michael Moss in the second of a series of blogs looking back at his time in Brazil, World Cup 2014. Bleary eyed, tired and hungry, after my 15 hour flight into Sao Paulo, host city for the 2014 World Cup, for the opening ceremony, I dragged myself through the airport, following the masses to the exit signs. I suddenly descended a staircase into a hall of chaos. This was the clearing hall, and pandemonium was the only rule. The queue snaked throughout the hall (large enough for a 7-a-side game), single file, to a line… Read more »

England World Cup Analysis – Round Pegs in Round Holes Please Roy!

Emile Heskey England Shirt World Cup 2010

England’s first 90 minutes at the 2014 is complete and already we are staring down the barrel of an early plane home. Pre-match there was much cause for optimism. ‘Whipping boys’ Costa Rica had upset Uruguay coming from behind to take a 3-1 victory, the group was up for grabs, but despite a more encouraging performance than in recent tournaments it was ultimately the same result again a well organised Italian side who ruthlessly exploited our weaknesses. So where did it go wrong? Now the majority of fans think they know better and I may give that impression but obviously… Read more »

World Cup 2014 Blog One : Into the Unknown

moss's World Cup itinerary co-founder and global groundhopper Michael Moss touches base on his first blog from the World Cup 2014 in Brazil The planet Earth, our World, does a complete orbit of the life giving star, the Sun, in 365.25 days, meaning that every four years we have to incorporate an extended February to catch up with the true orbit of our planet. Every four years, an event occurs that causes much of the World to stop, or at least slow down. That is the World Cup, and for 2014, it is in Brazil, the country who have taken the World Cup… Read more »