Sunday, June 15, 2014

For the Love of the Game: The 2014 FIFA World Cup

Football, Futbol, Futebol, Fotboll, Fußball, Soccer, Sokker, Sakka--in whatever language, love of the game at the center of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (June 12 to July 13, 2014) is uniting fans all over the planet.

Monday, June 16th, 2014 marks the first appearance of the USA team in the Cup. Whether you want to brush up on soccer basics or otherwise get into the spirit of the world's largest sporting event, the following is presented for your enjoyment.

WATCH THE WORLD CUP AT TWU
Watch every game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Underground of the Student Union on the Denton campus of TWU.  For more information call 940-898-3641. 


THE BASICS
World Cup Primer from the Boston Globe

DID YOU KNOW?
~The first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930; 13 countries participated.

~The World Cup was not held in 1942 or 1946 because of World War II.

~The Jules Rimet Trophy for the Champion (or World Cup Trophy) is made of 18 carat gold and weighs 13 pounds.

~Brazilians call soccer the Jogo Bonito (beautiful game.)

~Brazil’s soccer team is the only team that has participated in every World Cup, and has won five: in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

~The youngest player in World Cup history to have scored a goal is Pelé of Brazil when he scored against Wales in 1958. He was 17 years and 239 days old at the time.

~Pelé is the only player to win 3 World Cups.

~The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days when it was stolen prior to the 1966 Cup in England.  A dog named Pickles, being walked by its owner in South London, discovered the trophy wrapped in newspapers at the bottom of some bushes a week after it was taken.  Good job, Pickles.

~For those who believe America isn't big on soccer, it might surprise you to learn that the USA team was a semi-finalist in the very first World Cup in 1930--and the World Cup with the highest attendance in history was in the U.S. in 1994. Over 3,587,000 fans went to the 1994 games (at an average of 68,991 per match.)

~47% of the world watched some of the tournament in South Africa four years ago.  To put this remarkable statistic in perspective, 20% of the world cannot read or write, and about a quarter of the Earth's inhabitants lack basic sanitation.

~Only eight nations have won the World Cup:  Brazil, Italy, West Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Spain and France.   

EBOOKS





ONLINE JOURNAL
Select year, issue and title.  Click on "PDF Full Text" to read an article in its entirety. 

Soccer & Society
 

ONLINE ARTICLES
A Celebration of Football from Emerald Group Publishing

ONLINE VIDEO
Courtesy of TWU Libraries and Alexander Street Press, The Game of Their Lives is a 2002 documentary film, directed by Daniel Gordon and his executive Nicholas Bonner, about the seven surviving members of the North Korean national football team who participated in the Football World Cup 1966.  Wikipedia

Fahrenheit 100, directed by Craig Tanner, delves into the 2010 World Cup and its impact on host country South Africa.

USA Shocks England 1950: The Miracle on Grass tells the story of the 1950 FIFA World Cup favorite England and their shocking defeat by the USA and their hero goalkeeper.


ON DVD
The Game of Their Lives (also released as The Miracle Match) details the true story of the 1950 underdog U.S. soccer team which, against all odds, beat England 1-0 during the World Cup.

A DISCUSSION FORUM ABOUT THE POWER OF THE GLOBAL GAME
Soccer Politics / The Politics of Football

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE UNIFORM
A History of Kits: The Guardian's Interactive Guide From Every World Cup

~Sandy Cochran with Greg Hardin

2 comments:

Sofia said...

Hi,

Thanks for the post about World Cup. Just a tip about those who don't live in countries that stream world cup online. You can use UnoTelly to remove the geoblock and stream World Cup 2014 in your country free worldcup.unotelly.com

Sharon Stone said...

Wasp dudes! Awesome stuff keep it up. Trusox Soccer

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