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World Cup history

12 Brazil Culture

12 Stadium Guide





A look at all the past World Cup’s

Germany, Italy, England and Belgium

World Cup History

Team Previews Continued



All about the World Cup host country

A preview of the 10 World Cup stadiums



Politics, lifestyle and culture of Brazil

A man hungry for World Cup success



A look at the dark side of Brazilian politics

Top 10 most beautiful players



Hopes and dreams of the Brazil football team

Top 10 most ugliest players


Top 10 WAGS

About Brazil

The Culture of Brazil

World Cup Protests

The Boys from Brazil


An interview with England Futsal manager Pete Sturgess


Team Previews

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Luis Suarez


Beauty and the Beast: Beauty THE TEAM

Beauty and the Beast: Ugly

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The Perfect World Cup at Home

Harry-Jay Bellew

The items you need to make your World Cup a perfect scenario

Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Spain

EDITORIAL Football fans around the world dread that time of year – that time in late spring when the various world football leagues finish. By that time, us football fanatics have been sitting in front of our televisions or attending football matches week after week to follow our favourite teams. When mouthwatering competitions like the Premier League, La Liga and Champions League finish, we start feeling like something is missing, right up until these tournaments start again in early Autumn. This summer, the waiting time won’t be as dreadful. After a four-year hiatus, the FIFA World Cup is back, where football fans around the world can follow the best players in world football for hours a day during the four weeks the competition is on – a nightmare for some, but a dream for those of us who love seeing incredible tricks, hard tackles and beautiful goals.

Levi Hanssen

There are loads of questions to be answered about the 2014 World Cup. Will Brazil be able to win the trophy for a sixth time? How will Brazil cope as a nation after recent civil unrest? And can Spain defend their World Cup crown? There’s no way of knowing the answers now, but within a couple of months, we’ll all be that much wiser. This World Cup special edition will prepare any football enthusiast for the upcoming tournament by providing a good blend of serious content, such as features on the history of the World Cup, and more light-hearted bits and bobs, such as a look at the most beautiful and ugliest footballers, and their WAGS. We at The Dugout hope you enjoy reading and wish you an enjoyable World Cup! Harry-Jay Bellew, Editor

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Sam Jordan

Jordan Simpson-Porter

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1958: Sweden

1966: England 1974: West Germany 2006: Germany 1938: France 1998: France 1954: Switzerland 1982: Spain 1934: Italy 1990: Italy

1994: USA

1970: Mexico 1986: Mexico



1930 - 2010 World Cup Fun Facts

1962: Chile

1950: Brazil

2010: South Africa

1930: Uruguay 1978: Argentina

Chronological look at all 19 World Cups to date 1930 - Uruguay (Start, set, go): Lucien Laurent, a Frenchman, scores the first goal in World Cup history in France’s 4-1 victory over Mexico. Uruguay win the first World Cup after they defeat Argentina 4-2 in the final. 1934 - Italy (Fair play): Italy win the second World Cup on home soil. Mussolini’s fascist regime is said to be the reason behind Italy’s triumph, as all refereeing decisions seem to go their way in the semi-final and final, even though they at times play overly aggressive football. The Swede who referees the final is seen with Benito Mussolini shortly before the final, but no sufficient evidence is found that the hosts bribed 1934 World Cup referees. 1938 - France (WWII): Italy is the first nation to win the World Cup twice in a row. The world is introduced to the Brazilian star, Leonidas Da Silva, who becomes tournament top scorer with

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7 goals. However, his World Cup fame is short lived because of World War Two, which stops World Cup tournaments being held for 12 years. 1950 - Brazil (Rule changes): For the first time in WC History, the winner of the World Cup is the team which finishes top of a group, as opposed to the knock-out system used today. Hosts and tournament favorites Brazil start well, winning their first two matches 7-1 and 6-1, respectively. In their last match, they lose to Uruguay, who, with their three victories, secure their second World Cup. 1954 - Switzerland (“Miracle of Bern”): The Hungarian national team is unbeaten in 32 matches before the tournament in Bern, Switzerland, where West Germany are their first opponents. In the World Cup qualifying stage, Hungary have beaten West Germany 8-3, and are, therefore, huge favourites to win the World Cup. They go ahead 2-0 within

eight minutes, but an unexpected comeback from West Germany ensures a 3-2 win for the Germans - Hungary’s first loss in 33 games. The match is dubbed “The Miracle of Bern”. 1958 - Sweden (Above: Pelé): The world gets its first glimpse of 17-year-old Brazilian Pelé. He only plays four matches all tournament, but his six goals and overall impressive performances are considered the main reason why Brazil win the tournament. Frenchman Just Fontaine becomes top scorer with his 13 goals, which is still the record for most World Cup goals in a single tournament. 1962 - Chile (Garrincha’s time): Brazil make it two on the trot with their World Cup win in Chile. The 1958 tournament star player, Pelé, gets injured and only plays two matches all tournament. However, a new star is born in the form of Brazilian teammate Garrincha, who is voted the tournament’s best player. 1966 - England (Hattrick hero): Once again the world is introduced to a new footballing star when Portugal

enter the competition for the first time. Portugal’s star player is Eusebio, who becomes tournament top scorer with nine goals. North Korea shock the footballing world when they beat Italy 1-0 and progress from the group stages. 24-year-old Geoff Hurst becomes the first and only player to date to score a hattrick in a World Cup final in England’s 4-2 win over West Germany. 1970 - Mexico (First owners of trophy): This is the first World Cup competition where teams are allowed to make substitutions during a match. The first team to do so is the USSR in their opening match again Mexico. Brazil get to keep the Jules Rimet trophy when they, as the first country ever, win their third World Cup. 1974 - West Germany (“Total football”): Holland introduce their so-called “Total Football”, a style of play which defined the Ajax and Holland national teams in the 70’s. Their beautiful, attacking style of football leads them all the way to the final, where they are, ultimately, defeated by West Germany.

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2002: Japan & South Korea

uth Africa

Gerd Müller becomes the highest scoring player in WC history when he scores tournament goal number four in the final against Holland. The goal is also his fourteenth World Cup goal. 1978 - Argentina (Hosts win): Argentina become the fifth host nation to win, alongside Uruguay, Italy, West Germany and England. 1982 - Spain (A year for records): For the first time in World Cup history, 24 nations take part, and the tournament has representatives from all continents. Hungary record the biggest win in World Cup history when they demolish El Salvador 10-1. In that same match, Hungarian László Kiss becomes the first substitute to score a hattrick. With his 17 years and 41 days, Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland becomes the youngest ever player to take part in a World Cup match. Antonio Cabrini of Italy becomes the first player to miss a penatly kick in a WC final. 1986 - Mexico (Above right: “Hand of God”): Two of the World Cup’s most famous

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goals are scored in the same match - a quarter-final between Argentina and England. First, Diego Maradona puts Argentina in front with his famous “Hand of God” goal. Four minutes later, Maradona increases the lead when he dribbles past almost all the England team and goalkeeper, before sliding the ball into an empty net. Argentina win the World Cup after defeating West Germany 3-2 in the final. Diego Maradona is voted the tournament’s best player. 1990 - Italy (Africa on the map): Cameroon become the first African country to progress to the quarter finals in a World Cup. They lose that match 3-2 against England. West Germany becomes the third country to win the World Cup three times, when Andreas Brehme scores the only goal in the final against Argentina. 1994 - USA (Penalty heartbreak): This is the first tournament where teams receive three points for winning a match, as opposed to two points. This was done to encourage more attacking football. Russian Oleg Salenko becomes

the first player to score five goals in one match in Russian’s 6-1 win over Cameroon. In the same match, 42-year-old Roger Milla of Cameroon becomes the oldest player ever to feature in a World Cup. The World Cup final is, for the first time, decided by a penalty shootout, in which Brazil beat Italy. 1998 - France (“Golden Goal Blanc”): Laurent Blanc scores the first and only “Golden Goal” in World Cup history when France beat Paraguay 1-0. With their 3-0 victory over Brazil in the final, France become the seventh country to win the World Cup, and the sixth to do so on home soil. 2002 – Japan & South Korea (Surprise semi-finalists): The World Cup is held in Asia for the first time. The host nations are Japan and South Korea. South Korea make it all the way to the semifinal, which they eventually lose to Germany. This is the first time an Asian country progresses thus far. With his eight goals, Brazilian Ronaldo becomes the first World Cup top scorer since 1974 to score more

than six goals. Two of his goals come in the final, in which Brazil beat Germany 2-0. 2006 - Germany (Above: Zidane & Materazzi): Switzerland become the first country to be knocked out of World Cup without having conceeded a single goal. They lose through a penalty shootout against Ukraine. Ronaldo becomes the World Cup’s overall leading scorer when he scores his World Cup goal number 15 in a 3-0 victory over Ghana. In his last ever game, one of the world’s greatest players, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, is put under the spotlight when he headbutts Italian player Marco Materazzi. Zidane is shown the red card and finishes his career on a low note. France lose to Italy in the final. 2010 – South Africa (New winners): The tournament is held in an African country for the first time with South Africa as hosts. Spain, who beat Holland 1-0 in the final, win the competition having scored only eight goals in seven matches.

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WC HISTORY 1930 Uruguay 1950 Brazil

Ball used in 1930 WC

1962 Chile A famous Uruguayan victory

Uruguay 4-2 Argentina 1-0 1-1 1-2 2-2 3-2 4-2 Attendance Golden Shoe

Pablo Dorado Carlos Peucelle Guillermo Stabile Pedro Cea Victoriano Iriarte Hector Castro 93,000 Guilermo Stabile (ARG), 8 goals

Brazilian Zito

Uruguay 2-1 Brazil 0-1 1-1 2-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

Friaca Juan Schiaffino Alcides Ghiggia 200,000 Ademir (BRA), 8 goals

Brazil 3-1 Czech Republic 1-0 1-1 2-1 3-1 Attendance Golden Shoe


1934 Italy


Amarildo Masopust Zito Vava 68,679 Florian Albert (HUN), Valentin Ivanov (RUS), Drazan Jerkovic (JUG), Leonel Sanchez (CHI), Vava (BRA), Garrincha (BRA), 4 goals

1966 England Hungarian Ferenc Puskas

Benito Mussolini

Italy 2-1 Czech Republic 0-1 1-1 2-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

Antonin Puc Raimundo Orsi Angelo Schiavio 45,000 Oldrich Nejedly (CZE), 5 goals

1938 France Italian National Team doing the Nazi salute

Hungary 2-3 West Germany 1-0 2-0 2-1 2-2 2-3 Attendance Golden Shoe

Ferenc Puskas Zoltan Czibor Max Morlock Helmut Rahn Helmut Rahn 64,000 Sandor Kocsis (HUN), 11 goals

1958 Sweden

Bobby Moore, England captain

England 4-2 West Germany 0-1 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 Attendance Golden Shoe

Helmut Haller Geoff Hurst Martin Peters Wolfgang Weber Geoff Hurst Geoff Hurst 98,000 Eusebio (POR) 9 goals

1970 Mexico Italy 4-2 Hungary 1-0 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 Attendance Golden Shoe

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Gino Colaussi Pal Titkos Silvio Piola Gina Colaussi Gyorgy Sarosi Silvio Piola 60,000 Leonidas (BRA), 7 goals

Pelé with tears of joy

Brazil 5-2 Sweden 0-1 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 5-2 Attendance Golden Shoe

Nils Liedholm Vava Vava Pelé Mario Zagollo Agne Simonsson Pelé 51,800 Just Fontaine (FRA), 13 goals

Pelé is voted tournament’s best player

Brazil 4-1 Italy 1-0 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

Pelé Roberto Boninsegna Gerson Jairzinho Carlos Alberto 107,412 Gerd Müller (GER), 10 goals

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1974 West Germany

Diego Maradona, nicknamed “God” in Argentina

Argentina 3-2 West Germany Johan Cruyff, Dutch footballing legend

West Germany 2-1 Holland 0-1 1-1 2-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

Johan Neeskens Paul Breitner Gerd Müller 75,200 Grzegorz Lato (POL), 7 goals

1-0 2-0 2-1 2-2 3-2 Attendance Golden Shoe

José Brown Jorge Valdano Karl Rummenigge Rudi V Völler Jorge Burruchaga 114,600 Gary Lineker (ENG), 6 goals


World Cup Finals Scores & Goalscorers


1990 Italy

Japan/ South Korea

Brehme scores winning goal in Final

1978 Argentina

Ronaldo becomes all-time leading WC scorer

West Germany 1-0 Argentina

Daniel Passarella, Argentina’s captain

Holland 1-3 Argentina 0-1 1-1 1-2 1-3 Attendance Golden Shoe


Mario Kempes Dirk Nanninga Mario Kempes Daniel Bertoni 71,483 Mario Kempes (ARG), 6 goals

1-0 Attendance Golden Shoe

Andreas Brehme 73,603 Salvatore “Toto” Schillaci (ITA), 6 goals

1994 USA

Germany 0-2 Brazil 0-1 0-2 Attendance Golden Shoe

Ronaldo Ronaldo 69,029 Ronaldo (BRA), 8 goals

2006 Germany

Baggio misses crucial penalty in Final Italy’s captain Cannavaro is voted tournament’s best player

Brazil 0-0 Italy

1982 Spain

Attendance Golden Shoe

Paolo Rossi

94,194 Hristo Stoichkov (BUL) and Oleg Salenko (RUS), 6 goals

1998 France

Italy 1-1 France 0-1 1-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

Zinedine Zidane Marco Materazzi 69,000 Miroslav Klose (GER), 5 goals


South Africa

Italy 3-1 West Germany 1-0 2-0 3-0 3-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

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Paolo Rossi Marco Tardelli Alessandro Altobelli Paul Breitner 90,000 Paolo Rossi (ITA), 6 goals

Zinedine Zidane, World Cup hero for France

France 3-0 Brazil 1-0 2-0 3-0 Attendance Golden Shoe

Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Emmanuel Petit 80,000 Davor Suker (CRO), 6 goals

Spain are WC champions for the first time

Holland 0-1 Spain 0-1 Attendance Golden Shoe

Andres Iniesta 84,490 Thomas Müller (GER), 5 goals

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Fact File: politics, people & economy


Sexy Samba Seniorita Feijoada - bean, beef and pork stew

The Federative Republic of Brazil is simultaneously South America’s largest country (by both population and geographical size), as well as one of its most diverse and fascinating. It is filled to the brim with intriguing people, plants and animals, as well as liberal doses of history, religion, culture and sporting greatness. The most densely populated parts of Brazil are in the south-central regions, which include major urban conglomerates like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Because of the rapid growth experienced by this country in terms of urban development, industrialisation and population at the beginning of the 21st century, Brazil is facing a number of social, environmental and political challenges. However, it is also because of this growth that it is doing so well in terms of its economy. In fact, it is one of the world’s largest and most significant economies. It is also the only Portuguese-speaking country in both North and South America. This Portuguese heritage dates back to the 1700’s, when Brazil was first colonised by this European nation. During its rich and complex history, slavery was a major part of the Brazilian heritage, although this was never formally recorded in the annals of history. Slaves were brought to the country across the Pacific Ocean from Africa. Therefore, there is also a large proportion of Brazilian inhabitants that have an African heritage. Others of European and Asian descent immigrated to Brazil in the 19th century. These ones were mainly from Japan, Poland, Spain, Italy and Germany. Therefore, this country is now a melting pot of ethnic and cultural diversity. Despite such diversity, Brazil maintains strong national pride and religious devotion. The vast majority, approximately 75%, of the population is Roman Catholic, while the rest are largely Christian or subscribe to the various African-based beliefs. Brazil enjoys an extensive coastline that measures almost 7,500 kilometres (or more than 4,600 miles).

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Its other borders are made up of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. In fact, Ecuador and Chile are the only South American countries with which Brazil does not share its borders. There are various groups of islands that also belong to Brazil, such as Saint Peter, Trindade and Fernando de Noronha, amongst others. Its entire area measures exactly 8,514,876,599 square kilometres or 3,287,612 square miles. Apart from being geographically large, Brazil is also naturally diverse. It comprises dense rain forests and jungles, expanses of coastline, towering mountains, oceanic archipelagos (or clusters of islands), rivers, scrublands and rolling plains. Because of such a variation in habitats available to plants and animals, Brazil boasts a rich array of fauna and flora. In fact, scientists estimate that this South American country is home to about four million different species. Particularly extensive are this country’s populations of birds and amphibians. In terms of the local culture, Brazil continues to be influenced by the traditions and customs of the Portuguese. This is evident in the architecture, music, literature, cuisine, dance, religion and theatre of the country. Being home to the Amazon Rainforest, many other such natural wonders, cultural attractions and historical remnants makes Brazil a fascinating tourist destination and home. As the Host Country for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it is guaranteed an influx of travellers and football fans from around the world.

ABOUT BRAZIL Full name: Federative Republic of Brazil Population: 198,3 million Capital: Brasilia Largest city: Sao Paulo Area: 8,55 million sq km Major language: Portuguese Major religion: Christianity Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 77 years (women) Monetary unit: 1 real = 100 centavos Main exports: Manufactured goods, iron ore, coffee, oranges, other agricultural produce GNI per capita: US $10,720 Internet domain: .br International dialling code: +55

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Beyond the Boundary The UK’s number one club cricket magazine

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The Christ the Redeemer, the symbol of Brazilian Christianity, looking out over Rio de Janeiro


Brazilian Way

The Dugout takes a look at the culture, politics and lifestyle of the World Cup hosts Brazil host the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1970 this summer. Despite the nation being extremely passionate about football The Dugout explores the cultural, political and lifestyle background to the beautiful country. The Brazilian culture is one of the world’s most varied and diverse. People usually think of Brazil as a tropical paradise, whose people are dancing and having fun all day long. Rio’s Carnival has helped to develop that image. However, only Rio de Janeiro and the North East fit to that prototype. Brazilian culture is much more than that. Brazil is known for being a melting pot of nationalities due to the centuries of European dominance and slavery. People are a mixture of three cultures: Portuguese, African

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and Native American. European immigrants also influenced Brazilian culture a lot in São Paulo and Southern Brazil. The country currently has a population of about 190 million people. Of these, more than half are white, just fewer than 40% are mixed black and white and less than 10% are black. Approximately 80% of the population ascribes to the Roman Catholic faith. African culture is strong in the North East. Salvador da Bahia may possibly be the most African influenced city in the whole of the Americas. Food, music, dances and religion resemble Africa. Afro-Brazilian religions, such as Candomblé, have spread all over. Capoeira, a kind of African dance and sport, is widely practiced, too. Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais look a bit more like

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The Favelas in Brazil are home to 11.4 million people

The procession at the Rio de Janiero carnival

Brazil has 5,500,000 square kilometres of rain forest

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Portugal. Minas Gerais’ colonial cities seem to have been taken directly from the Portuguese countryside. Rio de Janeiro used to be the capital city of Brazil and many Portuguese immigrants came to the city during the 19th and 20th centuries. São Paulo received thousands of Italian immigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries and their influence spread all over the State. Germans settled in the valleys and mountains of Southern Brazil and their culture and language is still strong in Santa Catarina. Finally, Rio Grande do Sul, the country’s most southern State, looks more like Argentina and Uruguay. Brazilians, as a nation, focus much importance on the family structure and the values that are entrenched within that institution. Families are usually large, and even extended family members are close with one another, providing much-needed help and support to each other whenever and however necessary. This diverse cultural background has bought together celebrations and festivals that have become known around

The football team celebrate their fifth World Cup in 2002

the world, such as the Brazilian Carnival and the Bumba Meu Boi. The colourful culture creates an environment that makes Brazil a popular destination for many tourists each year. In 2011 the country broke tourism records with 5.4 million visitors and $6.775 billion in receipts, according to the World Tourism Organisation. Written into the lifestyle and culture of Brazil is their beloved sport, football. The national team have won the World Cup a record five times, most recently in Japan and South Korea in 2002. The other wins came in 1958, 1962, 1970 and 1994. Throughout the years they have produced great players such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and most recently; Neymar. It could be said that Brazil has it all; a rain forest, beaches, beautiful cities, and most of all passionate people. The diverse culture of Brazil played a part in the decision to award the 2014 World Cup to this colourful country. Fans traveling to this summer’s tournament will experience the wonders of Brazil for themselves. Expect to see one of Brazil’s biggest parties if the National team go on to win the trophy for a record sixth time.

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WORLD FOR Photos: Action Images


t’s the beginning of October and placards read “Go home!” and “World Cup for whom?” These are the views of Brazilian protesters who disrupt an official FIFA visit to a football stadium being built for this year’s World Cup. In June and August of last year, millions of Brazilians took to the streets in 120 cities across the country to protest public transportation fair hikes, political corruption and excessive public spending on the World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The World Cup should be a time of celebration in Brazil; however the joy on the streets quickly turned to tear gas. The demonstrations (initially led by Movimento

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Passe Livre) a local entity that advocates for free public transportation. By mid-June, the movement had grown to become Brazil’s largest since the 1992. These included up to 300,000 protesters in Rio de Janeiro and 100,000 in Sao Paulo. The billions spent on World Cup stadiums sparked June’s outrage over corruption. A law, which requires local governments to balance their budgets, was suspended for cities hosting soccer matches, clearing the way for huge public spending which allegedly lined the pockets of politicians. In Cuiaba, five public works projects were begun on the same day. Stunningly, none of them will be finished in time for the tournament. Three

different government websites claim to offer transparency over the World Cup spending, which is a dramatic change from the past in Brazil, when no transparency existed at all. The problem is that the sites all have different sets of numbers for the same projects. It’s all fiction. Nobody can really say what is being spent. Hospitals and schools are falling down while stadiums are rising up. The government in Rio tried to bully and bulldoze one of the best elementary schools in the country to clear space for a parking lot near the Mariana Stadium, where the World Cup final will be played. An upstart group in town called Meu Rio mobilized the neighbourhood; setting up webcams to make

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LD CUP Written by Jordan Simpson-Porter

sure bulldozers didn’t sneak in under cover of darkness, finally stopping the project. People no longer believe in their political leaders. During the demonstrations of June, anyone carrying a political banner was forcefully, sometimes violently, removed from the streets by the protesters themselves. It was a protest against political parties, and something even more elemental: a protest against the way things work. Things declined further as an 18 year-old protester was tragically killed. A car in the town of Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo state, had hit the protester. Witnesses say the car tried to break a human chain created by protesters. Seemingly

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outraged because he was being blocked, the driver accelerated the vehicle and ran over the protester and three others. They were taken to hospital with fractures, but one of them in serious condition. Delefrate Marcos, 18, pronounced dead at the scene. In addition, during the course of the protests, journalists suffered attacks from both sides. Brazil is already one of the world’s most dangerous climates for reporters. Thoughout the protests Security forces in Rio resorted to tear gas early on to disperse a crowds. Police in Brasilia, the nation’s capital, were forced to push back as demonstrators attempted to break into the Foreign Ministry headquarters, throwing burning objects

into shattered windows, while the more daring darted past security forces and into the building. A general sense of unhappiness hit the prism of June’s Confederations Cup. In the middle of the tournament, more than a million citizens took to the streets on a single day. A poll said 75 percent of the population supported the protests. Demonstrators tore down FIFA banners and burned them. Police responded with violence, but the people didn’t back down, and when the tournament ended, the protests didn’t. There’s really no way to know if the World Cup will come and go peacefully or if a million people will once again demand change.

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Images by : ActionImages



t’s the 30th of June 2013, 19:00 in the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro. A packed out 70,000 all-seated Maracana stadium is about to watch Brazil face World Cup 2010 winners Spain. The crowd are at fever pitch as they cheer for their country on home turf at the FIFA Confederations Cup Final. There’s a beautiful array of vibrant yellow and green ispread throughout the stadium. Soulful Samba and melodic drums can be heard with the people of Rio optimistic about their teams’ chances of glory. At 19:02 the stadium erupts with a massive roar of excitement as Fred gives his country an early lead, as he smashes the ball in the roof of the net. The incredible Maracana atmosphere would spur Brazil onto their third consecutive FIFA Confederations

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Cup, with a brilliant 3-0 win against FIFA World Cup holders Spain. Home advantage will be key if Brazil are going to win the World Cup this year. Given the experience of the coaching staff, the team stands a solid chance of winning. The nation will be looking for its blend of youthful exuberance and strong experienced defence to rise to the occasion. When Nike launched the Brazilian kit to be worn at the World Cup next summer. Neymar was at the heart of the campaign pulling a confident and swaggering pose. At 21 years of age, Neymar is widely considered to be Brazil’s most potent attacking weapon and the pressure on him will be huge. Neymar has been described by Pele as “one of the most complete players in the world”.

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BRAZIL The Barcelona forward offers sublime skill and blistering pace going forward. Neymar produced dazzling performances at the Confederations Cup games in June this year. He produced five spellbinding games on home soil. He finished with a winner’s medal and Golden ball as the player of the tournament. The message from Neymar was clear: I’m ready for the World Cup. The Brazil squad has an abundance of young talent featuring the likes of Oscar, Hulk, Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Paulinho. However, there is a vociferous and demanding fan base who will only be satisfied with one outcome. “People will die if we don’t win” were the chilling words of current Brazil boss Felipe Scolari. The World Cup 2002 winning coach did little to repel the pressure

resting on the Brazilian players shoulders by publicly announcing they would win the games. “ Brazil are not under pressure to be the world champions. Brazil will be the champions,” he announced in a postmatch press conference. Tales of World Cup 1950 still haunt people. The last time the country hosted the World Cup, they suffered a major 2-1 defeat to Uruguay. It became known as the “fateful final” and left a painful, embarrassing legacy. Brazil will be hoping for revenge and a fairytale ending this year.



LEFT: Felipe Scolari looking to guide his team to glory.



Writer: Jordan Simpson-Porter

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The England national team ranked 90th in the world in action against Greece

Futsal is one of the fastest growing sports in the world with thousands of professional football clubs introducing it to their youth teams. The Dugout talks to England Futsal manager and head of development at the FA Pete Sturgess about the strengths and weaknesses of the game. Brazil, Germany, Italy, France and Spain, the countries that have won the FIFA World Cup since England achieved world domination in 1966. Therefore it is no real surprise that these nations can all be found in the top five of FIFA’s Futsal world rankings. Futsal was born in Uruguay in 1930, created by Juan Carlos Ceriani. It’s the indoor version of fivea-side football, which was played by the footballing greats of all generations, from Brazilian legend Pele to Lionel Messi to Spain’s Andres Iniesta. It wasn’t until 2003 that the England national Futsal team was Andreas Iniesta

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created. Nowadays they languish 90th in the FIFA world rankings, one place behind Tahiti. England national Futsal manager, Pete Sturgess, believes so: “The players who experience Futsal when young accept this as part of the game so applying them to Football is not such a massive step,” “The game is changing and so is the landscape of development. Futsal is now being closely monitored as to the part it can play in developing world class players who can represent their country in Football and this has to be a positive step.” Sturgress doubles up as the FA’s national development officer tasked with developing the next generation

of English football stars. He is one of many the FA who is keen to see Futsal used as a coaching method. “If a player plays Futsal during their formative years there is a unique combination of play, technical development and it helps develop high levels of fitness and physical literacy. “If you look at a player who possesses these qualities and you add to that the traits that have long been admired in English players then you might be developing players who can play at the highest level. This is something we are trying to do.” A repeat of England’s 1966 world cup win could still be some time off but the FA could do much worse than leaving future generations of footballers in the hands of the teacher who schooled Pele, Ronaldo and Messi; Futsal.

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BRAZIL NAME Julio Cesar (GK) Victor (GK) Diego Cavalieri (GK)

THE FAVOURITES: Hosts and Other Contenders

Dani Alves (DEF) Maicon (DEF) Thiago Silva (DEF) David Luiz (DEF) Marcelo (DEF) Dante (DEF)

CLUB Queens Park Rangers Atletico Mineiro Fluminense Barcelona Roma Paris Saint-Germain Chelsea Real Madrid Bayern Munich

Maxwell (DEF)

Paris Saint-Germain

Marquinhos (DEF)

Paris Saint-Germain

Ramires (MID) Oscar (MID) Paulinho (MID) Lucas Leiva (MID) Hernanes (MID) Luis Gustavo (MID) Bernard (MID)

Chelsea Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Lazio Wolfsburg Shakhtar Donetsk

Robinho (FW)


Neymar (FW)


Hulk (FW) Jo (FW) Alexandre Pato (FW)

Zenit Saint Petersburg Atletico Mineiro Corinthians

HEAD COACH Luiz Felipe Scolari

The most successful nation in the competition’s history is set to make its 20th appearance at the World Cup finals. The hosts have won 5 times before, more than any other side, and are heading into the tournament this Summer with confidence. A successful campaign at last year’s Confederations Cup has helped, and the emergence of talismanic wonderkid, Neymar, has done nothing to dent this confidence. Set to make his senior World Cup debut on home soil, the €57m Barcelona star has scored 27 times in 44 games for his country and won the Golden Ball at the Confederations Cup after a string of dazzling displays. Hulk will prove vital at this summer’s tournament. The powerhouse winger can change a game in an instant, with his rapid

pace and explosive left foot. Wonderkid, Bernard, will also look to stamp his authority on the tournament. A number of dazzling displays as a substitute at last year’s Confederations Cup have left the Brazilian public infatuated with him. At the back, Brazil can rely on the cool head of PSG and National team captain, Thiago Silva. For a man of his size, Silva glides around the defensive third, patrolling it like a man-posessed. He is a formidible opponent for any striker in world football and will look to end the tournament with the trophy in his hands. Brazil will also be aided by the shrewd tactics of Luiz Felipe “Big Phil” Scolari, who is looking to restore Brazil to its former glory. Star player: Neymar


CLUB AS Monaco

Andujar (GK)


Speroni (GK)

Crystal Palace

Zabaleta (DEF) Fernandez (DEF) Rojo (DEF) Garay (DEF) Otamendi (DEF) Basanta (DEF)

Manchester City Napoli Sporting Lisbon Benfica Porto Monterrey

Orban (DEF)


Roncaglia (DEF)


Mascherano (MID) Rodriguez (MID) di Maria (MID) Banega (MID) Biglia (MID)

Barcelona Newell’s Old Boys Real Madrid Valencia Lazio

Alvarez (MID)


Lamela (MID)

Tottenham Hotspur

Aguero (ATT)

Manchester City

Lavezzi (ATT)

Paris Saint-Germain

Messi (ATT) Higuain (ATT) Icardi (ATT) HEAD COACH Alejandro Sabella

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Barcelona Napoli Inter

The Argentinian National team is set to appear at its 16th tournament this summer in Brazil. The South Americans have won the cup on 2 previous occasions, and will go into the competition having finished top of their qualification group. National captain, Lionel Messi, scored 10 goals during the campaign and is widely considered to be the best footballer in the world, if not the best of all-time. Messi will be joined in attack by Manchester City hitman, Sergio Aguero, and the Inter wonderkid, Mauro Icardi. Between the three of them, they will tear weaker opposition to shreds, and all three are in with a chance of winning the coveted Golden Boot award at the end of the tournament. Their attack is helped significantly by the

creativity and pace posessed by their midfield. Angel di Maria and Erik Lamela will be more than able to produce tantalising crosses into the final third. In defence, Javier Mascherano will stalk their half like a pitbull, quashing any attack the opposition attempts to spring and striking fear into oncoming attackers with his domineering presence and hard tackles. Superstar goalkeeper Julian Speroni, affectionately called “Manos de Dios” by Crystal Palace fans, will live up to his nickname as the Hands of God. A natural shot stopper, Speroni will prove a worthy adversary for the world’s elite attackers. Argentina will be looking to cause a stir, as the noisy neighbours of the hosts, and are certainly in with a chance of winning. Star player: Messi

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SPAIN NAME Casillas (GK)

CLUB Real Madrid

Valdes (GK)


Reina (GK)


Albiol (DEF)

Real Sociedad

Juanfran (DEF)

Ateltico Madrid

Bartra (DEF)


Ramos (DEF)

Real Madrid

Arbeloa (DEF)

Real Madrid

Jordi Alba (DEF) Pique (DEF) Martinez (MID) Iniesta (MID) Mata (MID) Alonso (MID) Xavi (MID)

Barcelona Barcelona Bayern Munich Barcelona Chelsea Real Madrid Barcelona

Isco (MID)

Real Madrid

Silva (MID)

Manchester City

Jesus Navas (MID)

Manchester City

Negredo (ATT)

Manchester City

Pedro (ATT)


David Villa (ATT)

Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa (ATT)

Atletico Madrid

HEAD COACH Vicente del Bosque

The current European and World champions have to be taken seriously going into the World Cup. Despite a disappointing end to their Confederations Cup campaign, they still boast a squad full of world-class players and their tiki-taka style of play will crush the life out of many national teams. Andres Iniesta will inevitably pull the strings in an aging Spain side looking to assert their dominance and become the first side to win consecutive World Cups since this year’s hosts, Brazil, in 1958 & 1962. The greatest goalkeeper of a generation, Iker Casillas, will prove inpenetrable at points during the tournament. His unrivalled agility and footballing brain will be invaluable to the title hopes of the Spaniards.

Boasting one of the most impressive midfields at the tournament, Spain will look to crush the life out of their opposition with their unique tiki-taka style of play. Xavi and Iniesta will pull the strings from central midfield, as they do week in, week out for Barcelona in La Liga. Sergio Ramos will patrol the back four doggedly, intercepting any opposition attacks and even creating chances for his team. The energetic centre back loves to get forward and join the attack, occasionally chipping in with a goal or two. Young star Isco will be one to watch this summer, after a dazzling domestic season for Real Madrid. Star player: Iniesta

COLOMBIA NAME David Ospina (GK) Mondragon (GK) Vargas (GK) Yepes (DEF) Medina (DEF) Perea (DEF)

CLUB Nice Deportivo Cali Santa Fe Atalanta Atletico Nacional Cruz Azul

Armero (DEF)


Zapata (DEF)


Arias (DEF) Balanta (DEF)

PSV River Plate

Guarin (DEF)


Quintero (MID)


Aguilar (DEF) James Rodriguez (MID) Sanchez (MID) Ibarbo (MID) Valencia (MID) Cuadrado (MID) Falcao (ATT) Martinez (ATT) Muriel (ATT) Gutierrez (ATT) Bacca (ATT) HEAD COACH Jose Pekerman

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Toulouse AS Monaco Elche Cagliari Fluminense Fiorentina AS Monaco Porto Udinese River Plate Sevilla

Having finished second in a very strong qualifying group, Colombia is a real dark horse for the competition this summer. With on of the best out-and-out strikers in world football leading the line, they could well see themselves flying through the group stages and into the knockouts. Radamel Falcao seems to be in permanent form, netting regularly at domestic and international levels. Falcao is the player every opposition manager will fear before facing Colombia, but they may be less aware of his strike partner, Jackson Martinez. Martinez plies his trade for FC Porto in Portugal and is regarded as one of Europe’s most complete strikers. Fast, strong, agile and skillfull, he can score from range, with

either foot and with his head. His style will compliment that of the unstoppable Falcao seemlessly. In midfield, Juan Fernando Quintero will look to dazzle on the biggest stage in football. The plucky 20-year-old has just finished his first season at new club, Porto, creating chances regularly in domestic competitions and at European level. The formidible defence of Colombia is headed by captain, Mario Yepes. The veteran centre back will be controlling and commanding in every game and, despite his age, will play a pivotal role in the success of the South Americans. Star player: Falcao

THE FAVOURITES: Hosts and Other Contenders


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THE FAVOURITES: The European Contenders



NAME Manuel Neurer (GK) René Adler (GK) Philipp Lahm (DF) Per Mertesacker (DF) Jérôme Boateng (DF) Mats Hummels (DF) Ben Höwedes (DF) Marcell Jansen (DF) Chris Smalling (DF) Mesut Özil (M) Thomas Müller (M) Sami Khedira (M) Toni Kroos (M) Marco Reus (M) Lars Bender (M) Sven Bender (M) André Schürrle (M) Mario Götze (M) Julian Draxler (M) Lukas Podulski (F) Miroslav Klose (F) Max Kruse (F) Mario Gomez (F) MANAGER Joachim Löw


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TEAMS Bayern Munich Hamburger SV Bayern Munich Arsenal Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund Schalke 04 Hamburger SV Manchester United Arsenal Bayern Munich Real Madrid Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund Bayer Leverkusen Borussia Dortmund The German team have won the World Cup three times Chelsea The one talent that Germany have Germany go into this summer’s Bayer Leverkusen in abundance is creativity. Players World Cup as serious contenders and Schalke 04 such as Özil, Müller and Götze will Arsenal it would be no surprise if Joachim give any team that the German’s play Lazio Löw’s team went on to win the Schalke 04 famous trophy. against a fright. Furthermore up top Fiorentina they have the second leading World Since Germany’s embarrassment

Joachim Low is preparing to head to his third World Cup

NAME Gianluigi Buffon (GK) Salvatore Sirigu (GK) Andrea Barzagli (DF) Leonardo Bonucci (DF) Christian Maggio (DF) Domenico Criscito (DF) Ignazio Abate (DF) Angelo Ogbonna (DF) Andrea Pirlo (M) Daniele De Rossi (M) Riccardo Montolivio (M) Thiago Motta (M) Andrea Poli (M) Eman Gianccherini (M) Alex Diamanti (M) Claudio Machisio (M) Antonio Nocerino (M) Marco Verratti Alberto Gilardino (F) Guiseppe Rossi (F) Mario Balotelli (F) Pablo Osvaldo (F) Lorenzo Insigne (F) MANAGER Cesare Prandelli


at Euro 2000 they have gone from strength to strength on the field. In 2002 they were beaten finalists, while in 2006 and 2010 they reached the semi-final before being knocked out. The whole nation will be keen to ensure that their team doesn’t fall at the final hurdle once more.

Cup goalscorer in history, Miroslav Klose. The 35-year-old is stuck on 14 World Cup goals, one behind Brazillian legend Ronaldo. Overall Germany have all the ingredients to have a real chance of going all the way and winning their fourth World Cup trophy.


TEAM Juventus Paris Saint-Germain Juventus Juventus Napoli Zenit AC Milan Juventus Juventus Roma AC Milan Paris Saint-Germain AC Milan Sunderland Bologna Juventus The experienced Italians are looking to equal Brazil’s record of five World Cups AC Milan If Cesare Prandelli’s team are to It is impossible to rule out Italy when Paris Saint-Germain equal Brazil’s record of five World it comes to major international Genoa Cup titles they will be looking for Fiorentina tournaments, especially the inspiration from their 137 timed AC Milan World Cup. Southampton capped captain Gianlluigi Buffon. The Whenever they have been ruled Napoli out in the past the Azzurri have come Juventus shot-stopper has been an

back stronger than ever. The perfect example of this at Germany ‘06 when Italy defied the odds and went on to win the famous trophy. The four-time World Cup winners will be looking to add a fifth trophy to their collection.

ever present in the Italian team since 1997 and has been through the highs and the lows. Overall, Italy have a good a chance of winning the World Cup as any other team. They came close last time and will no doubt be in the mix again.

Cesare Prandelli the mastermind in charge of Italy

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ENGLAND TEAM Manchester City Celtic Norwich City Liverpool Chelsea Manchester United Manchester United Chelsea Everton Everton Tottenham Arsenal Manchester United Manchester United Liverpool Chelsea England are looking for a repeat of their 1966 success Arsenal There is no doubt that if England England head to Brazil knowing not Manchester City are to surprise everyone then Wayne many people expect them to win the Tottenham Rooney will have to play a pivotal role West Ham United tournament but it is impossible to in this. The Manchester United centreManchester United rule out England from repeating their Liverpool 1966 success. forward has 38 England goals so far Manchester United and must be confident of breaking It has been 47-years since Sir

Roy Hodgson leads England to his first World Cup

NAME Thibaut Courtois (GK) Simon Mignolet (GK) Jan Vertonghen (DF) Thomas Vermaelen (DF) Toby Alderweireld (DF) Nicolas Lombaerts (DF) Daniel Van Buyten (DF) Vincent Kompany (DF) Guillaume Gillet (DF) Moussa Dembélé (M) Marouane Fellaini (M) Axel Witsel (M) Eden Hazard (M) Steven Defour (M) Nacer Chadli (M) Kevin De Bruyne (M) Radji Nainggolan (M) Kevin Mirallas (F) Romelu Lukaku (F) Dries Mertens (F) Christian Benteke (F) Jelle Vossen (F) Zakaria Bakkali (F) MANAGER Marc Wilmots

TEAM Chelsea Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Athletico Madrid Zenit Bayern Munich Manchester City Paris Saint-Germain Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Zenit Chelsea Porto Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea Cagliari Everton Chelsea Napoli Aston Villa Racing Genk PSV

Marc Wilmots scored Belgium’s last World Cup goal in ‘02

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Geoff Hurst’s famous hat-trick against West Germany at Wembley secured England’s maiden World Cup Win. Despite their long wait without winning a trophy it hasn’t diminished the countries hunger to win again, and Roy Hodgson’s team has a good a chance of winning in Brazil.

Sir Bobby Charlton’s all time scoring record of 49 goals. Overall England may not have been a major player on the international scene in the run up to this summers tournament but the Three Lions have all the tools to sneak a World Cup win and write themselves into history.


Belgium are yet to win an international tournament

This is the first time that Belgium will have appeared at a World Cup since Japan and South Korea ‘02, therefore they will be looking to put on a good show for their loyal fans. Dramatic improvements right through to the core of football in Belgium has meant that the national team have managed to produce a group of players who have a real shot of winning. If Belgium are to stamp their mark on the tournament in Brazil then the whole nation will be looking for

their captain and centre-back Vincent Kompany to lead the team using his vast experience. The Manchester City defender has been in dominate form over the past season or two meaning he will be at the forefront when Belgium go to battle. Overall it will be a shock if Belgium came in from the international tournament cold and went on to win the whole thing. The fact that no player has had experience at a international tournament may not work in their favour at the crunch end.

THE FAVOURITES: The European Contenders

NAME Joe Hart (GK) Fraser Forster (GK) John Ruddy (GK) Glen Johnson (DF) Ashley Cole (DF) Chris Smalling (DF) Phil Jones (DF) Gary Cahill (DF) Phil Jagielka (DF) Leighton Baines (DF) Kyle Walker (DF) Alex Chamberlain (M) Michael Carrick (M) Tom Cleverley (M) Steven Gerrard (M) Frank Lampard (M) Theo Walcott (M) James Milner (M) Andros Townsend (M) Andy Carroll (F) Danny Welbeck (F) Daniel Sturridge (F) Wayne Rooney (F) MANAGER Roy Hodgson

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8 All great tournaments are built on the foundation of great stadiums. Brazil 2014 will be no different. The Brazilian FA has worked tirelessly since winning the bid to provide the highest quality stadiums for the players and fans alike. The stadiums selected to host this summer’s World Cup have been improved and developed relentlessly over the past few years, in order to be ready for the games. It is vital for Brazil and fifa that there are no safety risks caused by the stadiums or their infrastructure. Here is a brief look at each of the 10 venues: 1. Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia, DF (70,042) Situated in the Brazilian capital and named after footballing legend Garrincha, the Mané Garrincha Stadium was demolished in 2010 and rebuilt as the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, in order to meet FIFA requirements for the 2014 World Cup.

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2. Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (76,935)

and Beyoncé gigs.

The largest stadium in Brazil will play host for the 2014 World Cup final. Opened in 1950 to host the World Cup, it has been in constant use since, as a venue for domestic football, International fixtures, music concerts and it set to be used at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.

5. Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, RS (51,300)

3. Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (68,000) The future home of Brazilian side Corinthians will play host to the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. As of 31 October 2013, construction of the venue was said to be 93.48% complete, but it will be ready to go by the time the tournament comes to Brazil in 2014. 4. Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, CE (64,846) The Castelão was the first of the 12 stadiums being built or redeveloped to be completed ahead of the World Cup. The stadium has been used as a music venue and played host to Paul McCartney

The biggest stadium in Southern Brazil took nearly 13 years to build and was considered the butt of many jokes as a result. Nowadays, it is considered to be home to the nicest pitch in Brazilian football. It will be an incredible venue due to it’s size and the sheer quality of the playing surface. 6. Arena Pernambuco, Recife, PE (46,154) Built new for the World Cup, the Pernambuco will be the home of three local clubs after the tournament. There are plans to implement a solar power plant within the arena, providing energy for roughly 6,000 people. 7. Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, PR (43,981) Considered one of Brazil’s most modern and best-appointed

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GIN stadiums, despite being 100 years old by the time of the World Cup. Building work is currently suspended but, it will be completed by the summer. 8. Arena das Dunas, Natal, RN (42,086) Described as “the most perfect stadium in South America” by the arena’s architect, Christopher Lee. The Dunas Arena project has received high-praise from FIFA inspectors. 9. Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, AM (42,734) Located on the current site of the Vivaldão stadium, the Arena da Amazônia was completed in December 2013 in time to host the World Cup. 10. Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, MT (42,968)


construction targets. There have been endless stories coming out of Brazil, suggesting that the stadiums will not be ready in time for the World Cup in the summer. As recently as November 2013, there was an incident at the Arena de São Paulo, in which a structural collapse had fatal consuqences. However, the Brazilian government and the Brazilian Football Association have assured the competing nations that their teams and supporters will be perfectly safe while attending the World Cup. There is no supposed risk to anyone thinking of watching the competition from inside the stands, as all will have been checked thoroughly before the big kick off in June!

As of June 2013, the stadium was only said to be 75% complete. Scheduled to be finished in October 2013, it has failed to meet

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epp Blatter plucks the ball out of the pot for the World Cup draw, “The next team in Group D will be… Uruguay”. This draws an unnerving gasp of unrest from the England camp inside the Costa do Sauipe near Salvador. England will now be be facing a very tough opposition and against one of the most in form strikers in the world. Luis Suarez. The news draws a sarcastic tweet from former England legend Gary Linker, “At least Suarez isn’t on form at the moment”. On the contrary, the day before Luis Suarez one-man show against Norwich City saw the player net an outrageous four goals. Luis Suarez has been the absolute stand out player in the English Premier League this season. However, the player is familiar to controversy. In World Cup 2011 Ghana vs. Uruguay with the scores locked at 1-1, a handball on the goal line by Luis Suarez prevented Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah from a last-minute extra-time goal. Suárez was duly sent off but Ghana missed the resultant penalty and Uruguay progressed to the semi-finals in the shootout that followed. In addition, Luis Suarez was then celebrating by the tunnel in cruel fashion. He has built himself a bad reputation in England since the incident, including allegedly racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Vera during a Premier League match. In the following year punched Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay’s World Cup qualification defeat against Chile and in 2013 biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Liverpool fined the striker before he was banned for 10 matches. The message from Suarez after the draw was simple “It won’t be easy but Uruguay can defeat England. I’ll be happy if we both get through – but I want to score against England and win.” In past tournaments, Suarez has struggled to perform. For example, In June 2012 he was named as the Uruguay captain for the Summer Olympics. Suarez failed to score as Uruguay were eliminated in first round. England will be hoping they can limit Suarez as much as possible. Stopping Suarez will be crucial to progressing to the next round. Written by Jordan Simpson-Porter

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TOP 10


The Real Deal


Name Sergio Ramos Age 27 Club Real Madrid Nationality Spain


Javi Garcia




Manchester City

Nationality Position

Position Defender

Spain Midfield


Magnifique Name Age Club Nationality Position

Olivier Giroud 27 Arsenal France Forward

Like fine wine Name Age Club Nationality Position

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Andrea Pirlo 34 Juventus Italy Midfielder

Classy Casillas Name Age Club Nationality Position


Iker Casillas 32 Real Madrid Spain Goalkeeper

Length + Girth #8 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Didier Drogba 35 Galatasaray Ivory Coast Forward


Some players are judged on more than just their footballing ability. Some players are as famous off the pitch, as they are off it. This is due, largely, to their looks and style. Here we celebrate the 10 best looking men heading to this summer’s World Cup!

Portugeezer Name Age Club Nationality Position

Cristiano Ronaldo 28 Real Madrid Portugal Winger

Cesc Appeal Name Age Club Nationality Position



Cesc Fabregas 26 Barcelona Spain Midfielder

Aguer-OHH Name Age Club Nationality Position


Sergio Aguero 25 Manchester City Argentina Forward

Italian Stallion #10 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Lorenzo Insigne 22 Napoli Italy Winger

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TOP 10 Name Age

30 Juventus


#1 Name Franck Ribery Age 30

Bulldog Tévez

Club Bayern Munich

Carlos Tévez

Club Nationality


Nationality France Position Winger

Argentina Forward

#2 English delight

#3 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Wayne Rooney 28 Manchester United England Forward

Lonely Luka

#4 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Luka Modrc 28 Real Madrid Croatia Midfielder

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Park Ji-Sung 32 PSV (loan from PSV) South Korea Midfielder

He’s Spanish? Really?

#7 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Popeye the German

Asian sensation

#5 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Carles Puyol 35 Barcelona Spain Defender

Mesut Ozil 25 Arsenal Germany Midfielder

That hair.. no, no

#8 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Van Persie he isn’t

#6 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Just plain ugly

#9 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Bacary Sagna 30 Arsenal France Defender

Dirk Kuyt 35 Fenerbahce Holland Winger/Forward

#10 Name Age Club Nationality Position

Pepe 30 Real Madrid Portugal Defender

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TOP 10 Name Age Nationality Partner


Name Age

Sara Carbonero


29 Spain


Iker Casillas

Latin Beauty

Czech Her Out #3 Name Age Nationality Partner

Alena Seredova 35 Czech Republic Gianluigi Buffon

Pilar NICE Name Age Nationality Partner

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Shayk That Thing!


Pilar Rubio 35 Spanish Sergio Ramos

OH Mandy Name Age Nationality Partner


Mandy Capristo 23 Germany Mesut Ozil

Go- My Word! #8 Name Age Nationality Partner

Elena Gomez 28 Spain Javi Garcia


Irina Shayk 27 Russia Cristiano Ronaldo


Good Lookin’ Name Age Nationality Partner

Sam Cooke 26 English Chris Smalling

Still Mi- Heart Name Age Nationality Partner



Michela Quattroricocche 24 Italy Alberto Aquilani

TOWIE Wowie #6 Name Age Nationality Partner

Georgina Dorsett 27 England Tom Cleverley

Hips Don’t Lie #10 Name Age Nationality Partner

Shakira 36 Columbia Gerard Pique

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A HD TV will make it feel like you’re at the stadium


Watch the World Cup from the comfort of your own sofa



A World Cup with all your mates will be a better experience


Every team will have a new kit for the World Cup

The Perfect World Cup at Home

The Dugout brings you the top five esstentials needed for a luxurious World Cup in your own home


An ice-cold drink is esstential for viewing on a warm summer day


The World Cup comes around every four years with the inevitable rush for tickets a common occurance. For everyone who couldn’t manage to get tickets The Dugout brings you the top five esstentials that are needed to make a World Cup in your own home just as enjoyable.

2. A Comfortable Sofa or Chair One relief from watching the World Cup at home is the fact your won’t have to sit on the awful plastic stadium chairs. With 68 matches to watch then a comfortable sofa or chair will be needed to make sure you make it through the whole of the tournament.

4. Friends A World Cup wouldn’t be the same if you aren’t watching it with memorable people. Therefore invite all your mates round for all matches to make it an experience that will live long in the memory.

1. Widescreen HD TV Just because you didn’t manage to make it to Brazil doesn’t mean you have to settle for watching the games on a poor sized TV. Therefore the first esstential needed is a widescreen HD TV to enhance your viewing experience.

3. Your Countries New Shirt Every country will have a brand new shirt for their opening fixtures of the World Cup. Therefore it is esstential that you’re prepared for your teams very first fixture. Show your colours, show your passion, show who you support.

5. Drinks and Snacks As the World Cup is in the summer it is going to be hot. Plus you’re going to be spending a lot of time in front of the TV watching the games. Therefore iced cold drinks and plenty of snacks are an esstential to keep you going all the way.

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