FIFA WORLD CUP 2014: HEM’s unofficial guide

with Sunny Atwal (idea contributor)

(c) Wikimedia Commons

This month, the football-crazy south American nation of Brazil will play host to one of the biggest sports showdowns of modern history, the FIFA World Cup. National teams from across the globe will converge on cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Manaus to clash in an epic battle to decide who will lift the World Cup and be crowned the greatest footballing nation of the next four years. With the dozens of teams taking part, hundreds of thousands of loyal supporters and intrigued television viewers will converge around big screens and big stadia to take in this mega spectacle that will not only celebrate the majesty of the beautiful game but also unite cultures, creeds and colours in a festival of footballing fun that cuts across seas, oceans and international boundaries.

The FIFA 2014 World Cup begins on the 12th June (next Thursday) in Brazil, the largest nation on the South American continent. It will be the 20th tournament of the World Cup series and the initial group matches will kick-off on the 12th June. The final between the remaining two teams will take place on the 13th July. It is the second time Brazil has played host to the Cup and the country was selected by the FIFA governing body virtually unchallenged in 2007, after organisers felt South America should play host this time round. Brazil last experienced national World Cup of this magnitude over half a century ago, in 1950.

National teams of thirty-one countries will arrive in Brazil to play a total of 64 matches across twelve of its biggest cities, which will use special goal-line technology for the first time ever in a World Cup tournament. The winner of the previous tournament held in South Africa, was Spain. However the reds-and-yellows may well be unseated by either the host nation or another great South American team such as Argentina. All of the previous tournaments that were held in the continent were won by teams from it.

In the run-up to the World Cup, FIFA announced that they will be holding a series of special parties, also known as the ‘Fan Fests’ in each of the twelve cities holding the various matches. As Brazilians do enjoy a good party and are wholehearted dedicated to their football, these events are expected to be highly popular with both local and visiting fans.

The 2014 World Cup is expected to be the most expensive in history. There have been numerous charged protests by people in Brazil who felt that the country had taken too much with hosting both the Cup and the Rio Olympics, especially in the cost of building new stadia, hotels and facilities. However many others think that the money is well spent in safeguarding Brazil’s enviable place in the football world stage and that the country will financially reap the rewards from the millions of dollars in sales, sponsorships and tourism that will come in the wake of the World Cup. The Brazilian government expect costs of  $14 billion, while FIFA will spend $2 billion on staging the finals. The bill for building and renovating stadia is likely to be around $3.6 billion, including five new venues built especially for the matches. FIFA are aiming to sell 3,334,524 match tickets, of which 1.1 million will go on sale to the general public and the rest going to corporate sponsors, VIPs and FIFA personnel and team staff.

(c) Agencia Brasil/Wikimedia Commons

The distinctive trophy logo in the Brazilian flag colours of green and yellow is nicknamed ‘Inspiration’ and was created by designers with the marketing agency Africa, based in the host country. The design was based on a photograph of three victorious hands lifting the World Cup trophy to show Brazil’s warmhearted welcome to the world. FIFA’s official slogan for the tournament, which will appear along with the Inspiration logo on branded products like signage, souvenirs and tickets, will be “All in One Rhythm” (Portuguese: “Juntos num só ritmo“). The official mascot is an armadillo by the name of Fuleco. He belongs to a uniquely Brazilian subspecies of the creatures known as the ‘tatu-bola‘. When armadillos are threatened by predators they roll up into a protective ball, completely shielded by their armour of bony plates, which makes the armadillo a fitting mascot for this world-class football tournament. Fuleco’s name comes from the Portuguese words “futebol” (football) and “ecologia” (ecology), a way of combining the popularity of the sport in Brazil with the vital need to protect the nation’s unique wildlife and ecosystems. Two of the cities where matches are scheduled in located right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest – ‘the world’s lungs’.

The official World Cup 2014 stadia

(c) Wikimedia Commons
(c) Wikimedia Commons


(c) FIFA
(c) FIFA

The World Cup 2014 sites

The Official Website of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

The Official Match Schedule for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.


The Half-Eaten Mind is officially supporting the England team for the FIFA World Cup 2014, with Brazil as the second supported team should England fail to make it to the finals. While England’s World Cup fortunes have not been as stellar as Brazil or Italy, they are a team that are at least ready to slog it out when facing the big boys. Despite last winning the World Cup in 1966, at the old Wembley Stadium, which was near London, England, we are a regular feature at tournaments. England has produced some continental-class, if not world-class players, and football is very much a religion here. We play hard, we play proud and we play with passion. Names like Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and Bobby Moore are revered by football fans not only in England, but across the world, as well as top flight English teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal.

The 2014 team blends experience with youth. Already in a previous friendly earlier this month against Peru, new player Daniel Sturridge has shown promising form, and it is hoped that Hodgson’s go-to squad of established playing talent will be strengthened and complimented by the injection of fresh blood, which will hopefully mean a faster, more possessive and ultimately more delivering England. Let’s wear those three lions with pride!!

(c) pixabay
(c) pixabay

This is the team line-up for Brazil.


Roy Hodgson


Theo Walcott

Danny Welbeck

Daniel Sturridge

Wayne Rooney

Andy Carroll

Rickie Lambert

Jermain Defoe


Leighton Baines

Ryan Bertrand

Gary Cahill

Ryan Shawcross

Kyle Walker

Ashley Cole

Chris Smalling

Phil Jones

Kieran Gibbs

Steven Taylor

Steven Caulker

Glen Johnson

Joleon Lescott

Phil Jagielka

John Terry


Frank Lampard

Steven Gerrard

James Milner

Michael Carrick

Jake Livermore

Jack Wilshere

Leon Osman

Andros Townsend

Ross Barkley

Jonjo Shelvey

Scott Parker

Ashley Young

Adam Johnson

Aaron Lennon

Raheem Sterling

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Tom Cleverley

Adam Lallana


Ben Foster

Fraser Forster

Jack Butland

Joe Hart

John Ruddy

(c) Wikimedia Commons

To round up the Half-Eaten Mind unofficial World Cup Guide, here are three football anthems, two produced especially for this year’s Cup alongside the ultimate England football song and melodious stirrer of national pride, the mighty Three Lions song.

“We Are One – [Ole Ola]” – the official World Cup song for international release. This song was performed by rapper Pitbull alongside songstress Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte. The song was released through RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. A really energetic song, infused with Brazilian passion, international flair and brimming with World Cup fever.


“The World is Ours” – the Cola-Cola WC campaign anthem. This song was sung mainly by David Correy alongside backing vocals by Rio percussion group Monobloco who also provide the samba rhythms, and was produced and written last year by Mario Caldato Jr & Rock Mafia


In homage to my country of birth and the determination, style and inspiration of those who proudly put on the shirt with the three lions badge, here is the anthem that has been sung along to by hundreds of thousands of fans since the late Nineties and which has passed into English football folklore. It is as inseparable to the English way of celebrating our team’s triumphs as big screen TVs, barbecues, cold beers and pub get-togethers.

“Three Lions ’98” – with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and the band The Lightning Seeds. The chart-topper was originally released by Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited in 1998.


“2014 FIFA World Cup” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
“2014 FIFA World Cup marketing” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
“FIFA World Cup – England” –, UEFA
“2014 FIFA World Cup” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
“2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil TM” –, FIFA
“WC-2014-Brasil” – FIFA/OAlexander, Wikimedia Commons (8 January 2011)
“Fuleco.2013” – Tânia Rêgo & RobSabino, Agência Brasil/Wikimedia Commons (17 June 2013)
“Football World Championship England World Cup” – DasWortgewand, Pixabay (5 June 2014)
“Fil:England Away Shirt 2010-2012 (crest).jpg” – The Laird of Oldham, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons (25 March 2010)
“We Are One (Ole Ola) [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song] (Olodum Mix)” – PitbullVEVO, YouTube GB (16 May 2014)
“David Correy — The World is Ours (Lyric Video): Coca-Cola’s 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Campaign Anthem” – Coca-Cola, YouTube GB (11 September 2013)
“Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds – Three Lions ’98” – LightningSeedsVEVO, YouTube GB (17 November 2012)


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