HEI FRANGUEIRO, COMO VAI?: Brazil’s World Cup soccer slang

If you are fortunate enough to be one of those exceptionally lucky visitors to Brazil during the World Cup now in full swing there, you will have noticed two inescapable things about the country. One is the Portuguese language. Portuguese is the national tongue and is spoken over the majority of the country. A legacy of the Portuguese empire that once ruled over Brazil until the 19th century, the local flavour of the language has its own expressions, spellings and idioms. Coupled with the distinct sing-song accent, Brazil’s Portuguese is very different from the Portuguese used in its former colonial … Continue reading HEI FRANGUEIRO, COMO VAI?: Brazil’s World Cup soccer slang

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014: HEM’s unofficial guide

with Sunny Atwal (idea contributor) 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 … Continue reading FIFA WORLD CUP 2014: HEM’s unofficial guide

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014: England qualifies for Rio

Vijay Shah (research, writing & editing) Sunny Atwal (story contributor) The England football team have made it to the FIFA World Cup next year after defeating Poland at Wembley Stadium this past Tuesday. Roy Hodgson‘s eleven are now qualified for the group draw which will be held on Friday 6th December 2013. The decider against Poland for a place at the World Cup in Brazil saw thousands of fans, including an estimated 18,000 ticketholders who travelled in from Europe converge on one of England’s greatest shrines to the golden game. Roy Hodgson’s side needed three points from their last qualifier … Continue reading FIFA WORLD CUP 2014: England qualifies for Rio