Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Greatest Show On Earth

World Cup 2014 Brasil

Dubbed as the greatest show on earth and been watch by nearly half of world population, FIFA World Cup surely the most anticipated event.

Now  Jogo Bonito is at his home Brasil as hosting nation. The backing and adverse decorated this time edition of world cup. As the supports and cheers filled the stadiums, opposed and disapproved movements spilled on the streets.

Despite all the troubles the game begun. At 5 pm 12 June 2014 at  Sao Paolo the five-time winners and host nation Brazil will ensure a sprinkling of prestige and history as they kick off the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup™ against an ambitious Croatia. And as everybody already knew Brasil defeated Crotia 3-1.

FIFA had expected that nearly half the world's population, well over three billion people to watch this opening game.

Now look at the money matter. According to  the prize money for the teams is very lucrative.

The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as US$576 million (including payments of US$70 million to domestic clubs), a 37 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2010 tournament. Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants will receive US$1.5 million for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money will be distributed as follows:

US$8 million – To each team eliminated at the group stage (16 teams)
US$9 million – To each team eliminated in the round of 16 (8 teams)
US$14 million – To each team eliminated in the quarter-finals (4 teams)
US$20 million – Fourth placed team
US$22 million – Third placed team
US$25 million – Runner up
US$35 million – Winner

Now which team is going to win this exquisite trophy and bestowed as the best team on earth. For me projected Brasil as the winner. Close contenders would be German, Holland and Spain.  All the pressure will be on Neymar and Co in Sao Paulo, with an entire nation desperate to win the World Cup odyssey on home soil. This really good chance for Brasil to win and extended their record to six-time winners.

As hosts, Brazil qualified automatically, but have still been getting the match practice in. In their last nine games before the World Cup 2014, the Selecao, under the watchful eye of Gene Hackman impersonator Luiz Felipe Scolari, have scored 30 goals and conceded just two. The hosts have not lost in Brazil since 2002 where Paraguay emerged victorious. Very impressive records indeed.

Now with the emergence of new talent in Neymar the Selecao had no excuse not to win it. Neymar the Barcelona star before the World Cup 2014, in his last 28 Brazil games, he has scored 22 goals.  And compared to his illustrious Barca team mate Lionel Messi who recorded  a goals-to-games ratio of just 0.44, for his country Argentina. To date Messi scored 39 goals in 89 games.

As been watch by billions Brasil saw off Croatia in the opening game. The most interesting things  were the two goals scored by Neymar and Oscar. The first game really a striker goal. Neymar only had small gap and a little time to think what he going to do and chose to shot. Great goal indeed. The third also very exquisite goal. The technique use by Oscar was delightful, not sure he poke the ball or using outside of his foot. Oscar style of play resembled Kaka in my opinion.

The Germans also had a very young and good team. The had wonderkid Goetze in the team, goal-scoring machine  Muller and hard rock defender in Humels. And of course Neuer the world class goal keeper.

As usual I really hope Holland to win the title this year. Three times as bridesmaid were not good enough. Like Spain before this Holland is the great underachiever.

Holland started well as their total football humiliated Spain tiki taka. Although actually I believed the precision and speed of Holland that actually hammered them.

So enjoy the World Cup  

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