Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Brazilians Who Cheer For Holland!


This is the name of the small city colonized by Dutch located in São Paulo state who cheers for Holland!
The name is a combination of Holland + America + Brazil = Holambra

Holambra - SP - Brazil

The economy of the city is based on production and commerce of flowers, by the way, they are the biggest producers of Latin America!
Every year the city receives thousands of tourists who come attracted by this commerce.

People from Holambra celebrating one of Holland's victory

Because of the World Cup the city has been decorated in green and yellow but also in orange. It is very interesting to observe who much people are proud of their heritage. Of course many of them also cheer for Brazil, but there are many Holland fans there!

The City Hall offers a big screen on a specific place for the football fans watch the games, around 400 people get together to watch either Brazil or the Netherlands.

Holambra decorated for the 2014 World Cup 

After today's game I'm sure the city is cheerful!
Mexico played very well, Ochoa was great, but the Netherlands turned ir around and is going to the quarter finals.

Holambra decorated for the 2014 World Cup

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Round of 16: Saturday


There is a lot going on and still a lot to happen!

The first match of the day was between Brazil and Chile. Both teams played well, it was a hard game... and it ended on penalties.

Brazil beat Chile and is going to the quarter-finals.

The team Brazil celebrates their victory with Julio Cesar

The second game was between Uruguay and Colombia.
Colombia played better this time (2 x 0) and is confronting Brazil on the quarter-finals!

James Rodriguez scored both goals for Colombia. Good Job!
Tomorrow we have hot games!

Holland x Mexico

Costa Rica x Greece


Friday, June 27, 2014

Round of 16


Yesterday we finished defining the groups H and G.

Germany celebrates scoring

We had Portugal 2 x 1 Ghana
USA 0 x 1 Germany
Korea Republic 0 x 1 Belgium
Algeria 1 x 1 Russia

Team USA

The Team USA was very festive, cheering a lot and showing love for their team... they lost the game but, still, are classified! They play against Belgium on July 1st.

The other teams that also classified are Algeria and Belgium.

Here are all the teams classified with dates:


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Groups E & F Defined

Many goals, fast goals... this World Cup is so amazing!

On Argentina x Nigeria, Messi scored at 3' after the first kick... while the Argentinians were still celebrating Musa scored the first for Nigeria... then another from Messi, another from Musa... and then came Mojo to score the third for Argentina.

Argentina classified in first place

Both teams are classified.
Bosnia and Herzegovina are out, and also Iran.

Musa scored 2 goals for Nigeria against Argentina

Another fast and beautiful goal came from Shaquiri, he scored at 6' of the first half and then 3 more to make Switzerland 3 x 0 Honduras.

Shaqiri scored all the 3 goals for Switzerland

The other game was France 0 x 0 Ecuador - Result that favors France, which is then in first place of Group ESwitzerland is also going to Round of 16.

Congrats guys! Good job.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Groups C and D Defined


Today one more big nation leaves the World Cup! Four times champions Italy looses to Uruguay 1 x o. Both teams played hard, the game was good.
We had a red card for Italy and a suppose bite of Luiz Suárez in Chiellini.

Uruguay classifies!

Costa Rica and England ended up with no goals... so the results for Group D is:

Costa Rica first place with 7 points and Uruguay second with 6 points.

Keylor Navas helps Costa Rica to classify in first place for Group D

Besides Italy, England is the other surprise that is leaving the competition.

Seems to me that the whole planet learned how to play football!

Greece wins 2 x 1 over Côte d'Ivoire and is in second place on Group C

Now... Group C
Congrats Colombia! First place 
Congrats Greece! Second place

James Rodriguez scores for Colombia. 

Colombia 4 x 1 Japan

Next round Colombia plays against Uruguay and
Costa Rica plays agains Greece

Tomorrow we have:

13h - Group F
Porto Alegre
Nigeria x Argentina

Bosnia and Herzegovina x Iran

17h - Group E
Honduras x Switzerland

Rio de Janeiro
Ecuador x France

Monday, June 23, 2014

Groups A & B Defined

Hello! Hello!

Decision day for Groups A and B.

Netherlands won over Chile 2 x 0 and is the head of Group B.
Australia and Spain also played, 3 x 0 to La Roja, but both teams are heading home.

Memphis score for Netherlands

Mexico will meet Netherlands on Round of 16. They won over Croatia 3 x 1, finished with 7 points, same as Brazil who won over Cameroon on a hard game 4 x 1

Rafael Marquez scores for Mexico

Because Brazil wins in goal difference, they play against Chile on Round of 16. Chile is in second place on Group B.

Joga Bonito - Neymar scores twice for Brazil

Tomorrow Groups C and D will be also defined.

Prince Harry watches Brazil playing in Brasilia
Italy x Uruguay

Belo Horizonte
Costa Rica x England

Japan x Colombia

Greece x Côte d'Ivoire

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Players and Clubs

Hello everyone!

Are you wondering in what clubs all those players play?
I was! So I decided to list them here. I wrote their names, nationality and position. Here they are:

1. FC Bayern Muenchen - 14 players, 7 of them are from Germany:
  • Neuer (GER) - goalkeeper
  • Boateng (GER) - defender
  • Schweinsteiger (GER) midfielder
    Robben - FC Beyern Muenchen
  • Lahm (GER) - midfielder
  • Kroos (GER) - midfielder
  • Müller (GER) - midfielder
  • Götze (GER) - forward
  • Dante (BRA) - defender
  • Van Buyten (BEL) - defender
  • Javi Matínez (ESP) - midfielder
  • Green (USA) - midfielder
  • Shaqiri (SUI) - midfielder
  • Robben (NED) - forward
  • Mandžukić (CRO) - forward

2. Manchester United - 14 players
V. Persie - Manchester United

  • De Gea (ESP) - goalkeeper
  • Evra (FRA) - defender
  • Smalling (ENG) - defender
  • Jones (ENG) - defender
  • Fellani (BEL) - midfielder
  • A. Valencia (ECU) - midfielder
  • Januzaj (BEL) - midfielder
  • V. Persie (NED) - forward
  • Rooney (ENG) - forward
  • Kagawa (JPN) - forward
  • Welbeck (ENG) - forward
  • Mata (ESP) - forward
  • J. Hernandez (MEX) - forward
  • Nani (POR) - forward

3. FC Barcelona - 13 players
Alexis Sanches - FC Barcelona

  • Daniel Alves (BRA) - defender
  • Piqué (ESP) - defender
  • Jordi Alba (ESP) - defender
  • Song. A (CMR) - midfielder
  • A. Iniesta (ESP) - midfielder
  • Xavi (ESP) - midfielder
  • Fábregas (ESP) - midfielder
  • Mascherano (ARG) - midfielder
  • Sergio Busquets (ESP) - midfielder
  • Alexis Sanches (CHI) - forward
  • Messi (ARG) - forward
  • Neymar (BRA) - forward
  • Pedro Rodriguez (ESP) - forward

Other famous players from well-known teams:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th - Games Results

What a World Cup!

After losing to Chile 2 x 0 Spain is eliminated from the World Cup on group stage at Maracanã.

Spain is eliminated from the World Cup

Cameroon was also eliminated by Croatia, 4 x 0.

Netherlands won over Australia - 3 x 2 

Robben scoring the first goal of the match

Thursday's Games:

13h from Brasilia
Colombia x Côte d'Ivoire

16h from São Paulo
Uruguay x England

19h from Natal
Japan x Greece

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17th - Games Results

If for any reason you couldn't watch Brazil x Mexico... well, you missed a very good game, even though if ended scoreless.

The game really began with both national anthems being sung in unison , we couldn't decide which nation was more passioned, then the game began... both teams played hard, they wanted this victory so bad, there were many chances of goals... but this guy was there:
Guillermo Ochoa

"Hero", "unbelievable", "series of outstanding saves"... these are some of the adjectives given to this 28 year old Mexican goalkeeper.
Even he admits that this was the best performance of his career. Even the Brazilians are complementing him. Today the world look to him with better eyes!

Guillermo Ochoa defeats Mexico against Brazil and is the Man of the Match

This afternoon we also had Belgium 2 x 1 Algeria and Russia 1 x 1 Korea Republic.
Korean K H Lee scored one of the most beautiful goals so far in this competition.

Tomorrow we have:

13h from Porto Alegre
Australia x Holland

16h from Rio de Janeiro
Spain x Chile

18h from Manaus
Cameroon x Croatia

Fernanda Lima cheering for Brazil with her family in Fortaleza

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16th - Games Results

Well, well...

This is definitely not an ordinary World Cup... we are having lots of surprises lately...
FIFA President Joseph Blatter and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

My first big surprise of the day was the pleasure of seeing the German Chancellor Angela Merkel watching the match this afternoon in the Fonte Nova Stadium.
The second you may know already... 

Germany played beautifully and won the game with a 4 x 0 over the Lusitanians. Thomas Müller was the man of the match scoring 3 goals. Hummels scored the other one.

Thomas Mueller celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal

The Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo tried to take control over the game but the rest of the team didn't help much... oh, well... 

Group F brought the first 0 x 0 of this World Cup with Iran and Nigeria

The American forward Dempsey was Fast and Furious, he scored at the first minute of the first half! Wow!
And Joe Biden was there to cheer!

Clint Dempsey scores the fastest goal of this World Cup

The game ended 2 x 1 to The Yanks.

 Tomorrow we have:

13h from Belo Horizonte
Belgium x Algeria

16h from Fortaleza
Brazil x Mexico

19h from Cuiabá (18h local time)
Russia x Korea Republic

The American Vice-President Joe Biden watches The US win over Ghana

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 15th - Games Results


Did you all have a good weekend? 

Yesterday Côte d'Ivoire won the game against Japan, 2 x 1.

Today Switzerland scored 2 x 1 Ecuador, playing in the national capital, Brasilia. The victory came at the end of the 2nd half with Seferović.
France did very well on their first game of this World Cup. They couldn't count on Ribéry for this World Cup but Benzema was there! They beat Honduras 3 x 0.   

Welcome to the World Cup Bosnia and Herzegovina! Welcome to Brazil!
Playing in Rio the Argentinians had to wait until the end of the game to celebrate. The European rookies played very well... 2 x 1 isn't a comfortable score. But Messi scored and now let this World Cup begin!

We are still missing the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, and the whole Germany Squad! Tomorrow they will give us something fun to do!

Monday Games:

13h from Salvador

16h from Curitiba

19h from Natal

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday, June 14th - Games Results

Today we had 4 games, and here are the results:

Pirlo helps Italy win against England in Manaus

Colombia wins their first game in this WC

Group C
Colombia 3 x 0 Greece 

Group D
Uruguay 1 x 3 Costa Rica
Costa Rica celebrates victory
England 1 x 2 Italy

Later, at 22h we will have Côte d'Ivoire x Japan

Tomorrow, Sunday we will have:

13h from Brasilia
Switzerland x Ecuador

16h from Porto Alegre
France x Honduras

19h from Rio de Janeiro
Argentina x Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maracanã - Rio de Janeiro

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday, June 13th - Games Results

Hello there,

This Friday we had 3 important matches:

Mexico x Cameroon in Natal - RN
Group A had Mexico 1 x 0 Cameroon playing under a heavy rain in Natal. Oribe Peralta scored.

Robin Van Persie - Netherlands
Group B had Spain 1 x 5 Netherlands 
Amazing game. Alonso scored the first one, a penalty for Spain, and at 43' of the first half Van Persie scored that beautiful head goal you see on the picture.
Second half was a big sequence of goals, Robben, Vrij, Van Persie and Robben again scoring the 5th goal of this wonderful match! Congrats Holland, you guys wanted it so bad and got it! 

Still on Group B we had 
Chile 3 x 1 Australia
Chile could count on their fans cheering and singing... feeling like home! But there were also many Australians at the stadium cheering for the Socceroos Squad.

Tomorrow, Saturday we will have 4 games:

13h from Belo Horizonte
Colombia x Greece
Arena Amazonia - Manaus

16h from Fortaleza
Uruguay x Costa Rica

18h from Manaus  ( -05 UTC)
England x Italy

22h from Recife
Côte D'Ivoire x Japan

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Brazil x Croatia

What a hard game!

Looking at this score you wouldn't say...

Brazil won, but it wasn't easy... at the first half Marcelo scored a own goal for Croatia, then came Neymar and scored 2 goals, one of which was a penalty.
Oscar was playing beautifully all game long, and ended up scoring the third goal.

Croatia played very well, they were fast and focused... congrats guys!

Tomorrow we have:

1 pm - Mexico x Cameroon
4 pm - Spain x Netherlands
6 pm - Chile x Australia

Take care! Don't drink and drive!