We are full World Cup mode ON… For most of us Football soccer lovers, our lives revolve around the tournament, the talks, parties, BBQs, activities, jobs, our entire schedule is base on who is playing and at what time… Crazy I know but the good news is that it only happens every four years!! 😉
To be able to put our normal life on hold for a months we need to know the basic World Cup kit, in order to organized and schedule our life for the next month.
First the Groups.
After the play-off, we find out the latest teams that made it to Brazil, then we had the final draw ceremony, which increased our anxiety because it happened months before the opening ceremony, but it allowed us to prepare for kick-off time.
In between the draw ceremony and the kick-off match we had the road to Brazil, those were the friendly matches that the national teams played to get ready for the tournament, toned up matches, I had the chance to go to three games!! Wohoo I will share my experience later, it will be like my throwback thursday or something like that.
Anyway the point is that we need to know the groups and how the 32 countries were distributed meaning who plays who!!
Once we had the groups we identified the group of death just because if your national team is part of that group you start to pray or prepare for any outcome, after all it’s called the group of death because it’s the hardest one…. But one thing we know is that in a World Cup anything and everything can happen!!
The group of death of 2014 is “Group G”… Germany, Ghana, Portugal and USA. The USA was eliminated last world cup by Ghana, who has advanced to the next stage or out of the group stage the last two World Cups, Portugal has Ronaldo as their star and a some important players Pepe, Coentrao and Nani, and Germany well even if you don’t follow football soccer you know that they usually are very good, base on history they are consider a super power team on the football world, another story is to see how good they will be in this tournament. Now we understand why all the media picked this group as the group of death.
I think even if the others groups are not supposed to be as hard as group G, some are more complicated than others.
Group A; Brazil wont have it easy we saw that Croatia wasn’t easy and let’s see if Mexico or Cameroon can complicate them, as well Spain in group B has Chile a tough one for them and well The Netherlands and you probably already know what happened, Group D is also a bit complicated, three out of the four have been World Cup Champions before, Uruguay, England and Italy.
The rests of the groups are less complicated in most people opinions.
Once we know the ups and downs of the groups… We need a bracket, I am not used to fill in a bracket in advance like predictions for each match, I don’t do that, I use it more to follow-up results and to see who will face who in the next Stage, but if you want to fill them in, if you haven’t done that yet you still have time, we still have a lot of matches ahead.
Then we need to know the schedule, so we can decided which matches to watch, or as in my case to plan the non football relate activities I need to do ;). The one below is FIFA’s schedule that I really like, because I have the groups and their abbreviations to use when I’m tweeting and also I can see which teams play every day. But it’s in Brazil time zone, so for example here in New York we have one hour less than Brazil, so for me is still easy, but you just can look at your TV programing to find out about the hours.
Where to watch it.
I usually watch the games at home, I’m more comfortable and also I have wi-fi all the time haha… But for some matches I do like to go out and watch it with other soccer fans, so bars and viewing parties are perfect. I like to keep it simple, I wont spend all day in a bar but if you want to… 😉 hehe
Most probably a bars near you will have the tournament on theirs TVs but if not usually magazines or newspapers will give you ideas. In New York there a couple of list even with maps so you can decided depending where you live.
Other option is to search soccer supporters website to find out where they will meet and you can join them, just be careful and be safe if you don’t know them. Some MLS teams are having public viewing parties for certain matches in the U.S so check their websites too.
Online/ Application Options
So if you don’t have access to a TV to watch the matches, nowday most probably the network that has the WC rights have an online streaming, or an application to download and follow all the action. In the U.S, Univision has free online streaming and applications for your phone, ESPN also has an application although I don’t remember if you need to subscribe or something, I’ll double-check and update. For other places check the networks online pages, they will have all information.
Twitter – I really like twitter coverage of the World Cup, you find a lot of information with hashtags, follow journalist or people who are in Brazil, and also have fun with the falshtags, when you use a hashtag with the official FIFA country abbreviation a flag of the country will appear next to the letters, which is really cool, also they have other cool options like teams logos, or teams profile type of pictures. If you are using a computer results in real-time will appear on the side… see why I am kind of obsess with twitter specially during the world cup!
Google – They have some cool things, like statistics and schedule of matches, also quick search and other things like that. I love the World Cup Google doddles, they are so cute!!
I think these are the basics things to know what’s happening during the World Cup, probably you already knew this but just in case you just joined the soccer fever this is a good start.
Later we can look other things that make the whole World Cup experience more fun, like national teams Jerseys, Fashion, how to party and other type of essentials for the tournament. At the end it’s all about having fun, enjoy and experience all about it. The serious things and the silly and funny things too.
Thanks for reading, let me know if this is kind of helpful, or if you have other ideas or basic information that we need to know to have more fun while enjoying the World Cup, feel free to leave a comment.
In honor to the host Country lest dance a little bit to celebrate all goals!!
Have a great day!!
Pictures thanks to Google.com. fifa.com, 8by8mag.com, NYTimes.com, Twitter.