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It's not helping. Most of the people in that photo aren't smashing things up though. Don't ever let a minority of idiots take the focus away from what a large protest is about. All protests attract people like that and they're not worth the attention.

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Team Base Camps for Brazil 2014 announced

The Team Base Camps for the 32 participating teams for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ were announced on 1 February 2014. The teams will be spread into five regions across Brazil.

You can check out the location of your national team's Base Camp in the list below or in the related PDF overview.

Algeria: Sorocaba

Australia, Vitoria

Argentina: Vespasiano

Belgium: Mogi das Cruzes

Bosnia and Herzegowina: Guaruja

Brazil: Teresopolis

Cameroon: Vitoria

Chile: Belo Horizonte

Cote Ivoire: Aguas de Lindoia

Colombia: Cotia

Costa Rica: Santos

Croatia: Mata de Sao Joao

Ecuador: Viamao

England: Rio de Janeiro

France: Ribeirao Preto

Germany: Santa Cruz Cabralia

Ghana: Maceio

Greece: Aracaju

Honduras: Porto Feliz

Italy: Mangaratiba

Iran: Guarulhos

Japan: Itu

Korea Republic: Foz do Iguacu

Mexico: Santos

Netherlands: Rio de Janeiro

Nigeria, Portugal: Campinas

Portugal: Campinas

Russia: Itu

Spain: Curitiba

Switzerland: Porto Seguro

Uruguay: Sete Lagoas

USA: Sao Paulo


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Post Office releases stamps paying homage to World Cup host cities

04/02/2014 - 11:11
Pictures are based on the official posters of each host city. Six hundred thousand stamps will be printed, at R$ 1.20 each


This Thursday (30.01), the Post Office released a special series of stamps called “FIFA World Cup – Brazil 2014 – Host Cities”. Made up of twelve stamps that portray the World Cup host cities (Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo), this philatelic collection highlights the historical importance of the sporting event, which will be held in Brazil between 12 June and 13 July of this year.

The official host cities' posters were used as images for the stamps. Six hundred thousand stamps will be printed, at R$ 1.20 each. The stamps may be purchased at Post Offices, at their virtual store (www.correios.com.br/correiosonline) and at their online Sales Office (centralvendas@correios.com.br).

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What if the Mayor of Salvador decree Holidays during match days in the city to reduce the traffic? (plus Brazil matches will be national holidays)

June 12 Brazil match

June 13 Spain vs. Netherlands in Salvador


June 15 SUNDAY

June 16 Germany vs. Portugal

June 17 Brazil match


June 19 Corpus Christi National Holiday

June 20 France vs. Switzerland in Salvador


June 22 SUNDAY

June 23 Brazil match

June 24 St. John's Holiday

June 25 Bosnia vs. Iran in Salvador



June 28 Brazil match (Round of 16) or SATURDAY

June 29 Brazil match (Round of 16) or SUNDAY


July 1 Round of 16 match in Salvador

July 2 Bahia State Revolution Holiday

With all matches, regular holidays and weekends, people in Salvador would work/study only 4 days in a 21-day timespan!!!

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By EA SPORTS Football Feb 6, 2014


Prepare yourself for the world’s largest sporting event with EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The game hits store shelves in North America on April 15 for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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By EA SPORTS Football Feb 6, 2014
Prepare yourself for the world’s largest sporting event with EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The game hits store shelves in North America on April 15 for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Is it on PS4, if it is then I will buy it for PS4, if not then PS3.

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Curitiba retained as World Cup finals venue: FIFA

Florianopolis (Brazil) (AFP) - Curitiba won a last-minute reprieve from FIFA on Tuesday as it was retained as a World Cup finals venue despite the delays on construction work, announced FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke.

The work carried out on the stadium, which will host four games in the finals that get underway in Brazil in June, was judged by FIFA to have made enough progress to warrant being retained as a venue since it was threatened in January of being stripped of its matches.



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Adidas to stop selling Brazil World Cup T-shirts that 'encourage sexual tourism'
Sportswear maker to stop selling T-shirts before World Cup after Brazil's ministry of women's affairs said shirts were offensive
T-shirts withdrawn by Adidas for the Brazil World Cup Photograph: Adidas

Adidas agreed on Tuesday to stop selling two raunchy T-shirts months ahead of the World Cup in Brazil after the government complained that they associated the country with sexual tourism.

One shirt shows a bikini-clad woman with open arms on a sunny Rio de Janeiro beach under the words "Looking to Score". The other has an "I love Brazil" heart resembling the upside-down buttocks of a woman wearing a thong bikini bottom.

Adidas – the world's second-largest sportswear maker – said the shirts would not be sold any more, adding in a statement that they were from a limited edition that was only on sale in the US

The shirt designs touched a nerve in Brazil, where people often complain about foreign stereotypes of Brazilian sensuality. Brazil's government is campaigning aggressively to shed the country's reputation as a destination for sex tourism.

"Embratur strongly repudiates the sale of products that link Brazil's image to sexual appeal," the Brazilian tourism board said in a statement that asked the German multinational to pull the shirts from its stores.

The shirts went on sale in Adidas shops in the US while Brazil is preparing to host the World Cup soccer tournament, which kicks off on 12 June.

Adidas is one of the main sponsors of the event organised by soccer's governing body, Fifa, and the maker of its official ball.

Dilma Rousseff – Brazil's first female president – said her government would crack down on sex tourism and the exploitation of children and adolescents during the ccompetition, which is expected to draw 600,000 foreign fans.

"Brazil is happy to receive tourists for the World Cup, but it is also ready to combat sex tourism," she said in a burst of Twitter messages that included a hotline number to report cases of sexual exploitation.

The ministry of women's affairs said the shirts were not just offensive to Brazilian women but exposed them to the "barbarism" of sexual predators.

"This is all the more shocking in a country that just elected a women as its highest authority, which brought greater respect for women and zero tolerance for any form of violence against them," a ministry statement said.



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Brazil has 100 days to get ready for World Cup

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is running out of time.

World Cup organizers will mark 100 days to go on Tuesday with work still to be done on stadiums and infrastructure in the 12 host cities.

As national teams enter their final phase of preparations — Wednesday in the only date this year before mid-May that all players are available to national teams for exhibitions — the Brazilian government is trying to ensure the country will be prepared for the 32-nation tournament, which opens June 12. Brazil had nearly seven years to prepare after winning the bid in 2007.

"Listen, 100 days, it's a long way to go and it's a short way to go if there are still problems," FIFA President Sepp Blatter told FIFA.com. "But now all problems are under control and it will be, in 100 days, an exceptionally good start for an exceptional competition."

But there are four stadiums still under construction, and work outside many venues is far from over. Airports likely won't have all the work completed, and many urban projects initially expected to be ready for the World Cup won't be finished until after the event.

Doubts also remain about whether host cities will meet FIFA's requirements for fan areas with outdoor viewing screens.

Only six of the dozen stadiums were completed by last year's deadline. Two may be ready less than a month before the World Cup begins, including the Sao Paulo site of the opener between Brazil and Croatia.

FIFA expected Itaquerao to be ready in mid-April, but FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said last week the venue will not be ready before May 15.

The other venue with a tight schedule is in the southern city of Curitiba, which until a few weeks ago was in danger of being dropped. Local organizers said they believe the stadium will be ready by the end of April, but FIFA expects it to be finalized in mid-May.

There also is concern with the wetlands city of Cuiaba, where the stadium is not ready and work outside the venue seems far from complete.

"We have to work in conditions where the cement is not even dry (and) we already put things in place," Valcke said. "There is no criticism, there is just a challenge. For sure the stadiums are beautiful. It will work, and you will have what you expected."

Equipping a stadium to World Cup working standards requires 90 days, so FIFA and local organizers will have to start installing temporary structures needed for media and sponsors while construction work continues outside the venues.

Another FIFA concern is with the fan fests. FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said this month that soccer's governing body could sue the venues that breach their contract.

The northeastern city of Recife announced recently that it will not spend public money on the event and is seeking private partners.



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Sat Mar 1, 2014 News source REUTER

Law-making IFAB bans players displaying any slogans

(Reuters) - Players will no longer be able to raise their shirts and reveal a slogan or message on an undergarment even if it is one of solidarity following a decision by soccer's rule-making body on Saturday.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) also sanctioned the official use of headwear for women, after a two-year trial period, as well as for men.

Overt slogans have long been banned by FIFA, world soccer's governing authority, but players often lift up their shirts after scoring to show other messages like birthday greetings or a message for the birth of a baby.

"From now on there can be no slogan or image whatsoever on undergarments even good-natured ones.

This will apply from June 1 and will be in force for the World Cup," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told a news conference after an IFAB meeting.

Although many slogans that players display are of solidarity, Valcke said it had been decided to impose a blanket ban to avoid confusion.

"It's easier to say no," he said. "Sometimes, we are criticised for saying no but what is the definition of a nice message?"

Board member Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, said it would be too complicated for match officials to determine what is a political or commercial message rather than one of solidarity.

"Some of this did think this might appear churlish but to determine what is right and wrong between different countries and cultures is very complicated, so it's easier to say it's got no place in the game." he said.

Players who break the rule will be punished by competition organisers rather than receiving a yellow card.

On head gear, FIFA ratified the use of head scarves for women, a measure which had been provisionally approved in July 2012 mainly so that women Muslim players could use the hijab.

"We had a request from the Sikh community to play with headgear and to avoid discrimination against men, it was decided that what applied to women can apply to men," added Valcke.

"We will work exactly on the definition on these covers."

IFAB, comprising the four British associations and four representatives of FIFA was formed in 1886 and predates the founding of FIFA by some 18 years.

The body, which is undergoing changes of its own with the introduction of technical and football sub-committees, sanctions and changes the laws after at least a three-quarters majority in favour of any proposal.

Valcke added the laws themselves are undergoing a revision to make their meaning, and their interpretation, clearer internationally.

Link to this article;http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/01/uk-soccer-ifab-idUKBREA200AC20140301

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Nike Wins First World Cup Kit Battle Against Adidas

Nike will supply the kit for more teams than Adidas for the first time ever at this year's World Cup finals.

The two sports giants will throw Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain against Brazil to see who can claim a bigger chunk of the multi-billion dollar market for football boots, shirts and shorts.

Both say they are the leaders, but analysts say Nike is making an aggressive push in key football markets. The company says it could soon earn more from soccer than basketball -- the sport that launched Nike as a global force.

Adidas of Germany has traditionally dominated soccer pitches and is an official World Cup sponsor. Adidas will have a "dominant role" at the finals in Brazil, chief executive Herbert Hainer said this week.

Nike, which leads in sales of all sports goods, only entered the football market in the 1990s but has since made stunning progress. It will be providing kit for 10 teams at this year's World Cup finals -- Australia, Brazil, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea and United States.

Adidas has dropped to eight teams from 10 in 2010. It still has a formidable line-up however, with reigning champions Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia.



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Republican senators tell Fifa Russia must be kicked out of 2014 World Cup

Two US senators have written to Fifa, the governing body of world football, to request that Russia be banned from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and stripped of the right to host the 2018 tournament, over its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

The US and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on the government of President Vladimir Putin, in response to the occupation of Ukrainian military bases and transport and infrastructure facilities which began last week.

In their letter to the Fifa chairman, Sepp Blatter, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Dan Coates of Indiana, both Republicans, cite the exclusion of Yugoslavia from the 1992 European Championship and 1994 World Cup and say: “Since Russia has similarly displayed a brazen disrespect for fundamental principles of Fifa and international law, [we] hope you will agree that it doesn’t deserve the honour of either hosting the World Cup or participating in one.

“We ask that a more deserving World Cup 2018 bid should be re-considered instead.”

The Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, a former president of the Russian football federation and chair of the local organising committee for the 2018 World Cup, is a Fifa board member.

The letter also cites Fifa statutes calling for suspension if a country or people are discriminated against: “According to Article 3 of the Fifa statutes: ‘discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.’”



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Brazil soccer federation complains about Hyundai World Cup ad

A Hyundai ad promises the company will increase its usual 5-year guarantee to 6 if Brazil wins the Worlld Cup
London: Brazil’s soccer federation says an advertising campaign by Hyundai Motor Co., which promises new car buyers an extra year of warranty if the national team wins the World Cup, breaches its intellectual property rights.
A Hyundai advertisement playing on the word hexa, meaning sixth in Portuguese, promises the company will increase its usual five-year guarantee to six on new cars sold between 1 January and 13 July if the host nation wins the competition this year for a record-extending sixth time.
The ad led to a complaint from the CBF, Brazilian soccer’s ruling body. Its legal director, Carlos Eugenio, contacted the car maker and asked it to pull the campaign, arguing that it’s using intellectual property that belongs to the CBF. The soccer body’s official car partner is Volkswagen AG.
“Our lawyer went directly to Hyundai and told them they are using our property,” Rodrigo Paiva, a CBF spokesman, said by telephone. “It’s always a sensitive point but the CBF are the owners of the property.”
Hyundai spokeswoman Meeyoung Song said the company, South Korea’s biggest auto maker, isn’t commenting on the matter. Volkswagen, the largest in Europe, didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
The advertisement for the Hexagarantia remains on Hyundai Brazil’s YouTube channel, and has been viewed more than 85,000 times. There’s also an official website for the promotion.
Hyundai is an official sponsor of soccer’s world governing body FIFA and is allowed to use branding associated with the tournament, although the CBF says it can’t use references to the Brazil team in its promotion. The Brazilian body made 235.6 million reais ($100 million) from sponsors in 2012, according to its latest annual report.
Fifa’s sponsors last year paid about $350 million for World Cup-related partnerships. The monthlong tournament, which is costing Brazil 25.6 billion reais, begins in Sao Paulo on 12 June. Reuters


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