Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Dov Herzberg
The 2014 World Cup starts Thursday, June 12, and for soccer/football lovers from around the world, the adrenaline is starting to pump. Find the best ways to follow your favorite team’s journey throughout The 2014 Brazil World Cup.
No matter what you call it, soccer (or football) is the most played and watched sport in the world. American’s swear that football is played in between goal posts and with pigskin while Europeans insist that football should probably be played with a foot. It’s a fair point. For the purpose of this article though, I’ll have to stick to my red meat loving, beer chugging and tree chopping roots and refer to this wonderful game as soccer. I hope you understand.
Once every four years, the 736 finest soccer players in the world stretch their muscles, put on their jerseys and tighten their cleats in preparation for the world’s most popular sporting event, The Fifa World Cup. There are 32 teams, but only one gets the glory. With so many games and a diamond-like number of facets to the world of soccer, it is easy to get lost. Here is how to make the most out of this month long experience:
From buying the jerseys, to knowing the schedule and even to watching the games, it takes a lot of effort to stay on top of all the action. Well it would have if not for Wibki. This intuitive webpage has every link you need in order to have the most enjoyable experience while watching The Brazil 2014 World Cup.
If you are interested in reading insightful analysis, placing a bet or two or even donating to some soccer themed charity, this webpage has links to virtually every worthwhile World Cup related website. We did it for you. Now go enjoy yourself.
You don’t begin a research paper by checking out the 10th page of Google and you don’t try shooting a three-pointer until you learn how to hit a layup. Likewise, before you get all fancy, it is advisable to begin your World Cup adventure with The World Cup’s Official Website. Replete with interesting articles, individual team home pages and even match times, it’s the first stop you should take to give yourself a little background on what has been going on and what is coming up.
Unfortunately, the action doesn’t stop while you’re at work, in the park or at your daughter’s school play. Therefore, having a mobile app to keep you updated is essential. Available on both iPhones and Androids, the World Cup Official App has everything you need to quickly check scores, times, statistics and more while you’re away from your computer. Just make sure not to get caught looking at your phone when your daughter is about to sing her solo.
Social media has infiltrated and then promptly enhanced many aspects of our life. The 2014 Brazil World Cup is no different. Make sure to follow the official Twitter feed for live updates sent straight to your homepage or phone and maybe even tweet at them in an attempt to score the coveted “retweet.” And, if 140 characters just isn’t your style (or you have one of those long rants building up), make sure to like the Facebook Page where you and other fans can like, comment and tell the world who you want to win.
There are experts for a reason and you’ll want to check out what they have to say. For your convenience, ESPN has unique team pages for all 32 teams so you can read everything there is to know, including recaps, breaking stories and more about your squad.
However, if you want a larger picture and want to read about everything that happens in this month long tournament, head on over to SB Nation where some of the best World Cup articles and analyses can be found.
You can’t watch it if you don’t know when it’s happening, right? For a standard schedule of all the matches, there is none better than the one that Fifa provides.
However, if you want the complete schedule to be synched and automatically updated on your iCal, Google Calendar or other standard calendar app, the aptly named World Cup iCal calendar is the place to go.
Aside from taking home the winning trophy, there is no better feeling as a sports fan than the “I called it” moment. If you’re looking for that kind of vindication, put your money where your mouth is and place a bet on the team that you “know” is going to win. Betting can also be a fun way to create a stake in a game that you would otherwise be indifferent towards. So, if you are interested in taking a little risk, make sure to check out the World Cup odds and then head on over to Sky Bet to place your bets. Good luck and remember to gamble responsibly.
The World Cup is quickly becoming the most streamed event on the internet and Wibki can help you become a part of that incredible statistic. Perfect for those who don’t have a TV or just can’t seem to find the right channel, there are live streaming options galore. However, if 64 games is too much to handle or if the occasional midday 2:30 start is inconvenient, you can still keep up with the action by catching the video highlights after the game. With that being said, if you prefer to sit in your recliner and watch the game on your big screen, ESPN’s media schedule has been built around the World Cup so you can catch every game live and in high-definition. Take your pick.
Going to a foreign country can be a confusing experience. Luckily, there are some great websites out there that will help you get exactly where you need to be. Know where all the different games and stadiums are and book your own hotel room or apartment so that you can ensure that you are never far away from the action.
Every real fan has some gear from their favorite player or team. However, if you look around the stadium, it is inevitable that you’ll see some uninformed fans violating some basic rules of jersey wearing. Here are the three most important tips to abide by so that you can avoid being that guy.
B: When it doubt, buy old-school. It’s cool, we promise.
C: Don’t tuck in your jersey. The players do but you’re not a player so just chill.
When all is said and done, there’s nothing better than actually being at the pitch where you can enjoy the game, roar with the crowd and take in the atmosphere that makes soccer the world’s most popular sport. Since attending these World Cup Games is in such high demand, you’ll have to apply for tickets. However, even if you don’t win the raffle, you can still buy tickets from safe and reputable third-party vendors at StubHub!. Prices can skyrocket so make sure to buy your tickets early.