Talk about a wild beginning to World Cup 2014. The opening match between Brazil and Croatia saw ups and downs for both teams – from Marcelo's nightmarish own-goal in the opening minutes, to a questionable (OK, let's be honest, terrible) call that led to a penalty kick that Neymar took full advantage of to score, putting Brazil in the lead.
Well…this might be awkward. Former U.S. Men’s National Team star Landon Donovan joined ESPN’s studio analyst team at the 2014 World Cup, and will contribute from ESPN’s studio in Los Angeles during the month-long tournament. However, it looks like Landon has already moved on and is ready to work during the World Cup:
Need to brush up on your USA chants before the World Cup? Ever wonder what it is the "American Outlaws" are chanting from the sidelines of international friendlies? Here are some of the main chants that you need to know going into Brazil. They’re all easy to memorize, so don’t worry.
“We Love Ya”
We love ya, we love ya, we love ya
where you go we’ll follow
we’ll follow, we’ll follow
With the World Cup less than 24-hours away, there are still people (mostly, if not all, American) who just refuse to get into the World Cup.
The USMNT's second match of the group stage pits it against European power Portugal on June 22nd. Portugal opens the World Cup against tournament-favorite Germany, so depending on the results of that match Portugal could be in a must-win situation against the United States. The United States and Portugal famously met in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup. Portugal entered that year as a favorite to win it all, but the United States' 3-2 victory sent Portugal crashing out of the tournament and the U.S. advanced all the way to the quarterfinals.
Neymar has once again saved the day. For a second time, an excited young fan - this one named Bernard - couldn’t contain his excitement at the sight of the Brazlian superstar and tried to run onto the pitch to meet his favorite player. The eight-year-old was intercepted by security and was being hauled away before Neymar saw the incident and ran over to save little Bernard. Neymar brought him back to the pitch where the youngster had a photo with Neymar, Thiago Silva, Marcelo and David Luiz and others. Here is that video, along with a video of the first time Neymar showed his heroism.
Starting June 12th, the world will watch 64 matches take place in 12 cities across South America’s biggest country. We at The18 decided to create a "what you need to know" guide to FIFA World Cup 2014 for new footy fans - or, let's be honest, for avid footy fans who are tired of answering questions about rules and tournament format in the middle of every match from less experienced friends and family members. You know who you are.
The road to the Maracana will be a marathon of 64 matches in 30 days. Every game can be seen on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN 2. All games will also be broadcast online via the WatchESPN app. To fully use the app you will need to have a cable subscription with a partner to ESPN. Those providers are as follows: AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS TV. Also, Google Chromecast will have the WatchESPN app as well.
Think you know how the 2014 FIFA World Cup will play out? Prove it!