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Photo: community.futureshop.caThe much anticipated Fifa World Cup 2014 is finally well under way, despite fears of stadiums not being completed on time and mass protests from Brazilians. Thus far, it has been a major success. The atmosphere is intoxicating. Soccer fans all over the globe are in a state of excitement since the Fifa World Cup started on Thursday, 12 June 2014, when the host country, Brazil, won Croatia 3-1.

Opening round matches saw some World Cup favourites go down when Spain lost to Netherlands 5-1 and Germany defeating Portugal 4-0, causing a massive wave of disappointment among fans. The highest scoring teams are Netherlands with a score of 8 goals, France with 7 goals, Germany 6 goals and Chile and Columbia both scored 5 goals thus far.

There is still a lot of excitement to look forward to as there are still about 32 games left to be played (this is obviously subject to change), and the anticipation keeps mounting along with frustration as teams battle it out to become the victors of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Interesting fact – Soccer is the most famous sports in the world, being one of the oldest sports on record. The oldest being wrestling (much less popular though), dating back as far as the 12th Century.

Most played sports worldwide:

  • Football (Soccer)
  • Cricket
  • Field-Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis (Extremely surprised when I saw this)
  • Baseball
  • Golf

So who will win the 2014 World Cup? Will it be an old favourite? Or maybe an underdog rising from the dust? It’s anybody’s guess…

 

Co-writer: Karl Von Karg

Stats: Statistic Brain

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