Now that American Football is finally over, might I remind you what real football looks like.
In case you haven't been following the FIFA news lately, the World Cup is coming up. Soon. June 12 is almost upon us. Who cares about the Winter Olympics when the beautiful game is just around the corner!
Here are a few important things to keep in mind while you mentally, spiritually, physically and Biblically prepare for FIFA 2014. The brackets are as follows:
Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Cote d'Ivoire and Japan
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the United States
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea
Players to look out for: Lionel Messi (Argentina), David Villa (Spain), Diego Costa (Spain), Xavi Hernandez (Spain), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Mario Gotze (Germany), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Marco Reus (Germany) and Fernando Torres (Spain). [Predictions according to the Associated Press and bleachreport.com]
Countries to look out for: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire (out of the African countries), England and Argentina.
Countries to feel sorry for: Anyone in the same bracket as Argentina, Spain and Germany.
This year's World Cup theme song: In 2010, Shakira's upbeat "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" and "Waving Flag" by K'naan were the summer's theme songs. As for this year, FIFA announced just a week ago that Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte are teaming up to perform, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," which will debut later this spring as the official FIFA 2014 anthem. However, since the song hasn't officially aired yet, another World Cup-themed song is "Todo Mundo" by Brazilian pop artist Gaby Aramantos:
Here's another version of the song with David Correy and Paty Cantu:
What instrument to expect billowing through your living room speakers and haunting your dreams: The caxirola, designed by Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown. It's basically a plastic rattle that costs $30, but at least it doesn't sound like a dying cow.
The official Brazil 2014 mascot: An armadillo named Fuleco.
The official Brazil 2014 motto: "In one rhythm."
What the World Cup represents: What I love so much about the World Cup is that it's a celebration of culture. Each qualified country gets to showcase their talents, and the host nation is able to show off their customs. Rio de Janeiro will be full of colour and excitement this June. Don't miss out!