By: Himanshu Gupta, 1st year
Love it or hate it, the soccer World Cup is with us again, for eight weeks, with the first group match between Brazil and Croatia on the 12th June and the final on 12th July.
Next to the Olympics, it’s probably the second largest international sports event in the world and 31 national teams will battle it out in a total of sixty four matches to be played across twelve different cities in Brazil to win the coveted World Cup trophy. The FIFA World cup in Brazil will be watched by millions of people around the globe as they cheer for their home team. But before the tournament kicks off, here are some facts about the World Cup 2014 which makes this edition different from the others.
1. This will be the first ever World Cup to use Goal-Line Technology
Many controversial goals have been awarded and many been cancelled or nor given. And if anything then it was the human error as it was the vigilance and keen eyesight of the referee and the officials that decided if to award it as a goal or not. Unlike the viewers, referees don’t have action replays and can’t change their decisions. So to make this WC error free at least in this department Goal Line Technology has been installed. 14 cameras and a mainframe computer will help the refereeIf a goal is scored, the referee will feel a vibration through a special watch that he will be wearing and it will also display a message of ‘Goal’.
2. Drones and Robots will be protecting the soccer fans in Rio
Security is obviously a big concern at any major sporting event so the FIFA world cup 2014 has called upon modern technology to assist. Unmanned Israeli drones will be monitoring the matches and the crowds for the safety and the security of the soccer fans. There will also be ‘PackBot 510’ robots on hand to assist the security services, supplied by ‘iRobot’ (Honestly, that’s the name) which, according to them are designed for “multiple missions for troops and public safety professionals, enhancing situational awareness, reducing risk and increasing mission success“. Where’s Will Smith when you need him?
3. This will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup ever
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup ever and that is not just down to inflation. Brazil is investing heavily in this prestigious sporting event and are upgrading infrastructure as well as building new stadiums and working hard to decrease crime and protect the visiting soccer fans. The 2014 World Cup in Rio is set to be one of the most spectacular ever and is costing an estimated 14-16 billion dollars. This is nearly more than the last three world cups cost, out together.
4. There will be no World Cup speeches by FIFA officials
At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA officials were booed by Brazilian soccer fans who were trying to make speeches at the opening of the tournament. Many Brazilians, angry about the cost of the Rio World Cup as well as the corruption in the country, demonstrated on the streets before the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and made their voices heard at the opening ceremony so planned speeches at the World Cup by the Brazilian President, DilmaRousseff, and the FIFA president, SeppBlatter, have been scrapped.
Note to FIFA officials: no one used to listen to the speeches anyway!
5. The referees will be able to use a vanishing spray to mark free kicks.
Another technological innovation, making its first World Cup appearance in Brazil, will be a can of vanishing spray paint. The idea is that the referee will be able to mark the spot from which a free kick is to be taken and also to draw a ‘ten yard line’ which is the closest that the defending team can get to the ball when they are defending against a free kick. The spray paint will last or just one minute before it disappears
6. Referees will be able to stop play if the weather gets too hot
Owing to the hot weather in some parts of Brazil where 2014 World Cup matches will be played, FIFA have agreed that the referee may call a halt to play two to three times per match to allow the players time to re-hydrate. The Secretary General of FIFA has not been specific about the circumstances that this can occur and he has stated that the decision will be taken by the referees on the day.
7. The first kick of the tournament will be taken by a paraplegic teenager
The first kick of the ball in the Soccer World Cup 2014 will not be made by a celebrity or well-known football player, but by a paraplegic teenager. The teenager to make the kick is paralysed from the waist down and he will be wearing a revolutionary, mind controlled exoskeleton. He will stand up from his wheelchair and walk over to the pitch and take the very first kick of the tournament to demonstrate the how far this technology has come on. It is said that he will also be able to feel the kick, through the exoskeleton, and that one day, these suites will eliminate the need for wheelchairs altogether.
8. Special Hotel demands made by the teams
Some teams have made some very special and weird demands. Some of these demands make some sense, but some are really out there. Here is what some of the teams will be demanding for the 2014 Rio World Cup.
9. There’s money in that there World Cup!
The winning team of the FIFA 2014 World Cup will win a total of 35 Million Dollars and the runners up will win 25 million. Every participating club also receives substantial sums for being there and making their payer’s available to play in the tournament. Add to that the money that will be earned from players kit replicas, merchandising, etc. And each country’s own football governing body does pretty well out of the whole thing.
10. 2014 World Cup Will be Watched on Multiple Devices
According to a survey by Instant.ly on behalf of YuMe (a provider of digital video brand advertising solutions), the World Cup will be “The Ultimate Multi-Screen Event.” According to the results, watching World Cup matches on multiple devices is important to 46% of respondents. Live-streaming of the matches will also be popular during the tournament.
11. No Scandinavian Country Will Participate In World Cup Brazil
None of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden or Iceland has succeeded in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The last time no Scandinavian country succeeded in qualifying was in the 1982 World Cup.
Norway and Finland were eliminated after Round 1 of the UEFA qualifications and Denmark, even after being the runner-up of group B failed to .
Sweden and Iceland had a chance to qualify indirectly by winning the continental play-offs but both failed to do so. Croatia defeated Iceland and Portugal defeated Sweden
12. Bosnia And Herzegovina Have Qualified For the First Time
In the 2010 World Cup every team already participated in a World Cup before. This was the first time this has happened. In the 2014 World Cup Bosnia And Herzegovina qualified for the very first time. They qualified directly and topped group G of the UEFA qualifications.
In their first World Cup they are placed in Group F. Their opponents are Argentina, Iran and Nigeria.
13. Lionel Messi Is ‘The Most Expensive Player’ In The 2014 World Cup
According to PluriConsultoria, Lionel Messi is the most expensive player that will participate in the upcoming World Cup. They based this again on calculating the market value. Lionel Messi has a market value of 139,6 million euros. CristianoRonaldo is the 2nd most expensive player with a market value of 104,2 million euros and Neymar completes the top 3 with 67,4 million euro market value.
14. Brazil Is ‘The Most Expensive Team’ In The 2014 World Cup
According to PluriConsultoria, Brazil is the most expensive team that will participate in the upcoming World Cup. They based this on calculating the market value. Brazil has a market value of 507,8 million euros. Spain is the 2nd most expensive participant with a market value of 504 million euros and Argentina completes the top 3 with 475,2 million euro market value.
15. Official 2014 World Cup Song Is Called ’We Are One’
The official 2014 World Cup song will be performed by Cuban rapper Pitbull, ‘Bronx Diva’ J.Lo and Brazilian singer Claudia Leite. This is the 3rd time a World Cup song is performed by Latin artists. The first was Ricky Martin with La Copa De La Vida for the 1998 World Cup. Then came Shakira with her hit WakaWaka for the 2010 World Cup. The single We Are One has been released on April 8 2014. Listen and watch the video!