Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Let the fun begin ! Group A preview
The first game of the world cup used to be between the holders and A N Other, since 2006, it is the host nation and A N Other, who this time round is
(kick off 20.00 GMT) however, before we get into the football, let’s play a
game of word association.
What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word
I really would like to read your answers, please use the comments option below before you read on.
Brazil are the most successful team in the history of football, they have won the world cup on 5 occasions, the last time being in 2002 in S Korea, the pressure on them is tremendous, a nation expects. More to the point is that
as a nation is not united behind this world cup, the country has economic woes
and there has been rioting all over the country in the lead up to the
tournament. If Brazil doesn’t
win, the happy place we all envisage as Brazil might turn very ugly.
is the land of the Samba (one of the most popular answers I had when I played
the word association in my office) and this is reflected in the way they dance
around the football field with the ball at their feet, poetry in motion. Brazil is also
known for its nuts (another popular choice) and this also comes out in the way
they can sometimes melt down on the field and start playing in a crazy manner.
The other 2 teams in the group are
Mexico and Cameroon who face each other on Friday (kick off 16.00 GMT)
This year, they almost didn’t get on their flight to
Brazil as they
were in dispute over the amount of bonuses they were due to be paid. To sum up, it is never dull when Cameroon
The last team in the group is
probably the luckiest team to be in Brazil,
as they only scraped through their qualifying group in injury time. They have twice
made it through to the Quarter-Finals, the 2 times that they hosted the
Prediction, I like
Cameroon, they add extra spice so Cameroon to win
Tomorrow, we will look at Groups B and C