Coaches like to point out that their squads have 23 first-teamers, a saying that acquired greater significance than usual on Tuesday, when no fewer than four players came off the bench in the second half to score goals and make decisive contributions. For the likes of Belgium, Korea Republic and Russia, who can all count on experienced forwards on the bench, having a competitive squad packed with players hungry for a starting place can come in very useful.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Mexico are good enough to cause his side plenty of problems when the two Group A leaders clash in Fortaleza. Both teams won their respective opening fixtures and know that if they can maintain their 100 per cent records they will edge closer to securing places in the knockout stages of the competition.
Flight bookings from Europe to Brazil for travel during the FIFA World Cup period have increased by approximately 60 per cent compared with bookings for the same period in 2013, demonstrating the clear impact of the event on demand for travel. Analysis from Amadeus’ Travel Intelligence division shows the major impact the event is having on demand for travel to Brazil, particularly from northern European countries such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, which have all seen enormous year-on-year increases in bookings departing from those markets to Brazil.
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is “100 percent fit” and ready to feature for Portugal in their opening FIFA World Cup fixture against Germany. The 29-year-old FIFA Ballon d’Or winner has suffered with a knee and thigh problem recently, but played a full part in Sunday’s final training session in Salvador.
Switzerland used a dramatic stoppage time goal by Haris Seferovic to defeat Ecuador in its World Cup opening match.
England’s opening game of the World Cup against Italy finished in defeat on Saturday in the heat of the Arena Amazonia in Manaus.
Video: As the FIFA 2014 World Cup gets set to kick off in Brazil two of the greatest footballers ever meet high in the sky. At an altitude of over 38,000 feet, Cristiano Ronaldo and the legendary Pele find their paths cross in the lounge on-board an Emirates Airbus A380.
Passengers on board Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, can enjoy every FIFA World Cup football match ‘live’ on all of the air carrier’s long haul aircraft during the month long tournament, the globe’s biggest sporting event. All 64 games will be transmitted live at 30,000 feet on the airline’s modern, wide-bodied fleet of planes by IMG Media using Etihad Airways’ state-of-the-art interactive inflight entertainment system, E-box, powered by Panasonic technology.
Brazil has built, redeveloped and improved the 12 stadiums which will host the FIFA World Cup 2014. Here, as the competition gets underway Breaking Travel News takes a tour of the venues which will welcome nearly three million fans over the coming weeks.
Football fans are flocking to Brazil for the World Cup, with new data today revealing that the number of hotel bookings over the World Cup period has nearly doubled compared to the same time last year. Where the teams choose to stay during the World Cup can be an indicator of potential success, with some accommodations focused on preparation and others simply offering the best of the Brazilian weather and beaches.