Brazil Futbol World Cup 2014

Claudia Leitte

Claudia Leitte was born on July 10, 1980 in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. She started singing children's songs, then worked as a singer in bars. She moved to Salvator to be a star. She was also the vocalist of several axé music bands. She became a professional singer when she was thirteen years old.

Her band released five albums. The band's first album, named Babado Novo, released in 2003.As a member of the band, she was nominated for the 2007 MTV Video Music Brasil.Claudia Leitte has also won in 2007 the Brazilian Best Female Singer award and she and her band won the following Carnatal awards: best female singer, best band, best music and best artists.

In 2014, she was invited by FIFA to represent Brazil in the World Cup Official Song with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. She also performed at the Billboard Music Awards and in the opening of the Fifa World Cup 2014 too.

James Rodriguez

James Rodríguez plays as an attacking midfielder for Monaco. He was born on 12 July 1991 in Cúcuta, Colombia.

Rodríguez is a product of Envigado’s youth system. In 1995 Rodríguez joined the academy of this club where he spent 9 years. During this time he played for different youth teams of this age taking part in junior championships.

In 2006 Rodríguez was 100 percent ready to start his career in professional football that’s why Envigado management signed an agreement with the midfielder under which he began playing for the club since the 2006/2007 season. He proved himself to be a reliable team member which allowed him to come on the pitch virtually in all the matches for Envigado. From 2006 to 2008 Rodríguez featured in 55 games scoring 20 goals for his first professional club.

In 2008 Rodríguez attracted the attention of Banfield which was impressed by his performance. In the same year Rodríguez penned a contract with the Argentine side a two-year contract. During his spell with Banfield he often got into the starting eleven and sometimes made substitute appearances. For two years Rodríguez netted 5 goals in 42 matches for Banfield.

In the summer 2010 James Rodríguez signed a permanent contract with the Portuguese outfit Porto where he played until 2013 when he moved to Monaco in a Ligue 1 record deal worth around 45 million euros.

On 2 June 2014, Rodríguez was named in Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and assigned the number 10 shirt


Javier Macherano

Javier Alejandro Mascherano , locally: [maʔtʃeˈɾano], originally: Italian: [maskeˈraːno]; born 8 June 1984) is an Argentine footballer who plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga and the Argentina national team, as a central defender or defensive midfielder.

Mascherano began his career at River Plate. He earned his first senior honours in 2003–04, winning the Primera División Argentina. He also won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina in the Athens Games and finished runner up in the Copa América 2004. He moved to Brazilian side Corinthians in 2005, winning the Brazilian Série A in his first season. Mascherano moved to Europe, signing for Premier League side West Ham United. However, unusual contract terms with Global Soccer Agenciesblighted his brief time at the club and at the beginning of 2007 he joined Liverpool on loan.

He was runner up in the UEFA Champions League in his first season on Merseyside and again finished runner up in the Copa América with Argentina. He officially signed for Liverpool in February 2008 for £18.6 million, parting ways with Global Soccer Agencies. He won a second Olympic gold medal with Argentina in the Beijing 2008 Games, the first male footballer to achieve this since 1968. After three years playing for Liverpool, Mascherano joined FC Barcelona in 2010, changing his position of defensive midfielder to central defender. With Barcelona he has won La Liga twice and the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup once each, among other honours.

Mascherano's two most used nicknames (in Argentina) are Masche and El Jefecito (The little chief).[1][2]

Mascherano also holds an Italian passport, which makes him eligible as an EU player.

    By: Lucas Cabrera and Enzo Penizzotto

Sergio Romero

Sergio Germán Romero (born 22 February 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian Serie A clubSampdoria, and also for the Argentina national team.

He made his debut with Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera División in 2007 and then transferred to Dutch clubAZ Alkmaar at the end of the season. In 2011, he joined Sampdoria.

Romero has represented Argentina at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2008 Summer Olympics when Argentina won the gold medal.

Sergio Romero was born and grew up in Bernardo de Irigoyen, Misiones, Argentina. His two older brothers became basketballers and due to his smaller stature in comparison to them, Romero earned the nickname 'chiquito' which means little.
Romero initially joined Racing Club de Avellaneda and signed his first professional contract aged nineteen in 2006.

By: Tamara and Luana

Brazil tell me how it feels

I believe that we will win!

Shouted by fans in various sports in the US, this straightforward chant has become the anthem of US fans supporting the USMT team in Brazil.

It’s been promoted by ESPN and the American Outlaws supporters group and has been very loud at the World Cup grounds when the US is playing. The message may be a bit plain, but repeated over and over with a steady rhythm, the chant becomes infectious, particularly when accompanied by samba drums.

And it’s given US fans an alternative to the basic “U-S-A, U-S-A” chant.

Argentina steals the show
As mentioned in the article, Argentina’s infamous version of Bad Moon Rising, has swept the World Cup and undoubtedly become the “hit” of the tournament. But what does it mean? And why did the hinchas choose a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival?
We’re stumped on the second question, but we can have a go at answering the first. The Guardian’s Spanish soccer writer, Sid Lowe (@SidLowe), had a go at translating the lyrics on his Twitter feed during one of Argentina’s group-stage matches. This is what he thought:

English version
“Brazil, tell me how it feels,
to have daddy in your home.
I swear that even as the years go by,
we’ll never forget.
How Diego dribbled,
and Cani[ggia] stuck you*.
You’ve been crying since Italy until today,
you’ll see Messi,
bring the cup back to us.
Maradona is greater than Pelé.”

* — “stuck you,” as in, with a needle, or as in, a sexual slur, referring to Caniggia’s goal against Brazil in Italia ‘90.

Here’s the castellano version in full:

“Brasil, decime qué se siente, tener en casa a tu papá.
Te juro que, aunque pasen los años,
nunca nos vamos a olvidar.
Que el Diego te gambeteó,
que Cani te vacunó,
que estás llorando desde Italia hasta hoy.
A Messi lo vas a ver,
la Copa nos va a traer.
Maradona es más grande que Pelé.”

Lionel Messi

This is a great World Cup and it has a great soundtrack. To the tune of Bad Moon Rising, Nigeria and Argentina scored five more goals when they did not really need to score any. There were two each for Ahmed Musa and for Lionel Messi, the latter becoming the tournament’s joint top scorer alongside Brazil’s Neymar. Both teams progressed and these finals will be a better place for their presence. They could have played out a draw, ambled their way to a flat and mutually beneficial conclusion, but instead there were two goals after just three minutes. Three more were to follow.

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