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Football, or soccer as the Americans call it, is the most famous sport in the whole world. It is the most played sport internationally, with over 3 billion fans from America to Asia. Manchester United, a British football team, is the biggest sport franchise in the world, its value amounting to almost $2 billion.

The biggest football event, FIFA World Cup, happens every four years. This sporting event is being joined by national men’s football teams from 32 different countries. The first FIFA event was held on 1930. The latest one was held in South Africa last 2010. This football event had been broadcast on 204 countries worldwide. The next FIFA World Cups are set to take place in Brazil in 2014, in Russia in 2018, and in Qatar in 2022. Brazil is one of the most famous teams; they have also played in every single FIFA event since the beginning.

The entire football field’s length measure 100 yards long and is 60 yards wide (measures 110 x 75 in meters). The field is divided at the middle by the midfield line.

The goal area is a box measuring 20 yards long and 6 yards wide inside the penalty area. Goal kicks should be placed inside this enclosed area centred on the goal.

The goal of a football field for a senior men’s league has the dimensions 24 feet width, standing at 8 feet high.

Located in the center of the football field is a 10 yard circle. At the beginning of the game, the defenders take positions out of this encircled portion.

The penalty area, or the ‘penalty box’, is a rectangular box, measuring 44 yards long and 18 yards wide, is located at the centre of the goals. If a foul has been committed along this area of the football field, a penalty kick may be given.

Located 12 yards from the end line, the penalty mark is found inside the penalty area where the penalty kicks are being made.

Located on four corners of the field, this quarter circle measuring 1 yard in radius marks the area where the player puts the ball before he can make a corner kick.

I am travelling to Brazil in june 2014 for the FIFA World Cup

I am travelling to Brazil in june 2014 for the FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup: What is the best offbeat travel itinerary for a small group of guys who have 18 days to spend in Brazil during the World . (continue)Moving to Brazil: Why is Sao Paulo such an expensive city for expats?By punctuality, please understand it can mean 15 or 30 minutes late, if you are lucky;Patience;Waiting lines are hateful and many creative Brazilians will do anything to skip them;If you find yourself driving in Rio, So Paulo or any other capital you will need 3 eyes: one for the motorbikes, other for the pedestrians and one for the road’s poor maintenance. Don’t trust the traffic signals but the GPS and if you are religious, all the saints and god. You probably have heard that “God is Brazilian”, right?Patience;No topless allowed. What you see on TV during Carnaval? Yes, I know but again: no topless;Patience;If you come here trying to use the Spanish you have, thinking it will be ok, I’ve got news for you: Portuguese!Our hands help us to speak and sometimes they will touch you as well;Relation between quality and price is an alien concept down here;Patience;Food: rice and beans and churrascarias, ok, but when you are in So Paulo and in case you like a good sushi or pizza, you will find yourself in a perfect place to have it. In So Paulo with the biggest Japanese community outside Japan, the sushi and udon are excellent. And the pizzas risky thing to say if any Italian or New Yorker in the room, but they are the best. In Rio, they have delicious fruits and the best juice shops. Try the aa.Restaurants that charge by the kilo are very popular and non expensive:You serve yourself from a diverse buffet then your plate is weighted:you will be paying by the weight of your food;Tip is included in the check (10%);Airports exchange booths will pay you less for your money than tourism agencies;Public transportation?Patience;An obvious one: When in big cities, you better keep your belongs closely to yourself. A smartphone is essential but don’t leave unattended;Feel free to message me in case of any question.

What’s Wrong With FIFA World Cup Qualifying And How To Fix It

What’s Wrong With FIFA World Cup Qualifying And How To Fix It

There is no pre qualification and all nine countries (normally 10 but Brazil is an automatic as host) play in an all inclusive league that started play in October 2011 and will conclude next month. The length of competition tends to dictate perception as to the number of games involved. South American qualification only involves 72 matches and there is no regional competition that requires pre qualification. Essentially while other confederations play two qualifying tournaments every four year cycle, South America only has one.

For 2014 the top four countries out of nine will qualify automatically while the 5th place finisher will face either Jordan or Uzbekistan from Asia.

The format being used this time is new but it looks like a winner to me. It brings together the two dynamics that “encourage” surprises small groups (ideally no more than four with only one qualifier) and a straight knock out stage.

Fifty two countries entered and five will go to Brazil next summer. It started with the 24 lowest ranked countries playing a two legged knock out. The winners and the other 28 countries were then drawn into ten groups of four. The group stage was just completed on the weekend and with only the group winners moving on seven of the ten were only decided on the final day.

Now a seeded draw will take place next Monday September 16 and the five winners of two leg matches go to Brazil.

Going into the draw will be Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Cameroon and Senegal. Noticeable absentees are countries that have played in recent editions of the Finals South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, Togo and Angola.

Average number of games per member 7.07.

There seems no reason why each of the confederations (with the exception of South America) cannot copy the Africa model and break their formats into more numerous small groups of no more than four and a final winner goes to the Finals two legged final round.

If the USA does qualify and there is every reason to believe that they will they will be part of a select group. It will be a seventh straight appearance and only Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina have longer current qualifying streaks.

There has been a debate for quite some time in the UK about the importation of foreign players to the Barclays Premier League and the impact on the development of the England national team.

Each side has drawn battle lines in the debate. Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has made it clear that the Premier League has no responsibility for what others consider to be England’s poor performances at recent international competitions.

One thing Scudamore has not pointed out is that if England do make it to Brazil it will be the first time England has qualified for five straight World Cup Finals.

They did match that number of appearances in the Finals between 1954 and 1970 but in 1966 England was an automatic as host and four years later an automatic as defending champion.