CLBR Segment 2: Gooooooooooooal, a World Cup Primer

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In Segment 2, we talk with major fan Joe Bricker and break down what you need to know about the World Cup which begins tomorrow.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

US GAMES AND THE GROUP OF DEATH

The US is in Group G which is known as the Group of Death because it includes the #2 (Germany) and #4 (Portugal) teams and Ghana which has eliminated the U.S. team in the last two World Cups. On top of that, they must travel 1,700 into to the Amazon jungle to play in sweltering Manaus  against Portugal.

  • Ghana – Mon, Jun 16 – 3PM (PT)
  • Portugal – Sun June 22 – 3PM (PT)
  • Germany – Thu June 26 – 9AM (PT)

HOW TO WATCH?

ABC/ESPN have the US broadcast rights.  ESPN will be streaming the games as well but you must have Cable Provider with a TV Everywhere agreement.  See Slate for details. Ian Darke (see below) will be the lead U.S. announcer, which begs the question with the US now having been part of every World Cup since 1990, isn’t it time we had announcers who are home grown?

FAVORITES

Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany. If Brazil won, it would be the 6th host country to win the Cup.  When it hosted in 1950 it lost in the finals to Uruguay. Five Thirty Eight US Chance of

  • Wins Group – 9.8%
  • Advancing to Round of 16 – 34%
  • Quarterfinals – 17%
  • Semifinals – 6%
  • Final – 2%
  • Winning – less than 1%

So to paraphrase Jim Carey in Dumb & Dumber, there is definitely a chance the US will win.

THE FIRST SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD CUP

  • All stadiums equipped with Wi-Fi
  • WSJ calls Brazil “Social Media Capital of the Universe”
  • Expected to far exceed London Olympics as most tweeted event

Brands are hoping for viral video, such as the following:

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BY THE NUMBERS

$4.65B

FIFA Revenue

$3.5B

Brazil investment in stadiums and infrastructure

3.2B

People watching last World Cup 46.4 percent of World Population.  Watched in every country and territory – including Antartica and Arctic Cicle

$900M

Cost of National Stadium in Brasilia

410M

TV Audience of World up final.

150 Million

Number of Tweets from London Olympics.  World Cup will far exceed that number.

20th World Cup

Brazil only country to have been in all of them.  Also has won most World Cups with 5.

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Sex permitted by Spain, Germany, Chile’s teams aren’t allowed to have sex at all, while Brazil’s players are permitted to have “normal sex” as long as it’s not “acrobatic,” and France’s are also allowed to have sex as long as it doesn’t last all night.

AN OFFICIAL SONG?

Yes, “We Are One” by Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian Claudia Leitte, but we prefer Vaudeville Smash’s Zidane song.

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