~~June 22, 2014~~
It began on 12 June, with a group stage, and is scheduled to conclude on 13 July with the final. It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the first being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.
The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are being played in 12 cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums. For the first time at a World Cup finals, match officials are using goal-line technology, as well as vanishing foam for free kicks.
With the host country, all world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930 – Argentina, England, France, Germany (who won three times as West Germany), Italy, Spain and Uruguay – have qualified for this competition. Spain were the title holders, having defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 final to win their first World Cup but they were eliminated after losses in the first two matches at the group stage against Chile and the Netherlands. All seven previous World Cup tournaments staged in the Americas (four in South America and three in North America) were won by South American teams.
I am not much into sports. I must confess I don’t know anything about this one. It’s all over the TV. You can see excited spectators everywhere: online, on the news, in the blogosphere.
I must say, I do like the music.
Pitbull sings with Brazilian songstress Claudia Leitte and Jennifer Lopez.
I saw a post somewhere talking about one of the songs written for the FIFA World Cup 2014 and someone asked who Pitbull was.
Here they are!
Are you feeling that futbol fever and yearning for some hot Latin fire?
Well, you’re in luck because Jennifer Lopez and Mr. Worldwide Pitbull performed their song “We Are One” at the opening ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Marking the official start of the sexy soccer extravaganza, Brazilian songstress Claudia Leitte, who fluffed up the crowd in anticipation for J-Lo and Pit’s arrival, joined the two pop stars.
J-to-the-L-O, donned in a sexy green leotard, and Pitbull, who is wearing pants that some might call a little too fitted, gave a lively and joyous performance to say the least.
~~We Are One (Ole Ola)~~
[The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song]
~~Uploaded May 16, 2014~~
“We Are One (Ole Ola)” is a song recorded by Cuban American rapper Pitbull for One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album (2014).
It features guest vocals from American entertainer Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte. The song was written by Pitbull, Thomas Troelsen, Lopez, Leitte, Daniel Murcia, Sia Furler, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Henry “Cirkut” Walter and RedOne, while production was handled by Gottwald, Walter, and Troelsen. Whilst receiving positive reviews from critics, the song has received some negative reactions from Brazilians over its lack of Brazilian feeling. “We Are One” has experienced moderate commercial success, reaching the top-twenty in countries including Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Austria.
We ALL are ONE!!