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Summer Learning Track: World Cup Fever

If you are a soccer fan like me, you are probably about to explode in excitement about the World Cup 2014, or as we say in Portuguese: Copa do Mundo! The countdown is almost over! Starting tomorrow and all the way until July 13th, 32 teams will start their journey to find out who is the best team in the world and take that cup home!

Did you know that the first World Cup took place in Uruguay in 1930? The number of fans that watched the games was 434,500! According to FIFA, 3.18 million fans attended the last World Cup, which took place in South Africa in 2010. I wonder how many more will show up this time to cheer for their teams in Brazil! The USA is the leading traveler among the fans!

I remember growing up in Brazil and witnessing the excitement about the games everywhere I went. Houses were decorated with yellow and green “banderolas” (decorative flags), and we had friends over to watch the matches.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to watch the games! So prepare your snacks and drinks, get together with your soccer buddies, and enjoy the fun!!!!


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Amazon Says: There is no sporting event more popular than the World Cup. For one month every four years, hundreds of millions of people around the planet turn their attention to the tournament. People call in sick to work. Fans pack into bars to watch games or stay home for days at a time glued to their TV sets. Even wars stop. Nothing else seems to matter.The first World Cup, won by Uruguay in 1930, featured just 13 teams. Today, the tournament includes 32 nations, and the final alone is watched by an estimated global audience that exceeds one billion viewers. Without a doubt, soccer—or football—is the planet's pastime, and the World Cup is the ultimate sporting event.In A History of the World Cup: 1930-2006, reporter Clemente Lisi chronicles this international phenomenon, providing vivid accounts of individual games: from the tournament's origins in 1930 to modern times. The book also highlights the players and coaches who left their mark on the competition over the past six decades, including Diego Maradona, Juste Fontaine, Franz Beckenbauer, Mario Kempes, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and, of course, Pelé.Though other histories of the World Cup largely ignore the U.S.'s contribution to the competition, this volume highlights the progress of the American teams over the last several decades. And while the scope of this book allows American fans to more thoroughly enjoy a history of the World Cup—the book will be of interest to any fan of the sport. Featuring a glossary of terms, statistics for each competition, photos, and profiles of the most memorable—and controversial—figures of the sport, A History of the World Cup provides a fascinating read for fans of the game. less...
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Amazon Says: Nothing unites—and excites—the sporting planet like a World Cup. For one month every four years, billions of people rearrange their lives, play hooky, and ignore their lov more...
Amazon Says: Nothing unites—and excites—the sporting planet like a World Cup. For one month every four years, billions of people rearrange their lives, play hooky, and ignore their loved ones in order to watch 22 men kick a ball in pursuit of a small gold statue and athletic immortality. On the eve of one of the most historically significant World Cup of all—the first to be held in Africa—you need a tour guide more than ever. Learned yet lively, elegantly designed, and bursting with historical photos, The ESPN World Cup Companion celebrates every World Cup since 1930, highlighting each era’s Greatest Players, Games, Teams, Players, Rivalries, and Cult Figures. But coauthors David Hirshey and Roger Bennett relish the game for all its beauty and vulgarity, subtlety and brutality, examining every aspect of World Cup culture; here you’ll find a rogue’s gallery of the game’s biggest divas and divers, the DNA of the world’s powerhouses, the psychodrama of the penalty shoot out, the physics of the free kick, the five soccer fans you’ll meet in hell, and even the art of scoring off the field.     The ESPN World Cup Companion captures all the sweat, blood, tears, and bad hairdos of the last 80 years. Whether you’re a casual fan or a long-time aficionado of the sport, this book bridges the gap between merely watching the planet’s biggest sporting event and truly understanding it.   So paint your face, hoist your vuvuzela, or just grab your trusty remote, but whatever you do make sure The ESPN World Cup Companion is by your side.   less...
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Amazon Says: Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament--against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia's chall more...
Amazon Says: Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament--against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia's challenges don't just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride! less...
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