July 2014…the month when World Cup is getting more exciting!
With the arrival of the month of July, we can all say that the first half of the year is gone. Time flies unbelievably fast. It was like just a few days ago when I watched the new year fireworks and greet my friends Happy New Year 2014. And that actually occurred six months ago. Now, it’s July 2014, and that means the on-going FIFA World Cup at Brazil would be getting more exciting as the final is approaching soon.
Many of the 64 matches had took place last month, and by now, we have had only the last 16 countries competing. They are Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, France, Nigeria, Germany, Algeria, Netherlands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Argentina, Switzerland, Belgium, and United States. Looking from this list, you would find it quite surprising that you didn’t see Spain, Portugal or Italy in it. Yes, these strong teams were eliminated in the earlier rounds unexpectedly, especially Spain which was the champion for the previous World Cup in 2010. The other interesting discovery from the list is that none of the four Asian teams (South Korea, Japan, Iran and Australia – Australia isn’t in Asia but they included the country inside the category) made it to last 16.
So far, four teams had booked their place into quarterfinal; Brazil (host nation), Colombia, Netherlands and Costa Rica. The other four will be made known after tonight matches. Then, we will come to the last 8 stage. After that, last four through to semi-final, and finally, the last two to the Grand Final which is going to take place at Rio de Janeiro on 13th July (14th July here in Malaysia in the early hours). That is why things are truly getting more exciting. Even some of the matches last month are already very interesting with presence of many outstanding goals, the biting incident (now very popular), and shocking exit of some powerful teams.
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Question is who will get the trophy this year? Everybody will be talking about World Cup this month until it ends by the mid of July. In conjunction with the hype and the on-going football fever, the blog header of the month would be on this global event which only takes place once in four years. My blog headers for the previous four months had been showing the four best city skylines of the world. Earlier, I intended to put in five. But since it’s very hard to choose the fifth one, and that this World Cup highlight is more relevant this month, hence the World Cup is now made the priority. I will decide on the fifth one (best city skylines) next month most probably. Coming back to this month’s one, it features the logo of the 2014 World Cup and the beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro (landmark being the famous Statue of the Christ, the Redeemer), the breathtaking venue for the coming Final match of the World Cup. This beautiful city is also going to be the host city for Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Then, my wordings added into the visual are basically in green, as the colour is the major representation of Brazil.
Which countries would you think had higher chances of advancing into semi-final? For me, my picks are Germany, Netherlands, Brazil and Argentina. What’s yours?