A quick review of the 2014 World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup was held from June 12 to July 13 in twelve cities in Brazil. In fact, this was the second time that Brazil has hosted such an event. (the last time was in 1950). 31 countries had advanced resulting in 64 games. While high hopes were placed on Brazil to win the tournament, they instead placed fourth, with Germany grabbing the top prize.
Brazil had a wonderful arena with a tremendous capacity to host thousands of fans. While half of the stadiums were new, other venues were also built or remodeled for the big occasion to the tune of more than $ 500 million per stadium. These massive investments, along with other investments in Brazil’s infrastructure, enabled Brazil to accommodate an unprecedented number of visitors in the history of the nation’s tourism industry. Many roads, railways and airports were successfully modernized and renovated, as Brazil received millions of visitors in a short period of time.
Brazil’s star player: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
First, a bit of history for those who are interested. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is believed to be one of the most exciting young talents to ever play soccer. His dexterity and skill, along with a fun-loving character, have made him one of the most popular players in the tournament. Neymar once said that his father had the greatest influence on his style of play and his way of life. It was his father who taught him the nuances of the game and gave him extensive guidance to become the athlete we know today.
Neymar’s performance undoubtedly shone at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. However, their participation was cut short just before the final …
On July 4, Neymar broke a bone in his back and was transported on a stretcher just minutes before Brazil’s victory against Colombia. The cause? A challenge from a defender of the Colombian national team: Juan Zúñiga.
Reports have suggested that his injury will still take many weeks or even months to heal, causing him to stay out of the tournament for the remainder of the tournament. This was the biggest loss Brazil experienced, and it certainly had an impact on their loss to Germany, which resulted in a meager 7-1.
How the online world reacted to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Games in Brazil
The internet has added to the enjoyment of the tournament, allowing millions of people to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches from the comfort of their home. It was no longer necessary to be present in Brazil to feel part of it. This was most prominent on social media websites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. They allowed users to connect with virtually every facet of the tournament, from communicating with players, expressing their opinion on individual games, and even managing their own teams.