アフタヌーン・セミナー 第23回 The World Cup From its Beginnings to Brazil

  • 2014.06.16 Monday
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今回の記事は・・・

201465日実施したRobert Horsfieldによるアフタヌーン・セミナーです。

いよいよ開幕となったWorld Cup 2014!根っからのサッカー好きであるRobertWorld Cupの歴史紹介から、今回Brazil開催における現地状況などについて解説。

更には今大会の見どころや最新テクノロジーについても紹介してくれました。

サッカー好き、そうでない方、さまざまな方が参加されましたが、セミナー後はみなさんWorld Cupが待ち遠しくなったようでした。

ザックジャパンはどこまで上り詰められるか… 楽しみですね!

 

The World Cup From its Beginnings to Brazil

BY Robert Horsfield

So, the World Cup is finally upon us. Brazil will host the tournament, which is the 20th World Cup, and appropriate considering the country’s success. The selecao have won it five times, more than any other nation, and are favorites to do so again. The Brazilian public will be hoping it goes better than the last time they hosted the event back in 1950. In the crucial final game against Uruguay and with Brazil the overwhelming favorites, pressure got the better of them. A 2-1 defeat in front of a still world-record crowd of 200,000 was too much for some to take as a cloud of depression saw some fans commit suicide. The mood is more upbeat this time, though some Brazilians are not totally in favor as the huge cost of hosting the tournament has led to increases in the price of public transportation among other things, and strikes and protests will be ongoing during the competition.

So will Brazil win it? They certainly have a strong chance especially if Neymar can produce his magic. Rivals Argentina, with Lionel Messi, are also heavily-fancied as are reigning champions Spain. However, European teams will be aware that amazingly, they have collectively never won on South American soil. Germany, France, and Italy will all be hoping to change that trend. Chile and Belgium could surprise a few people, and as for Japan? Well, I fancy them to get through the group, which will be a great achievement, and after that who knows? One thing is for sure; the next month will serve up some thrills and spills and all to a samba beat.

World Cup Facts

The first World Cup was held in 1930 and was won by the host nation Uruguay.

Only eight different nations have won the competition:  as well as Brazil and Uruguay, Germany, Italy, Argentina, France, England, and Spain have all lofted the trophy.

209 nations entered the qualification rounds for this World Cup with 32 succeeding. Apart from hosts Brazil, Japan was the first to definitely qualify.

This will be the first World Cup that uses goal-line technology. In the past, there have been some controversial issues of whether the ball has crossed the line or not. This year, that should not be an issue.


Robert Horsfield

Rob is an avid football fan and has been following the sport closely since his childhood. He has watched games all around the world and this year went to Barcelona to see a match. In Japan, he belongs to a football team and plays futsal regularly. In the previous World Cup he contributed to the Guardian's English website coverage via Twitter.

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