Get ready to call in to work and tell them you won’t be in for a while, cut ties with society, and pull your bed in front of the television because it’s World Cup time again!!! It’s football’s version of the Olympics: three games a day every day for an entire month. It’s what makes every fourth year of your life more enjoyable than the rest of your existence. Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to…
One, if not THE greatest player to ever kick a ball around a field, Pele is a World Cup veteran. Three times a winner and four times a finalist, Pele will definitely be a feature throughout the festivities. Expect to see his face and replays of his most famous moments on a routine basis. The World Cup is going to act as if you could possibly forget who Pele is.
It’s in Brazil
Brazil is Pele’s home turf, so you may not be surprised that this is a big football country. It’s a real stage: one of the fastest growing countries in the world, with a pulsing culture and some of the best food and drinks anywhere. The Amazon river is here! More coastline and tropical beaches than any other country in the world! A giant statue of Jesus! Capoeira, the dancing martial art! It’s going to be a mad party…
Total Lack of Vuvuzelas
If you were alive four years ago you remember a sound. This sound started in South Africa and traveled thousands and thousands of miles until it was heard coming out of television and computers in bars and homes around the world. It was the sound of the vuvuzela, which is probably best described as a giant annoying kazoo.
No worries about vuvuzelas this year, since the approved noisemaker for the festivities will be the caxirola—a percussion instrument that looks like two hand-held plastic cups tied together with a string. You bang the two cups together for a pleasing, non-vuvuzela sound, that is similar to really loud rain falling.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior—or just Neymar to his closest friends—is the star of the show (not including Pele, but Pele hasn’t been on the field for many years). Neymar’s flamboyant style and exposure playing for Barcelona have turned him into the hometown celebrity of this World Cup. There may be some sparks on team Brazil when Neymar’s go-it-alone playing style comes up against manager Phil Scolari’s sensible game plans. We’ll see…
With the coveted World Cup trophy on the line, you can’t not be excited about this one! What are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below.