Foward Brazilian Soldiers!

Brazil Looks to Quarterfinals, With Confidence!

FILE - Soccer fans celebrate as they watch on a big screen television, the second goal scored by Brazil's Neymar in the World Cup match against Cameroon, in Manaus, Brazil.


Brazil will face Colombia Friday for a spot in the World Cup semifinal. Everybody expects a tough game for Brazil and in a country where soccer is king, everyone has an opinion on the national team.

In Flamengo, one can see the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain, but nobody really pays attention to one of the most iconic sights in Rio. Here, it is the ball that gets all the attention. Amateurs, kids, everybody is playing soccer. And everybody has an opinion on the Selecao, the Brazilian national team.

Many, like Mateus Marquez Custodio, think the team will beat Colombia.

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Your Team Is Out? No Worries!

The Final Eight: Who to Root For

We’re finally down to the last eight at the 2014 World Cup, and there’s a distinctive theme: four teams are from Europe, and four are from South America. But what if you’re from North America, or Asia, or Africa? Who do you root for now. VOA Football tells you who you should root for…


If you want suspense: Support Brazil

Yes, Brazil. Brazil never seems to live up to the public expectations, the Cup is hosted on their home turf, and they were a penalty shot away from elimination in the Round of 16. Add these together, and it’s clear that Brazil is the perfect team for all lovers of the soap opera that is soccer: suspense, surprises, and shock.


If you love “the beautiful game”: Support Colombia

The beauty of soccer – the collaboration between players, the confidence, the technical skill – can all be found in Colombia’s game. Their style of play is far removed from the days when it was called “El Toque,” or “the touch,” a short, utilitarian style of play. Today, a more accurate name might be “El Toque Bonito” – “the beautiful touch” – for the ease with which they seem to play.


If you love Africa: Support France

It may be controversial, but France is the best “African” team still in the competition. Many of the French players are from Africa, including such countries as Senegal, Algeria, Mali, and Congo. Even if some do not want to admit it, this team is not a French team, but a team of immigrants who are representing France.


If you want to see attractive players: Support the Netherlands

While Neymar of Brazil and James Rodriguez of Colombia are often mentioned among the most attractive players, the Dutch team seems to be especially stacked in the looks department. Just look at the legions of female fans in the stands cheering on the Netherlands.

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Statue of Liberty vs. Manneken Pis

US Businesses Cheering World Cup Fervor

The World Cup has entered its third week of competition with the United States advancing to the next round.

Spirited play by the Americans has already generated a lot of new fans in the US, and is breaking TV viewing records, surpassing even major American sports like baseball and ice hockey.

But it’s not just football fans now raving about the sport. As Mil Arcega reports, some of the biggest fans include bars and restaurants in Washington D.C.

The Belgians and the Americans kick off at 12 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. GMT)

Brazil (1 (3) - 1 (2)) Chile

Home Town Team Kicks Off South American Saturday (UPDATE: Brazil Barely Hangs On)


Brazil hopes to advance.

UPDATE: It took 120 minutes and three penalty kicks for Brazil to finally eke out a win over Chile, beating them with three penalty kicks to two. Brazil will face another South American rival – Colombia – in the quarterfinals on Friday, July 4.

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And so the knockout round begins! In the first Round of 16 matchup, Brazil takes on Chile in a South American Saturday at the World Cup (Colombia and Uruguay play in the day’s second match). Can the home town team keep their momentum going, and continue their march to the Cup? The action starts at 12 PM ET (4 PM UTC).

For play-by-play, minute-by-minute coverage of every ball touch, throw-in, direct kick, indirect kick, yellow card, red card, corner kick, goal kick and every other possible football feat in every World Cup match, tap into VOA’s multilingual, multinational analysis.

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And for even more exclusive VOA coverage with a special focus on Africa’s national teams, check out VOA’s Francophone blog.