Round up no. 2
(Have looked back at the list to follow and realise this is all stuff that is very peripheral to the actual football. But I do not know if you are internet-engaged enough football wise to see all this, whereas the football you can watch fairly easily, so you’re getting it anyway)
First! A beard quiz, mostly because (as you can see by the screen shot) I did astoundingly well on this and would like to brag.
Not strictly WC2014, but featuring two of Japan’s midfielders- I found this hysterical. I think you might too
And in a rapid about-face of emotion, a piece about Ibisevic’s childhood and Bosnia and Herzgovina. Seriously emotion-sapping, so be warned- and also graphic early on. Really, really good though. Now that they’re done playing Argentina, I reckon its B&H all the way. (Am inclined to think that if I’d read this before that game, I would have been pulling for them to win from the start)
You know I’m sad to see Spain go…and you know how I feel about the Netherlands. But whatever happens I’m definitely pro this dude.
This is a bit cringeworthy but reminds me why I like Casillas- watch him have a laugh with the assistant ref to make him feel better about the blunder. (Also just now remembered him telling the ref to blow up in the final against Italy and….o’ Iker…)
Italy v England in lego (that’s really all there is to say)
Neymar and race in Brazil. A lot of nuance that I don’t understand (I don’t think reading one article is going to give me any real degree of insight into how race is perceived in Brazil)….but interesting nonetheless. Makes me think a little about how much his thoughts may have changed since moving to Brazil, and whether that impacted the weareallmonkeys thing that him and Dani launched. (I struggle a little with the tone of this though in a way that I can’t describe in written words)
From the USA-Ghana match: 1. John Brooks scores, and can’t handle the emotion. I can’t handle that. 2. This fan…seriously, this fan.
And finally: when men’s football is everywhere, I feel like it’s important to remember how much still has to be done in the women’s game. An interesting article about the women’s game in Brazil, in particular about the guerreiras project.