THE ROUTE TO THE FINAL

  • Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:08
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SO WHO WILL TRIUMPH ON THE WAY TO GLORY?

It’s the biggest tournament in sports. You may have already known much about the World Cup, but now it is in English.

In the past two weeks, 32 teams and more than 700 players have competed in venues all around Brazil. Now only eight of the teams remain for the quarter-finals.


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SINCE the World Cup changed to 32 teams in 1998, this is the first time that the eight group winners have all progressed to the quarter-finals at the same tournament. In 2010, the USA, winning Group C ahead of England, lost their last match to Ghana in extra time.

THE French team have insisted that all bars of soap in their hotel should be replaced with liquid so that they don’t slip and injure themselves.

HOLLAND’S Nigel de Jong injured his groin in the match against Mexico. He tweeted: ‘Devastated about my injury. Sadly enough this is part of the sport as well. Playing or not playing, injured or not injured, I will stick with the group because we all came here with a mission.’

THE Croatian national anthem was originally 14 verses long. Luckily, only verses one, two, 13 and 14 were sung in Brazil.

FIVE is the magic number in Brazil. It is the fifth biggest country in the world and also the fifth most populous with an estimated population of 202,507,013, bringing it behind China, India, the USA and Indonesia.

BRAZIL is the planet’s lightning bolt capital with 58 million strikes a year – which works out at 156,000 times a day.

SALVADOR is known as Brail’s Capital of Happiness because of the number of outdoor parties and carnivals.

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