There’s no shortage of online reading material for FIFA soccer fans between matches! And despite Thursday’s Best. Loss. Ever, U.S. Men’s Soccer has moved into the Knockout bracket of 16 - sort of like the Sweet 16 for you college hoops fans. Anyway, soccer fever shouldn’t be dissipating anytime soon.
Fortunately, readers of the Library News blog have help to sort though it all – it’s good to know someone in the library business, isn’t it? Librarian and Liaison Team Leader for Geography and Political Science Merrill Stein has curated a handful of interesting links for background info on the sport of soccer, World Cup 2014 host country Brazil, the best ways to stream the games and lots more to satisfy your inner soccer geek. Got to yellow card you, though: you’ll need a lot of time to get through it all!
Don’t forget: it’s one and done for the U.S. vs. Belgium on Tuesday in Salvador. The loser of that match goes home; the winner heads to the quarterfinals. Game starts at 4 p.m.
Links to news radio TV services –Full 2014 FIFA World Cup Schedule on ABC, ESPN, Univision, Canadian TV and radio:
MLS soccer: http://www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/2014
At-a-glance Groups & schedule: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/world-cup/2014/schedule/group-stage
Top 5 strikers you can’t miss: http://www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/2014/news/article/2014/06/08/world-cup-top-5-who-are-strikers-you-cant-miss-brazil
Of course – fantasy runs into reality… http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/09/brazil-uneasy-start-world-cup-strikers-protests-sao-paulo
Brazil in the World Cup spotlight: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27635554
Brazilian Federal Government website on the 2014 FIFA World Cup (The latest news, links, photos): http://www.copa2014.gov.br/en
BBC Special reports: Brazil: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-radio-and-tv-19481328
BBC News: Latin America/Caribbean: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27635554
BBC Travel visits Brazil: http://www.bbc.com/travel/video/soccer-cities/20140609-where-football-meets-sun-and-samba
South Africa’s World Cup advice to Brazil: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27731564
Databases for searchable news/background:
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The Physicist Who Can Tell You All About the New World Cup Ball:
Vanishing spray: a World Cup first
See the 12 World Cup venues in Brazil on a Google Earth tour
Stay in the game: Twitter guide for the 2014 World Cup
FIFA on Facebook (33M fans!!)
Choose your all-time World Cup XI - and share it with friends.
Movies you can borrow from the library:
Invictus Morgan Freeman, as Nelson Mandela, unites apartheid stricken South Africa through World Cup rugby.
Bend it like Beckham Follows two 18 year old girls as they pursue their dream of playing professional soccer.
30 for 30. Inspirational documentaries from the world of sports produced by ESPN
O ano em que meus pais saíram de férias A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both World Cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.
Classic World Cup moments, Lego Style!