Week one, weak one: #WorldCup Recap

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is one week old. I’m not going to pretend to give you any type of prediction or analysis, as I’m embarrassingly ignorant about those things. I can’t even tell you with any ounce of certainty what constitutes offsides or the specific reasons why the yellow card is drawn. But what I do know, and what I love most about futbol, is that (1.) what goes on off the field is equally exciting as to what is happening on the field; (2.) Spanish-language coverage is far more exciting and way more accurate than in English; and (3.) dynasties do not exist.

Here’s a recap of my favorite things this week:

1. Production issues

Jennifer Lopez said she would not perform at said opening.

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Then, Jennifer Lopez said she would perform at said opening.

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At the opening, Jennifer Lopez’s platform refused to perform.

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2. Peace be with you 

The pope had a message for everyone:



But especially for Portugal:


Nice guy.


Even nicer guy.









3. Lost in translation 

Brazil won the opening game 3-1 against Croatia. And, that one goal against them was accidentally made by someone on their own team. But, someone at Channel 10 thought it was a close game:


4. The weakest link

Spain. That’s all.


5. This week’s winner is…

Without a doubt, Shakira’s team is the winner of the first week of the FIFA 2014 World Cup. Their fancy footwork before and after every goal is something that you can’t help but love.




Published by Mari

I was born with a widow's peak and a thick accent. I majored in English as a second language. I work (marianeladearmas.com) and travel (alittlecubangoesalongway.com) and sometimes do both.

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