World Cup 2014

Sunday 13 July 2014
Final Tournament

Score

# Team
 
Pts
1 Germany
 
1
2 Argentina
 
0

World Cup 2014 Reflections

Everyone is well-aware of the wildly successful World Cup games of 2014. Drama encompassed each game as many of them came down to the very last minute. Penalty shoot-outs, controversial fouls, and money issues, all contributed to a wildly entertaining tournament. However, there were other aspects to the 2014 World Cup that received just as much attention as the games themselves. These aspects caught the world’s attention in unique ways. Here are some of the side-stories, from the field and off of it, that are associated with the World Cup.

Those who follow college basketball are aware that NCAA brackets are wildly popular in the U.S., and even in parts of the UK. In 2014, the World Cup Bracket Challenge, hosted by ESPN, became popular as well. More people filled out a soccer bracket this year, than in any previous World Cup year. They are popular because many people invest great amounts of money on their soccer picks. Tournament pools collect entry fees, and the participants attempt to predict the way each round of the tournament will go. A prize payout usually occurs for the 1st and 2nd place teams, and people who entered soccer pools in 2014, won hundreds of dollars.

Shark attacks are not usually associated with the World Cup, but this year they took centre stage for a brief period. In Recife’, one of Brazil’s most beautiful cities, shark attacks are almost common place. The fearsome bull shark is the main culprit behind the attacks, and one attack video showed the death of an 18-year-old girl last summer. Local Brazilians are aware of the shark dangers, but the World Cup brought tourists from all over the world. This prompted local governments to issue stern warnings to people who chose to enter the water at the beautiful beaches.

Thefts and crime became a major issue during the 2014 World Cup as well. Some tourists reported that their money had been stolen by a complex system in which their information was taken through ATM transactions. Aside from electronic thefts, others experienced mass pick-pocket attempts. Crowded areas, particularly along the beaches, were prime areas for criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. This prompted officials to issue warnings about traveling in groups. They also stepped up patrol efforts to try to deter criminals from attacking people while the games were being played.

Flopping and faking injury was a major story during the World Cup. In fact, fake fouls and injuries actually helped to decide the outcome of a few games. There are some people who argue that the theatrics are simply a part of soccer. Others feel as if it detracts from the sportsmanship of the game, so they end to frown upon it. Regardless of the controversy it caused, every single team featured at least one player who tried to get the referees attention to cause an opposing player to receive a yellow or red card. As you can see, the 2014 World Cup had plenty of story lines, both on, and off of the field.