January is almost over, and luckily so are the days sans Bundesliga. But did you have the leisure to check June and July for the schedules of the World Cup in Brazil? 64 matches between 12 June and 13 July, with only seven days free from play – that is 27 June and 2+3, 6+7, 10+11 July! Despite the time difference, most matches are scheduled conveniently for the European follower, mainly at 6 pm and 10 pm CET, a few at midnight though, and just one at 3 am (Cote d’Ivoire-Japan on 15 June). So, unless you take four weeks off and book that dream of package holidays to Salvador, Fortaleza or Recife, plan your 9 to 5 – routine and other commitments to allow for the maximum of fun from the most exciting event of the year, possibly.
Football, as well as watching it, requires teams, and your best friend could be the rosetta stone for analyzing the result and the background of a critical match. In absence of leisure and friends, there is no need to despond, install one of these excellent football apps on your mobile cyborg and you’ll be fine.
The thing with apps is what we emphasize here every day: it is not a question of if, but when it is going to happen, and, commonly used as it is for the major leagues, it will be for the World Cup. 2014 might see another appquake mainly due to that. Let’s hope for a stretching tournament, I reckon the letter B will be adamant, with Brazil, the Bundesrepublik, also Bosnia and Belgium.
Football, as has been suggested by George Orwell in the 1940s, is sort of the modern equivalent to war, except for the weapons. I think meanwhile this comparison is too single-edged and from the wrong perspective. Obviously the European perspective 70 years later is an easier one: a gathering of nations in the spirit of play and fight, and a peaceful world cherishing. Although football players account for some of the best quotes ever, I would like to end citing Yogi Berra: “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you!”