Dudes and dudettes!!! The biggest sporting event is here. Every four years the best countries of the world gear up to battle in the greatest tournament of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). And like any other year, this year’s FIFA is proving to bring its own goof-ups and controversies. I myself am not a fan of football, but FIFA is something hard to not get attached to. Plus it would hurt not to be part of such a huge sporting phenomenon and miss all those exciting pages of newspapers and tweets and memes splashed all over internet.
Messi, the most popular name of football who even non-fans are sure of knowing has proved his mettle this world cup. The talented Argentinean was repeatedly thwarted in the 2010 edition and could not score a single goal. In this edition, however he has already scored four goals and steered his country to the top 16 making him the highest goal scorer of the tournament along with Brazil’s charismatic Neymar. Messi scored a brilliant goal in the frustrating match against Iran in the extra time. In the recent match against Nigeria, he clinched the free-kick advantage by a beautifully manoeuvred kick. Another star making headlines is Arjen Robben of Netherlands. The Holland player along with his teammate Van Persie was instrumental in his country’s 4-1 victory against the defending champions, Spain. Both have scored three goals each. Some other notable names have been Thomas Muellar and Klose of Germany, James Rodriguez of Columbia and Karim Benzama of France.
The biggest disappointment of this year was Spain, the defending champions of both the World Cup and the Euro Cup. We have recovered from that shock, but we have are on the brink of getting another in the form of bidding adieu to the player of the year Christiano Ronaldo. Another such player Mario Balotelli. This year FIFA has indeed brought many surprises with the bigwigs of Europe like Spain, Italy, Portugal and England getting eliminated. The American countries like Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Columbia have done very well and most of them have either advanced or have huge chances of advancing to the next 16. Adding a philosophical touch, I say this shows the oft repeated phenomenon that change is what persists, and the position of numero uno tosses between countries just as a football tosses in a soccer game. Let us see who will be the victorious successor of Spain.
The newest scoop of FIFA 14 oozing controversy and drooling exclamations from the people is the biting incident of people’s darling Luis Suarez. Suarez scored two brilliant goals in his country’s 2-1 victory against England. However the Uruguayan forward has been in the news recently for ‘biting’ Italy’s Chiellini. The incident attracted angry and shocked tweets from fans around the world and the sword of ban now looms above the star player’s head. We can only hope that justice prevails.
Stay hooked to Fifa 14 and we will be back with some more scoop next time!!