Millions of soccer fans around the globe will be glued to their televisions starting June 12, when the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. With 32 countries in competition, the World Cup is one of the world’s most popular sporting events. The monthlong tournament is held every four years. It is estimated that at least 1 billion people watched the 2010 World Cup final, which was held in South Africa.
The 64 matches of the 2014 World Cup will be played in 12 Brazilian cities. The host country will play Croatia in the kickoff game at Itaquerao stadium in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. After the final match—at Maracaña Stadium in Rio de Janeiro—on July 13, the FIFA World Cup trophy will be presented to the captain of the winning team.
A Rematch for the U.S.
The U.S. men’s national team will play its opening game on June 16 against Ghana, which eliminated the U.S. at the last two World Cups. The 23-member U.S. team is young—only five have previously played in a World Cup. But coach Jürgen Klinsmann says he is doing
In 1969 when the Baltimore Colts battled the New York Jets in super bowl III, the future of NFL was on the line. This is because if the Colts won (which seemed obvious), NFL stood to lose millions in future TV revenues.
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In the mid-1980s, Major league Baseball had problems with its finances and the new commissioner, Peter Ueberroth had the solution. Ueberroth asked the owners to avoid signing any free agents.
Before the start of the 1986 and 1987 season, MLB owners refused to sign other team’s free agents which resulted to the players suing MLB owners through their union.
Although, the owners made profits from the move, they lost the cases and they were forced to pay the player’s union $280 million.
Sonny Liston threw the heavyweight title rematch against Muhammad Ali in 1965
In the fast paced, extremely stressful life environment, there is always time for pursuing a hobby. One such hobby is railfanning, which revolves around everything to do with trains, stations, heritage, history, operations, yards, and much more.
In India, railway is not just another mode of transportation; it offers a window seat to view the culture and traditions from up close. Railway was first introduced in India as a transportation system in 1853 and since then, it has grown to become one of largest railway networks in the world covering 115,000 km (71,000 miles). Such a large network with deep-rooted history offers plenty of avenues for learning, photography, and traveling. Today, India has around 5,000 railfans, and the number keeps growing by the day.
Railfanning, as a hobby can be divided into several segments. Each segment has its own benefits and charm and ensures the participation of like-minded hobbyists. The different segments are:
- Train Spotter: A train spotter (TS) focuses on spotting specific trains and sharing the running information with other train buffs. TS is involved in documentation of arrival and departure of trains at a specific station, the type or class of locomotive hauling