Football’s mega-event will begin on 14th June where 32 teams from around the world will be competing to claim the glory. FIFA World Cup 2018 brings back so many memories of the tournament, the tables that turned, and champions that were crowned. There is no better feeling lifting that trophy in front of billion people watching your entire move, thus claiming your eternal glory.
The world’s eyes are rested upon defending champions i.e. Germany trying to defend their crown. However, aging players in the squad and the absence of many great players have decreased the chances of Germany qualifying for the finals.
England, on the other hand, is amongst the only 2 teams in the World Cup who does not have a single player in their squad who played club football outside their own country. Therefore, lacking exposure all the same. However, Harry Kane is the player to look out for, who has scored 30 goals in 2017/2018 English Premier League Season.
As FIFA World Cup is being played in Russia, many people assume that Russia will have a home advantage over other countries. By looking at the history of previous World Cups, hosting countries have a hard time competing in the world cup, and we’re betting on it. We believe Brazil is a hot favorite this time!
FIFA Superstars in the World of Social Networking
There’s no comparison when it comes to superstars that are popular in the field and as well as in the world of social media networking. Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo holds the first place with 73.1 Million followers on Twitter and 122 Million likes on his Facebook page. This has tripled the last time when FIFA World Cup 2014 was played.
The Best and Worst FIFA World Cup 2014 Moments
The defending Champions Spain were sent home in the first round was probably the worst and saddest moment in the World Cup history. There were many expectations from the team having them performed well in La Liga.
Recounting the best moment of World Cup 2014 was when Nigeria took on Argentina. The see-saw match for domination was an ultimate nail-biting experience for both Argentinean and Nigerian fans. Thanks to the Legends like Lionel Messi and The Ultimate Equalizer Musa, this will be one of the memorable matches of FIFA World Cup 2014. Argentina won the match by 3-2 goals.
Germany vs Brazil – Best FIFA Match in History
Germany and Brazil met in semi-finals of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Bela Horizonte, Brazil. The stadium had the capacity of 60,000 people and over 3.5 billion of viewership around the world. Hot favorites Brazil in their home country were beaten 7-1 by ruthless Germans to secure their seat in the World Cup.
The game seemed to have ended in 29th minutes of the match where Germans had scored 5 goals by that time. It was then known that Germans are soon to become the World Champions because they defeated the best in their own turf.
Awesome on-field and off-field Moments in FIFA 2014
Pitbull and Claudia Leitte sharing the Host City Tour in Brazil, Robin Van Persie’s leap like a salmon to secure a goal, or Suarez biting an Italian player. These were the spectacular moments of the FIFA World Cup 2104 and we hope to see some stuff like that in 2018 FIFA World, except for the biting part. It was thrilling to see so many goals being scored in such a spectacular manner, while ate the same time many goals were saved in the same brilliant manner.
Mind-blowing Facts of 2014 World Cup
FIFA 2014 World Cup saw some amazing moments as we discussed above, but there were some interesting facts that you may have probably missed, have a look at them:
- Average of3 goals per match were scored
- Goal-line technology was used for the first time
- The Brazilian and German football teams made it to the Finals 7 times
- Expensive World Cup ever
- Shakira and Ricky Martin recorded their songs for the World Cup
- Germany built its own Hotel and Training Center in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
- The most expensive player in the 2014 FIFA World Cup is Lionel Messi who is worth 139.6 million Euros
Top 10 Goals in FIFA 2014
Here are the top 10 goals in FIFA 2014:
- James Rodriguez against Uruguay
- Robin Van Persie against Spain
- James Rodriguez against Japan
- Mario Goetze against Argentina
- David Luiz against Colombia
- Tim Cahill against Netherlands
- David Villa against Australia
- Lionel Messi against Bosnia
- Lionel Messi against Nigeria
- Xherdan Shaqiri against Honduras
These were undoubtedly the most unbelievable goals in FIFA World Cup 2014. However, there was one Marcelo’s goal that went down as controversial.
Brazil Turned the Tables and Defeated Colombia
It was against the odds that Brazil defeated Colombia and got through to the Semi-finals. Despite Brazil was the hot favorite to win against Colombia in their home turf, Colombians tried to outplay them the whole match. But still lost the game 1-2 (Brazil). All were behind the talented James Rodriguez who had a sensational World Cup and was soon to climb the ladder to become the best in the world.
Highest Paid Players in FIFA World Cup 2014
Here is a list of 10 highest paid player in the World Cup 2014:
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lionel Messi
- Wayne Rooney
- Sergio Aguero
- Yaya Toure
- Fernando Torres
- Robin Van Persie
- Steven Gerrard
- Mesut Ozil
2014 World Cup Round of 16, Quarterfinals, and Semi-Finals
Round of 16 reflected fierce competition from contenders. Chile, Uruguay, Nigeria, Algeria, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland and the United States were knocked out. Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Belgium proceeded to the next round and commenced the battle in the quarterfinals.
FIFA World Cup 2014 surprised us once again in the Quarterfinals. This time, the underdogs were sent home, leaving the competition wide open. Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, and Argentina emerged victoriously.
Classic Matches: Australia vs Netherlands/ Argentina vs Germany/ Russia vs Korea/ France vs Germany
These were the classic matches that were played in FIFA World 2014 and here are a glimpse of the results:
|Australia vs Netherlands||2-3 (Netherlands)|
|Argentina vs Germany||0-1 (Germany)|
|Russia vs Korea||1-1 (Draw)|
|France vs Germany||0-1 (Germany)|
Top Matches: Netherlands vs Mexico/ Argentina vs Belgium/ Spain vs Netherlands/ Argentina vs Switzerland
These were the top matches in the event in terms of skills, suspense, and crowd reaction that were played in FIFA World 2014 and here are a glimpse of the results:
|Mexico vs Netherlands||1-2 (Netherlands)|
|Argentina vs Belgium||1-0 (Argentina)|
|Spain vs Netherlands||1-5 (Netherlands)|
|Argentina vs Switzerland||1-0 (Argentina)|
|Brazil vs Mexico||0-0 (Draw)|
|Germany vs Algeria||2-1 (Germany)|
Top 10 Best Saves of FIFA World Cup 2014
Here are the top 10 goal saves of 2014:
- Guillermo Ochoa: Mexico vs. Netherlands
- Julio Cesar: Brazil vs. Chile
- Keylor Navas: Costa Rica vs. Greece
- Vincent Enyeama: Nigeria vs. France
- Keylor Navas: Costa Rica vs. Greece
- Rais M’Bolhi: Algeria vs. Germany
- Tim Howard: U.S. vs. Belgium
- Rais M’Bolhi: Algeria vs. Germany
- Claudio Bravo: Chile vs. Brazil
- Diego Benaglio: Switzerland vs. Argentina
Watching FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Online
When FIFA World Cup 2018 begins on 14th June, you’ll be tempting to find ways to stream the mega-event. Not just the event, you’ll be finding ways on how you watch it at cheaper rates and from anywhere around the world. That is not so hard of you’ve done your research, but you don’t have to do any of it, because we have done that for you. Read our guide on how to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 live online from anywhere
How to Watch FIFA on Kodi
Kodi is a free open-software that runs on any platform or device and therefore will stream FIFA World Cup 2018. With Kodi add-ons, you can stream FIFA 2018 alongside all the latest Movies and TV Shows. It can be installed on your smartphone, PC, or tablet, and enjoy watching free content from anywhere. Here is our guide to watch FIFA on Kodi.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup on Amazon Firestick
Amazon FireStick device is cheap, yet full of amazing features that is able to stream Live IPTV channels. Live Sports, Movies, TV Series, and all the latest media content. It can stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and so does FIFA World Cup 2018. We have provided a complete guide on how to watch FIFA on FireStick to stream the World Cup live on HD quality.
How to Watch FIFA without Cable
Watching FIFA on cable could be very expensive and not so ideal. You’ll find it difficult to stream FIFA or any other channel outside the comfort zone of your home. How about pursuing cord-cutting options where you can watch FIFA on both at your home and outside, and at an affordable price? Here is our guide on how to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 without cable.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 in USA
USA viewers will have a hard time watching FIFA World Cup on their cable because of the fact that their country hasn’t made it to the World Cup. However, the craze is still there with the people of US and they wants to stream the World Cup online. We have discussed many ways on how to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 in USA live online from anywhere.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup in Australia
Optus Sports and SBS are the official broadcasters in Australia, but you would find it difficult to stream when you’re on the move. Australia presents a lot more options than watching the World Cup on these two channels. You can find it in our guide on how to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 in Australia live online. The options that we have outlined are much cheaper than the ones offered by the broadcasters.
Watching Opening Ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2018
Opening ceremonies are always extravagant, but pleasant to watch. Football fan or not, all eyes will be on the opening ceremony and they’re really hard to miss. Therefore, if you’re planning to watch the opening ceremony, then do so after viewing our guide on how to watch 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony live online from anywhere.
How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 on Kodi BBC iPlayer
Kodi BBC iPlayer is an official Kodi add-on from BBC that features live BBC channels. Since it is free, you are allowed to stream FIFA on Kodi BBC iPlayer from anywhere. However, first, you are required to install Kodi BBC iPlayer and then follow the guide accordingly. This is to keep in mind that BBC Kodi addon is geo-graphically restricted. Therefore, watching it outside UK would only be possible if you have best VPN for Kodi installed.
The Wrap Up
Here in this guide, we shared some new interesting facts about FIFA World Cup 2014 and our predictions for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Expand your knowledge on FIFA World Cup by viewing this guide and enter the upcoming football mega-event with some new craze and hands-on knowledge.