Predicting the 2014 World Cup

Andrew B Neville | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew B Neville

The 2014 World Cup is now officially upon us after what seems like a countdown that has lasted forever, thank you BBC Sport. Anyhoo, looking past all the various controversies surrounding this tournament in Brazil and FIFA in general (these are arguments that will continue for a long time yet) I've decided to jump on the bandwagon and make my own predictions about the outcome of the tournament, mainly because I'm feeling left out.

The World Cup of Our Dreams

Mark Perryman | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Perryman

The professionally cautious Roy Hodgson just couldn't resist it could he? 'England can win this World Cup' he declares on the eve of the tournament....

World Cup... Prime Time for Cybercrime

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport
Eric Ehrmann

With World Cup mania underway fans everwhere need to keep track of their smartphone. Cybercrime has become a pandemic and smartphone theft is where it all begins.

Beware the 'It's Our Year Brigade'

Chris Godfrey | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Godfrey

Somewhere along the lines confidence has become synonymous with a warped sense of masculinity. These guys have taken this notion and run with it. Their ludicrous assertions about England's expected triumph are the world cup equivalent of drinking a pint of your mate's vomit whilst stripping off naked on the dance floor.

11 Tech-Related World Cup Facts The Planet Probably Didn't Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Tech

The World Cup 2014 is officially here. Yes, that special quadrennial festival has arrived, where the world’s richest group of shorts-wearing men wil...

Pictures Capture Violent Clashes In Sao Paulo Just Hours Before World Cup Kick Off

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

It should have been a day of near-religious rapture, of raised hackles and chewed fingernails. We may sing in England about football coming home, but ...

The Best Of #FakeWorldCupFacts

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Sport

On the day of its commencement, there's been a lot said on Twitter about the World Cup - some of it rather dubious. The accepted rules, regulations...

Airport Workers Kick Off Strike In Rio, Just As Fans Descend On City...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

An airport workers' strike has kicked of in Rio, just before the World Cup's opening match. Ground staff at Rio de Janeiro’s two airports declare...

Kidnap - A World Cup risk - Tips to Protect Yourself

Stacey Lucas | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

Near to Brazil is Venezuela where, in July 2012 a Portuguese man was taken from a highway service station and held captive for nearly a year. His kidnappers demanded a $6.5 million ransom, which fortunately they did not receive as the victim was rescued in June 2013.

Why Is This Labour Baroness Wearing A World Cup Shirt In The Lords?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

World Cup fever has spread into the House of Lords, as a Labour peer snuck in a Brazil football shirt as she spoke today about the Queen's Speech. ...

Stark Pictures Reveal The Brazilian Jails Where English Football Hooligans Could Be Locked Up

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK

Dirty, overcrowded and controlled by criminal organisations, these are the most dangerous jail cells in Sao Paulo. These chilling images show the s...

Soccer's Cultural Invasion of the US Hasn't Started - It's Already Over

Paul Vale | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Sport
Paul Vale

Until recently, "the global game" was called so despite the seemingly impenetrable enclave of North America, with many within the US viewing the spread of soccer akin to the spread of communism - a nefarious ideology enjoyed by foreigners and fifth columnists. Unfortunately for those wishing to preserve the cultural purity of "American" sports, not only is soccer past the TSA and across the Rio Grand, but it's about to set up some nets for a kick-a-bout on the White House lawn. The invasion hasn't begun. It's already over.

FA's David Gill Walks Out Of FIFA Meeting In Brazil, Calls For Sepp Blatter To Resign

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Sport

David Gill, the vice-chairman of the Football Association (FA), has walked out of a FIFA executive meeting in São Paulo, Brazil and has immediately c...

What Have Brazilians Got Against the World Cup?

Victoria Gill | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Victoria Gill

Everyone is up in arms except for the Cariocas. Because if the World Cup were the Hunger Games, Rio is the pre-selected surviving Tribute. Brazil can almost afford to mess up this week because it's guaranteed a lifeline to wipe the slate clean in Rio in 2016. No one is complaining about what's happening in Rio.

27 Candid Images That Show Brazil's Prostitutes Preparing For The World Cup

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

It is just days before the World Cup kicks off, and Brazil’s one million sex workers are preparing to cash in. Unfinished stadiums are furiously ...

17 Pictures That Show Brazil Is Not Ready For The World Cup

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

The World Cup is days away, but is Brazil ready? It certainly doesn't look like it. With the planet's most watched sporting event kicking off on Th...

Monorail Collapses In Brazil, Killing One, Just Days Before World Cup Kick Off

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK

Part of a monorail has collapsed in Brazil's biggest city just days before the start of the World Cup, killing a construction worker. The worker wa...

Player Focus: Where Should Rooney Start for England at the World Cup?

Ben McAleer | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

It remains to be seen how Rooney will be deployed in Brazil this summer, but he's expected to start behind Sturridge against Honduras due to Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury and Sterling's suspension. However, Hodgson may be better served starting Rooney on the left of the trio behind the striker the World Cup, if performances against Peru and Ecuador are anything to go by.

11 Pictures That Show Why Football Hooligans Would Be Wise To Avoid Brazil's Badass Security Forces

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

Brazil has spent more than five times the amount on security as the last World Cup in South Africa. Those Robo-Cop outfits must have cost a lot. Th...

Brazil Passes Historic Bill to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing but Loopholes Must Be Closed

Troy Seidle | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

The vote of an animal protection Bill in the Congress is a rare event. We should savour this victory that puts Brazil on the path to join the 28 member states of the European Union, as well as Norway, Israel and India, countries that have rejected these unethical tests.

WATCH: John Oliver Explains The World Cup And FIFA To Americans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Comedy

John Oliver is "both excited and extremely conflicted" about the World Cup. Why? Because he loves the tournament - but it's run by FIFA. Take it...

Player Focus: Burnout a Worry for World Cup Stars

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

Burnout is a real issue with the rigours of the modern game, and a World Cup in Brazil provides no respite for the planet's best footballers. Even if many fans will point to the vast sums of money the players receive as ample compensation for their endeavours, there is little arguing that what is asked of them might just be too great to handle.

Chaotic Images Show Brazil Strikes Could Threaten The World Cup

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

With less than a week until the World Cup opens in Brazil, violent protests and strikes are breaking out across the country by groups angry about the ...

Should We Really Support The 2014 World Cup?

Gemma-Paige Reynolds | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Sport
Gemma-Paige Reynolds

The harsh realities in Brazil are driving tens of thousands of people to the streets in protest against the competition and the resulting elevated public spending. There are calls for a general strike amid outrage that only 10% of the public transport projects which were promised to be the legacy of the 2014 World Cup, have been completed.

Brazil Triumph for Animals as Global Cosmetics Campaign Rolls On

Michelle Thew | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

Cruelty Free International launched our Brazil office and campaign for a ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics and toiletries just nine months ago. And after a whirlwind campaign, the Congress last night voted that most cosmetics tests must now be carried out without the use of animals.