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Shakira - La La La (Brazil 2014) ft. Carlinhos Brown - YouTube

La La La is featured on Shakira's new self-titled album. Shakira & Activia partner to support World Food Programme and its School Meals initiative, Find out ...
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Shakira surprised everyone with her new song called “Dare (La, la, la)”. This song’s purpose is to pay tribute to Brazil’s World Cup. What’s more, the Colombian singer sings with Carlinhos Brown, a Brazilian artist.

In the video clip we can see a lot of flags of different countries. Football players as Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué (Shakira’s boyfriend), Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Sergio Aguero and Neyman can be also seen in the whole video.

“Dare (La, la, la)” has been heard more than the World Cup’s official song named “We are one (Ole Ole)” and performed by J-Lo, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte. On the one hand, Shakira’s song has almost 100.000.000 visits in Youtube while, “We are one” has only 70.000.000.

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World Cup 2014: who will win the greatest prize in Brazil?

World Cup 2014: who will win the greatest prize in Brazil? | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
Argentina look formidable, Spain tick the boxes, hosts Brazil are contenders and even England have a chance
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"Football for us is more than five stars on a shirt, it is a lifestyle", explained Ronaldo, one of Brazil’s football legends. And, his phrase has a justified explanation: a lot of people know that Brazil has a kind of “mysticism” when football is involved.

It will probably be a very difficult World Cup for the teams that don’t belong to America, because they aren’t used to this kind of weather, temperatures or even fields.

Spain, for example, is going to defend the World Cup they gained in South Africa 2010. However, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta haven’t got the same level as years before. So, will they show us that they can still pass the ball to one another with greater regularity as in the last World Cup? Can Spain repeat their success of 2010?

What’s more, we must remember the fact that a lot of leading figures are out of Brazil: Franck Ribery (France), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Theo Walcott (England), Sami Khedira (Germany), Víctor Valdés (Spain), Robbie Kruse (Australia), Kevin Strootman (Holland), etc.

On the other hand, Argentina seems to have the most powerful forwards: Messi- Agüero- Higuain. But, Brazil has Neymar, one of Barcelona’s aces. For the moment, everything is uncertain. What is going to happen in four days? Nobody is able to answer this question. Portugal can astonish everyone after squeaking in via the play-offs, too. So?

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Stephanie Jaschek's comment, June 26, 2014 2:05 PM
awesome work, Karen! Just one thing. It's "For the moment", not by. This has a different meaning
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Argentina far too strong for Trinidad in World Cup warm-up clash - BuenosAiresHerald.com

Argentina far too strong for Trinidad in World Cup warm-up clash - BuenosAiresHerald.com | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
The Argentina national team have enjoyed a positive start to pre-World Cup preparations as they downed Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in the Monumental. Rodrigo Palacio, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez were on target in a routine victory for the 'Albiceleste'.
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Argentina defeated 3-0 Trinidad and Tobago in the Monumental Stadium. Goals? Rodrigo Palacio, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez scored for Alejandro Sabella’s team. With this positive result, Argentina could celebrate their positive pre - start to Brazil’s World Cup. However, they didn’t forget that the opponent wasn’t a dangerous one.

During the first period, despite the fact that Argentina was better than Trinidad and Tobago, Sabella’s men wasted a lot of goal chances. However, Palacio put the side into the lead just seconds before the end of the opening period. And, then, Mascherano scored after the fifteen minutes break. At the end, “La Fiera” Rodriguez came off the bench to seal the comfortable triumph.

The following pre – match will be this Saturday against Slovenia en La Plata City. After that, in less than two weeks, Argentina’s team will finally kick off their campaign against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brazil.

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Argentina coach hails Martin Demichelis' great season for Manchester City

Argentina coach hails Martin Demichelis' great season for Manchester City | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
Alejandro Sabella insists he 'couldn't afford' to leave the 33-year-old out of his provisional squad for this summer's World Cup.
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Alejandro Sabella, Argentina’s Coach, explained why he couldn’t leave Martín Demichelis out of the 30 man provisional squad for the World Cup.

"He had a great season in a league (Manchester City, England) that is extremely difficult, competitive and physical”, emphasized Sabella. Then, he added: “He responded very well, I could not afford to leave him out of the 30 and then we'll see”.

We all must remember that, today, the Coach left out Mercado, Di Santo, Rinaudo and López. So, now, there are only 26 footballers on the list. On the 2nd of June, Sabella is giving the final 23 names. Will Demichelis be part of the hall of fame?

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Stephanie Jaschek's comment, May 31, 2014 11:44 AM
GREAT! Correct "in the list" --> "on the list".. I think "will" would work better for the last question.
Karen Llanos's comment, June 4, 2014 6:11 PM
Thanks teacher. I've just made all the corrections.
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Demichelis, Mercado surprise picks in Argentina World Cup list - BuenosAiresHerald.com

Demichelis, Mercado surprise picks in Argentina World Cup list - BuenosAiresHerald.com | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
Martín Demichelis, Gabriel Mercado, Fabián Rinaudo and Franco Di Santo were surprisingly included in Argentina's provisional World Cup squad, while Carlos Tevez was left out.
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When Coach Alejandro Sabella revealed the list with the 30 possible players that are able to take part in Brazil’s World Cup, there were four unexpected names: Gabriel Mercado, Franco Di Santo, Martín Demichelis and Fabián Rinaudo.

Nowadays, Mercado (defender) is playing for River Plate, an Argentina’s team which is close to achieve a new title. Di Santo (forward), plays in Werder Bremen, from Germany.  Demichelis (defender), who has improved his lever, plays in England for Manchester City. And, finally, Rinaudo (midfielder) is part of the Italian club named Catania.

One who was left out was Carlos Tevez (forward). This fact wasn’t a surprise but, it’s still a controversial decision. He was expected to be set aside because Sabella didn’t include him during all his period as coach. However, Tevez’s brilliant level in Juventus (he has achieved 19 goals), produces discomfort around Sabella’s decision.

However, Argentina’s coach didn’t explain the reason why Tevez is left out of Brazil’s World Cup. There are a few speculations about this fact. Some say that “El Apache” is a bad influence for the group because of his personality. Others explain that Messi and Tevez can’t be in the same team because they don’t get on well.

Probably, nobody would tell us the real motive of Sabella’s decision. We all have to be confident and wait.

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Stephanie Jaschek's comment, May 31, 2014 11:50 AM
Again! Fantastic! Check the following: "lever", "It was expected" ("it" refers to Tevez, so what pronoun should you use?), "Some (plural) *says* (3rd p.sg)", "Another explains (I think you mean "Others explain" here).
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Brazil vs Croatia 3-1 All Goals Highlights World C - YouTube

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After a short presentation, Brazil defeated 3-1 Croatia in a controversial match. The Africans started winning by 1-0 thanks to Marcelo’s own goal (Bra). However, Neymar managed to score and allowed his team to be 1-1.

In the second half, when Croatia seemed to dominate the match, referee Yuichi Nishimura, gave a penalty against Niko Kovac’s players. Which was the problem? Well, that penalty didn’t exist. It was just a line judge’s mistake…  Meanwhile, Neymar scored again and then, because of Croatian’s disappointment for the unfair result, Brazil could score one more time (Óscar) and the match ended 3-1.

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Argentina 2 - 0 Slovenia Match report - Goal.com

Argentina 2 - 0 Slovenia Match report - Goal.com | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
Read the full Argentina v Slovenia match report, including goals, incidents, and much more. Have your say on the game in our comments feature.
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Argentina achieved a new victory yesterday afternoon. This time, “La Albiceleste” defeated Slovenia 2-0 in La Plata City. Both goals were special. Why? Well, the first one belonged to Ricardo Alvarez, and it was his first international goal. Then, Lionel Messi (Barcelona’s ace) scored the second and last goal. We all have to remember that this was his first goal for Argentina in 2014.
During the first half, Argentina showed a modest performance. Ricky Alvarez and Maximiliano Rodriguez were the ones who had most of the chances to score. However, Vid Belec, the Slovakian goalkeeper, had a wonderful match and blocked Sabella’s team’s possibilities to increase the result.
Then, in the second half, Argentina’s Coach introduced Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Messi. In the 76th minute, the second goal arrived minute when Aguero's knockdown Di Maria's cross was stabbed home by Messi.
Now, Argentina can look forward to their Group F opener with World Cup debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 15. What will happen?

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Banega misses the cut for short list - BuenosAiresHerald.com

Banega misses the cut for short list - BuenosAiresHerald.com | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
Argentina’s national team coach Alejandro Sabella made a stunning announcement yesterday when he sidelined midfielder Ever Banega along with defender Nicolás Otamendi and midfielder José Sosa to name the 23-player final list for the World Cup Brazil 2014.
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Finally, Alejandro Sabella gave the 23 names of the football players that are going to be in Brazil’s World Cup. Ever Banega, Nicolás Otamendi and José Sosa were the three ones sidelined by the DT.

However, it was absolutely unexpected Argentina’s Coach decision of preferring midfielders as Augusto Fernández and Ricardo Alvarez instead of Banega. Why? Well, this player was one of the most used in Sabella’s era, while Fernandez and Alvarez were only 6 times in the field.

A lot of people started speculating about the motives why the DT made this stunning announcement.  But, some seemed to forget that Banega was sidelined several times in the last matches of the season due to a lung infection and, what’s more, he didn’t demonstrate a good level during his last tournament in Newell’s Old Boys.

“The winner” of the final squad is Martin Demichelis. Argentina’s Coach decided to recall this experienced Manchester City player (he was in 2010 in South Africa). So, Otamendi was left out the list.

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Strikes, violent protests hit Brazil ahead of World Cup

Strikes, violent protests hit Brazil ahead of World Cup | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
With barely a month until the World Cup opens in Brazil, violent protests and strikes are breaking out across the country.
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Brazil seems to be the place of party, fun and football. There is a lot of excitement about the World Cup. However, there is another face of this huge event: strikes, violence and protests.

On the one hand, we can see all the stunning stadiums and preparations. On the other and terrifying hand, we discover a lot of people that don’t agree with the amounts of money that are being invested for the World Cup.

There were demonstrations in almost 18 cities. But, the biggest one was held in Sao Paulo. In that town, police had to shot gas and protesters threw rocks and smashed windows. The Homeless Workers Movement blocked the most important avenues and 4.000 people marched on the Arena Sao Paulo, where the inaugural game will be held on June 12.

Protesters complain about the billions that the governments are spending on the World Cup while they are neglecting the income housing, education, etc. "The World Cup has done nothing to help us,  so we decided to use it as a platform to make our voices heard”,  people shouted.

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Stephanie Jaschek's comment, May 31, 2014 11:47 AM
Awesome! This is almost a news article! Correct the following: "On THE one hand".. "Protests"--> "Protesters" "whereas"--> "while", better here. "shouted people" "people shouted".
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Argentina's 30-Man Squad Named

Argentina's 30-Man Squad Named | Brazil World Cup 2014 | Scoop.it
After consecutive quarterfinal exits from the World Cup, Argentina gear up for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with their sights set on redemption...
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This article is about the 30 football players that were chosen by Alejandro Sabella last Tuesday for Brazil’s World Cup. It also explains the three main motives why this competition will be very stressful for Argentina. We have to remember that the pressure to succeed that the team is going to take on, won’t be easy.

First of all, our group is not as difficult as others. Argentina shares group with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran. What’s more, La Albiceleste won’t travel too much. Then, the third and, in my opinion, most important reason is the fact that we have Lionel Messi, one of the planet's top players.

Sergio Romero, Argentina’s goalkeeper, said confident a few days ago: “God wants this World Cup to be Messi's and Argentina's”. Obviously, those sorts of phrases only add more and more pressure for the team.

Are we going to succeed or, maybe, this World Cup will be another disaster? This question is going to be answered in less than a month…

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Stephanie Jaschek's comment, May 31, 2014 11:52 AM
Great! Check "...says (present tense) confident a few days ago (past reference)
Stephanie Jaschek's comment, May 31, 2014 11:53 AM
Also, I think you use "would" instead of "will" in many cases. Will can be used to talk about a possible uncertain situation, and I think it would be more accurate in contexts such as your last question...