Adidas are pulling 2014 Rio World Cup T-shirts that show a cartoon bikini-clad Carioca in front of Sugarloaf Mountain below the phrase “Lookin’ to Score” and “I (heart with design making heart look like up-raised thong-clad female buttocks) Brazil” after the Brazilian Bureau of Women’s Affairs protested. One could assume that Corona beer, with their “Find Your Beach” advertising campaign, will not be finding itself named ‘Official Partner’ anytime soon…
Ukraine unrest has prompted the shifting of the US team’s friendly next week from Kharkiv to Cyprus. One would think the 20+ degree Fahrenheit improvement in the forecast will not raise many objections from Jürgen Klinsmann or his men.
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Meanwhile, the England team’s 2014 World Cup hotel of choice, the 5-Star Royal Tulip, has some wondering what the stars will stand for as it looks certain that Coach Roy Hodgson will allow the WAGs (wives and girlfriends) to accompany their men once again. They had been banished for South Africa 2010 after creating a distracting circus during the previous 2006 World Cup in Germany. The WAGs will be under 24-hour armed guard as 2010 also saw of a drug gang gun battle at the hotel, which left a woman dead in the lobby. The hotel is in close proximity to the Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela and home to many gangs, as well as many impoverished residents who fear they will be forcibly deported to unknown regions for the tournament and possibly beyond.
The percolating campaign to re-institute ancient but ‘crafty’ Chelsea defender John Terry, after he claimed responsibility for what will likely be scored a dubious own-goal by Everton’s US international Tim Howard last Saturday, suffered a setback when Terry was easily beaten by Turkish side Galatasaray’s Cameroonian international defender Aurelién Chedjou for the equalizer in Chelsea’s away-leg Champion’s League Quarterfinal match today. On the other hand, Spanish international Fernando Torres scored in response to Coach Jose Mourinho’s surreptitiously-recorded disses a few days ago.
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Meanwhile, hopeful-French captain Karím Benzema scored twice for Real Madrid to answer on-record criticism of his leadership skills from former Lyon teammate Juninho. Other World Cup likelys that had good starts to their Champions League Quarterfinals included CR7 with rampant Real Madrid and German Toni Kroos with Bayern Munich, but Dutch international striker Robin Van Persie railed on his Manchester United teammates after their loss to Greek side Olympiakos yesterday, stating ‘his space was getting invaded’ on the pitch. It is unclear whether he had any specific targets for his diatribe, but one suspects England international forwards Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.
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