Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The FIFA World Cup

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1.1 million tickets recently sold for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Close to 890,000 of those tickets were part of a lottery, or random draw, and were allocated in 7 hours. One of my husband's closest friends lived in Brazil for years after he graduated college. That friend also now has in-laws there and he and his family go regularly for visits. He rented a villa there for a month in the summer of 2014, with the intention of seeing The World Cup.

Both he and my husband had their name in the lottery draw for the tickets...they put them in, way back when the opportunity to do so first arose.  We found out yesterday that neither he, nor my husband had their names drawn.

It's one of the few things I've seen my husband get very excited about. He's a Sports Nut from way back, it's just his thing, so attending the World Cup would have been amazing for him.  There are still chances to get tickets, but they are minimal. So we'll see, but as of right now, chances of him seeing a big game have cascaded in a downward spiral. A 1.1 million ticket allocation spiral that didn't hold his name.  :(

Of course, he's not a complainer and simply said he didn't get a ticket...but I'm sure he's bummed.

Have you ever attended a FIFA World Cup? In 2010, 2.2 billion people watched a World Cup game for 20 minutes or more...last year 111 million people watched the Super Bowl. Suffice it to say, I imagine the atmosphere is electrifying!

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  1. I haven't been to the FIFA World Cup but I know the Great Scot would LOVE to go!
    One of my greatnephews had the opportunity to attend the Brazilian Junior team's training camp and was being heavily recruited until he was seriously injured in an auto accident along with his mother and younger brother.

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    1. Big bummer on the accident! I'm sorry to hear it.

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  2. Doesn't Brazil have a Z not and S? lol

    Anyway, damn that is a lot of people, not a fan of soccer at all. But the atmosphere must be amazing indeed. Sucks he didn't get in, but 1.1 million into say 2.2 billion is worse odds than any lottery, damn

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    1. The Portuguese spelling is with an 's,' I believe. :) I do wish he'd have gotten a ticket. He'd have been on Cloud 9 for years.

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  3. Aww that is a bummer.
    I hope he does get tickets.

    I haven't been to a world cup, but I've been close to the action. It's absolutely crazy in my country at this time as everyone eats and breathes football!

    We love it!

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    1. The atmosphere when people around you love it really is fun. :)

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  4. My husband played soccer his whole life. Hoping that the Galaxy comes back to California so he can get tickets! He misses playing so very much. So the next best thing is watching it live!

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    1. Agreed, live games are fun to watch. :)

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  5. Well darn.... too bad they didn't get their names drawn. My Hubs has to get into a drawing to go out to Montana to hunt in 2014. We hope his name gets drawn too.

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    1. Crossing my fingers your hubby gets his hunting tickets. :)

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  6. Aww, too bad he didn't get a ticket! I can't believe they sold so many. I've never been to the world cup and don't think I've ever watched it on tv before, so I'm probably in the minority here!

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    1. American football trumps soccer as a fave in the US but once you watch a few times it does become addicting. We did a visit to Croke Park on a vacation once and the speaker was SO motivated about soccer that it was absolutely contagious. :)

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  7. Sounds like he is taking his disappointment in stride, but still... it would have been amazing had it worked out.

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    1. It would have been, he'd have been over the moon. :)

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  8. I've never been to a pro soccer game - ever & it's weird because the New England revolution play 15 minutes from my house at Gillette Stadium. Someday....

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  9. Those are not very good odds at all. I hope somewhere, somehow he'll be able to attend. It's not over till it's over right?

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    1. Right! Crossing fingers and toes (all of them). :)

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  10. I watch the World Cup on TV, which will have to do. Years ago it was held in Switzerland. I was there the year before; the transit authorities were upgrading their already excellent system to handle the tons of people projected. It must be quite an atmosphere.

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    1. It's amazing the upgrades that get put into place, isn't it?? I've seen that several times as well, with the Olympics.

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  11. I've never been to a World Cup, but I believe I've watched it on TV with my husband.;) (I'm not much of a sports person.)

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    1. That trip would have made my hubby a very happy man. I'd have liked to have seen him get in. Still a shred of hope...maybe. :)

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  12. I *almost* attended the world cup. I did a promotion for FIFA and it involved going there but I ended up not being able to make the trip.

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  13. We have never ttended a FIFA World Cup, and we don't actually have soccer players in our family, but it would still be fun to see a high-quality soccer game!

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    1. We have a Kindergartner playing, does that count as having a player in the family? :) :) :)

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  14. I'm sure it would be so much fun, I hope he can make it.
    While we have never gone to any world cup, we have heard many great things. Good luck.

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    1. I've heard only good things about it too. Thanks for the luck!

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  15. It would be great fun to go to Rio - we could tango the night away!

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    1. I'd like to go to the border (shared w/Argentina) and see Iguazu Falls).

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  16. Did you know Qatar airlines is actually doing contest for free ticket? I am not really a big fan of soccer but world cup is always interesting on tv so I am sure to watch it on spot will be electrifying indeed!

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    1. I did not know, but I'm on my way over to check it out. Thank you. :)

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  17. My husband is a huge soccer fan we went to a number of games when we were in Europe. Sorry your husband didn't win tickets :(

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    1. We've toured a stadium and seen the games on TV while we were there, but never a live game. The World Cup would have been fantabulous. :)

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  18. That's too bad. I didn't realize it was so difficult to get tickets. It's amazing how popular soccer is in most of the world.

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    1. It does have a very strong fan base. :)

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    1. For some reason we didn't consider NOT getting a ticket because he wanted to go so bad. Silly, but true. :)

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  20. nice. def enjoy the world cup...and my youngest does as well...he likes soccer better than football actually....

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    1. It'd have been nicer if he'd have gotten the ticket. ;)

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  21. Hubs and the boys are huge soccer fans!
    Happy Thursday, Rosey!

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    1. Thanks for the visit. I'm headed over to your place. :)

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  22. Well that stinks but at least he tried. I love soccer and I am super excited for the world cup!! I root for USA of course and Portugal because I am portuguese!! USA has a really strong team so I hope they go far. As for Portugal they need to win on Friday or else they don't make it. Praying that they do make it because C. Ronaldo is my favorite player!! Great post!!

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    1. He would have taken ANY ticket and been happy, but would have loved to see Sao Paulo.

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  23. Sadly, I just never could get into watching soccer. I was so relieved when Allison decided to not join the team with her friends this year.

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    1. I was relieved when the season was over here recently because it's cold out there. ;)

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  24. Nope soccer is boring ;) but I'm sure Jules would go in a heartbeat all my boys love soccer.

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  25. I haven't but my husband does enjoy soccer - he's European so it's natural :P BTW, thank you for soooooo much comment love :D

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    1. I like the strong fan base they have in Europe for football. It's a fun environment to be in when you're visiting. We have yet to see a live game, though we've come close. :) Thanks for the visit. :)

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  26. I am a big football fan Rosey! It is called soccer in the U.S.A. My eyes are glued to the television when it is on. I hope your husband will get to attend a match in Brazil. I am sorry Jamaica missed out on their attempt to make it to the finals. It was so exciting when they qualified for the World Cup in France in 1998! So long ago now.

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    1. Sounds like they're overdue, Judy. :) It is an exciting sport to watch.

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  27. I like watching soccer more than watching what we call football. I think I just got Huskered out.

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    1. That last sentence'll get you in trouble where you live, I do believe. :)

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  28. Hi Rosey,
    I'm sorry that your husband didn't get a chance to go. That really stinks for a sports fan. I hope he gets to go someday.
    Thank you for sharing it on the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.

    Sincerely,
    Karina

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  29. that stinks... a friend of mine from college was all over FB - so happy because he did get one ;)

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    1. I'm not jealous. I'm not jealous. I'm not jealous (repeating it to myself over and over might be self-convincing). :) 'grats to your friend!

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  30. My son is deep into soccer. He would have loved a ticket.

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  31. I have never been to the World Cup. I imagine it would be thrilling! For me, it would be thrilling just to go to Brazil. Opps. I mean BRASIL! :) I hope you get to go to Rosey! :)

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    1. I think it's okay to spell it either way. ;)

      I wasn't going, that was a boys trip only, which would have made it more cool for hubby since they don't do those things much anymore at his age. :)

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  32. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. ♥

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