World Cup http://wlrn.org en Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil http://wlrn.org/post/rivalry-spanish-speakers-flood-portuguese-speaking-brazil Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right, we're introducing you to a new word today. It's Portunol. It's a language - well, sort of. It's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese and it is how many Spanish-speaking fans at the World Cup are communicating with their Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian cousins. The results are not always pretty. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this reporter's notebook on South America's great language divide.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: At this World Cup, the soccer has been amazing. The parties have been epic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:02:17 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34911 at http://wlrn.org The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout http://wlrn.org/post/su-rez-scandal-why-uruguay-should-banish-luis-lout <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.</span></p><p>That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international <em>fútbol </em>really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.</p><p>Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:17:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 34631 at http://wlrn.org The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis http://wlrn.org/post/brazilians-look-our-businesses-not-our-bikinis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To see Brazil for the first time is to see the New World for the first time.</span></p><p>That’s not a travel brochure cliché. If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, standing atop the Pão de Açúcar and surveying the Baía de Guanabara, it’s easy to recall what F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the way any European must have felt upon arriving in the Americas five centuries ago:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“…face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity to wonder.”</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:54:13 +0000 Tim Padgett & Julia Duba 34482 at http://wlrn.org Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore http://wlrn.org/post/why-brazilians-worship-soccer-and-why-their-leaders-cant-hide-behind-it-anymore <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do Brazilians still care about soccer?</span></p><p>I know, that seems as dumb a question as "Does the Vatican still care about Jesus?" Brazilians are arguably the most soccer-passionate people on Earth.</p><p>But check out this poll result just before the World Cup started last week in Brazil: A majority of Brazilians said they were <em>not </em>happy about hosting international soccer’s biggest event.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 34124 at http://wlrn.org Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore Talk To Us: What Are You Thinking About The FIFA World Cup? http://wlrn.org/post/talk-us-what-are-you-thinking-about-fifa-world-cup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From across the pond in England to just south of us in Mexico, passionate soccer fans are spotted in local bars, restaurants or watch parties.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here in South Florida, we want to hear your World Cup thoughts. Who are you rooting for? What are you wearing to show your support? What does your country do to celebrate the victories?&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join the conversation with the hashtag #WorldCupSoFla&nbsp;and tell us what makes your team unique.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:55:05 +0000 Selima Hussain & Constanza Gallardo 34040 at http://wlrn.org Talk To Us: What Are You Thinking About The FIFA World Cup? For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity http://wlrn.org/post/south-floridian-soccer-fans-world-cup-about-unity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For </span>Silvina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Di </span>Pietro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Di Pietro was born in Argentina but moved to South Florida 14 years ago. She still supports her birth country's team, especially during the World Cup.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:50:59 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 34004 at http://wlrn.org For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity International Tweeters Use Hashtag To Protest The World Cup http://wlrn.org/post/international-tweeters-use-hashtag-protest-world-cup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tweeters, mainly in Spain and Latin America, are using the </span>hashtag<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;#</span>NoVoyABrasilPorque<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to state why they're not going to -- and some boycotting -- Brazil for the World Cup. The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">users are mainly protesting&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brazil’s economic preference toward the tournament than many of its social issues.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:58:58 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 33688 at http://wlrn.org International Tweeters Use Hashtag To Protest The World Cup Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters In Latin America and South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/f-tbol-why-soccer-matters-latin-america-and-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">06-/11/14 - The </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.fifa.com/">FIFA 2014 World Cup</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo Brazil.&nbsp; Please join us for Wednesday’s&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/TopicalCurrents" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when our resident soccer enthusiast, </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/andy-wagner" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Andy Wagner</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> s Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Andy Wagner, Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper & Paul Leary 33757 at http://wlrn.org Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters In Latin America and South Florida How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup http://wlrn.org/post/how-brazils-hubris-jeopardized-its-world-cup <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The line between confident and conceited was pretty thin in Brazil in October of 2007.</span></p><p>The South American giant was in the midst of a boom that would make it the world’s sixth largest economy. Massive new oil reserves were being discovered off its coast. It considered itself a global player that deserved a permanent seat on the ultra-exclusive U.N. Security Council.</p><p>And it had just been awarded the 2014 soccer World Cup.</p><p>“God,” then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared, “is Brazilian.”</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:57:08 +0000 Tim Padgett 33724 at http://wlrn.org How Brazil's Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup Sweaty In Miami: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard And English Soccer Get Humid http://wlrn.org/post/sweaty-miami-steven-gerrard-frank-lampard-and-english-soccer-get-humid <p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:20:45 +0000 Kenny Malone 33461 at http://wlrn.org Sweaty In Miami: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard And English Soccer Get Humid Is Brazil Ready To Step On The World Stage? http://wlrn.org/post/brazil-ready-step-world-stage As Brazil readies to host next year's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, <em>All Things Considered</em> host Melissa Block is in the country reporting on how it's all coming together.<p>Although soccer is a major enterprise in Brazil, it hasn't hosted the World Cup since 1950, when it suffered a major defeat to Uruguay. It's become known as the "fateful final" and left a painful, embarrassing legacy. Hosting the world's biggest soccer event should be a huge moment for the country, but not everyone is sold on the cost associated with hosting the World Cup and Olympics. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:58:51 +0000 NPR Staff 20663 at http://wlrn.org Is Brazil Ready To Step On The World Stage?