The most intensive and exciting World Sporting Event is happening on June 12th with the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening in Brazil. It’s a spectacular fast-action experience you don’t want to miss out on seeing, so we’re offering some great tips of Things You Need To Do To Get Ready!
1. Set Up Your Devices
If your cable or satellite subscription service includes high-definition, then check that the output on the box is set to 720p to match what ESPN and ABC (ESPN’s parent company) will be using. Also, check to make sure that you are using an HDMI cable. This combination will deliver the sharpest detail for the high-def versions of the broadcasts, especially when you’re ‘helping’ the referees with those close calls.
Your boss isn’t going to let you work from home or you’re going to be away on business travel? Don’t worry that you might miss any of the great actions. We’ve got you covered for streaming through your top mobile and gaming devices.
WatchESPN will get you connected on Android, iOS, Windows 8, Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire TV, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Google Chromecast. You will need an existing cable subscription, but maybe this is a good time to ask for that early birthday present!
If you’re looking for coverage in Spanish (and also English), Univision will keep you tuned in with the Univision Deportes App. It will be available for the Android, iOS, and Xbox Live. Unfortunately, there is no support on this app for Windows 8, Amazon Kindle Fire, or Google Chromecast. Good news for diehard fans without a cable subscription is that they will be able to stream the first 56 matches of the tournament. If you want to get the last 8 matches (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship), you will need a Univision subscription.
Road warriors will still be able to hear all the play-by-play action through SiriusXM Radio or with the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. It is available for the Android, iOS, Kindle Fire. Xbox and Google Chromecast fans will need to check out the other options as neither will be supported for this app.
For those that don’t have a subscription to SiriusXM Radio, you can still listen in with the ESPN Radio App. Multiple device support is the same as the SiriusXm Internet Radio App above.
2. Food Prep For Game Days
If you haven’t tasted traditional Brazilian fare, this is the best time to hone your culinary skills and get into the spirit of the game.
Check out the spread and get the recipes for such delectable items like Feijoada (black bean stew with beef and sausage) or Moqueca de Camarao (shrimp stew). Compliment these with Pao de Queijo (cheese balls) or Coxinhas (cheese balls with chicken), then finish off with some great sweets such as Brigadeiro (chocolate truffles) or go fancy with Mousse de Maracuja (mousse made with passion fruit juice).
Now you’ll need something to wash all that food down with so, check out the next item on the list.
3. Brazilian Beverages
To really feel like you’re in Brazil and to help keep up your energy, go to the Spanish or Latin American section of your grocery store (unless you’re lucky enough to have a Brazilian market nearby) and pick up several bottles of Guarana. Derived from the seeds of a plant in the maple family (Sapindaceae) which grows, of course, in the Amazon, it contains about twice the concentration of caffeine as found in coffee beans, but has a delicious and refreshing flavor when served cold.
Also, look for Brazilian coffee to bring home and brew. It has a nutty, sweet taste which is low in acidity and is roasted darker (though not bitter) than beans for American coffee. If you find a brand that says ‘Extra Forte’ on the label, be prepared. That means “Extra Strong” in Portuguese.
Brazilian wines and beers are hard to find in the U.S. though a few areas are starting to carry them. If you have the chance to try them out, you won’t be disappointed.
4. Brush-Up On World Cup History
If this is your first World Cup or you’re a bit behind on the teams and all the previous tournaments, it’s time to pick up some books on World Cup history. Three recommendations that won’t be quick reads, but will give you impressive info and stats to hit your friends with on game nights:
The Complete History of the World Cup by Robert Fielder [available on Kindle]
One of the most detailed and comprehensive volumes on anything and everything you wanted to know about the World Cup.
A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010 by Clemente A. Lisi
Definitive reference for the diehard fan and those who ‘love the numbers, this paperback will give you a glossary of terms, stats for each competition, as well as profiles of the well-known players and photos.
The World Cup: The Complete History by Terry Croucha and James Corbett
Definitely a book for those who are data hounds, containing comprehensive stats for every tournament, venues, players, referees and scores.
5. World Cup Apparel
Surely you’re not planning to wear just any T-shirt or American football jersey when you park yourself in front of the TV, are you?!
You can look the part of an international futbol player or show your support for the American team by checking out all the World Cup Soccer apparel by going online to The Official FIFA Online Store and pick out your favorite team jersey or one that commemorates a past tournament. You can also find an official soccer ball to kick around your living room during commercial time (watch out for the vases and other breakables!) or to practice with afterwards and show off your knee bouncing technique like the pros!
6. House Cleaning
If you have your friends over for several games, you’re going to need some serious housecleaning afterwards to cleanup all the hidden crumbs in the carpet and stains on the couch and furniture. Ask around at work or in your neighborhood for recommendations of housecleaning services. Points to keep in mind when hiring:
- Ask for an initial walk-through and estimate of services.
- Know ahead of time what they will or won’t take care of (including any moving of furniture).
- Understand their rates and the length of time for cleaning.
- Find out through your contacts or the BBB on their reliability and reputation.
- Understand the details of any contract or agreement you sign including when they will show.
- Ask what type of cleansers or chemicals they will use in case you have allergies.
Others may also be having their recreation or living rooms cleaned, so schedule this ahead of time to beat the crowds.
7. Final Party Setup
It’s finally here. All the weeks of edge-of-the-seat excitement has come down to the last match and you certainly don’t want to be behind the eight ball for this. This is where you can relax (depending whether your team got to the finals or not) and have fun.
Check out your local party store for some decorations, themed paper plates and napkins to show your friends that you’re in the spirit and on top of the game. Download from iTunes or your favorite music source some popular and familiar Brazilian tunes from artists such as Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto (‘Girl From Ipanema’ composer), Tom Jobim or Marisa Monte. You’ll find various background music styles including bossa nova, which is a must if you want to get authentic.
Congratulations! With these pointers, you’re ready to have a great time, great food, great beverage and possibly some new friends as you watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer Championship! Set-Ready-Enjoy!
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