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FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap

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The world cup is over and like football’s billions of fans worldwide, we are having quite a football hangover. The FIFA 2014 world cup is one of the most interesting world cup matches in history with shocking performances from less known football teams, early exits of football giants, to rising stars and fading superstars. For one last FIFA fix, we give you a recap of the highlights, the injuries, the players and what we learned from the 2014 FIFA Expats’ world cup.

 

Highlights

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogGermany, a team that is 30% expat dominated the whole competition including an astounding 7-1 victory against the homecourt team Brazil in the semi-finals. One of Germany’s expat players, Miroslav Klose also broke records by scoring his 16th world cup goal, breaking the previous record by the retired Brazilian football star, Ronaldo de Lima and therefore becoming the world cup’s leading scorer of all time.

The month long spectacle had unexpected events such as the early exit of world cup favourites such Spain (the 2010 champions), Portugal, Italy and England. Of course with the exit of the favourites come the rise of the underdogs; the US advanced up to round of 16 before they were ultimately defeated by Belgium. Colombia, a notional team that has been unable to qualify since 1998, unexpectedly rose to the quarter finals and understated teams such as Mexico, Costa Rica and Ghana delivered performances beyond expectations.Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder Blog

The most notable matches in the round of 16 are the Colombia-Uruguay match where Colombia’s James Rodriguez, an expat in France, emerged as the new rising star of football, the Belgium-USA match where USA’s Tim Howard, an expat in England, broke the record for the most goals saved in a world cup match with 16 saves in one game.

The quarter finals’ match faced off the breakout star of the 2010 world cup, Brazil’s Neymar Jr. and Colombia’s 2014 breakout star James Rodriguez. It was also in this match that Neymar Jr. sustained a back injury that ultimately ended his time in this year’s world cup. Without one of their best flag carriers, Brazil faced Germany and ultimately lost with a heartbreaking score of 7-1. The Netherlands-Argentina match was decided through penalties with Argentina emerging as the winner. Germany prevailed 1-0 at the finals and concluded this year’s world cup as the undisputed champions.

 

Injuries

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogThere were a lot of injuries were sustained in this year’s FIFA world cup, some maybe more believable than others, but never the less, the players’ injuries definitely made headline news during the course of the world cup.

The most sensationalized injury incident was Luis Suarez’s four month ban from football following his infamous bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during Uruguay’s match against Italy. The infamous incident has since been a popular joke worldwide, with tourists and fans even going as far as taking a photo with Luis Suarez’ poster for Adidas. Suarez and Chiellini were able to work things out pleasantly with a public apology and acceptance via twitter, but FIFA refused to shorten the ban against Suarez, delaying the announcement of his transfer from Liverpool to FC Barcelona.

Other notable injuries are Neymar Jr.’s vertebra fracture Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder Blogafter Juan Zúñiga kneed him in the back before the end of Brazil’s match against Colombia. The injury sparked conspiracies mentioning the possibility of Neymar faking the injury to escape the humiliating loss against Germany.

Many other injuries are questioned by spectators leading to many jokes and memes about football players faking injuries.

 

 

Rising Stars

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogThe unexpected turn of events also meant that there were unexpected heroes that stepped out of the shadows and became global sensations.

Tim Howard, became the hero for all Americans after his record breaking saves in the match against Belgium where he saved 6 goals in one match. Like Howard, other team goalies took much of the spotlight and became internet sensations like Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, an expat in France, became famous due to his striking resemblance to the famous TV star, How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor (a.k.a. Ted Mosby). If Howard and Ochoa became famous, Brazil’s goalie, Julio Cesar faced a roar of Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder Blogcriticism over the Brazil-Germany match for allowing 7 goals under his watch. James Rodriguez became the star of FIFA 2014 even despite the world cup expat superstar, Lionel Messi ultimately winning the Golden Ball, Rodriguez won over the hearts of millions with his impressive skills and creativity, scoring 6 goals in 4 games. His boyish good looks also help the popularity of course.

 

 

What We Learned

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogPassion drives the body and mind; Football fans will go to great lengths to watch a game and show their team support. For expats in Asia or Australia, that means staying up till 4 in the morning and going to work exhausted for a month.

The majority of the best football players in the world are expats and this is because they follow the best opportunities presented to them in order to improve their skills, play on the best teams and provide better lives for their families. In these and many other aspects that we have shown over the past month with our player profiles, expats all over the world can really relate to these expat football superstars.

We hope you enjoyed our month long FIFA special. Stay tuned for more Expat blog specials in ExpatFinder.com

 

 

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Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay – Expat in Portugal

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Full Name:  Ezequiel Marcelo Garay González

Nickname:  The Wall

Country of Origin:  Argentina

Age: 27

Marital Status: Married

Family:  Wife Tamara Gorro

Current Club: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

FIFA Team:  Argentina

Expat in: Portugal (Garay was previously with Portuguese football club S.L. Benfica; however, on June 25, 2014, Benfica sold him to Russian football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, so he will soon be moving to Russia after the 2014 FIFA World Cup)

Endorsement Deals:  Adidas

Interesting Interviews: In this interview, Garay thanks his former club Benfica for the support that he’s received while with them

Controversies: None

Ezequiel Garay was born in the city of Rosario in Argentina. At the age of 18, he made his professional debut under the sports club Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine top division. In 2005, he joined La Liga club Racing Club de Santander and played for seven matches. In 2008, he suffered a serious leg injury which made him unable to play for the remainder of the La Liga season. In May 2008, Racing Club de Santander sold him to Real Madrid, but he was loaned back to Racing Club de Santander for a season-long loan. In 2009, he made his league debut for Real Madrid in the opening game of the season.

Garay continued playing for Real Madrid until July 2011, when he transferred to football club S.L. Benfica in Portugal for a fee of 5.5 million euros. On June 25, 2014, Benfica sold him to Russian football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. He expressed his delight through Benfica’s official website. "I want to thank everyone who supported me in these three magnificent years I spent at Benfica. I want to especially thank the president, who believed and bet on me, and thank the manager, who made me improve and reach a level that makes me very proud," he said. He plans to join his new Russian teammates once the 2014 World Cup finishes. At present, Garay is playing for his native Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay kisses his wife Tamara on an outing

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay wears a football jersey designed for the national team of Argentina

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay appears in an advertisement for Adidas

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay and Tamara Gorro at their wedding

 

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Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski – Expat in England

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Full Name: Lukas Josef Podolski

Nickname:  Prince Poldi; Prince of Cologne

Country of Origin:  Poland

Age: 29

Marital Status: Married

Family:  Wife Monika Podolski and son Louis Gabriel Podolski

Current Club: Arsenal

FIFA Team: Germany

Expat in: England

Interests:  Enjoys playing on his playstation and is a big fan of boxing and the Polish football club Górnik Zabrze

Cars:  Bentley Continental GT Speed and Hyundai ix35 Tucson SUV

Endorsement Deals: Adidas and Pepsi

Interesting Interviews:  In this interview, Podolski talks about being a newcomer in English football club Arsenal.

Controversies:  Podolski took part in an Adidas advertisement that featured football players holding bloody cow hearts, which angered animal rights activists

Lukas Podolski was born in the city of Gliwice in Poland. He moved to West Germany at the age of two with his family and was given German citizenship as a result of his paternal grandparents having German citizenship prior to World War II. Podolski began playing football at the age of six in the youth team FC 07 Bergheim. In 1995, he joined football club 1. FC Köln where his skills were first noticed. In 2006, He began getting offers from other football clubs such as Liverpool, Real Madrid, Hamburger SV, Bayern Munich, and Werder Bremen. In June 2006, he announced that a transfer agreement had been made with Bayern Munich, with the transfer fee being speculated to cost around 10 million euros. In 2009, he returned to 1. FC Köln after he failed to get into Bayern’s first choice lineup.

In 2012, it was announced that Podolski had signed a long-term deal with football club Arsenal for an unnamed fee. He moved to England to be with the club. When asked about his thoughts on London, he said that his thoughts are very good. “I do not live in central London, but near to the city. I have been out and about in the city a few times and I’ve already seen many beautiful sights. When you have so many games and training sessions you are on the road a lot, but I feel at home, my family feels at home, and ultimately, that is the most important thing,” he said in an interview. At present, Podolski is playing for the German national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski is a fan of boxing, and in this picture, he models a Mike Tyson print T-shirt

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski is featured in a Pepsi advertisement, as part of a campaign for the European Cup

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski wears a Christmas sweater in support of charity group Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski poses with his wife Monika Podolski

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski carries his son Louis Gabriel Podolski out from the football stands

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski displays the Silver/White/Red f50 adiZero football boots, which he designed himself

 

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Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Per Mertesacker – Expat in England

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Full Name:  Per Mertesacker 

Nickname:   Mr. Clean; BFG (Big F****** German)

Country of Origin: Germany

Age:   29 

Marital Status:  Married

Family:  He has two kids with wife Ulrike Stange

Current Club: Arsenal

FIFA Team: Germany

Expat in:   England

Interests: Charity work

Cars:  Mercedes CLC Sports Coupe and VW Golf GTI

Endorsement Deals:  Save the Children,  Adidas

Interesting Interviews: In this interview, Mertesacker talks about adjusting to a new environment six months after moving to London

Controversies: Mertesacker hits back at critics after Germany's lackluster victory over Algeria in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Per Mertesacker was born in Hanover, West Germany. He began playing football at local club Hannover 96 under his father, who was one of the youth coaches. In 2003, he made his league debut against football club 1. FC Köln. He had some difficulty starting his football career but was able to establish himself as one of the most promising defenders in the Bundesliga football league. In August 2006, Mertesacker moved to sports club SV Werder Bremen as part of a 5 million euro transfer deal. While playing for SV Werder Bremen, he had an average of 46.3 passes per game, the third highest in the squad.
   
In August 2011, English football club Arsenal confirmed that they had signed Mertesacker to join them on a four-year contract. He moved to England to join the club and currently lives in London. In an interview, he said that he is loving his new life in England. "London is very international. You can go to English restaurants, or have French food, Italian, German, everything is possible: that is a very good thing,” he said. Mertesacker also said that it was difficult to adapt to the concept of having no winter break in England. "It was my choice to go to the English league and have no winter break, no breather at the end of the year. Normally in Germany you have a chance to calm down at the end of the year, maybe go on holiday. It's a very different feeling around Christmas and New Year [in England]. It is harder, but I really like it here. This is my new life: you get used to everything,” he said. Mertesacker is currently playing for the German national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mertesacker talks about discipline in this Adidas advertisement

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Per Mertesacker - ExpatFinder BlogMertesacker stands next to his car, a VW Golf GTI

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Per Mertesacker - ExpatFinder BlogMertesacker and other Arsenal players wear Christmas sweaters for the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day campaign

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Per Mertesacker - ExpatFinder BlogMertesacker wears the T-shirt inspired by Arsenal fans' chant about him

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Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Dirk Kuyt – Expat in Turkey

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Full Name: Dirk Kuyt

Nickname:  Duracell

Country of Origin:  The Netherlands

Age:   33

Marital Status: Married

Family: Wife Gertrude, daughter Noelle, and sons Roan, Jordan, and Aidan                                             

Current Club: Fenerbahçe S.K.

FIFA Team:   The Netherlands

Expat in:  Turkey

Interests: Philanthropy and charity work

Cars:  Audi R8 Endorsement Deals: Adidas

Interesting Interviews:   In this interview, Kuyt thanked Liverpool supporters for their support on the day that he announced that he would be transferring to Turkish football club Fenerbahçe S.K.

Controversies: Controversies:  Kuyt scored a goal during a match that the referee did not see, which gave Liverpool a point against opposing team Sunderland

The third of four children, Dirk Kuyt grew up in the fishing town of Katwijk aan Zee in The Netherlands. At the age of five, he began his football career after he joined Quick Boys, a local team. In 1998, he played the last six games of the season in the Hoofdklasse football league, which caught the eye of Eredivisie team FC Utrecht. At 18, Kuyt signed a professional contract with FC Utrecht and established himself in the first team. At the end of the 2002-2003 season with FC Utrecht, Kuyt joined football club Feyenoord for 1 million euros.
 
At Feyenoord, Kuyt was a success due to his goal-scoring abilities. In 2005, he was given the rank of club captain. Over the summer of 2006, many English clubs were interested in Kuyt, such as Newcastle United and Liverpool. Kuyt accepted an offer from Liverpool for an unrevealed fee and made his debut with the club on August 2006. When asked about how his family settled in Liverpool, Kuyt said that he and his family will always be scousers, which is a term for people originating in Liverpool. “Two of my children were born in Liverpool. We also had great support, not just from the supporters of the club but also from the community. My children went to a great school in the city with perfect facilities and also the people we met were really good for us. We will always think back of this city with special memories," he said in an interview.
 
On 2012, Turkish football club Fenerbahçe S.K. announced that Kuyt had signed a three-year contract with them. After moving to Turkey in 2013, Kuyt expressed his happiness in an interview with the BBC. "In England everyone breathes football and here it is the same, but in a different way. That was what I was looking for something else, a different culture, another competition,” he said. At present, he is playing for The Netherlands in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Dirk Kuyt - ExpatFinder BlogDirk Kuyt models Liverpool's new black third kit for the 2010-2011 season

 

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Dirk Kuyt - ExpatFinder BlogDirk Kuyt, Luiz Suarez, and Steven Gerrard model the new Adidas Liverpool jerseys

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Dirk Kuyt - ExpatFinder BlogDirk Kuyt with his wife Gertrude, daughter Noelle, and sons Roan, Jordan, and Aidan

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Dirk Kuyt - ExpatFinder BlogDirk Kuyt and Gertrude taking a walk together

 

 

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