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The viral itself is quite nice, almost as though Guus Hiddink is a child dreaming of the life he’ll lead, rather than remembering things in the past.

Quite nice, save for one large bit of confusion: What the hell’s it all about? At first it seemed like it may be an international hotel chain, then dental hygiene, and finally something involving air travel, waiting for Bill Shatner to pop up. But a quick Google search says Together For Great Goals is, or was, the slogan for Betherlands 2018.

Which sort of explains why they didn’t land the World Cup.

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This video may have been floating around the internet for ages, with persistent rumors of its existence spliced into clips, but for those of us new to the Zizou and friends doing karaoke in a Turkish steam bath…well, this should either make or break your day.

Being sure the scene for this little clip is set properly, it includes…

– Some men nude, some in towels. – Steam. – A shower. – Laurent Blanc’s blurred-out man parts. – White boy dancing. – At least one world class mustache.

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The Qatar bid video made the rounds on the internet like some celebrity sex video, but Russia’s bid video fell well below the radar, mostly because their bid wasn’t rooted in some far-off fantasy world.

Just watching it now, because, if you haven’t heard, they just got the World Cup, it’s a surprisingly good proposal and a nice video. And proof that to sell stuff, you don’t need Morgan Freeman.

Entire markets just crashed upon this revelation.Also worth noting we now have to sets of Olympics piggybacking World Cups, or vice-versa: Brazil/Rio and Sochi/Russia.

The game between France & Mexico in South Africa was notable for a number of reasons. France put in arguably the most abject performance of the tournament, including Nicolas Anelka politely telling Raymond Domenech to fluff himself, with the cherry the player strike shortly thereafter. Turns out not paying the utmost consideration to one’s duties was something of a trend that day – a Swiss doctor is in hot water for watching the game while performing abdominal surgery.

Patrice Evra gives us his reaction upon hearing the news.The name is Vincent Bettschart, and he sounds like a surgeon… Continue reading

These moves have been unofficial for some time with FIFA reportedly just dropping them from consideration and pushing the 2018 World Cup to Europe, but today they’ve been made official – probably with some heavy pushing from FIFA.

Nothing’s really changed but the names on the bid committee: World Cup 2018 has always been heading to Europe, while 2022 will go either Asia (including Australia) or the US.The news reads as such:

FIFA says the United States has pulled out of the bidding race for the 2018 World Cup to focus on getting hosting rights in 2022.

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49 days and counting until the decision on World Cups 2018 & 2022 is made, so the bid nations are releasing their details in a huff.

Well, Qatar and Japan are, anyway. They’re waging battle for a futuristic, mind-numbingly expensive Asian cup while the rest of the world sort of sits back and watches.

Japan has detailed some of the technology it has planned for the tournament in the above video, including: the holographic replication of players and scantily-clad dancers, automatic translators inspired by Star Trek and human flight.

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