The 2014 FIFA World Cup, takes place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The 2014 tournament will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup in history. Forecasts on the eve of the tournament estimate the cost to the Brazilian government will be $14 billion. FIFA is expected to spend $2 billion on staging the finals,with its greatest single expense being the $567 million prize money pot. Although organizers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion,a reported US$3.6 billion has ultimately been spent on stadium works. The Brazilian government has pledged $900 million will be invested into security forces and that the tournament will be “one of the most protected sports events in history”.
Life Elsewhere joins in with World Cup fever by inviting onto the program Robert Priest, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eight by Eight, a brilliant new magazine all about the beautiful game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee,have created a magazine that is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan. As we talk with Robert we encourage you to join in by going to 8by8mag.
FanChants is a site run by soccer fans, who say they live and breathe football. Their mission is simple, they proclaim, “We bottle the sound of the terraces and put the passion of match day in you pocket. The best thing about football they say is the banter, the wit and the passion that you only get when crammed in next to a few thousand of your fellow die hard fans. The game may be increasingly about the money, the business, the suits and all the flamboyant trimmings, but we all know it would die on its arse (ass) without the real fans”. Michael Dennis of FanChants joins Life Elsewhere to explain exactly what FanChants means and why the unstoppable passion for singing the praises of your favorite team at the top of your lungs.