All over the world Soccer is known as The Beautiful Game. It’s also known as Football. In the USA, the moniker Football has long been claimed by what the rest of the world see as a gladiatorial spectacle, where the players clad in armor play a distant cousin of venerable Rugby, driven by the time demands of TV commercials. The World Cup 2014 has created an excitement unparalleled previously for Soccer in North American media. The fact that team USA remain a contender doesn’t hurt either. But, is there another reason why Soccer is rapidly gaining America’s attention? Could it be the appeal some of the soccer players have? Is The Beautiful Game sexy? To help us investigate this phenomenon, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, Caitlin O’Connell senior writer at World Soccer Talkand Robert Priestfounder and editor-in-chief of the new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. We’ll also ask our two Soccer experts for their up to the minute take on World Cup action so far.
Plus, Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join Life Elsewhere to answer the question, “Who Created The Turmoil In Iraq?”. Norman B will offer a tribute to the influential R & B pioneer, Bobby Womack, who sadly passed away this weekend.
The beautiful poster above for World Cup Brazil 2014 is courtesy of the brilliant new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Robert Priest joined the latest edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his magazine and his passion for the beautiful game. In the interview Robert explains his approach to putting together a publication devoted to a sport that is rapidly gaining wide acceptance in the United States. He also talks about The WorldCup and offers thoughtful insights about his favorite sport and finally makes his prediction for the winning team. Time restraints did not allow us to air Norman B‘s full interview with Robert Priest. The unedited version is available below.
Another ardent soccer fan is Michael Dennis of FanChants who explains what Fan Chants means. Michael talks about the history of soccer fans singing the praises of their favorite team at the top of their lungs. Go to the LifeElsewherePodcasts to hear samples of FanChants.
Plus, our dream-team of experts on the beautiful game, Caitlin O’Connell senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Phil Schoen, lead play-by-play announcer atbeIN Sportsanswer Norman B’s questions about World Cup Brazil 2014, includingthe reports of corruption, the games not to miss and are sexy players unique to soccer? Caitlin and Phil end the program by predicting who they believe will be the winning team.
Life Elsewhere celebrates World Cup 2014 with a dream-team of experts on the beautiful game. Caitlin O’Connell and Phil Schoen, two highly respected soccer pundits, will join the program to give us the definitive overview. We’ll ask what can we expect from Brazil, the highlights, the games not to miss and of course, the predictions. Plus, we’ll learn about the growing popularity of soccer in the US of A. Robert Priest, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eight by Eight, a brilliant new magazine devoted to the beautiful game will talk about why the timing is right to launch a unique magazine on soccer and his passion for the game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee, have created a publicationthat is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan. While we talk with Robert we encourage you to view the magazine by going to 8by8mag. A characteristic tradition at soccer matches, beginning in the UK, over a century ago are Fan Chants. We will talk with Michael Dennis of FanChants as he explains exactly what FanChants means and why the unstoppable passion for singing the praises of your favorite team at the top of your lungs. “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” SaysMichael Dennis.
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 magazinethat 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.
The World Cup Edition of Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am ET, June 9
The latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Podcast featuring an extended interview with Dr. Dan Peterson the aftermath of the recent shooting in Isla Vista, California, is available here and here.
Coming up, June 9, at Life Elsewhere, we will celebrate World Cup Brazil 2014 with acclaimed creative director and soccer aficionado, Robert Priest who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Eight by Eighta brilliant new magazine all about The Beautiful Game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee, have created a magazinethat is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan.
June 2,Jowita Bydloska, joins the program, author of Drunk Mom: A Memoir, a new book that pushes boundaries as shecourageously shines the light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful transformative love of one’s child. Norman B will explore with the author, the harrowing details and how her new book also gives hope, especially to those struggling in some way .
Last week, as way of showing our gratitude for your support of Life Elsewhere, we made an exclusive music mix for you to download. The response has been outstanding, but our server space can only handle so many downloads before it begins to cost us money to upgrade in order to accommodate the traffic. We want you to have the music mix, go download it now! To economize on our costs the download link will be disabled on June 1, 2014.