Not sure what’s up with this worldwide soccer/football/futbol frenzy? Well, pay attention. We’ll outfit you with some World Cup knowledge (perfect for throwing into the casual conversations you are currently avoiding) paired with equally impressive works of original art on Vango.
Once every four years the world’s most popular sport (you can check the numbers) brings humankind together, turning the streets of its designated city into a diverse crowd of fans, foes, fanatics, and friends. This year, in case you’re living under a rock, the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have turned into a mixed up melange of colored jerseys, accents, and mother-tongues, making it seem like if you want to meet people from across the globe…just head to Brazil
photo via The Telegraph
If you’re just catching on to the craze, here are some numbers that speak for themselves.
4 years in between World Cup Tournaments
5 trophies claimed by now-host country Brazil
8 different winners since the 1930 inaugural year
32 countries represented by their national team
203 teams previously competed to qualify
49 thousand fans per game pack each stadium
715 million spectators watched the 2010 final match
The international energy is palpable, and while we can’t all be basking in Rio for the party, we’ve harnessed the worldwide vibes and translated them into our language of choice: art.
Here’s where you can pick up some premium knowledge to drop down the road. We’re serving up the top six likely winners of the Cup. So brush up on your soccer, take in incredible new works of art, and get thinking global.
"The Feisty One" by Billie Colson (18" x 24") $250
Team Brazil has a few things on their side: arguably the most explosive scorer in the world in Neymar, a crazy-passionate hometown crowd, and a healthy dose of futbol heritage that makes the sport a religion and its players demigods. Wearing green and yellow uniforms (not unlike the parrots above), Brasil is at 3-1 odds to lift the trophy.
"Veins of Life" by Eric Siebenthal (24" x 24") $500
The Germans are a powerhouse of European style soccer and enter the competition at around 5-1 odds of hoisting the golden prize. Their first 4-0 win over a strong Portugal squad makes them a formidable opponent for the rest of the way.
"Blues" by K. Rishay Moehr (30" x 30") $250
Argentina has one huge advantage — Lionel Messi. He’ll go down as one of the best players of all time, especially if he can finally clinch a World Cup for the blue and white clad Argentinians. With 9-2 odds a solid track record, they’ve got a pretty good shot.
"Views of Toledo IV" by Jennifer Charboneau (25" x 9.5") $250
It isn’t easy winning a World Cup…and it’s definitely not easy doing it back-to-back. At 7-1 odds Spain is always a favorite to make a run deep into the tournament. They came out victorious in the 2010 WC in South Africa, positioning them as the reigning champs and ones to knock off this time around. Meticulous passing and high-percentage ball possession keeps the fans of Toledo and all across Spain cheering for one more cup.
"No. 2.21" by Mark Mazurczyk (11.5" x 14.5" x 2.5") $250
The Belgians both make a mean waffle and play a strong brand of soccer. A host of European league stars boost their odds to 14-1 and the team is on their way to restoring a national hope to reclaim their dominant status from the 80’s and 90’s.
"Revolution" by Matt Allen (20" x 16’) $250
Despite a disappointing showing in 2010, the French are back with a clear vision and drive. They’ve got something to prove in Brazil and aren’t going to let old skeletons get the best of them. 22-1 odds say they’ll win, and if their opening 3-0 route of Honduras translates, things are looking up.
Don’t see your team? Never fear. The odds may be in favor of these six, but that’s not likely to stop anyone. Check out more art with global vibes and repin to show your support.
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Ardent fan, bandwagon supporter, or curious newbie, you’re now equipped for workplace and bar banter for World Cup 2014. Plus, pull up Vango to find the works above or discover your new favorite piece (even during the game).