Hello, Liam here – I’m VI, 19 and a massive football fan! This is my special football blog to go alongside the launch of Living Paintings exciting, new tactile and audio Football book!
If you’re like me then you’ve probably been counting down the days until June 12th and the start of the 2014 FIFA football World Cup!!
This year the world cup will be held in Brazil, the most successful World Cup nation, for the first time since 1950, so what can we look forward to?
As a football fan I can’t wait to see some of the best players from some of the best teams in the world, all in one competition. I’m looking forward to watching the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Luis Suárez going head to head in some fierce battles during four weeks of thrilling action.
I’ll be supporting the underdogs, hoping Bosnia and Belgium can upset the favourites, and England too of course.
The England team this year bears very little resemblance to the one that went to the last World Cup, in South Africa four years ago. Well known names like John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole won’t be on the plane to Brazil; instead England have decided to take a group of young, exciting players who’ve proved themselves to be amongst the best in the Premiership this year.
The Southampton trio of teenage left-back Luke Shaw, quick winger Adam Lallana and penalty-kick expert Rickie Lambert (soon to become a Liverpool player) will surely play a part in England’s campaign.
Along with them come five players who have been part of Liverpool’s most successful season since 2009–Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Stirling, Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard–who will hopefully continue their great season (especially against teammate Luis Suárez when England face Uruguay in the group stages.)
Mixed into this is the experience of Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, the dependable Joe Hart and the exciting Everton pair of left-back and set piece expert Leighton Baines and quick wide-man Ross Barkley make this England squad perhaps the most talented and exciting since the one which went all the way to the semi-finals at Euro ’96.
As a result of the time difference kick-off times will be around 9:30 in the evening here in the UK, but that stop won’t millions of England fans, me included, from watching the three group games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica and hoping that the journey won’t end there.
I hope that you will enjoy this book and that you will enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but most of all I hope that on July 14 we will be watching England in their first competitive final in 48 years, for now we can still dream.