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Thursday , June 12 , 2014
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Brush up your Jogo Bonito

A glossary of words you need to know so you don’t feel left out as the better part of the world gets divided between the bleary eyes and the big yawns

Jogo Bonito

Means “beautiful game”
Alert: It is in Portuguese, which is spoken in Brazil


The official match ball. The word stands for “Brazilian”
Alert: Made by Adidas, it will cost you Rs 7,499

Tiki –Taka

The short-passing game characterised by quick movement and possession and perfected by Spain over the past five years
Alert: This Cup will tell whether the Tiki-Taka is past its sell-by date


A nickname for the Brazilian national team, meaning “the select” or “the chosen ones”
Alert: Brownie points if you can get the pronunciation right. The closest may be ‘selesaon’

La Albiceleste

The greatest adversary of the Selecao. Argentina’s nickname directly translates into “the white and sky-blue” and stands for both the team and its jersey
Alert: East of the Suez, it will mean Mamata’s Calcutta


The Cup’s official mascot. A three-banded armadillo that is indigenous to Brazil, Fuleco is a combination of Futebol (football) and Ecologia (ecology)
Alert: Cabecao (Big Head), the turtle, is the match oracle, not the mascot

CR7 and LM10

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo wears the number 7 jersey and is CR7 while Argentine Lionel Messi is LM10.
Alert: Not to be used indiscriminately. Neymar of Brazil is not N10


Step 1 in the World Cup is to choose a team. Step 2 is to swear by it by using hashflags on Twitter. Yes, hashflags are the hashtags during the World Cup
Tip: Just type “#” followed by the first three letters of your favourite country and a flag appears. #GoodJobTwitter


Brazil’s urban slums and the cradle of football in the country. Pele to Neymar, they first kicked the ball on the dangerous and rugged terrain of the favelas


Eden Hazard is not a reminder of the 1996 cricket World Cup semi-final in Calcutta. The young Belgian wonder kid and a host of others like French Paul Pogba, German Mario Gotze and Englishman Luke Shaw are names that could make this World Cup their own
Alert: Beckham has retired. Seriously

Basanta Bilap

Don’t miss the Bengali-sounding footballer names. Argentina has Jose Maria Basanta, Spain has a Mata and the Portuguese have a Nani and Pepe
Alert: Louis Saha, the 2010 conversation favourite, has hung up his boots