World Cup Craze

July 3, 2014

Everyone has World Cup fever, but perhaps nowhere more than in Colombia, where that country leads the world in activity on social media around the 2014 World Cup matches.   This is of course fanned by the fact that Colombia has been doing so well.  It won all of the games in the preliminaries–taking on Greece (3-0), Cote d’Ivoire (2-1),  Japan (4-1), and, today, Uruguay (2-0).  Tomorrow Colombia will take on host country Brazil at 4 pm EST.

Washington is clearing out for potential hurricanes and in preparation for the 4th of July holiday and everyone seems to be moving into mid-summer mode, with the heat and humidity at an all-time high.  Here is a bit of light entertainment in honor of the season from the Alfa 8 in preparation for tomorrow’s match:

And on a more serious note, I would highlight an interesting initiative beyond the regular sports news.  The Colombia team has been collaborating in promoting the campaign, “It is Not Time to Be Silent”, an initiative to educate the public and address the issue of violence against women.  Journalist Jineth Bedoya, herself a victim of sexual violence, launched the initiative in 2009 (see ‘No es hora de Callar’).

Finally, here is a piece that features an initiative to use soccer as a mechanism to teach conflict resolution and peace at the local level.



About Ginny Bouvier

Love reading, writing, thinking, and working with people to make the world a better place. Family and friends, yoga, travel, photography, perusing dessert menus keep me sane. Latin American enthusiast. Peace practitioner yearning for justice. Heading up the Colombia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, but tweets and posts are my own.
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2 Responses to World Cup Craze

  1. Eneida Herrera Beltran says:

    Si Ginny me alegra esto, te mando un saludo, ya regrese de Tampa, y si vienes a Medellin te espero verte.
    Aquí en Medellin esta todo listo para animar la selección mañana, estamos con mucha esperanza
    te mando un saludo

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    • Hola Eneida querida. Que lastima no haber podido encontrarnos. Estoy por ir un par de días a Bogota y espero, para el foro de víctimas en Barrancabermeja. En otro momento, talvez agosto trato de ir a Medellin. Abrazos Ginny


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