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They may have been handed their medals by Emirates flight attendants yesterday, but today the National German Team (Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft) and FIFA World Cup 2014 champions will enjoy the hospitality of home onboard their Lufthansa flight from Brazil to Germany.
Flight number LH 2014 is typically issued to the Munich-Dusseldorf route on an A320, but today it will be specially relegated to the charter of a Boeing 747-8i (tail number D-ABYI "Potsdam," the 1,500th 747 built) from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin-Tegel, continuing on to Frankfurt.
Rio de Janeiro is on BRT, which is one hour ahead of EST. Thus, to track the flight, tune in to Flightradar24.com for scheduled departure at 4pm BRT/3pm EST. Since this is a charter flight, however, departure could be a little early or a little late, and we think they'll be heading out a little early in order to enjoy their time flying over German territory later on.
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World Cup fever may have taken over sports bars around the US for the last few weeks, but with the recent loss of Team USA to Belgium, American pride is refocusing for the Fourth of July holiday.
In the heat of that deciding match, however, a tweeted suggestion from The Wall Street Journal's Jon Ostrower lit a fire that continues to burn. The suggestion? To rename Washington DC's Reagan National Airport to Tim Howard Washington National Airport, in honor of the US team's star goalkeeper and his incredible 16 saves against Belgium in Tuesday's game.
Team USA is up again this week, as they enter the round of sixteen in this year’s World Cup. Sure watching at work on your cell phone is awesome, but we’d imagine checking out the soccer action with thousands of new friends is even better. Here’s five spots to check out tomorrow’s match against Belgium.
The city is partnering with the New England Revolution, as they host a World Cup watch party at City Hall Plaza. The big screen will broadcast the pre-game stuff beginning at 3:30pm ET, and there will be giveaways, mascots, and more.
Now that we're just about halfway through the World Cup, the excitement of the matches combined with the culture and energy of Brazil has us thinking about strapping on a pair of soccer cleats. With Team U.S.A faring better than expected, the country is enjoying a similar frenzy and soccer is finally getting a bit of the attention enjoyed by baseball.
Feeling the fever as well? Include a beginner soccer program in your next vacation:
With the World Cup set to begin it seems like the whole world - including a few Americans - has soccer fever.
If you're one of those soccer fanatics with a passion doing good, it's not too late to join Soccer Without Borders' Culture Exchange in Granada, Nicaragua this summer.
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It's go time, folks. If the 2014 World Cup teams aren't already in Brazil, then they're on their way. A few days ago we detailed 7 special planes taking teams to the World Cup down in Brazil, but one aircraft stands out from the pack. Owing to details both inside and out, it's Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 that's caught our eye and, apparently, also that of Facebook.
This specific plane, tail number OO-SFO, is painted with the team's Red Devils colors and symbol, along with soccer ball. That's the tip of the iceberg, however; the interior is fully kitted out with everything from green soccer pitch-print aisle carpeting to custom embroidered headrests in Business Class for each of the team's players. Bulkheads between cabins feature images of the team in action, and there's even a social media hashtag for the flight number (#SN2014). The idea is for the players to use the hashtag while posting selfies and such to their channels, and fans can interact and follow the action.
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WowGoogle+ may actually be useful for something! Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 7) at 3:30pm EST, the US Department of State will host a Google+ Hangout on the topic of World Cup Travel to Brazil. As you're likely aware, the World Cup soccer championships begin June 12 and last an entire month, drawing millions of international fans to one country.
Brazil is the host for 2014, and already over 150,000 Americans hold tickets to the games. For most this will be a first visit to Brazil, and perhaps even South America in general, and news headlines from these destinations haven't always inspired confidence. With this in mind, the Department of State is calling upon experts to quell fears and appropriately prep travelers for the energetic adventure to come:
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Last chance to book travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup! Regular flights, both into and around the sprawling country, are nearly sold out during the World Cup dates of June 12 - July 13. This means it's time for airlines to announce how many extra planes they'll be running for fans to reach the 12 host cities.
Leading the pack is TAM, Brazil's largest airline, which only just dropped the huge news that they'll add 750 domestic and 300 international flights to supplement their usual schedule, all for travelers and soccer fans eager to visit during the World Cup.
TAM's competitors in the region (Avianca, GOL and Azul) are also throwing extra planes into the sky to help the rush, but nowhere near TAM's outlay. Azul, which only flies domestic routes in Brazil (and was actually created by the same man who founded JetBlue, David Neeleman), will only add around 350 flights during the World Cup period, for example.
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We can almost hear the vuvuzela horns now, as the World Cup is set to arrive over in Brazil in just a few more months. If you haven’t made plans to attend yet it’s probably a good time to start figuring things out. Thankfully the folks over at Skyscanner are ready to help you out, as they recently launched their Soccer Flight Finder in hopes of getting you from here to there.
The site does its best to reveal all kinds of itineraries from the 32 countries around the globe with teams trying to score an invite to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the website can also display all kinds of domestic options in and around Brazil. The country is pretty darn big—in case you haven’t checked out the map—so you’re probably going to need to fly a little bit to hit all the matches.
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The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!
If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.
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If Wimbledon has inspired you see all of the world's greatest sporting events in person, here's how you can tickets to three of them.
The Masters 2014 will take place at Augusta from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13. The only way to get tickets to the Masters practice rounds and daily tournament is by applying online. You will first have to register for an account and then choose which days you want to attend. But, don't even think about asking for their Pimento Cheese spread recipe.
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We remember the last World Cup like it was yesterday. You knowSouth Africa, vuvuzelas, "tekkies," picturesque stadiums in a country that seems (and is) so very far away, and Spain's victory over the Netherlands. In reality, that was a whole three years ago and the world is quickly moving on to celebrate today as the one-year mark before yet another FIFA World Cup.
The soccer championship series occurs every four years, changing host countries in a wooing process similar to that of the Olympic Games. The last five destinations have been South Africa, Germany, Japan, France and the United States. For 2014, it'll be Brazil's time to shine as the major cities see their stadiums transformed into seething hoards of soccer hooligans wearing their team colors in every manner possible.