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Where Team Germany May Travel for Post-World Cup Relaxation

Where: Brazil
July 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's no definite word on where Germany's players are headed after winning the World Cup, but we're pretty sure it won't be to Disney World.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Mario Götze, aka Super Mario, took a well-deserved vacation to Ibiza with his girlfriend, Ann-Kathrin Brömmel. The couple have vacationed on the Spanish island for the past two summers and couldn't have looked happier during their time at the famously part-happy destination.

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Track the German Team's Celebratory Lufthansa Flight Home from Brazil

July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Why Flight Attendants Handed Germany Their FIFA World Cup Medals

July 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who are the women in veils behind FIFA officials during the World Cup trophy presentation? It was a question passed around Twitter in the few minutes after the final score, and we've got the answer.

These ladies, on the soccer pitch of Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium to present medals to the winning team, are flight attendants for Emirates, a major sponsor of the 2014 World Cup.

Following the final match between Argentina and Germany, which Germany won 1-0, a whole line of these red-lipped ladies emerged with trays of medals. The answer to their identity lay in the big red ad banners for Emirates around the field. A similar scene went down in 2010, as Emirates as also a key FIFA sponsor with their cabin crew in tow during that World Cup.

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Sign a Petition to Rename an Airport for Team USA's World Cup Star

July 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Where to Watch World Cup: USA vs Belgium

June 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Boston – City Hall Plaza

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.

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Brazil or Bust: The Words to Know in Salvador da Bahia

June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil is so hot right now. Actually, Brazil is one of those perpetually hot places, topping travel bucketlists for decades, but especially so now with both the World Cup and Summer Olympics on the calendar. Thanks to TAM Airlines and Brazil Nuts tours, we journey south to see why.

"Capital of Happiness" is quite the boast for a city, but there's no doubt Brazil's third largest city, Salvador da Bahia, turns frowns upside-down. Whether you call it "Salvador" to keep it simple, or "Salvador da Bahia" to differentiate it from the many, many other Salvadors of the world, the vibrant, Afro-Brazilian metropolis of 3.5 million will be on your lips as Brazil's cultural hotspot (so much for Rio as the end-all be-all).

Here are the words to help you on your way in Salvador da Bahia:

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Feeling That World Cup Fever? Try These Three Soccer Programs for Beginners

June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

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:

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So Google Put All the World Cup Stadiums on Street View...

June 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have a long-standing policy against implying or suggesting or hinting - let alone declaring - that gee-whiz Google Maps and Google Earth technology can allow people "travel without ever leaving home." That phrase needs to be driven out of the lexicon, then captured as it tries to flee, then cast into the sea in a chained iron box protected by witchcraft and pirate curses.

That said, this thing that Google did where they put a bunch of the FIFA World Cup 2014 stadiums on Street View is actually pretty cool. It's not "just like being there." It's not even the "next best things to being there." But it's still pretty cool.

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Brazil or Bust: The Words to Know in Rio de Janeiro

June 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil is so hot right now. Actually, Brazil is one of those perpetually hot places, topping travel bucketlists for decades, but especially so now with both the World Cup and Summer Olympics on the calendar. Thanks to TAM Airlines and Brazil Nuts tours, we journey south to see why.

Just as travel expands horizons, so it also does vocabulary. Even without a trip to Brazil, you'll have heard of at least a few words that matter, like "Copacabana," "Caipirinha" and "Capoeira," but Rio de Janeiro requires fewer inhibitions and more twists of the tongue.

Here are the words to help you on your way in Rio:

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Take a Look at the Snazzy Airplane Flying Belgium's Team to the World Cup

June 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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7 Special Airplanes Flying World Cup Teams to Brazil

Where: Brazil
June 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

World Cup 2014 begins in little more than a week, on June 14. Right about now the national soccer teams are either packing up to hit the skies before hitting the turf, or they're already touching down in Brazil for pre-game practice.

Seeing as how the World Cup games are played in 12 different cities throughout the month, teams not only need transportation to Brazil, but within the massive country. For this, each team relies on a private or chartered aircraft, and many take the opportunity to show off a bit of their national pride.

Here are 7 such special aircraft you'll spot in the skies over Brazil this next several weeks:

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Where to Chow Down on McDonald's Special World Cup Menu

Where: Brazil
May 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)


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World Cup fever is heating up with the first game's kick-off happening in less than 2 weeks. It's not just Brazil that's getting all excited for the world's largest soccer tournament - McDonalds is getting into the excitement with some really special burgers that are worldly in their own sense.

The Golden Arches is celebrating the world's most popular sport by creating a few new menu items with an international sport flair. Each new burger will be named after a country and feature some ingredients and flavors of that country all served up between a bun that looks like a soccer ball. All of the 800 restaurants in the host country will sell sandwiches "from" Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and U.S.A., and the fun isn't limited to Brazil since new snacks can be found on the menus in Japan and Australia.

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