Who is Neymar da Silva Jr.?

By Juan Castillo and Tyler Johnson

Neymar da Silva, Jr.

Neymar da Silva, Jr.

Who is Neymar da Silva Jr. and where will he be on Thursday, June 12th?

He is a professional soccer player who will be playing in the World Cup for team Brazil. There will be thirty one other teams playing for the same reason he is. This is a chance to earn themselves a name.

In the past, Brazil has won five World Cups. They won their first World Cup in 1958. Brazil has won four other times as well, in 1962, 1970, 1994, and in 2002. They have the most wins ever in the history of the Federated International Football Association (FIFA). The United States, by comparison, will win only their first World Cup this next summer. Maybe.

The World Cup will take place in several different cities in Brazil beginning in June. Some of these cities include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, and Brasilia. The total cost in infrastructure investment of the World Cup is estimated at 22 billion dollars. It is suggested that the World Cup will increase the economy of Brazil by five times.  The tournament will bring over 100 billion dollars in revenue to the Brazilian economy.

From past World Cup history Brazil will have a good chance at winning. The first reason they have a good chance at winning is because they are playing in their own home country. A large portion of the fan base will be cheering for them. The second reason is because they have won five World Cups already; that’s the world record for the entire World Cup league. The next good team that could win would be Italy; they have won the second most at four World Cup titles. Italy wants to beat Brazil and regain the title. If Italy were to win they would tie Brazil for the world record of most wins. The third candidate for the title would be Germany. They have won the World Cup three times.

Soccer is one of the simplest sports in the world. This may be the reason why it’s the most popular sport in the world. The rules become more complicated and technical with the level of play. But even at the professional level they are simple. FIFA  holds the official rules to the game. According to them, the official rules may be modified in their application for players of under 16 years of age, female soccer players, veteran players (over 35 years of age), and for players with disabilities.

Rules for the knockout stage in World Cup are developed to eliminate a tie. Extra time is added if there is a tie at the end of regulation. If the extra time expires and there is still a tie, a penalty shoot-out of five kicks each determines the winner. Should the shoot-out end in a tie, a sudden death round takes place until one team scores when the other does not.

Every soccer player around the globe dreams of being where Juan Castillo and Neymar da Silva Jr. will be this summer: competing for the title of World Cup champion. Countries are targeting Brazil as the team to beat due to their exceptional talent, their record in past World Cups, and the fact that the tournament is held in Brazil this summer. Will the predictions hold true? We’ll see you in Rio this summer!

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