For about six decades Hellenikon was Athens’ only airport, but it closed down in 2001 to make way for a newer, more modern airport before the city hosted the 2004 Olympic Games. After languishing for years as a wasteland of crumbling terminals, Hellenikon is set for resurrection as a glitzy coastal resort. Lamda Development, controlled by Greece’s powerful Latsis family and leading a consortium of Chinese and Abu-Dhabi based companies, has big dreams for the area since signing a 915 million euro deal for a 99-year lease in March.
While heavy rains impact the field as USA-Germany go head-to-head in Recife, Portugal and Ghana meet in Brasillia. The German team defeated the U.S. team 1-0 but the United States team advanced to the next stage with Portugal’s defeat of Ghana 2-1. Portugal will not advance despite the win. Algeria and Russia tied 1-1 leading the Algerian team to advance and the Russian team to pack their bags. Also Korea Republic lost to Belgium 1-0 and failed to advance. Belgium had already qualified for the next round.
Luis Suarez really bit someone again, England bored us again, Greece went through on a soft late penalty and there might not be a more enjoyable team in the tournament than Colombia.
Today, in Group F, Argentina has already advanced and has a pretty straightforward path to the top spot in the group.Both Argentina and Nigeria qualified to advance to the next round at the end of their Argentina winning 3-2 game. Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 but will not advance to the next round. Also Switzerland defeated Honduras 3-0 and qualify for the Round of 16. France and Ecuador end the game tied 0-0 and France qualified for the next round.
Sant Joan festival revelers in Spain start to form a human tower, a jury finds former editor of News of the World Andy Coulson guilty of conspiring to intercept message while clearing former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks of all charges, World Cup fans await FIFA’s decision on Uruguayan player Luis Suarez’s apparent bite on an Italian player en route to Uruguay’s victory, and more in today’s daily brief.
The Arena de Sao Paulo, which is reported to have cost in excess of 200 million GBP, hosted the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and has a capacity of over 61,000. The total cost borne by Brazil for staging the 2014 World Cup is estimated to be 6.5 billion GBP, which critics have argued would have better spent on the millions of Brazilians living in poverty, such as in the adjacent poor neighborhood of Itaquera. Photos by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images.
Celebrating the summer solstice with yoga, the U.S. Women’s Open golf championship, broiling unrest in the Middle East, contestants vie for Miss Gay Nicaragua and more in the day in photos around the world.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria wins tight finish, Ghana and Germany tie, Messi overage score gives Argentina win over Iran
The Nigerian team made a single goal last for a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, who fails to advance in their first World Cup. In a surprise that might help the United States, Ghana and Germany played to a 2-2 tie. The day’s opener saw Lionel Messi score in overage time to give Argentina the 1-0 victory over Iran.
If there’s one thing you can count on every change of season, it’s that revelers, spiritualists and tourists will gather at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Equador beats Honduras, England out of World Cup contest, France wins 5-2 over Switzerland
Get ready, North America. There might be days when there are better matches, or more important matches (the USA on Sunday), but no other day in Brazil will feature two CONCACAF teams. CONCACAF heroes Costa Rica can seal England’s fate with a point against Italy, who through one game is giving the Dutch a run for its money in terms of mixing in world-class older talent with some dynamic youngsters.
Switzerland and France also have a lot at stake in the middle match of the three . The Swiss played poorly for pretty much the entire game Sunday against Ecuador, only to steal a win in stoppage time.
Japan and Greece tied 0-0 in their match. In previous matches England and Uruguay took disappointing losses to Italy and Costa Rica, respectively. Uruguay turned it around by beating England 2-1 this afternoon with Luis Suarez scoring both of Uruguay’s goals. Earlier in the day Colombia defeated Ivory Coast.