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.
During both World Wars, Scapa Flow was an important British naval base, and the site of significant loss of life. Following the end of World War One, 74 German warships were interned there, and on June 21, 1919 most were deliberately sunk, or scuttled, at the orders of German Rear Admiral Ludwig Von Reuter, who mistakenly thought that the Armistice had broken down and wanted to prevent the British from using the ships. Now Scapa Flow is a popular site for divers, who explore the few wrecks that still remain at the bottom. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Croatia defeated Cameroon 4-0 which knocked Cameroon out of the World Cup. Croatia will play Mexico next. Chile stunned Spain, 2-0, to eliminate the defending World Cup champions. Earlier in the day, Netherlands outgunned Australia 3-2.
Sunni jihadist forces, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), launched a major offensive in northern Iraq on June 9, resulting in the capture of Iraq’s second largest city on June 10. Counter-attacks by Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga slowed the offensive, and Shiite Iraqis have been volunteering in large numbers to fight ISIS. The US and Iran have been discussing the situation, and might work together to support the Iraqi government.
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