Costa Rica 3-Uruguay 1, congratulations with bird videos


This video is about a male resplendent quetzal in the Savegre valley in Costa Rica.

Like favourites and reigning football world champions Spain lost 1-5 to the Netherlands: tonight underdogs Costa Rica won unexpectedly 3-1 against Uruguay. Uruguay had won the World Cup twice, and was #4 at the last World Cup.

To congratulate Costa Rica, here are three videos, one per goal, about the beautiful birds in Costa Rica.

This video is called Amazing hummingbirds – Costa Rica.

And this video is called Toucans of Costa Rica.

Talking about wildlife in Costa Rica: there will be more of my reports about it, but sorting out photos took longer than expected. But Costa Rican wildlife reports will be back at this blog.

Toucan predicts Dutch team will win against Spain


According to this toco toucan from Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands, the Dutch football team will win today’s World Cup game in Brazil against Spain.

At half time, this was not true yet. Both teams one goal each.

The beautiful Dutch goal, by Robin van Persie, is on video here.

UPDATE: toucan Chicito was right; 5-1 for the Netherlands against reigning world champions Spain.

Football World Cup, Dutch and Spanish fans’ songs, and history


This music video from the Netherlands is the song De Zilvervloot (starting about 0:30 after the start of the video). It is a nineteenth century song about seventeenth century Dutch admiral Piet Hein, who captured the treasure fleet with the silver being transported from South America to Spain in 1628.

Tonight in Brazil, the 2014 football world cup will start with a match between the host country and Croatia. Tomorrow, Spain, one of the favourite teams, and the Netherlands, not one of the favourite teams, will play each other. One of the songs Dutch fans will sing probably then is De Zilvervloot, about Piet Hein.

The subject of the song is from the time when the Dutch Republic was at war to become independent from the Spanish monarchy. Fortunately, today Spain and the Netherlands don’t wage war against each other; they just play football. There is more chance of worsening conflict between Spain and Britain about Gibraltar; and between the Spanish monarchy plus political establishment and most Spanish people who want a choice between monarchy and republic in a referendum.

The Dutch-Spanish 1568-1648 war, the eighty years war, is remembered much more often in the Netherlands than in Spain.

One reason why quite some Spaniards still remember that war is famous seventeenth century painter Diego Velázquez.

This video, in Spanish is called Las Lanzas (La Rencición de Breda), about a famous Velázquez painting.

The painting is known in English as The Surrender of Breda. Its subject is the conquest of the Dutch city Breda by Genoese-Spanish general Ambrogio Spinola, in 1625. Velázquez finished the painting in 1635. Two years later, in 1637, Breda was recaptured by the Dutch republic, and in 1648 it was finally ceded by Spain by the Treaty of Westphalia.

Back from war and painting to football and music. Spanish football teams, like teams in other countries, sometimes have musicians among their fans in stadiums. One of the songs they play is Valencia.

This music video is Valencia, by composer Padilla. Like the Dutch Zilvervloot song, played in a concert hall; not on football bleachers.

In Valencia city there is also a well-known football club, with a bat in its coat of arms.

Coat of arms of Valencia with bat

The city has also a bat in its coat of arms.

According to legend, the bat is in the coat of arms because a bat helped a medieval king of Aragon win a battle. Which reminds me of a Central American Mayan legend about the resplendent quetzal bird.

Which takes me back to Costa Rica; also one of the football teams present at the World Cup in Brazil.

World Cup: Africa Firmly Behind Its Teams: here.

Football World Cup, wildlife and music


This video says about itself:

“I’m Alive” Brasil: The Floresta da Tijuca Sessions

21 April 2014

In a unique collaboration produced by Andres Levin, world-renowned musical artists Caetano Veloso and Lenine, Criolo, Emicida, Pretinho da Serrinha and Sistah Mo Respect along with many other celebrated Brasilian musicians and filmmakers spent three days in Rio de Janeiro‘s Floresta da Tijuca, part of Parque Nacional da Tijuca (that supported the project by offering its landscapes to film) creating “I’m Alive” a multimedia expression of our relationship to nature filmed, composed and recorded in the rainforest.

From the Frog Blog:

The Rainforest Alliance World Cup

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Rainforest Alliance

With just a week until the World Cup begins, the world’s interest in all things Brazilian has reached a fever pitch. Here at the Rainforest Alliance, we’re dedicating our coverage to the love of the game, with our own little twist.

Throughout the tournament, we’ll take a look at the countries in each group—and what they bring to the game in terms of agriculture, forestry, tourism, environment and biodiversity—through the eyes of our little green frog. Watch this space for match analyses, a dedicated Rainforest Alliance head-to-head challenge, an environmental league table, and plenty of stories about our work to protect the diverse communities and precious ecosystems of host nation and World Cup giant, Brazil.

The official slogan of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil is All in One Rhythm—a theme we couldn’t love more in light of our recent I’m Alive Brasil music film, conceived of and led by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Andres Levin of Content-OS, who directed and produced the film alongside Paula Lavigne and Fernando Young. “I’m Alive” features world-renowned Brazilian recording artists Caetano Veloso and Lenine, Criolo, Emicida Pretinho da Serrinha, along with many other celebrated Brazilian musicians who came together in Rio de Janeiro’s Floresta da Tijuca to create this unique experience in music, environmental awareness and cinema. Watch here and be inspired by the beautiful spirit of Brazil.

And make sure to check out Monday’s Frog Blog, where we’ll be presenting the countries in Groups A and B.

IRAN should be celebrating their fourth World Cup but the controversy surrounding their nuclear programme led to teams refusing to travel to play them in friendlies for fear of political sanctions. Because of this, manager Carlos Queiroz managed to persuade the Iranian football federation to bring forward the end of the domestic season to April in order to prepare for the tournament: here.

Nigeria can complete an international competition double when they head to Brazil as they aim to add the World Cup to their African Nations triumph last year. After stuttering in the early stages of qualification they eased past Ethiopia to book their place at the finals but many consider the Super Eagles as rank outsiders to become the first African nation to lift the trophy: here.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Christian fundamentalists ban women from seeing football World Cup


Dutch, Brazilian female football fans, ANP photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Women not welcome at Spain vs. The Netherlands football match

That is the first match of the Dutch national team at the World Cup tournament in Brazil; on 13 June.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

As a woman, you would like to watch with your husband the first match of the Dutch team [in Brazil]? That will not work in Veenendaal. At least, not if you were planning to see it in the big sports hall, local broadcasters RTV Utrecht report.

The organization of the event, the Christian ManUnited, has deliberately chosen to exclude women. ManUnited is exclusively for men. The organization was looking for an event where many men can get together. The World Cup matches are such a perfect opportunity.

A total of 1500 men can watch the game against Spain in the sports hall, on the big screen. The organization hopes that especially fathers with sons will attend the event.

I hope that many fathers and sons, along with women, will speak out against this sexism against mothers and daughters.

Besides these sexist religious fundamentalists, there are also ultra-fundamentalists, who say that watching TV is satanic. And ultra-fundamentalists, who say that football is satanic. Sarcastically, one might say that these ultra-fundamentalists, though sexist in many other ways, at least don’t discriminate against women in this; as they want to ban both men and women from seeing the football World Cup.

Enhanced by Zemanta