World Cup Daily: Wednesday

Posted by ESPN staff

On June 12, the world’s eyes turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup, but the planet’s biggest football tournament will have plenty of news and views in the months leading up to it. ESPN FC’s World Cup Daily blog is the place to be:


•  Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka admitted he feels deep sympathy for Australia's Rhys Williams after he suffered a freak Achilles injury that could rule him out of a second successive World Cup. Read more.

•  Colombia got their hands on the World Cup trophy. Well, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos anyway, and the famous statue made its way to the country today. Read more at CNTV.

•  The World Cup song has been chosen and it's We Are One (Ole Ola) by rapper Pitbull. Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte are joining forces to sing the song at the opening ceremony and the rapper said in a statement: "I truly believe that this great game and the power of music will help unify us, because we are best when we are one."
Read more at the Miami Herald.

INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Papa Bouba Diop (1978), Gianluigi Buffon (1978), Jamie Carragher (1978)


Today in 1986, Trevor Steven scored the 1500th goal for England. The friendly in Cairo was England's first match against an African country and they won 4-0 -- Cris Freddi.


Gary LinekerAPEngland's Gary Lineker heads the second goal for his team against Poland during the World Cup match in Monterrey, Mexico, on June 11, 1986. England defeated Poland 3-0 and Lineker scored all three goals.


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