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FIFA World Cup™ 2014: 32 facts about all the countries competing in this year’s FIFA World Cup™ 2014

Posted on 16 Jun, 2014

Do you know your Messi from your Müller?  How about your Rooney from your Ronaldo? Balotelli from your Bale?

If we’re speaking more Portuguese than pitch side pundits to you, fear not – here at GoGroopie we have come up with the ultimate in FIFA World Cup™ Brazil 2014 facts to throw in and scatter amongst the penalty pious pigeons down the local this summer.

This kids got the right idea

England - English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French)

Italy - in Capri, Italy it's illegal to wear "excessively loud footwear" - some tourists have been arrested for wearing flip-flops.

Sometimes it’s nicer (and less illegal) to strap in for the sun – avoid both the polizia and polizia moda with these gladiator sandals (£16)

France – it’s illegal to name a pig Napoleon in France

“Pour Quoi?”

Brazil – Should find the impending influx of tourists a breeze, considering there are around 2500 airports currently in Brazil

Costa Rica - There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active.  Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world and Arenal is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.

Uruguay – Uruguay adopts a western style of clothing, with the gauchos (Cowboys) wear baggy trousers called bombachos and wide brimmed hats that offer protection from the sun.

This town is more than big enough for the two of us, with these 2 sets of aviators for £5


Belgium - There are over 800 kinds of beers made in Belgium

We’ll raise a Weizen to that!

Holland - Dutch electronic dance music has conquered the world with DJs like Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and Afrojack exporting their music to the remotest corners of the world

Chile - Easter Island’s most famous features are its enormous stone statues called moai, the average moai statue is 14 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 14 tons. Some moai were as large as 33 feet and weighed more than 80 tons.

Whilst getting plenty of greens; both Simon and Mark felt their dieting effort without an exercise regime was flawed

Cameroon - Cameroon is famous for producing coffee, cocoa, cotton, bananas and oilseeds

Spain - There is no tooth fairy in Spain but rather a tooth mouse called Ratoncito Perez

Japan - Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old



From what we hear, it’s 8 hours a night, plenty of laughter and some of this retinol eye cream (£19.99 instead of £126)

Colombia - Colombia is home to the biggest theatre festival, biggest salsa festival, biggest flower parade, biggest outdoor horse parade and second biggest carnival in the world.

Cote d’ivore - The Ivory Coast has three seasons instead of four, warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), as well as hot and wet (June to October)

Switzerland - In Switzerland you're more likely to come across a Starbucks than a Bank

Mexico - introduced chocolate, chillies and corn to the rest of the world


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Ecuador - The Galapagos Islands are where Charles Darwin noticed the diversity of species and began to study evolution

Honduras – home to the Copán; an archaeological site of the Mayan civilization, complete with famous temples

Argentina - Ernesto “Che” Guevara was from Argentina -  A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.

Germany - When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”

Du der Mann, JFK

Bosnia - favourite beverages include wines from the Herzegovina region as well a local brandy, Sljivovica or Slivovitz.

Iran - The Persian cat is one of the world’s oldest breeds. They originated in the high plateaus of Iran where their long silky fur protected them from the cold. Italian traders brought the breed to Europe in the 17th century, where they became an exotic status symbol.

Nigeria - boasts in being the most suitable habitat for the world’s largest diversity of the most colourful creatures - the butterflies.

Portugal - The first Pirate code was invented in the 17th century by the Portuguese buccaneer Bartolomeu Português

Ah-olá there matey!


Ghana - In 1991, Ferdi Ato Aboboe of Ghana set a world record by running 100 metres backwards in 13.6 seconds.

Whether running backwards or practising the more traditional method, this neoprene belt will help you shed those extra pounds (£8)

Greece - Plate smashing, a traditional Greek folk custom involving the smashing of plates or glasses during celebratory occasion

Croatia - Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia in the village Smiljan

Thanks to Tesla, Wireless technology was made available – perfect for tablets like this (£35.99)

Korean Republic - In South Korea, contrary to the number "13" being unlucky, they consider the number "4" - some Hotels have floors which are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 5

Algeria - In 2007, a court in Algeria had to rule on the ownership of a donkey which had eaten the money brought by a purchaser for its sale

Kevin spent a night in the stocks to think about what he’d done

Russia - Russian language does not include a word for 'the' or 'a' which is good because these often lead to confusion in other languages

Help dot the i's and cross the t's with this innovative earworms language learning program for £5

Australia - Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content