2014 FIFA World Cup
Garth Crooks provided readers of Kick It Out’s website with an insight into his own experiences at the 2014 FIFA World Cup as he led a team of bloggers travelling to Brazil.
The former Tottenham Hotspur striker, who made over 350 professional appearances and has attended the last three World Cups broadcasting for the BBC, arrived in Sao Paolo on 20 June, then moving onto Rio De Janeiro before touching back down in England on 30 June.
You can read Garth’s blog entries for Kick It Out here.
Garth was supported by Butch Fazal, the Race Equality Advisor to The Football Association (FA) and chair of the Asians in Football Forum (AiFF), who arrived in Brazil on 11 June.
Butch, who is also the organiser of the ‘From Headscarves to Football Scarves’ initiative in Luton, travelled from Manaus onto Sao Paolo and then Rio before heading home on 26 June.
He looked to give readers a different perspective on the World Cup in Brazil by focusing on the level of support shown from the south Asian community travelling to give England their backing.
You can read Butch’s blog entries for Kick It Out here.
Joining Garth and Butch was Asif Burhan. Asif began blogging for Kick It Out during the 2012 UEFA European Championships, where his entirely self-funded journey took him from Billericay to Kyiv as he watched Spain lift the trophy.
Since attending the 2000 UEFA European Championships, he has travelled to over 75 cities around the world notching up more than a century of games, as he continues to write for Kick It Out on football culture across the globe.
Asif flew out on 27 June, taking in matches in Porto Alegre, Fortaleza, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Rio, and will remain in Brazil until the end of the tournament.
You can read Asif’s blog entries for Kick It Out here.
Back in England, Carrie Dunn, a full-time freelance journalist and lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, will blog as she takes in world football’s biggest spectacle across a variety of different venues.
Having previously written books on subjects as diverse as British Pro Wrestling, Luton Town FC and BBC show Torchwood, her most recent publication is ‘Female Football Fans: Community, Identity and Sexism’ (Palgrave, 2014).
There will be regular blog posts from Garth, Butch, Asif and Carrie throughout the World Cup – make sure to keep checking the Kick It Out website for the latest instalments! You can locate each bloggers updates from the left-hand navigation panel on this page.
You can read Carrie’s blog entries for Kick It Out here.