The World Cup is less than two months away, which means those planning to attend the planet’s biggest single-sport festival are busy dealing with visas, tickets and hotels.
Then there is the issue of the host nation itself, which for all of its majestic beauty, including the beaches of Copacabana and skills of Neymar, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. You have a flurry of venue delays, political bickering and class strife that threaten to disrupt the event, just as it did during last year’s Confederations Cup.
It doesn’t get any easier for FIFA. Soccer’s governing body awarded the 2018 World Cup to ‘Mother’ Russia.
Due to those visa regulations, fans won’t be able to book trips to Brazil at the last minute. Those fans of U.S. Soccer have it particularly tough, having to travel some 4,000 miles from Natal, to Manaus and Recife. This is before taking the pitch against Ghana, Ronaldo and Portugal and the mighty Germans.
Thankfully, there are ways to bring the World Cup experience home without having to worry about busing through the Brazilian back country. Here are a few suggestions to do just that.
1) Host an event (or add talent to your event)
Thuzio has several former members of the U.S. Men’s National Team in its talent network including Cobi Jones, Clint Mathis, Marcelo Balboa, John Harkes and Tony Meola. Whether you’ve already got a World Cup event planned, or need an excuse to have one, we’re your one-stop shop.
2) Don’t forget the ladies
Lest we forget that in the United States, our Women’s National Team is as popular, if not more popular than the men. Heather Mitts, Leslie Osborne, Kristin Luckenbill are three former members of the U.S. Women’s National Team who have won gold medals on the international stage. Thuzio is also preparing to onboard members of the 1999 Women’s World Cup winning team over the next few weeks for corporate events and activation.
We also have off-site pricing for several other U.S. Women’s National Team members including Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo.
3) Major League Soccer Players
Thuzio’s talent network has access to dozens of Major League Soccer players from ALL of the league’s member clubs. All of these individuals would be welcome additions to your at-home World Cup experience, whether it be a Game Watch, Play With a Pro, or Brand Activation event. Imagine being able to watch Team USA play with eight members of the New England Revolution, or a pair of Seattle Sounders? It’s possible!
4) The Broadcasters
Shep Messing was a member of ESPN’s World Cup coverage in 2002, 2006 and 2010, while Jack Edwards was the lead play-by-play voice of America’s last World Cup run in 2002, including a victory over Portugal and a controversial quarterfinal loss to Germany.