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World Cup live blog: June 12

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Here's where most World Cup participants play professionally (HINT: Think Europe)

The Post’s graphics crew did a nifty graphic that looks at where most of the World Cup’s players play professionally. Take a look.

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:04 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:04 pm

No pressure, Brazil

 

Neil Greenberg
June 12, 2:09 pm
  • Neil Greenberg June 12, 2:09 pm

In China, you can buy a fake doctor's note to get time off to watch the World Cup

Frank Langfitt, a National Public Radio international correspondent based in Shanghai, says that residents of China have a nifty way to get some time off from work to watch the World Cup: They can purchase fake doctor’s notes or even falsified medical records off the Internet.

Langfitt’s assistant purchased such a note for $33, saying that he was suffering from gastroenteritis and would need five days of rest. It was “signed” by a “Dr. Hu,” supposedly from a “famous Shanghai hospital.”

It’s a little less extreme than getting a vasectomy during the NCAA tournament, I guess.

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:12 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:12 pm

Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa are going to the Brazil-Croatia game

NBA stars Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa (who hails from Brazil) are heading to the Brazil-Croatia game. No big-timing here: They’re taking the train.

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:16 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:16 pm

Test your World Cup knowledge

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Think you know your soccer stuff? The folks at Express have a quiz to see what kind of futbol stud you actually are.

Missy Khamvongsa
June 12, 2:19 pm
  • Missy Khamvongsa June 12, 2:19 pm

What could possibly go wrong?

Brazil’s stadium-construction woes are well documented, meaning some stadiums will have temporary seating. Nothing like testing the soundness of said seating during the opening ceremonies of the world’s biggest sporting event.

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:23 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:23 pm

When they aren't protesting or watching soccer, Brazilians hit the beach

Post correspondent Dom Phillips drew the tough task of documenting Brazilian beach life.

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:27 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:27 pm

The World Cup opening ceremonies are underway

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:29 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:29 pm

Keep up with the World Cup without a TV using these 7 free apps

(Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

(Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Univision Deportes

Availability: iOS & Android

This Spanish-speaking media company revamped its app to make it supremely World Cup friendly. It’s even possible to watch some of the games live, which is a rare feature for a free app. The network promises to stream every match of the World Cup’s first two rounds.

OneFootball Brasil

Availability: iOS, Android and Windows

This European-made app was made specifically for this year’s World Cup. It provides up-to-the-minute scores and news during the tournament — and it’s all based around your favorite team. Users pick the team they want to follow and the app sends out personalized stream of news, stats and updates, with many in real time. “We have 1,500 different news sources integrated in all languages, opinion polls, and a purely native advertising approach,” the app’s creator Lucas von Cranach told Forbes.

Jalvasco

Availability: Android

Another app made specifically for the World Cup, Jalvasco allows users to customize their feeds based on team preferences and interest in particular groups or matches. Users can also view the full schedule, full stats, as well as keep up on news around the current tournament and future World Cup tournaments that are scheduled to happen in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

FIFA Official App

Availability: iOS & Android

If you want to keep a general eye on everything happening in the World Cup, the official FIFA app does the job. There’s a news section, a match center and a rankings tab but it lacks some of the more detailed information that some of the other apps allow, such as a customization capability and a calendar.

ESPN FC Soccer

Availability: iOS & Android

Users can connect this app to their Facebook accounts or create a separate account to get alerts about matches, news and stats. One of this app’s most interesting features is its incorporation of live Twitter updates from all of ESPN’s soccer experts in a single tab. You do not need to be a member of Twitter yourself to read them. And for those who subscribe to ESPN, don’t forget to download the WatchESPN app, on which you can live-stream every World Cup match.

SofaScore

Availability: iOS & Android

There’s a lot going on in SofaScore, but it seems to work better on Android devices than iOS. In any case, it’s worth downloading because this app’s special World Cup section goes far deeper with its analysis than most of the others on this list, even allowing users to see how a team previously fared against an opponent.

SecondMic

Availability: iOS

There are plenty of apps that can give you stats, but only one that allows you to listen to random assortments of athletes, experts and celebrities while the game is on. This app also allows users to chat with the commentators and other fans during the game. You never know who you might hear or what you might learn.

Marissa Payne
June 12, 2:30 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 12, 2:30 pm

Will the U.S. soccer team survive the 'Group of Death'?

The “Post Sports Live” crew debates the subject.

Matt Bonesteel
June 12, 2:36 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 12, 2:36 pm
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