World Cup: 10 things to know

World Cup: 10 things to know
Feel the heat and rhythm at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which will host this year's World Cup final.

1 Neymar isn't a bad word you curse in a kopitiam

He is the nippy Barcelona forward and the best player in the Brazilian team.

Brazil happens to be pretty good in football, having won the World Cup a mere five times.

Neymar leads the Selecao (what Brazilians call their national team, it means "the Selection") frontline with Jo (Joao Alves de Assis Silva), Fred (Frederico Chaves Guedes) and Hulk (Givanildo Vieira de Souza). No, they're not the Three Stooges from Rio.

2 Eden Hazard isn't the warning label for some biohazard by-product

No, Hazard is only very hazardous if you're opposing him on the field. The Chelsea midfielder is a wizard from Belgium who's hard to catch, sniffs out unexpected goals and is considered one of the best young players in the world.

Here's how you can show off that you really know your football. Tell your friends that you're rooting for Belgium. They're the coolest team in this World Cup, you'd be just like the dude who digs the New Zealand singer, Lorde.

Belgium's got top-class goalies from Atletico Madrid (Thibaut Courtois) and Liverpool (Simon Mignolet), the captain of Manchester City (Vincent Kompany), the hammer of Everton (Romelu Lukaku), the gem of Manchester United (Adnan Januzaj) and even the complimentary Man U clown (Marouane Fellaini).

3 Ivory Coast isn't a shop selling elephant tusks in China

Ivory Coast, aka Cote d'Ivoire, situated on the west coast of Africa, is the homeland of stars such as Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Gervinho and Wilfried Bony. The last-named is a Swansea player, not an ivory bone.

This association with ivory tusks is unavoidable since the team is nicknamed "The Elephants". But they don't play like elephants.

In fact, African teams are the most athletic and physical in the World Cup although none has won the trophy. All the teams from Africa - Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and even Algeria in north Africa - are from the western side of the continent.

Must be either the food or the happening fire dance.

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