As the drama unfolds on the pitch and tension starts to build at the 2014 Football World Cup, Ossian Shine, Global Editor: Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment at Reuters took some time out from heading up our operation in Brazil to tell us exactly what it takes to cover such a colossal event.
Thanks for your time Ossian. Take us behind the scenes of preparations leading up to kick off in Brazil and what it is like for the team currently on the ground?
After years of planning and preparation, our coverage team is up and running. Our news editors, reporters, photographers and TV crews are operating out of an office in the International Broadcast Centre in the Barra da Tijuca district of Rio de Janeiro, guiding our journalists who are dispersed throughout the country, in each of the 12 venue cities. The size of the country and the difficulty of travel created many logistical problems, and we are “zonal marking” the 32 teams this time round, rather than “man-to-man marking” any of them. In the past, we have travelled with teams as they criss-cross the country, but because of the logistics of this in Brazil, this time we are staying in our base cities and covering the countries as they come through.
Billed as the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the global appeal of the Football World Cup dwarfs any other athletic event, and for four weeks in June and July, Reuters’ World Cup coverage team will bring customers every shot, goal and sending off of Brazil 2014.
Our reporters, cameramen and photographers will be in place all over the vast country, from Rio to Recife; Brasilia to Belo Horizonte and all venues between, providing stories, pictures and video of all the news as it breaks at this festival of football.
Off the field too, we will provide comprehensive coverage of how Brazil copes under the weight of staging such an enormous event, how it contends with the political backlash of protests and our experts on the ground will offer expert insight and analysis of the tournament’s legacy, both in terms of bricks and mortar, and for Brazil’s reputation as a 21st century nation. (more…)
The world of soccer academies is perplexing, occasionally uplifting but also disconcerting, with widely differing approaches to recruitment, education and welfare and hugely contrasting levels of success across Europe’s major leagues.
Reuters reporters have produced a series of in-depth multimedia stories, features and interviews to be issued over the next two days which examine the differing approaches and trends among countries and clubs and address some of the issues and concerns around soccer academies.
This extensive package, which includes video, pictures, and graphics, will have country-by-country overviews of how the academy system works in the major leagues of England, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands as well as in-depth interviews with some of the leading figures involved in the development of youth football.
The success or otherwise of the academy system and the challenge of addressing welfare and education issues in an environment where there is such an overwhelming pressure to succeed on the pitch are also addressed in a series of illuminating pieces.
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*The package will be published in two sections, from 0200GMT Thursday March 28 and 0200GMT Friday March 27. ‘Read More’ to check out our detailed advisory schedule below.