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Easy Going May 14 Sport Special

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In this issue we celebrate a summer of sport, with the football World Cup in04_poster.jpg Brazil, the Tour de France starting in England, and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Britain likes to think it is the home of football, because the English Football Association was the first to formalise rules for the sport in 1863. This timeline will tell you all about the official sport's first 150 years .
 
But if Britain is the home of football, Brazil is football perfection. Brazil has won the World Cup a record five times. When Brazil won the World Cup for the third time in 1970, FIFA gave them the trophy permanently and got a new one! Brazilians would love to win for the first time at home this year! Find out about all the qualified teams .

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Are you a football fan? How did you choose the club you support? An American in London explains that, “Chelsea FC chose me” .

If you think ordinary football is too easy, try three-sided football! There are three teams (sides), a hexagonal pitch (six sides) and three goals. Have a look:



Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de France will be starting in England this year, in Yorkshire, in July.  In three days, the cyclists will ride from Leeds to London. Have a look at the route ! This film shows the spectacular Yorkshire countryside.

 

But before the Tour in Yorkshire, the Giro di Italia will be starting from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Dublin, Ireland from 9-11 May. Take a look!

12_clyde.jpgThe Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Glasgow is hosting the Commonwealth Games from 23 July to 3 August 2014. The Commonwealth consists of 53 countries. Most of them were British colonies, and most have English as an official language. The Commonwealth is home to 2.2 billion people, 30% of the world’s population.

Before the Games start, a baton with a message from Queen Elizabeth II will visit all the participating countries. 
These photo galleries of the Queen’s baton relay give a really great impression of the variety of countries that make up the Commonwealth.



Find out more about the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Games on the BBC Commonwealth Class site. Meet some inspiring athletes like Maria Toorpakai-Wazir, 22, from Pakistan, who had to pretend to be a boy to become a squash champion. Like Malala Yousafsai, Islamic extremists opposed her because they didn’t want girls to play sports. For three years, she practised alone in her bedroom. Now, she lives and plays in Canada.

Meet Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot, in front of the River Clyde in Glasgow!

And you can get to know more about the Commonwealth countries in this video.

 



Find out more about the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Games on the BBC Commonwealth Class site. Meet some inspiring athletes like Maria Toorpakai-Wazir, 22, from Pakistan, who had to pretend to be a boy to become a squash champion in Pakistan. Like Malala Yousafsai, Islamic extremists opposed her because they didn’t want girls to play sports. For three years, she practised alone in her bedroom. Now, she lives and plays in Canada.

On the official Glasgow 2014 site you can explore the 17 sports played at the Games. Some you will probably find familiar, like judo, gymnastics or swimming. But do you know about netball, lawn bowls or rugby sevens?

Find out more about Glasgow, the host city for the Games, here.

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