AP kicks off World Cup coverage in Brazil

June 3, 2014
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In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Portugal's Nani celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Luxembourg during their 2014 World Cup qualifying group F soccer match, at the Municipal stadium in Coimbra, Portugal. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
The eyes of the world will turn to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from June 12 - July 13, and The Associated Press will be there to capture the triumphs, defeats and of course, the enthusiastic fans.
AP journalists from around the world will cover all 64 matches from 12 venues around the country, producing thousands of stories in video, text and photos. They’ll also join local staff from AP’s bureaus in Rio de Janiero and Sao Paolo to cover the business, environmental and political aspects of the tournament, as they have since Brazil won the right to host the World Cup seven years ago.

"AP will leverage its global footprint to tell the whole story of the World Cup," said Global Sports Editor Michael Giarrusso. "Reporters from around the world will be contributing content. We’ll have reactions to surprising results, stories from hometowns of superstars and content about how some countries practically shut down when their team plays in the World Cup."

Some highlights of AP’s coverage -- in English and Spanish -- include:
•    A preview package featuring more than 100 text stories, thousands of images, and information on every team, star players, coaches and each host city and stadium.

•    A feature called “Brazil Beat” will report on the cultural and entertainment aspects of the World Cup, focusing on viral content that is ideal for mobile platforms.

•    A steady stream of enterprise stories, many written and edited by journalists with extensive knowledge of Brazil.

AP customers will see content via their regular services but it will also be aggregated on a separate World Cup wire in both English and Spanish. Video news around the games, including trainings, press conferences and fan reactions are being provided by SNTV, the joint venture sports video news agency owned by AP and IMG Media. AP Images will feature package options, the latest pictures and curated collections. AP Mobile, the award-winning mobile app, has a special section dedicated to the tournament. The app is free to download at the Apple iTune’s and Google Play stores.

For social media updates, follow this list of AP journalists who will be tweeting about the tournament or like AP Sports on Facebook.

International broadcasters can also access an array of broadcast services during the event via NewSource Globo and AP Global Media Services. The feed points across nine Brazilian cities are available to both rights and non-rights holders.

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