Scott LeTellier, WCUSA 1994 August 11, 2014 RIP Robin Williams. No one who attended (3,000 in the Las Vegas Convention Center) or watched (an estimated 5 million worldwide) our 1994 World Cup Final Draw will ever forget him. Williams, along with notables such as Indy 500 and Formula One champion Mario Andretti, supermodel Carol Alt and Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, was asked to participate in drawing balls to determine the groups and pairings for the tournament. In doing so, he managed, completely unscripted, to steal a show that also included performances by Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, Barry Manilow and the hardest working man in show business, James Brown (“L... »
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It’s funny, the most asked question, especially from the guys, is “Well, how pretty were the Brazilian women?” Let’s just say there were a few that caught our eye… Sadly, very few spoke any English & as much as I thought I was fluent in Portuguese my buddies determined that I was “influent”. We were told to go to a club called Mirror, but no one knew what it was. We found out too late that it was pronounced Mehaho. The other one that stumped us was Parka de Bowla. We said it to three different cabbies & when we finally found out it was a huge horse racing facility that was less then 2 miles away that was hosting a huge World Cup party. It was... »
This is a photo from a Brazilian watch party. We were pretty much the only non-Brazilians & it was a lot of fun. Except, this was the game between Brazil & Cameroon and my friend Brian & I had bet on the over/under which was 3.5 total goals and had bet on the over. Meaning all we wanted was goals and needed at least 4 goals to win. Brazil scored first and everyone was happy! Then Cameroon scored and Brian & I were the only ones in the whole place that were happy. Let’s just say we got some curious looks as we high fived. We really wanted Cameroon to score so it would entice Brazil to score as many goals as possible & not just sit on a one or two goal lead. It worked... »
In USA Today, July 2, 2014 Joanie Schirm is a former chairman for the World Cup Orlando 1994 Host Committee. She discusses the 1994 World Cup and its impact on sports: In the last decade of the past millennium, I fondly remember the world’s most beloved sport – soccer (‘futbol’) – championship coming for the first time to America in 1994. My hometown Orlando, one of nine U.S. venues selected by the Federation de International Football Association (FIFA), hosted five matches in June and July. As volunteer chairman of our community host committee, I proudly watched Central Florida put our best foot forward to welcome the Dutch, Irish, Mexican, Moroccan, and Belgian team... »