World Cup Roundup: Chinese football fan dies from lack of sleep +...

World Cup Roundup: Chinese football fan dies from lack of sleep + WC Camel plumps for Portugal


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  • Chinese fan found dead after successive sleepless nights watching Brazil 2014
  • Shaheen the camel predicts Germany v Portugal
  • ‘Rivaldo’s Gamble’ – One perfect, one right score, and one near miss!

Chinese death linked to World Cup

A 25-year-old Chinese man has been found dead in his apartment by the authorities, with reports claiming the football fan died of sleep deprivation after staying up to watch the World Cup in successive nights.


Found in front of his TV, hours after Spain’s horror 5-1 defeat to Holland, and if the reports are true, the man becomes yet another example of death by football during a major tournament in China.

In 2012, Chinese football fan Jiang Xiaoshan died after going eleven straight nights without sleep to watch the European Championship in Poland/Ukraine, and there were other reported problems with exhausted fans during the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Another explanation is that he was a Spanish fan, and the sight of Fernando Torres in another World Cup was just too much for him to handle!

World Cup camel plumps for Portugal!

‘Rivaldo’s Gamble’ – Beat Soccerlens at predicting Brazil 2014

Brazilian legend Rivaldo took the ultimate gamble in the 2002 World Cup, hurling himself to the floor in what was a successful attempt to get an opposition player sent off; and now you have the chance to indulge in similarly heart-pumping risk taking, taking on Soccerlens in the SuperBru 2014 World Cup Prediction Game, and if you come out on top in the Soccerlens pool at the end of the tournament, you win a £100 Amazon gift card!


Be sure to check the World Cup roundups for our latest predictions, and links to the game. It’s free to join, and comes with no balls booted at you by over-zealous Turks.

Soccerlens’ Tom Predictions for World Cup Day Five:

I was so close with my last predictions, with my 2-1 Swiss score starting me off, my 4-0 France prediction just one short of two for two, and Bosnia did me proud, but couldn’t get that 1-1 draw I wanted!

Today I’m going for…

Germany 2-1 Portugal Should be a fascinating game, but the Germans should pip their European neighbours.

Iran 1-1 Nigeria Perhaps the very first draw of Brazil 2014?

Ghana 0-1 USA Tight, but I think the first soccer match for USA will see them nick it at the end.

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  1. I’m gonna put that one down as a victory to me in the predictions then Tom, because all 3 of my results were right and 2 of my scores were spot on. I got the Swiss and the French right on the money and just needed Ivory Coast to net a third for three in three :)

  2. German 2 vs Portugal 2, USA 0 vs Ghana 0, Nigeria 2 vs Iran 1

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