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This feature has been specially written for those thousands of school children from across Northern Ireland who are taking part in the Belfast Telegraph’s literacy project themed on the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.


Name: Luis Suarez

Country: Uruguay

Date of Birth: 24/1/87

Age: 27

Height: 5ft 11 inches

Luis Suarez is one of the most famous and controversial footballers in the world. He is also one of the best.

The Liverpool forward is a goal scoring machine who defenders fear. Revered by Liverpool supporters he is loved even more by the people of Uruguay, who see him as their big World Cup hope.

Suarez began his career in his home country with Nacional before moving to Groningen in Holland in 2006. A year later he joined Dutch giants Ajax and became a sensation, scoring over 100 goals for the club in double quick time.

That form earned him a move to Liverpool in January 2011 and he has continued to deliver helping the Reds finish second place in the Premier League last season and winning a host of individual awards.

Brilliantplayer that he is, Suarez can also be a bad boy. In 2013 he was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a game.

Suarez made his Uruguay debut in 2007 and has been a fixture in the squad ever since



Name: Vincent Kompany

Country: Belgium

Date of Birth: 10/4/86

Age: 28

Height: 6ft 4 inches

Vincent Kompany is the inspirational captain of Premier League champions Manchester City.

He is also the skipper of Belgium.

He made his first international appearance in 2004, aged just 17. He is highly respected in his own country and all around the world for his attitude on and off the pitch.

He joined City from Hamburg in 2006 having begun his career with Anderlecht and has won every domestic trophy with the Manchester side.

Kompany is well known for his defending, but he is also capable of scoring vital goals and did just that last season when City won the title on the final day of the campaign.


In 2010 the World Cup was staged in Africa for the first time. South Africa was awarded the honour to host the tournament which was won by Spain for the first time in their history. The Spanish beat Holland 1-0 in the final ridding themselves of the tag 'great World Cup under-achievers'. The winning goal was scored by Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.



Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most famous city in Brazil. Founded in 1565 Rio, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games, was the capital of the country from 1763 to 1960. It is Brazil's most popular tourist destination and is located between a tropical forest andmany wonderful beaches. Its most iconic sites areSugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Rio carnival is one of the most famous in the world as is the Maracana football stadium which staged the deciding game of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, who emerged victorious.

Game to watch: July 13 – The World Cup final


Cuiaba was established in 1719 during the Brazilian Gold Rush and is the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. It is located in the centre of South America and is 1,242 miles from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The gateway to many of Brazil’s natural wonders, such as the Amazon rainforest, the savannahs of the Cerrado and the wetlands of the Pantanal, Cuiaba is often called the “Green City.” The football stadium in the city is called Estadio Pantanal.

Game to watch: June 24 – Japan v Colombia



Name: Jack Magowan

Age: 10

School: Whiteabbey Primary School

Which sports do you take part in?

Football and Rugby.

Which football team/s do you support?

Arsenal and N. Ireland.

Who is your favourite footballer?

Messi or Ozil.

What is your favourite or most |memorable football moment?

Arsenal winning the FA cup in extra time and me taking part in the school football team playing both keeper and defender.

Which country do you predict will win the World Cup?


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