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A literacy project themed on the Fifa World Cup in Brazil 2014

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

Name: Cristiano Ronaldo

Country: Portugal

Date of Birth: 5/2/85

Age: 29

Height: 6ft 1 inches

On Saturday night Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was part of the Real Madrid team which won a record 10th European Cup. He scored a penalty in a 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. The final was played in Lisbon where Ronaldo started a career that would take him to super stardom.

Ronaldo played for Sporting Lisbon before being spotted by Manchester United, who signed him in 2003.

It wasn't long before he became a big hero with United fans, inspiring the Red Devils to numerous trophies including the Premier League and Champions League with his outstanding displays and glorious goals.

In 2009 he moved to Real Madrid for what was then a world record fee. Since then his goal record has been amazing. In 2013 he won the Fifa/Ballon d'Or award for the best footballer in the world, having won it previously in 2008.

Ronaldo is Portugal's star player. He made his international debut in 2003 and won his 100th cap in 2012 against Northern Ireland.

Name: Andres Iniesta

Country: Spain

Date of Birth: 11/5/84

Age: 30

Height: 5ft 7 inches

Andres Iniesta will forever be a national hero in Spain. Four years ago the Barcelona midfielder hit the only goal of the World Cup final against Holland making his country world champions for the first time.

Just four years earlier in 2006, Iniesta won his first cap for Spain and has been a big player ever since helping the team to European Championship success in 2008 and 2012 as well as the World Cup in 2010.

For Barcelona Iniesta has also delivered playing in a team that has won every trophy possible including the Spanish League and Champions League.

Iniesta is one of the most respected footballers playing today.

World Cup history, 1966

England have only won the World Cup once and that was in 1966 when they hosted the tournament. In the final England played West Germany and won 4-2 with Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick. It remains the only time a player has scored three goals in a World Cup final. Martin Peters scored the other goal for England at Wembley that day.

World Cup venue cities


Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco in the north east of Brazil. It is located where the Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Recife, which is Portuguese for reef, has inherited an architectural legacy that eventually led to the nickname 'the Brazilian Venice'. The World Cup stadium in this football-mad city is called Arena Pernambuco.

Game to watch: June 20 – Italy v Costa Rica


The Estadio Da Baixada is where the World Cup games will be played in Curitiba. The city was declared the capital of the state of Parana in 1853. Curitiba is now the most populous city in the southern region of Brazil, with 1.8m inhabitants, and stands right at the centre of a metropolitan area whose economy ranks fourth in terms of contribution to the country's gross national product.

Game to watch: June 23 – Australia v Spain

Pupil view

Name: Lewis Gowdy

Age: 11

School: Towerview Primary School, Bangor

Which sports do you take part in?

I am the captain of the school football team and I also compete for my school at cross-country running, athletics and tag rugby. This term I am participating in cycling proficiency and doing my personal survival swimming badge.

Which football team/s do you support?

I support Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Who is your favourite footballer?

My favourite footballer is Cristiano Ronaldo.

What is your favourite or most memorable football moment?

I scored the goal in the final of the Willis Cup for my local team Castle Juniors.

Which country do you predict will win the World Cup?

I think Brazil have the strongest chance, especially as the host nation.

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