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“I Belong To Jesus” Brazilian Soccer Star “Kaka” Reveals

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Soccer megastar Kaká (real name: Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite), who has won every major soccer award there is including being named the FIFA World Player of the Year, says it’s all about being first place when he’s on the field but there is someone in his life he would gladly lose to.

“I use a few phrases to let people know a little bit about who I am,” says Kaká in an I Am Second video posted ahead of the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil Thursday evening. “One of them is I belong to Jesus, which is a phrase I always wear on a shirt during the most important moments of my professional career.”

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Kaká, who has a habit of pointing two fingers up to the sky to thank God after a goal – which brings to mind for many Americans Tim Tebow’s signature “Tebowing,” or his kneeling with his fist to a bowed head to thank God for a touchdown – says his religious t-shirt and finger pointing is “simply to tell the world that I belong to Jesus.”

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In the second half of the I Am Second video, Kaká says in the soccer world he is always competing to win and be first place. But when he meditates on God’s word, it becomes apparent to him that “Jesus [is] in first place.”

“Because even though I am playing against others, and it is important to get there and win, I believe that Jesus is much more important than all of that,” says the 32-year-old soccer star.

“In my whole life, Jesus is in first place,” he says. “That’s why I put that inside my cleats, Jesus in first place, because that is how I think.”

Kaká is Brazilian and he is a devout evangelical Christian and is a member of the Sao Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church. His wife, Caroline Celico, was a former pastor at the Reborn in Christ Church, joining the church after she began to date the soccer player. During the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup final, Kaká and some of his teammates on the Brazil team wore t-shirts that read, “Jesus Loves You.”

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Kaká will not play on the Brazil team this year during the World Cup , with sports news reports commenting that Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari opted for a younger squad.

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Neymar Strikes Twice As Brazil Beats Croatia 3-1 On The 1st Game Of World Cup 2014

Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.

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Brazil had a disastrous start when defender Marcelo found his own net while trying to clear a low cross by Ivica Olic in the 11th minute, but Neymar then showed why the nation’s high hopes are all pinned on him.


The 22-year-old forward equalized in the 29th by clearing a defender near midfield before making a run toward the edge of the area and firing a low shot that hit the post before going in.

Brazil was then awarded a disputed penalty in the 71st minute after striker Fred went down inside the area under light contact, and Neymar scored the winner from the spot. Oscar slotted in the third in injury time.

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Opening Ceremony Of World Cup 2014 (Photos)

Thousands of fans turned out to the Arena de Sao Paulo in Brazil this evening as the opening ceremony of the World Cup got underway.The ceremony started with children, dressed in the colours of the 32 nations, bouncing on trampolines as performers dressed as trees walked around the centre of the stadium.

Celebrations centred around a gigantic globe situated in the middle of the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo and performers – dressed in an array of colourful outfits and costumes – danced in front of the crowd.


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Nigeria,Cameroon & Ivory Coast Qualify For 2014 World Cup

Ivory Coast joined Nigeria in the World Cup finals on Saturday after a 1-1 draw against Senegal gave them a 4-2 aggregate win on a tense night in neutral Casablanca.

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Ivory Coast reached a third successive World Cup but they had to survive a tense conclusion to their play-off second leg clash after Senegal had gone ahead 1-0 on the night through a 77th-minute penalty by substitute Moussa Sow after the lively Sadio Mane was fouled by Didier Drogba.

Another goal would have put Senegal through on away goals but Ivory Coast finished on top when Salomon Kalou drew his team level in stoppage time courtesy of a quick counter attack just moments after Kara Modji failed to double Senegal’s lead from six yards.

In a match played in Casablanca after Senegal were punished for crowd trouble at home, Ivory Coast attacked from onset, forcing the Senegalese to concede two corners in the first five minutes.

Idrissa Gueye of Senegal fired at the Ivorian goal from the edge of the box after 13 minutes, but the ball sailed wide.

In the 18th minute, goalkeeper Boubacar Barry did well to keep out a Senegal free-kick as the home team pressed for an opening goal.

Gervinho, from Italian club Roma, continued to be a serious threat to the Senegalese defence with his tricky down the flanks.

In the 34th minute, Papis Cisse fired at goal for Senegal, but his snap shot again did not trouble goalkeeper Barry.

Yaya Toure was denied a goal in the 42nd minute when he got into the box and fired at goal but a Senegal defender got his foot to block the shot for a corner.

Sadio Mane came close to giving Senegal the lead in the 63rd minute but his shot sailed wide off target.

Senegal continued to pile on the pressure after their penalty in the 77th minute for the goal that would have qualified them for the World Cup, but it was not to be.

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On Saturday, Nigeria qualified for a fifth World Cup after beating Ethiopia 2-0 a home in Calabar for a 4-1 winning aggregate.

Victor Moses gave the home team the lead after 20 minutes when he tucked away a penalty after Anyalem Hailu handled the ball inside his box.

Substitute Victor Obinna doubled Nigeria’s lead on 82 minutes when he fired home a free-kick to kill off the game and the tie.

The reigning African champions march on to their fifth World Cup finals having also featured at the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 tournaments.

But the Super Eagles’ display on Saturday inside the packed 15,000-capacity UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar was laboured and, until Obinna’s late goal, Ethiopia were still in with a chance.


Two second half goals from Jean Makoun saw Cameroon to a comfortable 4-1 win over Tunisia to book their place in the World Cup finals for an African record seventh time.

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