Google’s new World Cup 2014 doodle on Friday continues the trend from Thursday by celebrating the spirit of football and steering clear from the controversy the ‘Streets of Rio’ doodle raised on Wednesday which depicted the favelas of the city and received sharp criticism from people the world over.
Fans had blasted Google for being ‘insensitive’ towards the plight of the favelas with Wednesday’s World Cup 2014 doodle, and Thursday’s doodle was aimed at mitigating the damage to some extent with a renewed focus on football, and the letter ‘G’ performing ‘keepy uppies’ with the ball.
Come Friday and Google has continued the football focus with the World Cup 2014 doodle. This time around, the second ‘G’ continues to play football, showcasing its dribbling skills against the second ‘O’ and the ‘L’ (all of which are stick figures. The other letters continue to look on as the dribbling continues. It was created by animator Sophie Diao who is shown studying the finer points of the game in Sao Paolo’s Football Museum on the doodle World Cup 2014 homepage. Users too can visit the museum through the Google Cultural Institute’s interactive exhibition.
Dribbling is by far considered one of the most important skill sets that a football can have, with the likes of Robin Van Persie (Netherlands), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Thomas Mueller (Germany) already proving how lethal it can be in the twentieth edition of the World Cup 2014.
Friday’s World Cup 2014 doodle (number 19) is visible to most of the world, except parts of Northern, Eastern, and Western Africa. Clicking on the doodle shows search results for World Cup 2014. This includes the latest upcoming games and results widgets and all the news from what can be considered the biggest sporting event in the world.
While defending champions Spain crashed out unceremoniously after playing two games of the World Cup 2014, England now are on the brink of elimination after having lost to Uruguay 2-1 in the game on Thursday, and will have to hope that Italy defeat Uruguay and Costa Rica to have any hopes of progressing into the round of 16. Hosts Brazil, however, have been favoured to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for a record sixth time and a first at home this time around.