And so it begins. With the Premier League decided, the FA Cup Final done and dusted and only the Championship Play-Off Final and the Champions’ League Final remaining of the 2013/14 season, we look beyond the concerns of mere domestic clubs to consider the national game in the home of the beautiful game. Yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a World Cup tournament coming up this summer and it will be held in Brazil.
To kick off the tournament, a person with paralysis will deliver the ceremonial first kick. They will be equipped with a mind-controlled exoskeleton on their leg, a cutting-edge technology that could transform the lives of millions of people.
As ceremonial openings go, it’s definitely a world away from Diana Ross missing an open goal. The mind-controlled leg will probably be more accurate.
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