Olá pessoal, na verdade isto é só um áudio mesmo. A única maneira que consegui para publicar este áudio foi inserindo-o como vídeo. É um texto muito legal sobre a Copa do Mundo. Vale a pena para enriqucer o vocabulário. Até semana que vem. Bye bye!!!
SOUTH AFRICA BETS ON 2010 WORLD CUP
I'm Barbara Klein. And I'm Bob Doughty with Explorations in VOA Special English.
A maker of luxury travel goods recently launched an advertisement campaign. Video and magazine ads show three men playing table football and laughing in a coffee shop in Madrid, Spain. They are Pele, Maradona and Zidane. Only one name identifies each of them to the world. They talk about football and life.
luxury travel goods: mercadorias de alto padrão
table football: futebol de mesa
The ad has gained much attention on the Web, possibly because it captures something about one sporting event. It says: "Three exceptional journeys. One historic game. "The game may be historic. But for football glory, the World Cup must be a part of the journey.
sporting event: evento esportivo
must be a part of: deve fazer parte de
The 2010 FIFA World Cup opens Friday in South Africa. It is the first time that the world's biggest sports event will be held in Africa. FIFA's head, Sepp Blatter, announced the decision six years ago to cheers and celebration.
will be held: será realizada
SEPP BLATTER: "The 2010 World Cup will be organized in South Africa (cheers)."
The World Cup is organized by FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The organization was established in 1904. FIFA is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Two hundred and eight national associations are members. That is more members than the United Nations.
is based in: ter sua sede em
FIFA's goal is to maintain the rules of football. It holds major competitions around the world for men, women and children. FIFA makes money mainly from television and product marketing. Last year, the group received income of more than one billion dollars.
rules: regras, normas
Football, called soccer in the United States, is probably the world's most popular sport. FIFA counts about 270 million male and female players and officials worldwide. Four percent of the world's population plays some form of football.
counts about: conta aproximadamente com
worldwide: em todo o mundo
some form of: algúm tipo de
Millions of players are registered with leagues and clubs. Germany has more registered players than any other country. China is now estimated to have the most total players. The United States has the most football officials. England, where the sport was born, has the most football clubs – over forty-two thousand.
to have the most: tem a maior quantidade de
was born: nasceu
over: mais de
Football is easy to play. All you need is a ball and open space. But at its highest level, football combines skill and physical conditioning. It has been called "the beautiful game". And the World Cup is where the beautiful game appears at its best – and sometimes its worst.
at its highest level: em seu nível mais elevado (futebol profissional)
at its best: em seu melhor
and sometimes its worst: e às vezes em seu pior
The 2010 World Cup has promised drama from the moment groups were announced last December. The competition is organized so the 32 teams play in 8 groups, each with 4 teams. Teams play their group opponents once. The top two teams in each group move on to the second stage.
promised drama: prometeu grupos de teatro
second stage: segunda etapa
Every World Cup has its "group of death", This is a four-team grouping that contains three or four strong teams – all with hopes of winning it all. In 2010, Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea share the "group of death". Brazil has won the World Cup five times and is ranked number one by FIFA. Portugal is ranked third in the world. And Ivory Coast has one of the world's best players, Didier Drogba.
group of death: grupo de alto risco
winning it all: ganhar ou ganhar
But Ivorian fans have been watching the news carefully recently. Drogba suffered a broken arm in a game against Japan last week. He is expected to play, but it is unclear how soon. If Drogba hopes to gain fame at the World Cup, he will have to fight injury before he faces a single defender.
Ivorian fans: os fãs ivorianos
broken arm: fratura no braço
he is expected to play: se espera que possa jogar
unclear how soon: pouco claro quando será
he will have to fight injury: terá que lidar com sua lesão
he faces: ele enfrenta
defender: jogador da defesa.
One match capturing world attention will be the United States against England on Saturday, June 12th. Sixty years ago, the Americans gained their biggest World Cup victory against England in Brazil.
England is a traditional football power and won the 1966 World Cup. The team is ranked eighth in the world. It has one of the world's best players, Wayne Rooney. But the United States is ranked fourteenth. Coach Bob Bradley believes he has a strong team.
ranked eighth: classificado em oitavo lugar
BOB BRADLEY: "[We have] Guys that have been to the World Cup before and have become real good leaders, some younger players that have played key roles throughout qualifying, some new players that came in late but still bring enthusiasm. And I think as a group there’s great character and we think that's one of our strengths."
key roles: lugares ou posições chave
came in late: ingressaram tarde
This year's United States team has a lot of international experience. Seven members on the team play in England. In all, nineteen play in foreign professional leagues.
professional leagues: ligas ou alianças profissionais.
Jozy Altidore has been called the United States’ biggest goal-scoring threat. But he may be slowed by an ankle injury. He is joined by three players appearing in their third World Cup. Among them is Landon Donovan. He holds the scoring and assist record for the national team. Besides England, the United States faces Slovenia and Algeria in group play.
goal-scoring threat: ameaça de gol
ankle injury: lesão no tornozelo
he holds the scoring and assist record: tem o recorde de gols e passes decisivos
Six African teams will be playing in the World cup. They are South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Cameroon is the highest ranked team and has been the most successful. In 1990 the Indomitable Lions, as they are called, defeated defending champion Argentina and reached the quarterfinals.
the highest ranked team: o time de mais alta classificação
indomitable lions: leões indomáveis
But possibly the biggest story of this year's World Cup is the history of the nation holding the huge event. South Africa is a nation of forty-nine million people and Africa’s biggest economy. But it also has struggled with racial division, poverty and high rates of HIV/AIDS infection.
has struggled with: tem lidado com
Danny Jordaan is the head of the South African Organizing Committee. He is also a former football player. And he is an activist who fought the policy of racial separation, called "apartheid". It existed in South Africa until the early nineteen nineties. He says hosting the World Cup will help unite the nation.
apartheid: divisão racial
DANNY JORDAAN: "The World Cup is beginning to plant the seeds, serving as a glue to bind the nation. And nation building, social cohesion, is an important outcome for us in this World Cup. And we are quite happy with what we have seen thus far."
to plant the seeds: a plantar as sementes
as a glue to bind the nation: como uma cola para ligar a nação
thus far: até agora.
Like the Olympics, the World Cup provides a good reason to build roads, railways and airports to manage the flow of visitors. New or updated hotels and sporting centers are also part of the preparations.
to manage the flow: administrar com o fluxo de visitantes
The South African government has invested an estimated twelve billion dollars during the past four years. That includes major improvements to the airport in Johannesburg and a new one billion dollar airport in Durban.
major improvements: melhoras fundamentais.
New or improved sports centers are another part of the costly preparations. South Africa has updated its stadium at Soccer City near the Soweto area of Johannesburg. The improved center can hold more than 94,000 screaming fans. The World Cup final will be held there on July 11th.
screaming fans: fanáticos
Speaking in his native Spanish, Argentina's coach and former player Diego Maradona praised the stadium.
coach and former player: treinador e ex-jogador
DIEGO MARADONA (Voiceover): "This stadium means a lot. It is a splendid stadium such as is only seen in a few places on earth."
on earth: no planeta
South Africa has also spent nearly two billion dollars to build five new stadiums, including one in the tourist center of Durban. A total of sixty-four matches will take place in ten stadiums around the country.
will take place: acontecerão
Security is also a main concern. South Africa will deploy 40,000 police officers. They must protect visitors from crime, fan disorder and terrorist threats. The government is spending nearly two billion dollars on security training and equipment.
Critics say the money could have been better spent helping poor people in the country. But South African President Jacob Zuma says holding the World Cup has brought development that will help the country for many years.
Thirty-two teams will start the World Cup in South Africa with dreams of reaching football glory. Possibly the biggest hero of the event will come from one of the traditional European or South American football powers. They include Italy, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. Those nations alone have won fourteen of the eighteen World Cups held since 1930.
football powers: potências do futebol
held since: realizadas desde
But there are other, less likely, heroes. Roger Milla was a star for the memorable team from Cameroon in 1990. At age thirty-eight he scored four goals as his team gave the best performance ever by a team from Africa.
less likely: menos provável
he scored four goals: fez quatro gols.
For one month, the drama of international football will play out in South Africa. New sports heroes will make history. But the greatest results could take place off the field.
will play out: se fará realidade
could take place off the field: podem ocorrer fora do campo
This program was written and produced by Mario Ritter with reporting from Scott Bobb and Parke Brewer. I'm Bob Doughty. And I'm Barbara Klein. Who do you think will win the World Cup?