FIFA opens up its World Cup archive for bored football fans stuck at home due to coronavirus outbreak… with people able to vote for which games are shown back in full
- Football fans now have some salvation when it comes to watching matches
- FIFA have opened up their archives of classic footage from the across the eras
- Fans will be able to vote for the matches they want to watch back in full
- The first round of voting focuses on matches from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
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Times feel rather bleak right now, with life drastically altered due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus. Football fans are looking to fill the void in their lives, and FIFA are hopeful of providing the answer.
With a complete suspension across football until at least April 30, fans are left unable to fill their craving to watch the beautiful game, leading FIFA to open the archives and bring back classic fixtures from yesteryear.
Taking to social media on Friday, the footballing body revealed fans will soon be able to watch highlights of classic World Cup matches from across the eras, while also voting for the chance to watch specific fixtures in full.
A trip down memory lane will be in order for fans who wish to watch classic World Cup clashes
A voting system will be in place for fans to vote for which games they wish to see in full
‘As many are facing isolation as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA has launched a new initiative to help bring football home, namely the release of a video match archive across multiple content channels, until regular football activities are restored across the world,’ wrote FIFA on their website.
Full match replays of more than 30 classic ties from the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup are to be published for the first time on FIFA.com, the FIFA YouTube channel and also Chinese social media platform Weibo as from Saturday 21 March.
The replays will be specially curated in order to involve the supporters, providing an immersive experience with social media engagement.
Among the iconic matches is the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina
FIFA are promoting with the hashtag #WorldCupatHome to encourage fans to stay indoors
FIFA have confirmed they will re-broadcast the games until further notice, leading up to the eventual return of the football calendar.
A series of classic matches are teased in the promotional footage, including Brazil’s iconic 2002 World Cup victory over Germany, and Die Mannschaft’s retribution over South American foe when beating Argentina in 2014.
The opening votes include the option for fans to vote for three matches from the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, namely the group stage encounter involving Spain and Holland, hosts Brazil against Colombia in the quarter-finals and the showpiece…