TEFL ESL EFL TESL Conversation Topics Questions and discussion points about The World Cup Brazil 2014

The World Cup

  • What is your opinion of the decision to hold the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014?
  • Would you like to go to Brazil to watch the tournament, or are you put off by stories of high crime rates?
  • In December 2013 there were a lot of rumours on the internet claiming that the draw was fixed or manipulated in some way. What is your opinion?
  • Do you think your country is in a good group?
  • At least two groups have been labelled "Group of Death". Which one deserves the title?
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana and United States
  • Which matches do you expect to watch on TV?
  • During what hours will the matches be played in your timezone?
  • Which do you think is the most important or exciting - the World Cup or the Olympics? Why?
  • The world cup takes place every four years. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of holding it (a) more frequently and (b) less frequently?
  • How do you feel about important matches being decided on penalties? Do you enjoy watching penalty shootouts? Can you think of a better system?


  • In your country do people find time to watch matches when they should be working or studying? How?
  • All the matches should be available on-line along with the scores. How would you react if your employer filtered your internet access so that you could not obtain this information?
  • How do you prefer to watch matches if you are not at the stadium? At home alone, at home with friends, in a bar/pub, on a giant screen in the street ...
  • Hooliganism is frequently a problem at football matches. Why do you think that football has this problem?
  • What steps can the organisers take to reduce hooliganism's impact at the World Cup?
  • What do you think of the idea that international football matches are really a substitute for war?
  • How do you react if your team scores a goal?
  • In many sports in the US there are teams of cheerleaders who lead the cheering. What do you think of this practice?


  • Which teams do you expect to do well, and which team do you think could win next year? Why?
  • What is your opinion of your country's football team?
  • How well did they do in the last competition?
  • Different countries are said to have different playing styles. How would you describe: Brazil, Italy, England, Spain.
  • If you were in Brazil and could only watch one match - which two teams would you like to see play against each other.
  • Do you think that each team's national manager or coach should be a native of that country? Why, why not?


  • Which international players do you expect to shine?
  • Who do you think is the best player in the world at the moment?
  • Who do you think was the best player of all time?
  • Which players from your national team do you expect to do well?
  • Are there any players from your country who you feel should be playing but who have not been selected?

The competition so far

Useful after 12 June 2014
  • What is the best goal you have seen so far?
  • What has been the silliest goal so far?
  • Which teams do you think are playing the best at the moment?
  • What do you think is the most surprising result so far? Why?
  • Some teams have had internal troubles. Which teams had or are having the most problems and what are they?
  • What stories have your heard about: England, Spain, France?
  • What do you think about the standard of the refereeing?
  • What do you think has been the worst referring decision so far?
  • Would you like to see some technological system introduced to help referees when they make decisions? What sort of technological system?
  • Have there been many professional fouls in the games you have seen?
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