Rio De Janeiro: The fever of FIFA World Cup has finally gripped the world and apart from matches some other events are hogging the lime light. india TV brings some of them.No. 3 is my favorite numberGhana captain Asamoah Gyan was sporting a stylish hairstyle before his team's matchup against the U.S., with a blonde No. 3 dyed into the right side of his head.\u00a0 \u00a0Coincidentally, Ghana will be trying to beat the Americans for the third straight time at the World Cup on Monday, following victories in 2006 and 2010 that sent the U.S. home.\u00a0 \u00a0Gyan has worn the No. 3 on his head before. It's also his jersey number, which had been handed over to him by older brother Baffour, a former national team player and his role model.\u00a0 \u00a0"It's my favorite number," Gyan said. "It's a powerful number."DESERVING SHAQIRI?\u00a0 \u00a0When a player wins a man of the match award at the World Cup, he's usually showered with a mixture of adulation and congratulations by the media.\u00a0 \u00a0Not so Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland's squat playmaker.\u00a0 \u00a0"Do you really think you deserved to be man of the match?" was the first question directed to Shaqiri in his news conference after Switzerland's 2-1 win over Ecuador on Sunday.\u00a0 \u00a0Shaqiri looked taken aback at first. He then let out a little laugh.\u00a0 \u00a0"That's an excellent joke," he said.\u00a0 \u00a0But the questioner, a member of the German press, wasn't laughing.\u00a0 \u00a0"I think I did a great match today," Shaqiri added. "Others had to decide on this award. I am very proud to receive the award."\u00a0 \u00a0It was hardly one of Shaqiri's best displays, but the same can be said of the rest of his Switzerland teammates after a sub-par performance against Ecuador that was rescued by substitute Haris Seferovic's last-gasp winner.\u00a0\u00a0KLOSE CLOSE\u00a0The fact that Miroslav Klose could become the top all-time scorer in World Cup history won't influence Germany coach Joachim Loew.\u00a0 \u00a0Klose, the 36-year-old forward, has 14 goals in 19 World Cup matches, just one short of Brazil's Ronaldo.\u00a0 \u00a0But Loew said that this does not automatically mean he would play Klose in Brazil.\u00a0 \u00a0The record "is very important for the team and him personally," Loew said. "But as a coach, those statistics are secondary and do not mean he would be included in the lineups."\u00a0 \u00a0Klose is the only classic forward on the German team. But Loew has been favoring a "false nine" system, with attacking midfielders taking on the role of scorers, in the likes of Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze.\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0FOND FAREWELLSeveral hundred Brazilian fans waited hours Sunday to greet the national team as it left for the match against Mexico in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.\u00a0 \u00a0Many dressed in the green and yellow colors of Brazil, the fans gathered outside the team's training camp to show their support to the players. The crowd waved flags frantically and chanted as the bus carrying the squad passed by.\u00a0 \u00a0Some tried to take photos of their favorite players.\u00a0 \u00a0Fans had to wait outside the gates because they are not allowed to enter the team's training camp in the mountainous city of Teresopolis, located about an hour away from Rio de Janeiro.\u00a0 \u00a0More than 15 vehicles followed the Brazilian delegation in the trip to Rio's airport, including some belonging to police and even the army.\u00a0 \u00a0Brazil will play Mexico on Tuesday.HOT RUNNINGIt's hot in Manaus. It's humid in Manaus. And on Sunday, it was race day in Manaus.\u00a0 \u00a0About 1,000 runners competed in a dual 5 kilometer-10 kilometer road race in the jungle city, jogging through the high temperatures of the late morning, with most wearing yellow or green T-shirts made for the event.\u00a0 \u00a0The race, the 22nd Corrida Rustica, finishes at a marine base on the outskirts of town and celebrates a June 11, 1865, naval battle victory over Paraguay.\u00a0 \u00a0And the racers, many of them military personnel, certainly got a feel for the service with a naval band in white uniforms playing music as runners crossed the finish line and collected their medals.\u00a0 \u00a0The only thing better than a medal around the neck for the finishers was perhaps a cup full of cold water.\u00a0 \u00a0 RIVALS COMPETINGMexico and Brazil did not wait until Tuesday, when they face each other in a Group A match, and took their rivalry to the social networks.\u00a0 \u00a0The Brazilian federation challenged its Mexican counterpart to see which country arrives with the most followers for the day of the game.\u00a0 \u00a0"Congratulations for yesterday, (at)miseleccionmx! What about a game here on Twitter? Let's see who gets to the match with more followers..." the CBF posted Saturday night.\u00a0 \u00a0The Mexican federation quickly accepted, and the game is on.\u00a0 \u00a0The loser will donate a team jersey signed by the players to a charity of the winner*s choice.\u00a0 "The bet is on against Brazil on Twitter, let's see who gets the most followers, even there we want to win," wrote the Mexican manager, Miguel Herrera.\u00a0 \u00a0The battle is a close one. Brazil had 1,615,061 followers, while Mexico had 1,665,931.EVERYBODY'S `PERSIEING'First there was planking and Tebowing. Now a spectacular World Cup goal has spawned "Persieing."\u00a0 \u00a0In what is sure to be one of the goals of the tournament in Brazil, Netherlands captain Robin van Persie flung himself at a long pass and headed the ball over Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas to level the score at 1-1 just before halftime of the teams' Group B opener. The Netherlands went on to win 5-1 in one of the shocks of the tournament so far.\u00a0 \u00a0The flying Dutchman's momentum sent him sliding on his belly across the damp turf of Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova, his arms stretched out to either side.\u00a0 \u00a0Fans wasted no time photographing themselves -- and even their babies -- in similar poses and posting them online, giving birth to the "Persieing" meme.\u00a0 \u00a0 NEYMAR'S HAIRBrazil star Neymar clearly isn't superstitious when it comes to his hair.\u00a0 \u00a0After scoring twice in victory to open the World Cup, Neymar showed up with a new style at the squad's training session Sunday. So did left back Dani Alves, his Barcelona teammate.\u00a0 \u00a0Neymar's head was shaved on the sides, with the front dyed blond. Alves' shorter cut had a grayish tinge to it.\u00a0 \u00a0Neymar has been known to constantly change his hairstyle during tournaments. Alves also shows up with different haircuts from time to time.\u00a0 \u00a0Brazil will play its second World Cup match against Mexico on Tuesday in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.