Marquette University News Release

Experts available: 2014 World Cup in Brazil, June 12-July 13

June 2, 2014

Brazil will welcome 32 top national soccer teams and fans from all over the world to the World Cup, June 12-July 13. As the eyes of the world — and a growing number of Americans — focus on “the beautiful game,” Marquette University has a wide variety of experts available to help you with your World Cup news coverage.

Please feel free to contact any of our experts directly; you’re also welcome to contact Brian Dorrington ( or 414-288-4719) in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

International soccer
Louis Bennett
Men’s soccer head coach
A native of Bristol, England, Bennett has been the Golden Eagles’ head coach since 2006. His son, Marquette sophomore midfielder Louis Bennett II, recently was selected to attend a training camp with the U.S. Under-20 national team.
Office: (414) 288-3069
Cell: (414) 313-3325

Markus Roeders
Women’s soccer head coach
A native of Idstedt, Germany, Roeders has been the Golden Eagles’ head coach since 1996. Both Roeders and Bennett can discuss the growth of American soccer and the World Cup chances of their respective home countries’ national teams.
Office: (414) 288-7414
Cell: (414) 313-0249

Marcelo Santos
Men’s soccer assistant coach
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Santos is headed back to his home country to experience the World Cup in person. He is available for interviews prior to his departure on June 20. Santos can discuss the cultural significance of the World Cup returning to Brazil, and the passion Brazilian fans feel for the game and their national team.
Office: (414) 288-4452
Cell: (414) 801-0807

U.S. soccer fans
Chris Engel
Chapter President, AO Milwaukee
Engel, a 2011 graduate of Marquette’s College of Business Administration and 2012 alumnus of the Graduate School of Management, is going to Brazil with the “American Outlaws,” a national group of passionate soccer fans dedicated to supporting the U.S. team. He will be in Brazil from June 13 -29, but is available before he leaves or after he returns.
Cell: 414-418-1024

Activism in Brazil
Dr. Jessica Rich
Political science professor
Dr. Rich, who recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tulane University, will join Marquette’s political science department as a professor for the fall semester. An expert on activism and political mobilization in Brazil, she is available for media interviews and can be contacted through Marquette’s Office of Marketing and Communication.

Economy of Brazil
Dr. Abdur Chowdhury
Chair and Professor of Economics
Dr. Chowdhury is a former chief economist of the United Nations Economic Commission in Europe and an expert in international finance, and global economic issues. He can discuss the challenges and opportunities of Brazil’s emerging economy.
Office: (414) 288-6915
Home: (262) 293-9286
Cell: (262) 853-8759

Sports Marketing
Dr. Felicia Miller
Assistant professor of marketing
Dr. Miller is an expert on sports marketing, branding and endorsements. What will the World Cup do for businesses, both locally and across the U.S.? With an exhibition match between Mexico’s Chivas and the English Premier League’s Swansea City AFC coming to Miller Park in July, how is soccer growing in Milwaukee? Note: Prof. Miller will not be available until July.
Office: (414) 288-8068
Cell: (513) 708-2483

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Brian Dorrington

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