Notice how it seems like every player is wearing the same cleats this year? Well, according to Nike almost 40% of the World Cup roster is sporting their new Mercurial Vapor VI boots. Originally endorsed by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, the colorful kicks are catching on for more than their fashion-savvy model.
He could also be a great Butterfinger sponsor, or some kind of lube product, as well as.... well, butter.
This article aggregates a lot of things that have been said about the World Cup experience this year (South Africa's infrastructure, low scoring games, uninteresting first round match-ups, etc). I've noticed in a few broadcasts that upper seating areas are not filled to capacity and maybe the vuvuzelas make up for this. I think this will change once the Knock-out stages begin, but Nick Webster has a point:
It wouldn't really be important if Jon Stewart's Daily Show didn't have something to say about the World Cup.
North Koreans Not Known for Their Jetsetting This article from Deadspin does a bit of investigating into exactly who the DPRK fans are.
The greatest tournament of the world is coming up this week and, let's be honest here, I am very excited.
I'm somewhat of a skeptic when it comes to the "advantages" (the quotation marks should indicate the tone I'm taking) of a new ball. What's wrong with having a man made ball with slight imperfections and differences? So much of the game depends on the moment (of truth or shame) and everything leading up to it anyways, that to bring technology into different areas of the sport seems like tiny steps into that ever looming 5th referee and instant replays that will take the human factor out of th...
This is the best source for this video I've found. It's a great commercial and it gets us really pumped for the upcoming
Sorry, its just too good not to post.
The Red Coats are Coming
U.S. 23-man World Cup roster Goalkeepers
Google, being the practical pranksters, decided to add a vuvuzela button on YouTube videos. Just click on that little soccer ball and the music of the vuvuzela will drown out whatever you're watching!
Caught this shot on my Univision transmission of the Germany - Ghana game in Soccer City's brand new stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.... That is picture perfect!
Something not mentioned in the article is the amount of money the foreign coaches make compared to local salaries.
14 photos of fans gone nuts.
Two Points for Flinching? I wish... In a game marred by a terrible start by the US and a the worst call in World Cup history by the referee as he called back the US's winning goal in the 88th minute.... The bright spot of the match.
This is a great piece and haven't seen anyone else raise the issue. A few facts: 450,000 fans are expected to travel to South Africa for the World Cup.
If you're lucky enough to be in South Africa for the World Cup, check out this blog post for a great list of things to do and check out while you're there. What would you do?
By the? underground, for the underground. This was made anonymously for the love of the sport and its ability to touch the whole world, if but for just a moment. Football, soccer, whatever - a rose by any other name would smell as sweet - no organization, no nation, no flag can overshadow its grace. It is all about our love for the Beautiful Game.
14 different salads? Are you kidding me?
What's harder than returning Nadal's serve, hitting a Clemens fastball or tossing a Manning bros. level touchdown pass?
Bracket via ESPN DOWNLOAD: Official Excel Template for 2010 World Cup Bracket
The World Cup's opening ceremony has taken place at Soccer City just outside Johannesburg, featuring local dance troupes and a giant dung beetle...
Or at the least, Sexy Has Been in Lisbon! There are definitely ladies (Kardashians, Hiltons, et al) that have made the journey to South Africa for more than the matches.....
I've been curious to watch one of these famed '3D' games for a while now. Last April at NAB, I attended several 3D panels and folks from ESPN suggested that one of the strongest experiences that would bring 3D into the home would be live sports. I've missed opportunities to watch the PGA Masters broacasts, and NCAA games, but being a hardcore Soccer (Futbol) fan, I've been most excited about this possibility. It did not disappoint, but not without some concessions. I will be as detailed as po...
In the news this past couple of days, we've heard of about 10 Argentine hooligans being deported back to Argentina before the start of the World Cup. I'm glad for the South African authorities showing that they have a firm grasp of security leading up to Friday's kick-off, and that the inter-agency cooperation between countries was a serious one.
He looks stronger than almost any other player out there and he's only 25. I won't comment on his looks since I'm not a teenage girl, but this article puts him into context with other American athletes, Kobe, Terrell, A-Rod.
So, in the 1966 World Cup, held in England and won by the host, there was a similar occurrence to last Sunday's Gerrard's disallowed goal. They are still talking about this apparently, so it can be categorized under Karma.
Holy Trinity important.
Satisfy your Rooney cravings
Check out the link, where Ivory Coast coach lends some support to those complaining goalkeepers and speaks out against the Jabulani ball.
Cool infographic about the history of improvements in ball and shoe design across the world cup years.
Posted with permission via HereComeTheYanks.com The pre-tournament friendlies are over. The training camp in Pretoria, South Africa, has become their home. They are tweeting and answering interviewers with the same general statement...Training camp has gone extremely well, everyone is healthy, and they're ready for England.
This is a weird article. What about the other teams?