ESPN + ABC to Broadcast all 64 Games! This is AWESOME news. In the past we've struggled to get obscure matches broadcast on regular channels. For the first World Cup ever, the US will get every game on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. The 2010 World Cup South Africa kicks off June 11 and the final match is July 11.
Diem Chau was commissioned by Wieden + Kennedy to carve 66 crayons for Nike's promotion of World Cup 2010. More here.
What's harder than returning Nadal's serve, hitting a Clemens fastball or tossing a Manning bros. level touchdown pass?
It could be said that the World Cup really starts during the knock-out stages. What was going on for the last couple of weeks was more like the "World's Soccer Fair." At least I'd like to think of it this way after watching games like Slovenia vs. Algeria, New Zealand vs. Slovakia or Cameroon vs. Netherlands (where Cameroon had no chances at all) and Brazil vs. Portugal with both teams qualified for the next round. I'm not dismissing any of these teams, since after 4 years they all merited to...
The World Cup's opening ceremony has taken place at Soccer City just outside Johannesburg, featuring local dance troupes and a giant dung beetle...
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.
Sorry, its just too good not to post.
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...
via AdAge Argentina's Head Coach Diego Maradona declared that if his team won the World Cup, he would streak nude through the streets of Buenos Aires. Well, the trend is catching on.
The Red Coats are Coming
It wouldn't really be important if Jon Stewart's Daily Show didn't have something to say about the World Cup.
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.
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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!
RATINGS RAT RACE: It's World Cup Fever With ESPN & Univision Viewing Records
One of the funniest skits about soccer. In case you haven't seen.
Bracket via ESPN DOWNLOAD: Official Excel Template for 2010 World Cup Bracket
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:
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.....
Check out the link, where Ivory Coast coach lends some support to those complaining goalkeepers and speaks out against the Jabulani ball.
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?
Interactive Photographic A really cool timeline about which players were mentioned the most times on Facebook updates each day of the World Cup. You can trace almost every memorable event in every game based on what people were talking about.
I personally don't owe him an apology because as soon as the plane left Argentina for South Africa, I was done criticizing and started rooting for the team, regardless of who was in it. Nyeeeh! ;p
Honestly, I have no clue. I think it was one of the smartest plays in WC history. Game on the line. If that ball goes in, you're going home. You sacrifice yourself to a red card (and the next game against Holland), but you give your goalie and the Fates an opportunity. So, is he another Henry who gave his country an opportunity or a FairPlay offender to its very definition? Uruguay - Ghana
Not only am I ecstatic that my favorite team moved on to the semifinals, but I'm also so excited to see a team that's not Brazil in the semis! Just like supporting the Yankees, rooting for Brazil was like rooting for gravity. No longer.
This reminded me of a few games this last World Cup.
Sepp Blatter apologized to England and Mexico for the wrong calls, said goal line technology would be discussed in the future, but no instant replays.
Yes, even more 3D.
If you happened to be watching Brazil vs. Portugal, you might have noticed something weird in keeper Julio Cesar's back after he and Meirelles collided. It was some kind of steel rod support for his injured back. According to FIFA article 4, it's illegal for players to wear any kind of equipment that can be dangerous to the player wearing it or to others. This is the reason players can't wear chains around their necks, or rings in their fingers, since these things can get caught with other pl...
The North Koreans won 1-0. Who knew?
Nobody anywhere calls the sport "soccer". But here we are, the only ones in South Africa that do not call it some variation on foot and ball. And of course, if you've pondered this before, you are probably equally befuddled that the game we call football is not even played with one's foot in the first place. American football ought to be called handball...