What's harder than returning Nadal's serve, hitting a Clemens fastball or tossing a Manning bros. level touchdown pass?
The Red Coats are Coming
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.....
Diem Chau was commissioned by Wieden + Kennedy to carve 66 crayons for Nike's promotion of World Cup 2010. More here.
The folks behind culinary phenomenon Kogi BBQ are at it again. This time they have food trucks operating in LA and NYC, allowing you to enjoy street food and watch the World Cup in HD with them! Tonight the LA truck will be in La Puente. Follow them on Twitter!
Coulibaly Koman Single-handedly Destroys American Dream Koman's horrible call in the 88th minute cost the US the win. At first, we thought it was an offsides call, but FIFA has recorded it a foul on Edu.
Bracket via ESPN DOWNLOAD: Official Excel Template for 2010 World Cup Bracket
Sorry, its just too good not to post.
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.
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.
The World Cup's opening ceremony has taken place at Soccer City just outside Johannesburg, featuring local dance troupes and a giant dung beetle...
I still have hope that this will be a good World Cup... 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:
So here's a quick updated list of the biggest stars who are injured and will be missing the World Cup. This list would be incredibly longer if we decided to include players who are missing because of not being called up or their respective countries not qualifying (Zlatan anyone?).
At the end of today's US - Algeria match game winner and US team captain blew a kiss to the camera and gave a romantic and breathless "Hi" to a certain lady.
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.
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...
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I guess it takes the designer to explain, but it's the altitude that's affecting the unpredictable movement on the ball, not the ball itself. Defending himself, he says the ball's been around since December and no one's complained until now. I know it's a problem in Jo'Burg and Nelspruit (highest venue in WC history). But Cape Town's at sea level, does anyone know if the problem exists there?
It wouldn't really be important if Jon Stewart's Daily Show didn't have something to say about the World Cup.
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...
This was added a few days ago to all youtube videos! Just click on the soccer ball and listen to the sweet nothings of south africa!
So far, many of the Group round's matches have seemed surprising and unpredictable. Who would have predicted Serbia would have upset Germany!?!?!
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!
One of the funniest skits about soccer. In case you haven't seen.
An interesting game that borrows from the most popular sport in the world. Developed by Asger John in 1964, not as popular as Joel Silver's Ultimate Frisbee. Worth watching.
Check out the link, where Ivory Coast coach lends some support to those complaining goalkeepers and speaks out against the Jabulani ball.
Make sure to click through for some bad-ass Flash-based World Cup explorer. I'm not sure whether something like this was available for the last world cup, all I know is that I'll be using that site quite a bit.
Posted with permission via HereComeTheYanks.com
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.
Though cynical, I agree with most items in this article.
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...
day-to-day. hopefully he can put a brace on it and play at 100%.
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.
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.