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.
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...
Ok, not really. He just outlawed any player's wives or girlfriends from joining the party.
If you don't watch Argentine soccer regularly, it's possible that you don't know who Martin Palermo is. He scored Argentina's second goal against Greece yesterday and wrote another page in a story that's bound to be made a movie someday. He's won about 14 titles, scored over 222 goals in Boca Juniors and is their record striker.
Posted with permission via HereComeTheYanks.com Ok, so my prediction of a 3-1 USA victory didn't come true. But I can honestly say that I am extremely happy with a 1-1 draw!! There were times where we looked shaky (first 15 minutes). But there were also times when we were taking it to them (Jozy's great run down the flank only to be denied by the woodwork).
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!
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:
One of the funniest skits about soccer. In case you haven't seen.
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.
Interesting read, if not too sensationalist and bait for needless thought.
You know how it is. A huge world class event comes to your town, World Cup for example, and all of a sudden everything is changed. TVs are on everywhere, tourists are pouring into your city and roads are packed with raving football fanatics. Road rules are bent and twisted in every way imaginable and all of a sudden those 5-seaters gain the capacity of city buses. People are sticking out of all car openings, music blasting and all. While this type of atmosphere is uber-exciting, you still hav...
14 different salads? Are you kidding me?
This is a weird article. What about the other teams?
So, as if it wasn't obvious enough, money is playing a big role in this World Cup, not just by how much will be injected into the South African economy (also dubbed as the "World Cup Bump"). Here's a brief look at what some teams stand to make depending on how far the make it.
World Cup For Free: No TV, No Cable, No Subscriptions Necessary!!! Stuck in the office during an important match? Here's a quick guide on How To Watch World Cup for Free, Live, Streaming Online in the US....
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...
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:
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
This is a follow up to my last post on watching games in 3D. My main concern (because apparently I'm something of a technical snob, since no one else I went with considered it an issue), was that I perceived a lack of definition for a theater presentation.
So far, many of the Group round's matches have seemed surprising and unpredictable. Who would have predicted Serbia would have upset Germany!?!?!
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...
He could also be a great Butterfinger sponsor, or some kind of lube product, as well as.... well, butter.
Thought maybe you were getting something good, huh? Happy World Cup.
What, no Shakira?!I looked on the board and it wasn't posted. Waka Waka *cough* nose job! *cough* Waka Waka.
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
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.
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.
I remember reading this article every World Cup, regarding different teams. Italy, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland. What do you think?
North Koreans Not Known for Their Jetsetting This article from Deadspin does a bit of investigating into exactly who the DPRK fans are.
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!
The North Koreans won 1-0. Who knew?
This reminded me of a few games this last World Cup.
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.
Posted with permission via HereComeTheYanks.com Have you recovered from that heart attack inducing, hell of a game?? I am still riding high and, as such, may ramble a bit on here. But stay with me...I'm a die-hard fan!! What else do you expect??
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!