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.
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.
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.
With 32 countries, comes 32 different ways to verbally defile your mom. Watch out Rooney, FIFA is cracking down on your dirty mouth. Sure, a British official could catch his dirty mouth, but Saturday's England-US game was officiated by a Brazilian.
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?
How can you not love David Beckham, Snoop Dogg and Daft Punk all in the classic cantina scene?
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....
What do you guys think about all these "pleasant" ties? I'm so not cool with waking up to watch a game, only to fall asleep again. The lack of goals scored in these first few games is really discouraging and detrimental to new viewers and the growth of the sport in the U.S. This is apparently one of the lowest scoring World Cups in a long time.
4-4-2 Paralysis? Check out these articles debating Bob Bradley's formation for the US Men's National Team.
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:
A great inspirational video that riles the masses and creates huge expectations. After watching this, I want to run out in the streets and yell GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLL
This made me laugh.
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.
North Koreans Not Known for Their Jetsetting This article from Deadspin does a bit of investigating into exactly who the DPRK fans are.
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!
From Cape Town to Hobie Beach to Pretoria Host country of the 2010 World Cup has more to offer this summer than just soccer!
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...
This is a weird article. What about the other teams?
Top 50 Teams in Order Brazil
The 2010 World Cup is upon us and there isn't much that hasn't been said already. All the leagues around the world are finished and champions have been crowned. The media has covered every angle imaginable. Or have they? Or should they? Is this about the sport anymore? What will we remember about this World Cup? A great goal, a new venue, a great comeback, injured players who never made it, a bad call by a referee, a new star rising, overlooked players, 4-4-2, 3-4-1-2, 3-4-3, bad subs, FIFA 2...
I really enjoyed this article.
An interesting look at external factors that influence the players during the World Cup. I'm definitely getting this book!
Cameroon has a lot to offer and even more to prove. But this article doesn't help anyone.
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.
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.
It's not too late to setup a bracket with your friends, you can just do it for the next round. Yahoo does a good job of managing points and picks and that way no one has to print brackets out! Very easy. Check it.
Something not mentioned in the article is the amount of money the foreign coaches make compared to local salaries.
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?
U.S. 23-man World Cup roster Goalkeepers
Coach Bob Bradley Confirms Jozy is Fit to Start USA v England Match Jozy Altidore is back in the starting eleven for US. After his ankle injury last week, it appears he is OK.
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
Cool infographic about the history of improvements in ball and shoe design across the world cup years.
He could also be a great Butterfinger sponsor, or some kind of lube product, as well as.... well, butter.
Satisfy your Rooney cravings
Yes, even more 3D.
Forget the millionaire superstars from soccer’s biggest teams. It is the tournament referees who are the World Cup’s most coddled and protected species...
Still didn't top Diego Maradona in the categories of "Political Relevance" and "The second goal was even better." And I'd love to know what the ref told Luis Fabiano after he scored. What's that cynical grin?
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