Brazil has spared no expense for the upcoming World Cup.
The month-long competition will feature 64 matches in 12 cities across the country. Refurbishing old stadiums and building new ones has cost Brazil $3.6bn. Several of the new stadiums will seldom be used after the World Cup, and Brasilia's World Cup stadium is estimated to have cost taxpayers $900m. [more inside]
is one of the biggest stars in Association Football. With AS Monaco
, FC Barcelona
and the French national squad, he's won about every trophy that there's to win: 1996-97 French Ligue 1
, 1998 World Cup
, Euro 2000
, 2003-2004 English Premier League
, and the unprecedented 2008-2009 "perfect season" for Barcelona
: Spanish Copa del Rey, Liga, and Supercopa, European Champions' League, European Supercup, and Club World Cup. He's also won a large number of French, English and worldwide "Player of the Year" accolades. However... [more inside]
View any web site like you're at the South Africa World Cup!
North Korea played in the World Cup in 1966 [BBC Documentary on YouTube].
The 1966 World Cup was the subject of bitter disagreement before a ball was ever kicked. Sixteen African nations boycotted the tournament in protest of a 1964 FIFA ruling that required the champion team from the African zone to enter a playoff round against the winners of either the Asian or the Oceania zone in order to win a place in the Cup. [more inside]
are become scarce in the final 16 knockout phase of the World Cup. A discussion has been going on over at the Guardian's World Cup blogs
In the knockout phase the number of goals has declined from 42 in 1986 to about 25 in 2006. There hasn't been a World Cup Final since 1986 where both teams scored. There have been a mere 3 games in the knockout phase from 14 where both teams have scored. For the first time ever a team, Switzerland
, has been eliminated without conceding a single goal. Does something need to be done? Do bigger goals, no goalkeeper, fewer players or changed rules need to be considered?
Since the 1930s
, only 16 teams have held the World Cup Trophy. In 10 days, the 2006 World Cup
will begin. Pick your team
, pick your jersey
, then find your time
Once the teams have all gone home, more than just the balls
will have changed. The world will be saying goodbye
to one of the greatest players of our generation
. And this time its for real
Here is a little something to put you in the mood
- As the World Cup
fever heats up
... the Swiss heat up their campaign for the futbol widows' ... "Alternative Programme"
(d/l the commercial ... purrrrrrrrrr)
USA surrenders to very small country
which must mean it's Rugby Union World Cup
time again! With four billion people watching, can England finally be good at something or will New Zealand prove too strong? For those of you whose only introduction to Rugby was from an episode of Friends
maybe it's time to learn the sometimes complex rules.
Captain of Irish World Cup squad Keane sent home
This is big
news here in Ireland. He's our best player - he keeps the team together on the pitch. But after some incidents in the past couple of days, and some prima donna style behaviour (something he's always been known for), he's been told to feck off.
I think the manager did the right thing, but I can't help thinking that our chances of getting out of our group have been diminished...