As we’ve already noted twice (and won’t be noting again, promise) the big names in the Nike ad all failed to produce at World Cup 2010. But they’re really part of a larger trend, in that no single superstar has yet emerged to dominate this tournament in the way that Ronaldo (the original Ronaldo) did in 1998 and 2002, or do something to be talked about for generations, as Roger Milla did in 1990.
There have been some impressive performances though. So I’m wondering, if Nike had waited until this point of the tournament to make their Write the Future… Continue reading
Who is playing Voodoo on the World Cup’s stars?
While rumors of looming disaster in South Africa have been swirling around for a few years, rumors of the World Cup being cursed are running amok in both the blogosphere and in twitterland as the sport’s biggest stars are dropping like flies before the tournament has even begun! The alleged cause of the bad luck ranges from an Irish-hex to a fashion disaster with unexpected consequences. So, dear readers, which theory (or theories) do you subscribe to? Options below the jump…
- Several players who recently received some… Continue reading
Smithy and “Wayne” get down.
- Breaking down England’s golden oldies. (SoccerLens)
- Tom Cruise talks English football. (The DA)
- Anything involving ‘gi-normous douchesack’ and Landon Donovan is worth reading, frankly. (Futfanatico)
- A real illness epidemic about to sweep England. (BBC)
- Breaking down Holland’s fab four. (Zonal Marking)
- What’s in a name? (Studs Up)
- Franco Baldini punk’d Jermaine Defoe. (England WCB)
As we’ve mentioned (a few times now), this is going to be the first World Cup of the social media age, and everyone is expecting it to be the biggest thing ever to hit Facebook and Twitter, as well as the other social networks. We’ve set up Twitter accounts for each World Cup team, and will be using it as another tool to get the word out on our posts during the tournament. But as much as we do hope you’ll follow us for World Cup news, sometimes you want to get it straight from the horse’s mouth… Continue reading
The USA have been drawn into Group C at World Cup 2010, where they’ll face Algeria, Slovenia and former colonial overlords England. No prizes for guessing which game has everyone excited.
With more American players playing in Europe than ever before, this might be the most accomplished team the USA has ever sent to a World Cup. They’ll be hoping this adventure is more 2002 then 2006, but whatever happens they can’t do any worse than the 1998 team.
Nickname: The Yanks or The Stars and Stripes.
FIFA World Ranking as of March 31st 2010: #16
Coach: Bob Bradley replaced… Continue reading