Can Erol, a former student of mine, and a graduate student at Bilgi Cultural Studies program accepted my offer to be a guest author. He will be writing about World Cup 2010. His opening follows, which is followed by my roundup:
Opening Day for World Cup 2010
World Cup 2010 starts today in South Africa. The former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, claims that the organization will be one of the biggest events which has been organised in the continent. Despite the rumours that the country has lack of safety in many aspects, it will be surely one of the most remarkable hosts in the world cup history.
Although Turkey is not competing in the campaign, there are stil many things which worth watching through the whole month. 32 teams will get in a rough competition and by July 11th, one of them will win the title. Besides, we will not be able to watch some star players such as Ballack from Germany, Pirlo from Italy and Nani from Portugal. Today, we have learned that Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands will be on the pitch on their opening games as they recovered from their injuries. I think these recoveries will have positive effects on both teams since they are the most important players within their squads by their amazing performances during the season.
Before the start up, Argentina, England, Spain and Brazil are perceived as the favorites of the tournament. However, in my opinion we will see a lot of surprising results. The African teams will be much more passionate during this month and I believe one of them will end up in a good ranking. The opening game will be between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg at 5 p.m. The former champions France and Uruguay will clash at Cape Town Stadium at 9.30 p.m.
from kottke.org by Jason Kottke
Today at 11 a.m. PST, the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa. If you?re not able to be there in person, you can still catch the event ? featuring performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Shakira and more ? on the VEVO live stream available worldwide.
Philippe: What is the World Cup really about? Money, pure and simple. This is a beanfest for global corporations. The statistics on sponsorship, advertising, and merchandising are staggering. The top fifteen sponsors ? McDonalds, Budweiser, NTT, Gillette, the usual suspects ? will pay FIFA, the world governing body, £375 million to display their images at the tournament. Adidas is paying ten teams around £60 million to wear their products. And the money is not just decoration ? it has colonised the very soul of the game. Brazil is a franchise of Nike. When injuries to key players are discussed ? Ronaldo in 1998, Zidane in 2002 ? the sponsors are in the wings, pulling the strings. It used to be a game. It?s now a global business.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on Friday, which means that football fans across the world have a difficult task this week: determining who to support.
So, who?s going to win the 2010 World Cup, which starts June 11 when host South Africa takes on Mexico?
from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
Whether you?ll be in South Africa in person this month, or simply cheering your team on from back home, our new tools for football fans can help you soak up the atmosphere and follow your team wherever you are in the world.
from Mashable! by Zachary Sniderman