World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2009

ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel Make 2010 World Cup Plans

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Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN have been busy in preparation for next summer's World Cup.

According to SportsBusiness Daily, Fox will be airing two shows. One, "Ticket To South Africa" will feature post-match analysis of the day's World Cup games. Two, in the run up to tournament, Fox will show "Passport to South Africa," which will be a mini-series featuring the history of the World Cup.

ESPN Releases First Video To Promote World Cup 2010

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ESPN has released its first video to begin its promotion of the 2010 World Cup which it'll be broadcasting in the United States.

The video is targeted at the average American mainstream sports fan and explains how global the game is and destroys some of the typical criticisms about soccer such as the low scoring games, why the United States isn't a soccer giantpower, and other stereotypes.

Univision Has Already Sold 65% Of World Cup Ads

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With just less than a year to go before the 2010 World Cup, Univision the Spanish-speaking network in the United States has already sold 65% of its advertising inventory, according to Multichannel News.

Recognizing how massive the TV ratings will be on Univision, major sponsors have already signed up for next summer including Coca-Cola, Budweiser, McDonald's, Verizon, T-Mobile and others.

Will the Real Ronaldinho please stand up?

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The Brazilian Ronaldinho was at one time regarded as the best footballer in the world, but over the last two or three years his fortunes have changed and he now has a bit of work to do in restoring his reputation. The two-time world-footballer of the year was even left out of Brazil's Confederations Cup squad and is no longer a regular choice for the national side.

World Football National Team Rankings: July 2009

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June was one exciting month of international football. World Cup qualifiers and Confederations Cup shook up the FIFA and World Cup Buzz World Rankings. Spain's time as the Number 1 team in the world is at an end although the European champions haven't fallen out of the Top 5 and should still be considered a strong favorite in South Africa 2010.

World Football Team Of The Week: #18 = June 29-July 5

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Its that time again to crown the World Cup Buzz Team Of The Week. In South America, the Copa Libertadores final was set and champions crowned. The MLS continues its season and the CONCACAF Gold Cup is underway. Remember that the World Cup Buzz Team Of The Week played matches and/or made headlines during the calendar week of June 29-July 5.

Top 5 - Edition VII: Most Controversial Footballers

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Paolo Di Canio's salute to Italian fascism was a news making act and caught the ire of many who believe that politics & sport shouldn't mix. However you feel about that mix, there is no doubt that controversies add spice to a sometimes boring footballing landscape. Its what makes fans either hate or love a particular person or club.

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Preview - Group C

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The biggest national team tournament in the CONCACAF region is here. The 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup will spread across the US with 13 cities hosting matches. It will all culminate with the final on July 26 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Let's now preview Group C.

GROUP C TEAMS & HOW THEY QUALIFIED:
Guadeloupe - 3rd place in 2008 Caribbean Championship
Mexico - Automatic qualifier from North American zone
Nicaragua - 5th place in 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup
Panama - Champions of the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup

NICKNAMES:
Guadeloupe = Gwada Boyz
Mexico = El Tri
Nicaragua = Los Pinoleros or Albiazules
Panama = La Marea Roja or Los Canaleros

MATCH LOCATIONS:
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum - Oakland, California
Reliant Stadium - Houston, Texas
University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Arizona

PLAYER TO WATCH:
Carlos Vela (MEX)

The Arsenal forward will be wearing the #9 for El Tri and could use this tournament to establish himself as Mexico's best player.

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Preview - Group B

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The biggest national team tournament in the CONCACAF region is here. The 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup will spread across the US with 13 cities hosting matches. It will all culminate with the final on July 26 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Let's now focus our attention to Group B.