World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2010

World Cup Group E Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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In the first of eight group previews, I am joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to with a little help of Andy Brassel, Simon Hill, and Simon Kuper look at Group E. Â The Netherlands are the seeded nation in a group with no easy points. Â Denmark won its UEFA qualifying group.

Looking for a European Sleeper? Part Two: Slovakia

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Slovakia often gets confused in the geographically and culturally challenged United States with Slovenia. But the Repre unlike the Slovenes feature incredible quality and top flight talent up and down the squad. Marek Hamsik of Napoli is the biggest name in the squad, but he is far from alone in providing the potency Slovakia relies on going forward.

Sean Wheelock Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Sean Wheelock covers North American for the BBC and is best known for his word on the BBC's World Football Phone-In. On today's edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, "The Big Wheel" joins me to focus on Group C; specifically, England and the United States.

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World Cup Daily Ticker: May 28

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Argentina Doctor Green Lights Sex During The World Cup

The question on everyone's mind for months has finally been answered. According to team physician Dr. Donato Vallani, Argetina's players can have sex during the World Cup.

"The players can have sex with their wives and girlfriends during the World Cup," he said on Radio Del Plata.

Looking for a European Sleeper? Part One: Denmark

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The Danes typically perform well when they qualify for major tournaments. This current Morton Olsen led team was less fancied than any Danish side since the early 1980's. Yet they qualified out of a strong UEFA group with relative ease, finishing ahead of serial qualifiers Portugal and Sweden.

ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Murals

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ESPN have recently released their brilliant advertising campaign for this summer's World Cup in the form of creatively designed artistic murals. 33 in total, all 32 nations are represented with the above placed South Africa World Cup mural to highlight what's to come. Continuing reading after the break to view each nation's unique and colorful mural.

Jonathan Wilson Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson is one of the most influential soccer writers in the English-language world, whose ability to explain the tactical side of the game has changed the way the game is covered. On today's podcast, the author of Sunderland: A Club Transformed, Behind the Curtain, and Inverting the Pyramid joins us to discuss two other areas of expertise Eastern European football and African football as we continue profiling the nations competing in this summer's World Cup.

World Cup Daily Ticker: May 26

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Prandelli Offered Italy Coaching Job

Italy has yet to kick off their defense of the World Cup title but the Azzuri might already have their next coach. The BBC is reporting that current-Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli has been given the opportunity to replace Marcello Lippi after the World Cup.

Andy Gray Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Sky Sports' Andy Gray broadcast the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday and will work with Fox Soccer Channel this summer as a World Cup analyst. Earlier this week Andy joined me to talk about both events, giving us an overview of which nations he sees as strongest ahead of the finals in South Africa.

ESPN Still Getting It Wrong

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John Harkes

ESPN's radical decision to dump American commentators in favor of several British based ones has created much consternation among the supporters of the game stateside. Those reared on the domestic game and American commentating styles decried the move away from the traditional nationalistic fervor around the World Cup to a more objective based analysis provided by the likes of Ally McCoist, Efan Ekoku, and others.

World Cup Analysis: Group C

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This is, without a doubt, the group of the tournament for most of the English speaking world. The England vs. USA matchup on June 12 is one of the most anticipated matches of the first two weeks as the founders of the sport taking on a nation coming into its own on the international stage.

World Cup Daily Ticker: May 25

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FIFA Disappointed With African Ticket Sales

FIFA's struggles to sell tickets to South African fans have been highly publicized but only 40,000 supporters from other African nations will be attending the World Cup.

Senior FIFA offical Jerome Valcke called the lack of supporters from the other five African nations "poor" and "disappointing.

Grant Wahl Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Grant Wahl is a senior soccer writer at Sports Illustrated and author of The Beckham Experiment. He joins me on this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast to talk about the three teams representing CONCACAF: Honduras, who most will view as longshots; Mexico, who experienced a drastic turnaround after firing Sven Göran Eriksson; and the United States, whose expectations are elevated after success in their last trip to South Africa.

World Cup Daily Ticker: May 24

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Australia Overcome New Zealand In World Cup Warmup

Australia struggled to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in both team's first World Cup warmup match. The former Oceanic rivals were deadlocked into injury time of the second half when Brett Holman gave the Soceroos the narrow victory.

The Diarra Role Lost: Domenech, France Play Violin From Afar

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Diarra battles Messi

Someone who walks with an uneven spine is sure to have an awkward gait.

And without recently ruled-out central midfielder Lassana Diarra, France will similarly be unable to engage their core correctly, and it's the final, damning factor proving their march through the 2010 World Cup will likely an uncomfortable one.

Simon Hill Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Simon Hill is the lead commentator for Fox Sports Australia and, in addition to leading the channel's A-League efforts, covers the region's international game. Simon joined me early last week to talk about the five teams from Asian and Oceania that will be competing in South Africa: Australia, New Zealand, North Korea, South Korea and Ja

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Simon Kuper Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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One of the co-authors of Soccernomics, Simon Kuper is also an expert on Dutch soccer. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, I talk to Simon about the romance surrounding the Oranje, when we learned about the team from Euro 2008, and whether he feels a suspect defense and hold up in South Africa.

World Cup Analysis: Group B

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This is the group with a history of expectations, both unmet and exceeded. Argentina (SPI rank 4) have the most talented player in the world, Lionel Messi, and plethora of stars including Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Segio Aguero (Athletico Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) and Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) just to name a few.

A Dimension Too Many, Why ESPN’s 3D Experiment Will Fail

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Is this the future of the World Cup?

ESPN's use of the World Cup as a launching pad for broadcasting sports in 3D has been highly publicized. If the demand for the extra dimension is as high as some are predicting the World Cup could lead to an entirely separate broadcast station, ESPN 3D.

How the World Cup Made me an Obsessive

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When you are 11 years old, the word "gay" has a very specific meaning. It has nothing to do with homosexuality. It is all-purpose adjective that refers to some activity or event that no self-respecting 11 year old boy would want anything to do with. Classical music was gay.

Tiny Streaker World Cup TV Commercial

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I've seen some odd World Cup TV commercials so far, but this has to be one of the strangest yet. The ad features a tiny streaker. According to the press release, "Meet Tiny. He streaks for a living and is looking for people to help him get to the World Cup. He's actually been streaking for years but you probably haven't seen him.

World Cup Daily Ticker: May 20

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Uncapped Players Included in Spain's 23-Man Squad

Most of Spain's roster for the 2010 World Cup is unchanged from their Euro 2008 squad with Cesc Fabregas and David Villa being the standouts. But Spain manager Vicente del Bosque included a few surprises, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes and teammate Pedro joined Javi Martinez as players earning their first cap for the national team.

Martin Tyler Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Martin Tyler will be calling this summer's World Cup for ESPN, serving as the network's lead commentator in South Africa. Earlier this week Martin joined me to talk about last week's FA Cup final, Saturday's Champions League final in Madrid, the 2018 World Cup bid, but mostly, the England national team.

World Cup Daily Ticker: May 19

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Ballack Considering Legal Action Against Boateng, Says Agent

Despite apologizing repeatedly to German captain Michael Ballack, Kevin Prince Boateng could still face ramifications for the crunching tackle he inflicted on Ballack during Saturday's FA Cup Final.

Jose Mourinho Says Champions League More Important Than World Cup!

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Inter coach Jose Mourinho is renowned for making controversial remarks,  for using the media to hammer his point and for manipulating the press to engage in psychological games against his toughest opponents. The focus here will be on Mourinho's latest statement which is actually inaccurate if one is to consider the many factors associated with the World Cup and involved in the buildup to the biggest sports tournament in the world.

Tim Vickery Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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On this episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, Richard Farley discusses with Tim Vickery the South American teams who will be competing in the 2010 World Cup. Also discussed is the Albiceleste viability of Esteban Cambiasso as well as dissecting the five South American teams who qualified for South Africa from CONMEBOL.

Win a FLO TV Personal Television: Watch the World Cup In The Palm Of Your Hand

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We have a FLO TV Personal Television to give away to a lucky winner, courtesy of FLO TV and World Cup Buzz.

The FLO TV Personal Television is a personal hand-held TV that features tons of programming including ESPN's mobile coverage of the 2010 World Cup, which includes a 24-hour-a-day channel dedicated to the tournament from June 11 to July 11.

World Cup Analysis: Group A

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We're fewer than fourweeks away from the kickoff in South Africa and as European leagues close out the world's collective football eye turns towards national teams. National team camps gear up in the next week or two and a few international friendlies will precede the big event. Here are World Cup Buzz's breakdown of each of the eight groups and the game to watch in each of them.

Gambling Fun For The 2010 World Cup

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Future golden boot winner

They say that the bookies always win when it comes to betting, but they don't have to if you end up having a laugh along the way. Skybet have a slogan which states 'it matters more when there's money on it' and of course if you're familiar to betting on football matches you'll agree with this statement, as the chance to win big money is an exciting prospect that can mess with your emotions at times.

Guide to ESPN’s World Cup Commentators, Co-Commentators and Pundits

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With the World Cup fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to the amazing talent that ESPN has assembled to broadcast the matches. The level of football experience, both on the pitch and in the booth and studio, is very impressive.

ESPN Presenters

Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler is one of the most recognizable faces at ESPN, anchors College Game Day, and will serve as a host for the studio coverage where he will anchor all of the studio coverage as well as SportsCenter's World Cup segments.

World Cup Daily Ticker: May 18

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Laurent Blanc To Be Next French Manager

Bordeaux Manager Laurent Blanc will accept the French Football Federation's offer and take over the French national team after this summer's World Cup. At Bordeaux Blanc, 44, achieved the French League and Cup double but finished a disappointing sixth in this year's campaign.

Raphael Honigstein Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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On Monday, it was announced that an ankle injury suffered in Saturday's FA Cup Final would keep German national team captain Micheal Ballack out of the World Cup. Joining us to talk about that as well the Nationalmannschaft's chances this summer is the Guardian and Sports Illustrated's Raphael Honigstein.

Ballack Blow for Germany Could Be Fatal

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Michael Ballack's injury in Saturday's FA Cup final was both ironic and damaging. Ballack was injured by Kevin Prince-Boateng a former German youth international who now features for Ghana, Germany's first group opponent. Adding to the irony is that Boateng's brother Jerome will likely be on Germany's final 23 man squad.

Andy Brassell Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Kicking off the World Cup Buzz podcast's two months of coverage, the Talk network welcomes back Andy Brassell, one of the media's leading experts on professional football in Western Europe. Andy joined me late last week to talk about the nations from his coverage area who will be competing in South Africa as well as offer a pick for this summer's finals.

What Lord Triesman’s Resignation Means For Other Countries’ World Cup Bids

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The Football Association was once again rocked by scandal when Lord Treisman, chairman of both the FA and England's 2018 World Cup bid, was forced to resign after the Mail On Sunday published excerpts from a conversation in which Treisman accused Spain and Russia of conspiring to bribe officials in South Africa.

World Cup 2010 Fantasy Challenge: Play Today

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Today marks the launch of World Cup Buzz's World Cup 2010 Fantasy Challenge which it's free to register and you have the opportunity to win big cash prizes.

The concept is simple. Pick your best 11 from the 32 competing teams and see how they do in the 2010 World Cup. And then enter a public league so you can compete against 11 soccer fans from around the world.

Group C: Not So E-A-S-Y

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Lippi makes his choices

Some English pundits have dubbed it the group of EASY. England, Algeria, Slovenia, and Yanks (USA), but like every World Cup group that does not feature a true accidental qualifier (like North Korea or New Zealand) each team in Group C has enough quality to cause problems.

UnivisionFutbol.com to Stream all 64 World Cup Matches Online For Free

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The United States based Spanish language television network Univision has recently announced they'll be offering soccer fans a "comprehensive interactive experience"Â on their new site when they stream all 64 World Cup matches this summer for free in addition to an already available free iPhone application.

World Cup News: May 14

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ESPN's new "This is Sportscenter" commercial featuring USA striker Jozy Altidore

The 11 best reasons to watch the World Cup in HD (World Cup Blog)

American striker Davies blasts French club Sochaux (Goal.com)

Want to watch The World Cup at work? (NY Times)

Chicago news organization confuses South Africa for South America.

The New Germany: Attack Minded, Multi-Cultural

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Cacau could play a key role for Joachim Löw's side

Joachim Löw has indicated to reporters that he plans to take all six strikers from his provisional 27 man squad to South Africa. "Our plan is to have all six strikers with us at the World Cup because we want to be flexible.

World Cup News: May 13

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John Terry goes down in practice with ankle injury, should be fit for World Cup (ESPN Soccernet)

Algeria adds five more players to squad (BBC)

Why leaving Charlie Davies off the USA roster was the correct call (Sports Illustrated)

Viera says French coach Domenech has a "lack of class" (Goal.

World Cup News: May 12

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Yesterday was a big day for the various national teams headed to South Africa. It's Roster Day! Below are a few stories looking at the 30-men provisional squads and the surprises and stories associated with them.

ESPN has minute-long profiles for all 32 countries in an ad campaign entitled "One Game Means Everything.

England And Italy Provisional Squads Revealed

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Capello makes his decision

The past few days has seen a number of provisional and even final squads announced for the World Cup, but today two of the most anticipated provisional squads were revealed. England has delivered their 30 provisional players amidst controversy regarding manager Fabio Capello's involvement in a bizarre form rating website which sports his name.

3 Premier League Players Not to Overlook in World Cup

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The intensive month of World Cup football will see most fans of the game clambering towards the matches which contain the ordained stars that are expected to light up the tournament with their skills. Much is expected from the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while many fans will also have their eyes open to look out for the fortunes of Premier League stars such as Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

World Cup News: May 10

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Our lead story today is an update on Arsenal/Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas. (BBC)

Will Spain miss Fernando Torres in 2010 as much as France missed Zidane in 2002? (NY Times)

Germany announces provisional squad (goal.com)

Which of the contenders has the strongest goalkeeping unit?

The Top Players You Won’t Be Watching At This Summer’s World Cup

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No World Cup 2010 For These Lot

What do George Best, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, George Weah and Alfredo Di Stefano all have in common? They were all world class players in their prime but never got the chance to show people their talents on the biggest stage of them all the World Cup.

What the World Cup Means to Me: Free eBook Now Available

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It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of a brand-new eBook today entitled What The World Cup Means To Me. The free eBook features stories from some of the top 21 soccer writers and personalities around the world including Soccernomics author Simon Kuper, BBC World Football Phone-In's Tim Vickery, ESPN's Rebecca Lowe and Tommy Smyth, GolTV's Phil Schoen and many others.

Write for World Cup Buzz: Last Call

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There are only 34 days to go before the World Cup kicks off, so we want to give you the final opportunity before the biggest tournament begins to invite you to write for World Cup Buzz.

During the World Cup we'll be covering every facet of the tournament as well as analyzing the TV coverage, capturing the excitement among fans nationwide and much more.

NASL.com and World Cup Buzz Announce Partnership

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NASL and WorldCupBuzz.com are pleased to announce a content sharing agreement. WorldCupBuzz.com, part of the EPL Talk Network, features daily World Cup news and analysis as well as a daily World Cup podcast.

Included in this agreement is promotion of NASL.com and NASL teams on the WorldCupBuzz.

The Power Of 10: New ESPN World Cup TV Commercial

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ESPN debuted its newest TV commercial this morning to promote its coverage of the 2010 World Cup. This time, ESPN gives a nod to the "quarterback" of soccer, the number 10. Pele, Maradona, Messi and other soccer gods.

The video is set to the "Out Of Control" song by U2.

What do you think of the video and how does it compare to the ones you've seen thus far?

World Cup News: May 7

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Our lead story today is a great write up in the New York Times by Jere Longman about the emergence of U.S. soccer and it's stature in England. (New York Times)

Marcello Lippi looking at Totti for Italy squad (The Telegraph)

Garreth Barry might miss World Cup (The Times Online)

Ledley King to be included in England 30-man provisional squad (The Guardian)

How did Giuseppe Rossi end up with the Italians?

ESPN to release “The Two Escobars” June 22

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Over the past few months ESPN has been rolling out documentaries from prolific filmmakers as part of their "30 for 30″ series. On June 22 ESPN will air The Two Escobars, a documentary surrounding Andres Escobar's infamous own goal against the United States in the 1994 World Cup and his subsequent murder upon his return home.

World Cup News: May 6

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Shakira? That was a lot of people's (including mine) reaction when it was announced the Latin American pop superstar would record the official anthem for the 2010 World Cup. Well the single has finally arrived and I'll reserve judgement on it for now. Check out the song, embedded below, and look out for Shakira to perform the song with the South African Band Freshlyground at The Fifa World Cup Celebration Concert on June 10.

World Cup Morning Buzz: May 5

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Welcome to World Cup Morning Buzz. Every morning we'll bring you 5-10 of the most interesting stories from other news outlets as the fervor surrounding the kickoff in South Africa gets into high gear. If you have a suggestion for a story we missed leave it in the comments section.

We'll kick things off with a video from the 2006 World Cup some may have missed.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Game Review

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There was one question I asked myself as I stood in line at Gamestop a few weeks back to reserve a copy of "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa."

Am I really about to drop another $60 on a new FIFA game just six months after doing so on "FIFA 10?"

Well, the fact that I'm writing a review gives away my decision.

Will We Finally See Dutch Delight This Summer?

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Can The Dutch Do It This Summer?

The Netherlands have had some of the greatest players to ever grace the beautiful game: the likes of Cruyff, Bergkamp, Gullit, Seedorf, De Boer, Kluivert and so on. Yet the one thing that has always eluded the creators of 'Total Football' is the biggest trophy of them all the World Cup.

Book Review: World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics

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Early on in the easy to read guide World Cup 2010, The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics, authors Steven D. Stark and Harrison Stark paint a clear and vivid picture on what the reader is to expect. "Because of this link between soccer and affairs of state, geopolitics can actually affect the outcomes of games" an early passage reads.

The ESPN World Cup Companion: Book Review

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The ESPN World Cup Companion is due out in bookstores this week. I was able to get my hands on a copy before it was released, so I thought I'd share a quick mini-review of it to give you a glimpse of what's inside the book as well as to show you some of the photography and featured sections.