It’s World Cup Time!!

I’m not a big sports fanatic and for that matter, don’t really pay much attention to what we yanks call soccer. But I do get totally involved in the once every four-year event known as the World Cup. If only the U.S. would get as crazy and radical as the rest of the world does during this time! I can’t seem to get as lathered up over any other sporting event like the World Cup. Luckily, there are enough lunatic “football” fans around to keep the rest of us afloat.

Of course I want the U.S. team to go all the way but I also tend to favor the Italian team. Considering that most of my best memories in life thus far involve Italy, I may as well support the team of the country I love the most. That’s not to say that I don’t love watching the other titans like Brazil, England, and Spain among others. The World Cup will be held in South Africa this year but in the U.S., ESPN and ABC will cover most of the matches. However, I urge people to go out and watch a match where the crowds are since there’s nothing like watching the true fans who wait years for this event, really get into it. Go to a British pub when England is playing or go to any pub to watch Brazil play and just enjoy the show. The fans with all of their drama are more than enough reason to show up. It’s classic. Are we ready?  Ole….Ole Ole Ole…..Brazil, Brazil!!!!

For more info on the World Cup 2010, go the FIFA website at  

 I conveniently posted ESPN’s handy schedule for party planning purposes. Thanks ESPN!


All times EASTERN – Schedule is subject to change

All matches in high-definition – ABC broadcasts in italics

Date Time (ET) Network Match Group Site Match #
Fri 6/11 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ South Africa vs. Mexico A Johannesburg 1
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Uruguay vs. France A Cape Town 2
Sat 6/12 7 a.m. ESPN/ Korea Republic vs. Greece B Port Elizabeth 3
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Argentina vs. Nigeria B Johannesburg 4
  1:30 p.m. ABC England vs. USA C Rustenburg 5
Sun 6/13 7 a.m. ESPN/ Algeria vs. Slovenia C Polokwane 6
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Serbia vs. Ghana D Pretoria 7
  2 p.m. ABC Germany vs. Australia D Durban 8
Mon 6/14 7 a.m. ESPN/ Netherlands vs. Denmark E Johannesburg 9
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Japan vs. Cameroon E Bloemfontein 10
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Italy vs. Paraguay F Cape Town 11
Tue 6/15 7 a.m. ESPN/ New Zealand vs. Slovakia F Rustenburg 12
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Ivory Coast vs. Portugal G Port Elizabeth 13
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Brazil vs. Korea DPR G Johannesburg 14
Wed 6/16 7 a.m. ESPN/ Honduras vs. Chile H Nelspruit 15
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Spain vs. Switzerland H Durban 16
  2 p.m. ESPN/ South Africa vs. Uruguay A Pretoria 17
Thu 6/17 7 a.m. ESPN/ Argentina vs. Korea Rep. B Johannesburg 18
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Greece vs. Nigeria B Bloemfontein 19
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ France vs. Mexico A Polokwane 20
Fri 6/18 7 a.m. ESPN/ Germany vs. Serbia D Port Elizabeth 21
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Slovenia vs. USA C Johannesburg 22
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ England vs. Algeria C Cape Town 23
Sat 6/19 7 a.m. ESPN/ Netherlands vs. Japan E Durban 24
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Ghana vs. Australia D Rustenburg 25
  2 p.m. ABC Cameroon vs. Denmark E Pretoria 26
Sun 6/20 7 a.m. ESPN/ Slovakia vs. Paraguay F Bloemfontein 27
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Italy vs. New Zealand F Nelspruit 28
  2 p.m. ABC Brazil vs. Ivory Coast G Johannesburg 29
Mon 6/21 7 a.m. ESPN/ Portugal vs. Korea DPR G Cape Town 30
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Chile vs. Switzerland H Port Elizabeth 31
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Spain vs. Honduras H Johannesburg 32
Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Mexico vs. Uruguay A Rustenburg 33
  9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ France vs. South Africa A Bloemfontein 34
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ Nigeria vs. Korea Republic B Durban 35
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Greece vs. Argentina B Polokwane 36
Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ Slovenia vs. England C Port Elizabeth 37
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ USA vs. Algeria C Pretoria 38
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Ghana vs. Germany D Johannesburg 39
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ Australia vs. Serbia D Nelspruit 40
Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Slovakia vs. Italy E Johannesburg 41
  9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ Paraguay vs. New Zealand E Polokwane 42
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Denmark vs. Japan F Rustenburg 43
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ Cameroon vs. Netherlands F Cape Town 44
Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Portugal vs. Brazil G Durban 45
  9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR G Nelspruit 46
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Chile vs. Spain H Pretoria 47
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ Switzerland vs. Honduras H Bloemfontein 48

2nd Stage – Round of 16

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup Group Site Match #
Sat 6/26 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st A vs. 2nd B TBD Port Elizabeth 49
  2 p.m. ABC 1st C vs. 2nd D TBD Rustenburg 50
Sun 6/27 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st D vs. 2nd C TBD Bloemfontein 51
  2 p.m. ABC 1st B vs. 2nd A TBD Johannesburg 52
Mon 6/28 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st E vs. 2nd F TBD Durban 53
  2 p.m. ESPN/ 1st G vs. 2nd H TBD Johannesburg 54
Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ 1st F vs. 2nd E TBD Pretoria 55
  2 p.m. ESPN/ 1st H vs. 2nd G TBD Cape Town 56

2nd Stage — Quarterfinals

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup Group Site Match #
Fri 7/2 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ Winners 53 vs. 54 A Port Elizabeth 57
  2 p.m. ESPN/ Winners 49 vs. 50 B Johannesburg 58
Sat 7/3 9:30 a.m. ABC Winners 52 vs. 51 C Cape Town 59
  2 p.m. ABC Winners 55 vs. 56 D Johannesburg 60

2nd Stage — Semifinals

Date Time (ET) Network Matchup   Site Match #
Tue 7/6 2 p.m. ESPN/ Winners A vs. C   Cape Town 61
Wed 7/7 2 p.m. ESPN/ Winners B vs. D   Durban 62

Third Place Match

Sat 7/10 2 p.m. ABC Losers – 61 vs. 62   Port Elizabeth 63

2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match

Sun 7/11 1:30 p.m. ABC Winners – 61 vs. 62   Johannesburg 64


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