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 www.fifa.com/worldcup  

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

2010 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE – ESPN, ESPN2, ABC AND ESPN3.COM

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/ESPN3.com South Africa vs. Mexico A Johannesburg 1
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Uruguay vs. France A Cape Town 2
Sat 6/12 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Korea Republic vs. Greece B Port Elizabeth 3
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Argentina vs. Nigeria B Johannesburg 4
  1:30 p.m. ABC England vs. USA C Rustenburg 5
Sun 6/13 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Algeria vs. Slovenia C Polokwane 6
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Serbia vs. Ghana D Pretoria 7
  2 p.m. ABC Germany vs. Australia D Durban 8
Mon 6/14 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Netherlands vs. Denmark E Johannesburg 9
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Japan vs. Cameroon E Bloemfontein 10
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Italy vs. Paraguay F Cape Town 11
Tue 6/15 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com New Zealand vs. Slovakia F Rustenburg 12
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Ivory Coast vs. Portugal G Port Elizabeth 13
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Brazil vs. Korea DPR G Johannesburg 14
Wed 6/16 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Honduras vs. Chile H Nelspruit 15
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Spain vs. Switzerland H Durban 16
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com South Africa vs. Uruguay A Pretoria 17
Thu 6/17 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Argentina vs. Korea Rep. B Johannesburg 18
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Greece vs. Nigeria B Bloemfontein 19
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com France vs. Mexico A Polokwane 20
Fri 6/18 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Germany vs. Serbia D Port Elizabeth 21
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Slovenia vs. USA C Johannesburg 22
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com England vs. Algeria C Cape Town 23
Sat 6/19 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Netherlands vs. Japan E Durban 24
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Ghana vs. Australia D Rustenburg 25
  2 p.m. ABC Cameroon vs. Denmark E Pretoria 26
Sun 6/20 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Slovakia vs. Paraguay F Bloemfontein 27
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com 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/ESPN3.com Portugal vs. Korea DPR G Cape Town 30
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Chile vs. Switzerland H Port Elizabeth 31
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Spain vs. Honduras H Johannesburg 32
Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Mexico vs. Uruguay A Rustenburg 33
  9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com France vs. South Africa A Bloemfontein 34
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com Nigeria vs. Korea Republic B Durban 35
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Greece vs. Argentina B Polokwane 36
Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com Slovenia vs. England C Port Elizabeth 37
  9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com USA vs. Algeria C Pretoria 38
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Ghana vs. Germany D Johannesburg 39
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com Australia vs. Serbia D Nelspruit 40
Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Slovakia vs. Italy E Johannesburg 41
  9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com Paraguay vs. New Zealand E Polokwane 42
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Denmark vs. Japan F Rustenburg 43
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com Cameroon vs. Netherlands F Cape Town 44
Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Portugal vs. Brazil G Durban 45
  9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR G Nelspruit 46
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com Chile vs. Spain H Pretoria 47
  2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com 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/ESPN3.com 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/ESPN3.com 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/ESPN3.com 1st E vs. 2nd F TBD Durban 53
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com 1st G vs. 2nd H TBD Johannesburg 54
Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com 1st F vs. 2nd E TBD Pretoria 55
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com 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/ESPN3.com Winners 53 vs. 54 A Port Elizabeth 57
  2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com 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/ESPN3.com Winners A vs. C   Cape Town 61
Wed 7/7 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com 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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