I read that more than three billion people will watch the 2006 FIFA World Cup which will make it the single most watched sporting event, beating the Olympics. Over 300+ countries watched the draw last December alone.
Will you be watching it?
It's only just over three months away, I personally cannot wait!
I will be hiding under my duvet until it's all over.
Alternatively I will probably end up doing what I end up doing for every World Cup... dread it's impending arrival ... rant on about how pointless it is for the first couple of weeks ... then as England appear to be doing quite well and get into the Quarter Finals suddenly find myself fighting people for seats in over-crowded pubs to watch England be beaten by Penalties in the Semi Finals. [ March 05, 2006: Message edited by: Angela Poynton ]
Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
I had really been looking forward for this WC (it's in Germany, so I would actually have a good chance of seeing a match or two). I had been looking forward to sitting with a bunch a friends, enjoying a beer or two while watching football...
BUT Denmark didn't qualify ( ) - so to be honest, this summer wont be the same.. Guess I'll watch a few games, and cheer for Sweeden instead..
Despite absolutely loving football I have to admit I'm developing quite a feeling of trepidation about it. Partly because Scotland did not qualify, but more because England look to have as good a chance of winning it as they have had in the last 20 years! God, that would be unbearable.
From where I am sitting -Berlin, which in the summer is swamped with tourists even without Worldcup- it looks like an enormous crowd of people are going to show up. I'll try to go into hibernation for that time; failing that, a friendly neighbourhood pub with a big screen will have to suffice for a few selected matches.
Can't Wait. Its still 95 days away but its the most popular talking point in the pub already. Who's injured, Who shud be taken and who shud be left home , what teams are easy and which are not and how far we(England) can go.
Yahoo is hosting the website for the event and the last time they tried to sell tickets online(couple of weeks back), the website crashed and stayed down for 10 hours - I was among the ones who kept checking every 15 mins and finally gave up after 8 hours. Tickets can however be found on ebay for 500 quid or so(depending on which match u want to watch). I am more than happy to just go to Germany and watch it from some pub there , as long as I am in the city where England is playing.
Brazil and England are my favourites right now , but thats assuming Ashley Cole and Owen are fully fit by then and no other English player pick up any injuries.
I'll be watching. Should be back in UK by June, in time to see most of the matches. Currently in the states, very little football (round ball) on television over here.
England look to have as good a chance of winning it as they have had in the last 20 years! God, that would be unbearable.
- should get about 20 "1966" comments per match. Any of the below can be linked to "1966" (when England won the world cup - in case you didn�t know):
Any match where Germany is playing England! Any match where England is playing anyone! Any match where Germany is playing anyone! Any match where the current holders are playing. Any match where the favorites are playing. Any England player, displaying some skill (or lack of). Any talk of West Ham, Man United (etc) or other English team. At any other time, when there is little else to talk about....
- of course, this time they will not be able to talk about this, during Scotland games - shame really
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To those of you who's looking forward for the WC - take a look at this football compilation:
- where? The [US] TV channels don't seem to show any football (round ball). Couldn�t find any (late) coverage or highlights of the Barcelona vs. Chelsea match, the other night. - Have to find a English / Irish pub in NY. Underdogs; Czech Rep - could just win it. [ March 09, 2006: Message edited by: Peter Rooke ]
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@ Elaine: Thanks.. btw. I hope you'll give give it a change
Originally posted by Peter Rooke: - where? The [US] TV channels don't seem to show any football (round ball). Couldn�t find any (late) coverage or highlights of the Barcelona vs. Chelsea match, the other night. - Have to find a English / Irish pub in NY. Underdogs; Czech Rep - could just win it.
[ March 09, 2006: Message edited by: Peter Rooke ]
Here in the Philippines...in 2002 national carrier PTV 4 televised all the games. Now in 2006 I still don't know if they'll repeat, but local cable channel SportsPlus will also provide full coverage.
Originally posted by Peter Rooke: Underdogs; Czech Rep - could just win it.
They're not that much of an underdog - they're ranked 2nd in the world at the moment!
I'll be quite interested to see how well the US do. On the one hand I don't want the US to win and have football become more popular there (it may lead to the word "soccer" becoming more widely used ), but on the other hand they have a Reading player, Bobby Convey, in their team, and I'd like to see him do well.
As for England, well it'll be the same old story. We'll limp through the group stages, win the next round with a lucky performance and then get knocked out on penalties by Germany.
Not sure who'll win this one. Germany have got to be a good bet when playing on home territory, but they've been on a bit of a downwards trend recently. Surely one day the Czech Republic or Spain will win something, but like England they keep on self destructing. France don't seem to have recaptured the form of a few years ago. My bet is that it'll be one of the South Americans - Brazil or Argentina.
There will be glitches in my transition from being a saloon bar sage to a world statesman. - Tony Banks
Originally posted by Val Pecaoco: I'll be watching all of USA's games, hopefully until the finals They're steadily improving...can't wait to see how they fare againts the top guns. Exciting underdogs...GO USA!!!
I'm afraid to say I watched them draw against us at Hampden a few months ago. If they can't beat Scotland I would be too expectant. The US has an advantage getting to the finals: the qualification group they were in they only really have competition from Mexico. There are far harder teams coming from the European and South American groups.