Yousef says....The 2010 World Cup will be in South Africa, marking the first time the tournament is held in the African continent. A total of 32 teams will be competing for the coveted World Cup trophy, won by only 7 countries since the tournament's inception in 1930. Past winners are Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, France and England. In many countries around the world, normal life will cease for a month as fans watch the 52 games, supporting their countries or favorite teams. It is estimated that over 1.3 billion viewers will be watching the world cup. Besides the games, the world cup is a great opportunity to learn about the 32 countries and their cultures.
When I arrived in this country in 1980's, soccer was a third class sport, played mainly by kids and immigrants like myself. One had to search hard to find a game on TV with the only thing being shown then was "Soccer Made in Germany" on PBS. Things have changed a lot since then.
Like many local soccer fans, I look forward to watching most of the 52 games. Games will be televised live at 4:30 a.m., 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 showing every game. USA played England on Saturday 6/12, starting at 11:00 a.m. Pacific on ABC. It was a draw, 1-1. Many folks will be putting their DVRs to work while others will watch the games on internet.
Here in Redmond, several local pubs will be showing the games live for those who prefer to watch the games with their friends or other fans. Three Lions Pub, JJ Mahoneys, Pub 85 (on Rose Hill) , Canyons and other Redmond establishments will be showing the 11:30 a.m. games.
For the diehards, Three Lions Pub is the place to be. They plan to show all the 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. games live (the 4:30games will be recorded and shown at 9 a.m.). Have a favorite neighborhood spot I forgot to list? Let me know.