5 ways to follow the World Cup online
After waiting for four years, the first whistle is about to blow at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This time around, expect the web to play a bigger role than ever in how you take in the world's biggest sporting event. Here's five simple ways to follow soccer's greatest event.
In real life, you can try and break dress code and show up to the office wearing your team's stripes. On the net, add a little icon of your country's flag to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture to show your support.
Head on over to Twibbon's World Cup hub and select your country, log in with Twitter and you'll be displaying your nation's flag for all your e-friends to see.
2. Get to know the players
You don't need to know another language to understand this interactive graphic that's as sexy as a Ferrari. Visit the page put together by Spanish news outlet Marca, click the English tab in the top-right corner then start rolling your mouse over the boxes that make up each team's national flag to compare players head-to-head. This can be helpful if you're working on a pool or making predictions.
3. Download an iPhone app
There could be times when you might lose your temper if you cant sit and watch a game in front of a TV or computer and you need to know the score. Or maybe a player will get injured in training and you'll want to be the first to hear it. Receive the latest football updates on the go by downloading and installing a mobile app that's focused on the tournament.
I recommend the ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup app, which is designed to provide the latest news and results from the event.
Also give World Football Live a shot – it's not as polished but pulls content from several great sources like BBC Sports, Eurosport and ESPN.
4. Watch it online
With the CBC streaming all of the games online, you can abuse company resources and watch the action as-it-happens right at your desk.
Web viewers will also be able to customize their stream – with the option of selecting either the main feed, an overhead view feed or a player feed (which is a stream where the camera is focused on one player for 30 minutes.) Expect a spike on the latter option as female fans tune in when Christiano Ronaldo takes to the pitch.
If you're looking for more colourful Spanish commentary, watch it here.
5. Get a fake doctor's note
Yes, you can watch the games on the web if you're at work but it's not the same as meeting up with a bunch of friends at a bar and getting rowdy in support of your country. Since the matches are scheduled during work hours – get a fake doctor's note to take the day off sick.
Order them online from the Alibi Network and the notes will even include a real email address and phone number your boss can call to double-check that you're actually infected with a highly contagious ear infection when it's actually football fever.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets