The first time I remember watching lots of World Cup games was the 1994 World Cup hosted in the United States. It was the first time my family got cable TV because we did not want to miss any of the action. We still only had access to the games that TV stations thought would have enough demand to show. Technology is making every second of the World Cup available to the world. There are so many options to stay connected and immersed in the excitement of World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
There are iTunes Apps for the World Cup – two of the free ones are iSA2010 Free and ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup App. iSA2010 was useful initially to see the groupings and upcoming dates for the each game. The ESPN app shows current scores for the games. It also shows standings, stats, videos, etc – some for the upgrade price.
Both Twitter and Facebook are filled with people’s reflections and hopes for their favorite (or curses for their least favorite teams). I’ve noticed on more than one occasion, that after a major goal Twitter tends to get the ‘Over Capacity’ message. When it is working, the friendly banter between friends supporting opposing teams is amusing.
I’m currently watching a game on Univision and love it. There is an excitement that the announcers provide that is missing in the English. Besides, it doesn’t feel like a soccer game without someone yelling G-O-O-O-L-L-L-L-L over and over when either team scores. It is that big a deal to score on the World Cup stage, and its good someone gets it. Not happy that the current chorus of “gol” and “golaso” was because SVN scored against USA, but I have to respect it was a well placed/earned goal.
Comcast OnDemand has games from the day before – in both English and Spanish. As a teacher I love being able to watch whatever games I want since it is my summer break. However, many people are trapped at work during the action, so they still have the possibility to catch the best games the next day. However, good luck to them avoiding finding out the score before they see the game.
For watching highlights of the games, there are so many websites that provide coverage – full or partial of each of the games. A Google search has pages of results for video and news articles from around the world.
Side note: I’m secretly excited that there are not clear giants in this tournament. Most of the teams favored to win have a loss. The World Cup will be interesting until the end because so many unexpected teams still have a chance.