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Maradona and Messi: A Complicated Tango

The New York Times calls the relationship between Argentina’s national coach and legendary player Diego Maradona and his star player Lionel Messi a “complicated tango,” but, hey, a tango it is! Just take a look at the breathtaking resemblance of these two famous goals and the synchronicity of the players’ movements (Maradona’s goal against England at the World Cup 1986 – still considered the best goal of all times – and Messi’s goal in a Primera Division game against Getafe in 2007).


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World Cup as Augmented Reality

 

Have you ever wanted to be a design researcher for a day? Here’s your chance! We’re going beyond frog’s walls for inspiration and insights from our social networks: so get your cameras ready.  Show us how you are watching the World Cup!

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Just Picked Up Our World Cup Tickets!

I'm in Cape Town for the World Cup for three weeks with my husband and two of our soccer superfan friends. To qualify this situation, my travel mates can smell soccer on TV from a 50 foot distance, whereas I could walk onto a field and wonder why everyone was wearing the same color.  My role here is to absorb the soccer enthusiasm, see this truly overstimulating event from their perspective, and catch a little vacation time (aka sleep). Bear with me as I translate world soccer events through the eyes of a neophyte.

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Being Robert Green

So what do you do when you are Robert Green, the English goalkeeper who fumbled the ball in the most disastrous fashion to allow the US equalizer today? One of my friends called it “the worst goalie mistake in 20 years of professional football,” and it’s hard to argue with that. The twitterverse suspects that Green was paid by BP to make up for the “spill” (in case you didn’t know, there’s nothing more political than soccer), and a US blogger even posted a YouTube video showing her son and his uncle reenacting the goal shortly after the incident.

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The Best Interactive World Cup Schedule

http://www.marca.com/deporte/futbol/mundial/sudafrica-2010/calendario-english.html

Try it in full screen mode. Just make sure you haven’t had too many pints first. ;)

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Diego Madonna.....Oops I Mean Maradona*

Diego Maradona is the infamous manager of Argentina's World Cup squad. Maradona made his claim to fame during the 1986 World Cup when he netted two goals in the finals, the first of which was an obvious handball. Madonna Maradona admitted to the handball after Argentinas championship victory yet claimed that his hand was the "hand of God". If that doesn't hint at Maradona's larger than life ego, his month long stay in South Africa will solidfy his "godly" swagger:

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The Politics of Happiness

As we all move closer to the much anticipated opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup, it's a time when bigger themes than football will surely enter the global conversation.

A theme that comes to mind is the notion that many of the serious problems and challenges that we face on our planet as humans divided by history, race, nationality, politics, social values, religion, and sexual orientation, can all either be accessed, addressed, or even explained by the great sport of football. 

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Screaming Crazy

How loudly would you scream for a pair of tickets to support your country in the World Cup?

Japan is certainly excited for it's first match against Cameroon on June 14th. The Japanese Men's National Team sponsored a contest that would give one lucky fan a pair of tickets to South Africa to attend every game Japan plays in. In order to win, you have to scream your heart out..... literally. 


GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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U.S. Soccer: It Starts Here

Here is the offical U.S. Men's Soccer 2010 World Cup commercial. The commercial itself is very artistic and captivating and sets the tone for what should be a very promising World Cup for the United States. I will be updating clips and articles daily. Enjoy!

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Oh La La....Louis Vuitton Unveils the FIFA World Cup Trophy Travel Case