Soccer players run as much as six miles in a 90-minute game. Imagine a 10K charity fun-run, but throw in sprints, sudden direction changes, shoulder charges, leaping and getting knocked down a few dozen times. One player you see on the in South Africa is mediadarling David Beckham. A torn Achilles tendon will have him in the stands and about town with wife, Victoria, aka Posh Spice. The best way to experience World Cup Fever is with devoted fans of the game. Visit soccerbars. com and worldsoccerbars.com to a spot in major cities to sip a pint, catch a game and chat with local expats decked out in their colors.
Brazil: Stocked with one-named was the most known for a style of soccer that inspired the phrase beautiful Brazil is an automatic favorite at the start of any World Cup: The team has won the tournament times, most recently in 2002. England: The English invented soccer, but won the World Cup just once, when the country hosted the event in 1966. The media pressure on the team to win is enormous (think New York media on steroids), but with Wayne Rooney leading the charge and coach Fabio Capello pulling the strings, England has its best chance in years to take home the cup. Spain: The current European champions, known as Furia Roja (The Red owned a 35-game winning streak from 2007 to 2009, tying a world record belonging to Brazil. Spanish stars Fernando Torres and the tandem of Xavi and Iniesta, stars for Spanish league powerhouse Barcelona, make the team a force to be reckoned with.
Modern advancements in technology have kept players and enthusiasts on their toes. Like Lance bike or racecar, a soccer gear is just as important as his footwork. So only natural that come World Cup time, the folks at Adidas roll out the big guns. Lightning Speed: The F50 adiZero is the lightest and fastest cleat ever; be on the feet of Lionel Messi, David Villa and Lukas Podolski.
Ivory Coast: With the tournament in Africa for the time, pundits are predicting an African team will crash the party traditionally reserved for European and South American countries. The team is a popular pick to challenge for the title, thanks to forward Didier Drogba, who has the talent, will, passion and supporting cast to go the distance. United States: With a 2-0 upset of top-ranked Spain last summer, the United States showed it could compete with any team on any given day. To challenge for the title, the Americans must perform more consistently, avoid the injury bug that has plagued them over the last year and get a performance from attacker Landon Donovan.
Groovy: New technology features eight thermally bonded 3-D panels and texture. Magic number: The 11th Adidas World Cup ball features 11 colors representing the 11 members of each team, the 11 languages of South Africa and its 11 tribes.
in a name: The name Jubulani means in Bantu.