The distinctive buzz of traditional South African vuvuzela stadium horns has sparked controversy at the matches and fascination on the Internet. A reporter with Independent Television News examines the noisy controversy from the World Cup. Continue reading
Every four years when the World Cup soccer tournament rolls around, people wonder why soccer hasn’t taken off as a professional sport in the United States, despite its broad appeal as a recreational sport. Some World Cup watchers give their takes. Continue reading
In other news Friday, several communities in Minnesota began to clean up after several tornadoes ripped through the state Thursday, killing three and injuring dozens. Also, hopes dimmed that missing miners in Colombia might be found alive after a deadly explosion on Wednesday. Continue reading
North Korea’s national soccer team is something Gordon knows a lot about — it took him four years to be granted access to make his first film, “The Game of Their Lives,” a profile of North Korea’s 1966 World Cup team.
As soccer’s biggest tournament gets underway in South Africa, Ray Suarez gets the rundown of day one at the World Cup — and a look at the coming month of matches — from sports writers Christine Brennan and David Hirshey. Continue reading
Ahead of Friday’s World Cup kick-off in South Africa, Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Johannesburg about what hosting the matches for the first time mean for national unity in the post-apartheid country. Continue reading
As Johannesburg prepares for the first match of the World Cup, Ray Suarez talks to Fred de Sam Lazaro about how hosting the world’s biggest sporting event is playing out in South Africa. Continue reading
The distinctive traits of South Africa’s World Cup stadiums — such as zebra-striped seats and a calabash pot shape — are meant to represent their country’s complex culture. But some have criticized the money spent amid more pressing needs at home. Continue reading