South African soccer fans. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
The 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament officially kicks off Friday when Mexico plays host country South Africa. We’ve compiled some of our favorite World Cup-related blogs, Web sites and resources — and we welcome your suggestions.
For match schedules and results through the final on July 11, you can go straight to the source at FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football), or check out BBC’s calendar and ESPN’s “MatchCenter.”
The Guardian provides editorials, analysis, podcasts and minute-by-minute game commentary here.
ESPN is running a blog of commentary, news and random tidbits.
The New York Times is blogging about the hoopla and the matches, posting reports and video.
The Washington Post’s Steven Goff is keeping track of developments in his “Soccer Insider.”
And Yahoo rounds up some of the odder news stories from the sidelines in this tongue-in-cheek blog.
User Guides and More Reports
Our partners at GlobalPost have crafted an “Insider Guide” to World Cup, listing each of the 32 participating countries’ history in the tournament, coaches, team strengths and weaknesses, and playing schedule.
NPR is also collecting its coverage, including reports airing on “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” on this page. They’re reporting on World Cup fever and the view from South Africa on Africa’s first time ever hosting the tournament.
And the NewsHour’s own special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro will be reporting from South Africa on how the country is faring 16 years after the end of apartheid and how it is handling its World Cup host role. Watch for his reports starting Friday both on the broadcast and online.