Saturday, June 12, 2010

South Africa welcomes the world

Sports great adventure finally got under way again on Friday, bringing to an end months if not years of great anticipation as the host nation South Africa opened up World Cup 2010 with a draw against Mexico.

With a rather huge home side advantage in the stands, the Banfana Banfana nearly took the opener, a possibility that would have set the host nation even more alive than it has seemed thus far, adding to the euphoria as they welcome the world to the first African hosted celebration of football.

And while Canada once again finds itself on the side of the pitch looking in, Canada's media outlets are providing some fairly comprehensive coverage of the World's most anticipated sporting spectacle.

Reflecting the wide diaspora of the world that calls our country home, Canadian media coverage offers up a wealth of information, from the CBC's extensive broadcast and web coverage through to the Globe and Mail's World Cup page which features some fascinating articles from one of Canada's best sports journalists Stephen Brunt.

As Canadians divide up their loyalties along ancient lines, or adopt long shot hopefuls as their own, everyone it seems has somebody to cheer for as we watch along in fascination from the eight venues in one of the most picturesque nations of the world.    

To follow along for the month we have some links and background on the event to help guide you through the Groups and on to the finale in mid July.

We will continue to add items as we come across them, your permanent link to this page can be found on our Items of note beyond Podunk feature on the right hand side of the blog.

FIFA World Cup homepage

World Cup matches and results

World Cup venues

Reports and features

CBC Sports World Cup coverage
Globe and Mail World Cup coverage
National Post World Cup coverage

Mail and Guardian World Cup coverage (South Africa)
Cape Times World Cup coverage (South Africa)
Port Elizabeth Herald (South Africa)

Guardian UK World Cup coverage (England)
Telegraph UK World Cup coverage  (England)
The Independent World Cup coverage (England)
The Sun World Cup coverage (England)
Mail on line World Cup coverage (England)
Express World Cup coverage (England)
BBC World Cup coverage (England)
ITV World Cup coverage (England)

New York Times World Cup coverage (USA)
New York Post World Cup Coverage (USA)
New York Daily News World Cup coverage (USA)
Boston Globe World Cup coverage (USA)
Chicago Tribune World Cup coverage (USA)
Chicago Sun Times World Cup coverage (USA)
Los Angeles Times World Cup coverage (USA)
Miami Herald World Cup coverage (USA)
San Jose Mercury News World Cup coverage (USA)
Seattle Times World Cup coverage (USA)
USA Today World Cup coverage (USA)

Melbourne Herald Sun World Cup coverage (Australia)
Sydney Daily Telegraph World Cup coverage (Australia)
The Australian World Cup coverage (Australia)
Australian Broadcasting Company World Cup coverage (Australia)

New Zealand Herald World Cup coverage (New Zealand)
Christchurch Press World Cup coverage (New Zealand)
Radio New Zealand World Cup coverage (New Zealand)
TV One New Zealand World Cup coverage (New Zealand)


World Football (BBC)
World Cup Daily (BBC)
World Cup Podcast (Globe and Mail)
World Cup Today (ESPN)
World Football Weekly (Radio Australia)
The Footy Show (Score Media)


FIFA World Cup (CBC)
Off the Ball (ESPN)
World Cup Blog (ESPN)
BBC David Bond Blog (BBC)
World Cup Motty (BBC)
BBC Paul Fletcher Blog (BBC)
BBC Phil McNulty Blog (BBC)
The Dirty Tackle (Yahoo)
Goalblog (New York Times)
Two guys, one cup (Toronto Star)
World Cup, Toronto voices (Toronto Star)

Miscellaneous Items

Cross Country Checkup discussion on the World Cup (CBC)

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