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Meet the YG World Cup Bloggers: Steffan Pedersen

by Steffan Pedersen

Steffan Pedersen

In just under one month the 2014 World Cup will begin in Brazil.  To celebrate, we’ve invited bloggers from around the world to talk about their experiences during the Cup.  Today we’d like to introduce one of those bloggers, a Danish-American who works in marketing.  Take it away Steffan:

I am a May 2013 Cum Laude graduate from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, where I earned a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Communications. Growing up, I spent seven years living with my family in Randers, Denmark, where I was first introduced to the excitement and togetherness brought along by sports. The way sports bring people together in friendship and unrivaled unison is one of my greatest passions.

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Meet the YG World Cup Bloggers: Matt Lines

by Matt Lines

Matt LinesIn just under one month the 2014 World Cup will begin in Brazil.  To celebrate, we’ve invited bloggers from around the world to talk about their experiences during the Cup.  Today we’d like to introduce one of those bloggers, a soccer podcaster from the UK.  Take it away Matt:

I’m currently a final year student at Lancaster University in the UK, who has a great passion for journalism and blogging, and especially football. I currently write comment pieces for the student newspaper, but more importantly along with two friends have a weekly football chat show, on which we discuss the week in football, and also have humorous features such as fantasy XI’s (Bald XI vs Long Haired XI) and Footballing Folk as… (Musical Instruments, Alcoholic Beverages). The show is incredibly important to me as it allows me to develop my passion for the sport, but also gives me and the guys I do it with a welcome break from intense studying in our final year.

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Meet the YG World Cup Bloggers: Julia Paterson

by Julia Paterson

Julia

In just under one month the 2014 World Cup will begin in Brazil.  To celebrate, we’ve invited bloggers from around the world to talk about their experiences during the Cup.  Today we’d like to introduce one of those bloggers, a soccer playing Scot who is currently studying in Germany.  Take it away Julia:

I’m a 25-year-old from Scotland, and I’m currently beginning my second year of a PhD in Pharmacy at Universität Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg. I first started playing soccer (football back home!) when I was 5, beginning a great lifelong love of the sport.

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Italy, what is going on?

Italian National Team Coach Marcello Lippi with his typical grimace, Photo: © Vincenzo Sassu

Italian National Team Coach Marcello Lippi with his typical grimace, Photo: © Vincenzo Sassu

Did you know that the Italian national football team is viewed more positively abroad than at home this year? This is evident in the earlier post by fellow Young Germany World Cup Blogger Philip, an enthusiastic and confident believer in an Italy “double-double”.

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Starting the day off right in Cape Town

The Cape Town city bowl as seen from the lower Table Mountain Cable Way station.  Photo (cc) flickr user InsideSouthAfrica

The Cape Town City Bowl as seen from the lower Table Mountain Cable Way station. Photo (cc) flickr user InsideSouthAfrica

The World Cup has kicked off, and our entire country has a severe case of ‘Football Fever.’ People that have never watched a game of football in their lives are suddenly glued to their television sets; the talk on the streets is all about football. The net result: South Africa is a great place to be right now. Restaurants, pubs, and bars are constantly full, and the streets are a very pleasant place to be. As a huge fan of the sport and my country, I feel a great deal of pride in what we have achieved thus far – and the tournament is only a week old.

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Pakistan and the World Cup

India and Pakastan's national football teams facing off in Lahore in 2005 for the third time ever.  Photo Rahat Dar © dpa

India and Pakistan's national football teams facing off in Lahore in 2005 for the third time ever. Photo Rahat Dar © dpa

Last week I found myself shocked by the news: Younus Khan–former captain of the Pakistani national cricket team–had been named “ambassador of football” for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).  But why a cricket player as the ambassador of football?

During a recent visit to Lahore’s cricket team camp, former Pakistani football coach George Kottan remarked that four or five of the Pakistani cricket players were also talented football players.  Younus Khan, Kottan said, can play just as well as any European player. Though football is very common in this part of the world, due to a lack of legendary players and a poor show of attention from the PFF, the national team is still waiting to see its name among the leading teams.

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The yellow tricot and the goalie

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa - Group A - Uruguay v France - Goalie Nestor Fernando Muslera of Uruguay, Photo: picture alliance / empics

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa - Group A - Uruguay v France - Goalie Nestor Fernando Muslera of Uruguay, Photo: picture alliance / empics

Yellow tricots are in – at least with the goalkeepers of France (Hugo Lloris), Uruguay (Fernando Muslera) and the South African team. Will this be a World Cup of yellow goalkeepers? Or is this just the beginning of a kind of fashionable extroversion?

For those goalies, who don’t wear yellow, one wonders, if they would’ve liked to, as in the match of England versus the US. In that match, only the referees wore the color yellow, and so it was forbidden for the players. But maybe the uniform as a test in extroversion is still developing itself in a way. How would it be with combinations of light purple and kitschy green or a no less elegant mix of turquoise and cherry red? That could be interesting.

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