That’s right…today’s the first day of the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP!!! It’s being held in South Africa, and it’s going from today till July 11. And guess what? SNSD is participating in World Cup FEVER!!! No, they’re not in the World Cup itself. I guess they’re rooting for South Korea or somethin’. And another K-pop group I’m familiar with released the single for Asia. Not just for South Korea, but for Asia. And since this is such a big sporting event, let me tell you some facts on the World Cup:
This is the nineteenth World Cup.
The World Cup was founded in 1930.
Italy is the current World Cup champion, with four titles won, and Germany is next with three. Argentina has won two titles, and England and France with one. Uruguay is the winner of the inaugural tournament.
Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, having won the World Cup five times, and the only team to have played in every World Cup tournament.
The World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world; about 715.1 million people watched the 2006 World Cup finale held in Germany.
The 2014 World Cup will be in Brazil.
There is actually a World Cup for women, entitled the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Here are some facts on THAT:
This World Cup was founded in 1991, a good 61 years after the FIFA World Cup was founded.
The current champions are Germany, also the most successful team alongside the U.S.A., having won 2 titles each.
There are 16 Women’s World Cup teams, and there are 32 in the FIFA World Cup, so the World Cup has 16 more teams than the women’s edition.
1991 Women’s World Cup:
China (host) – U.S. (Champion) – Norway (2nd place) – Sweden (third place) – Germany (fourth place)
1995 Women’s World Cup:
Sweden (host) – Norway (Champion) – Germany (2nd place) – U.S. (third place) – China PR, women’s national football team (fourth place)
1999 Women’s World Cup:
U.S. (host) – U.S. (champion) – China PR, women’s national football team (second place) – Brazil (third place) – Norway (fourth place)
2003 Women’s World Cup:
U.S. (host) – Germany (champion) – Sweden (second place) – U.S. (third place) – Canada (fourth place)
2007 Women’s World Cup:
China (host) – Germany (champion) – Brazil (second place) – U.S. (third place) – Norway (fourth place)
2011 Women’s World Cup:
So if you’re a lady, you may be looking forward to the 2011 Women’s World Cup next year. If you’re a man, well…GET TO YOUR TV! THE WORLD CUP STARTED TODAY!!! And look forward to the next World Cup…which will be coming in, er, 4 years 😛
Well, that’s all I have to say on the World Cup. Men, get to the TV. And women, well get to the TV next year.
Oh and p.s. This is the link to the 2AM World Cup song I was talking about. You know, the one for Asia etc. It’s called “No. 1”. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZaxE-sm6mQ