Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup check-in

The Kickoff concert was a blast, and the games are coming fast and furious at this point. Congratulations to Ghana for being the first African country to win a game in the World Cup! Switzerland's surprise win over Spain earlier today just goes to show that anybody can win in the World Cup, so make sure you're rooting for an underdog or two. In other good news, Didier Drogba (arguably the world's best player, pictured above) made it out onto the pitch in Côte d'Ivoire's game; his fate was unsure because of a broken arm right before the Cup started, but he looks relatively healthy and ready to fight for Les Éléphants. Here's a run down of what happened in the games we were watching:
  • South Africa tied Mexico and lost to Uruguay
  • Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 in a close game
  • In one of the most hyped games of the Cup, the U.S. held on and tied England 1-1 (see a fun recap here)
  • Algeria lost to Slovenia 0-1
  • Ghana beat Serbia 1-0
  • Cameroon lost a tight one to Japan 0-1
  • In one of the best games so far, Portugal and Côte D'Ivoire tied 0-0
  • Brazil beat North Korea 2-1 (only?!)
  • Honduras lost to Chile 0-1

If you can't make it to South Africa but want to feel like you're there, head over to our website and hit up one of our shows focused on the host country, like this one about Zulu music and culture. To add to the South African feel, check out one of the amazing galleries on the Boston Globe websitethis one of the opening weekend or this one of the preparation for the Cup. For my money, their Big Picture site has the best photos on the Internet.

At this point every team has played once, and it's time to gear up for the second round of games within the Group Stage. The game we're looking forward to most is when Brazil and Côte d'Ivoire meet on June 20th. They're part of the fabled "Group of Death" this year, which is the group each Cup that's the hardest to get out off. Though Côte d'Ivoire has one of the best teams in Africa, they are going up against the top-ranked team in the world in Brazil. Musically, the scales are also tipped in Brazil's favorat least in terms of quantity. Below are a few videos of completely different styles, two from each country. We want to know who your favorite is, either in the game on Sunday or of the countries represented in the videos below. If you like them all, even better!

Côte d'Ivoire:


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