Wednesday, February 22, 2006

World Cup news

The Golden World Cup Trophy is back on US soil. It was last here in 1994 when Brazil happily walked away with it. This time it is here as part of the world tour sponsored by Coke. Everyone should hurry to see it as it will not be back in America again till July (he says with a wink and a smile).

An English company has been hired to supply the soccer pitches to this summer’s Cup. The £1 million ($1.8 million) contract was given to Turfgroup who currently keep up the grass at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Turfgroup’s joint venture partner in Holland, Hendriks Graszoden Groep, will grow the grass for the 11 World Cup pitches.

It seems beer brewers in Britain are counting on the World Cup to increase sagging sales. However, they all seem to agree that there fate rests greatly with the national team. The further England goes, the more beer will flow.

Finally, times are rough for 2010 World Cup host South Africa. They have many issues to overcome, but one of the biggest is who will coach their side. Seems the SAFA can't make up their mind on who should get the nod. There is even talk of putting in a caretaker so they can wait even longer to make the final choice. It is true that it a lot of case, good things come to those who wait, but when it comes to a national team, there is a limit on the amount of acceptable wait time.

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