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No matter whether the team of any country is participating in the FIFA World Cup 2006 or not, it has not discouraged the football fans across the world from joining the general mood online.

As the passion for football is sweeping every one in the world, fans are logging on to the Internet to find all sorts of information about the championship, why Edmilson of Brazil will miss the World Cup, who is opposing participation of Iran or multimedia content such as an extensive gallery of brief video clips of stars and highlights from games from earlier championships.

Many Internet sites have sprung up which are reporting during the matches about every goal, foul, booking or other event out on the stadiums. "The hype this time is of an entirely different order," says Abid Jamal, a student in Business and Information Technology, University of the Punjab.

The best joint for online reporters and geeky fans is an apartment in Berlin Wilmersdorf that will be the meeting point for bloggers, vloggers and podcasters from all over Europe, meeting to cover the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The weblog is described as "a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of football fans around the big upcoming event."

"We have a 220 square meter flat with an awesome patio on the rooftop in the center of Berlin," according to the team's announcement. "Our blogger team will blog live for 30 days from the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. We will have the time of our life and the best is: anybody who's interested is invited!"

Another interesting place for Football fans is The FIFA World Cup Fan Park in Dubai where game lovers will be able to watch the thrilling FIFA World Cup football with oscillating emotions in the only venue of its kind away from actual stadiums in twelve cities of Germany.

"The FIFA World Cup Fan Park gives spectators a true stadium experience with a giant 140 m screen, grandstand seating, stadium food and football-themed games and activities for the whole family. Each of the 64 matches will be broadcast live at the venue, which occupies much of Shaikh Rashid Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Fan Park will reverberate with cheers and chanting from up to 3,000 people, including 1,500 in stadium seats, 500 in the VIP balcony and 1,000 on the indoor football pitch that will double as a seating area during matches," reads a report that came across my desktop.

What is more, Football fans have been searching for information about England striker Wayne Rooney more than any other player, ahead of this summer's World Cup finals, according to new research. The news about the state of Wayne Rooney's fitness ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup led to a huge surge in users on Yahoo!

Besides more than 60,000 fans will pack the Olympiastadion in Berlin on June 7, nearly 5,000 dancers will boogie to Oscar and Emmy winner Doug Jack's choreographed routine; Il Divo will sing the "A Time of Our Lives" theme song, with some help from R&B singer Toni Braxton in an Olympic scale ceremony, fans all around will be glued to all media channels for the moment to moment updates on mega event. According to Initiative, a London company that buys media space for advertisers, the Cup's 64 matches will attract a cumulative live TV audience of more than five billion.

What a great idea for connecting with other citizen journalists, and working together to cover a big sporting event. Wouldn't it be fun to hang out with those bloggers and vloggers?

Right now though, Germany is at the forefront of our minds, and as a simulation of that tournament is every bit as welcome (and as unexpected) as a Rooney recovery.

posted by S A J Shirazi @ Thursday, February 02, 2012,


At 23:36, Anonymous Razib Ahmed said...

Worldcup fever has captured whole world even South Asian counties which don't have any good football team and for example Buthan has the weakest football team in Asia. Yet, people are so crazy to watch every match specially some teams like brazil and Argentina have more fans than their own countries. many people have bought color TV set or bigger TV set to enjoy watching football matches.

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