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Many online and mobile options for World Cup fans

By C.J. CASTILLO
June 18, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.
Updated June 19, 2010 at 1:19 a.m.


If you haven't heard by now, the 2010 FIFA World Cup is in full swing. What has been called the world's largest sporting event kicked off in South Africa on June 11 and ends July 11.

But this column isn't about how popular football (or soccer, if you prefer) is or isn't in the U.S. I won't get into the complaints I hear about the game, such as how the game is boring, scoring takes forever or how sometimes matches end in ties.

What I will discuss are ways to keep up with the 2010 World Cup no matter where you are. There is everything from apps for your phone, to live streaming video and updates on Twitter.

First things first. If we are talking about the World Cup, we have to also talk about the vuvuzela, the instrument everyone loves to hate and hates to love.

The vuvuzela is the plastic trumpet football fans in South Africa use to make some noise during matches at the World Cup. And make noise do they!

The vuvuzela's sound can be described as an annoying droning, buzzing sound. Sort of like millions of angry mosquitoes.

Extremely angry mosquitoes.

The vuvuzela, or hatred for it, has become so rampant officials even tried to ban them from the World Cup, but to no avail.

It's here to stay, so why not embrace it?

Want to feel like you are at the World Cup no matter where you are? Download the Vuvuzela app for your iPhone.

Or maybe you aren't getting enough of the vuvuzela on TV, you can always follow it on Twitter. Tweets from, @thevuvuzelahorn, consist oftext updates like "BZZZZZZZZZZ."

If you really aren't having any of the vuvuzela noise, visit Lifehacker.com and read their instructions on how to drown out the sounds, which involves adjusting the equalizer settings on your audio setup.

Many of the World Cup matches take place during the day, when most of us are hard at work. What to do? Install an app on your smart phone. Some of the more popular iPhone apps are ESPN's 2010 FIFA World Cup app, which is free in the App Store. You can pay $7.99 to upgrade the app, which includes live audio, play-by-play commentary and video highlights.

Another option for the iPhone is the 2010 World Cup South Africa app, by Infindo (99 cents in App Store). This app includes instant alerts when a goal is scored, video highlights, live score updates and player and team profiles. Also available for both the iPhone and Blackberry is the AP 2010 World Cup Coverage app (free in the App Store).

This app by the Associated Press lets you keep up with match scores, standings and team profiles.

Live streams of matches are available as well on ESPN3.com, but only for customers of participating Internet service providers.

Another option is to watch the live streams on Univision.com, which is available to everyone. The coverage is all in Spanish. I prefer watching the coverage on Univision anyway, the announcers are very animated and their lengthy "Goooooool" cries make for an exciting viewer experience. In addition to their live streams, Univision has two Twitter accounts where they have play-by-play coverage, @UnivisionFutbol for you Spanish speakers and @UnivisionSoccer for English speakers. And of course, you can always follow the #WorldCup hashtag on Twitter to see what everyone else is saying.

See you all later, it's "Goooooooooool" time.

CJ Castillo is the interactivity editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can follow her on Twitter (@cjcastillo) or contact at cjcastillo@vicad.com. Please send all correspondence c/o Victoria Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.

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