England Vs USA – It's the TechCrunch World Cup

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This Saturday England will play the USA in the South Africa World Cup 2010. Personally, I’m hoping England won’t be as complacent as it was in 1950.

Back then, the first World Cup saw after the Second World War saw the two teams face each other for the first time. After winning 23 of its preceding 30 games, England was feeling pretty confident. What did the Yanks know about football anyway? When the match kicked off on 29th June, the USA took the lead in the 38th minute. They won 1–0 (that’s “One Nil” BTW).

Some Americans may still be unfamiliar with this bizarre “soccer” game. But Generation Facebook And Twitter generally find themselves a lot more globally connected than those before them. And that’s to be embraced, no?

England is not doing so well right now and beset with injuries. By contrast the USA has seen recent victory over Australia. It will be a nail-biting game.

If you want to Geek Out with the World Cup we recommends the following iPhone apps:

The ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup app [iTunes]

The South Africa 2010 Tracker which has Live updates from every match [iTunes]

iSouth Africa 2010 [iTunes]

If you’re actually going (you lucky bastard) there is South Africa Essentials [iTunes]

World Football Live [iTunes]

World Cup Factoids and History [iTunes]

World Cup Trivia Challenge Lite [iTunes]

And here are some decent sites to keep you updated:
Football365
ESPN Soccer
The Guardian World Cup Fans Network

But to give you a taster of what it would be like if the two Brits on the TechCrunch team (myself and Paul Carr) faced-off against TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, Erick Schonfeld and MG Seigler, here’s something put together by the nice guys behind behind mloovi and learn10.

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  • http://www.crowdfootball.com James

    Great Goal Mike!

    Any chance you could ask your readers for help? I’m trying to make up World Cup Twitter lists for each team… the England list is pretty good but I’m struggling with some others.

    http://twitter.com/worldcup_a_to_d
    http://twitter.com/worldcup_e_to_h

    I’m using the list to power a new site I’m setting up http://www.crowdfootball.com

    Cheers

  • Bailey

    Why just iPhone apps? There are plenty of Android apps as well. All you have to do is search “World Cup”.

  • http://www.jollyjo.com Jollyjo

    1950? Up to 2006 England was complacent! If it was up to the English…soccer would be dead…

  • http://blog.softwhere.org Rich Sharples

    I’m a Brit resident in the USA for the last 9 years will be watching with a mixed crowd – should be fun.

    There’s one app you missed – the Vuvuzela ! Search in App Store – there are plenty to choose from. It’s a sound you’re either going to loathe or love when the WC is all over but you will remember it.

    – RIch

  • http://sofanatics.com Toni

    If you end up watching the game alone, you should go check out http://sofanatics.com, a social tv service for sports fans.

    .toni

    • Poolio

      “You’ll never watch alone” whatta slogan. Is Liverpool paying you guys?

  • http://shop.englandstuff.com Mike Robinson

    Ha, cheers for the post Mike :) I actually made this to promote an online store at http://shop.englandstuff.com/ and you didn’t mention them! But nice to get unexpected mentions of Mloovi & Learn10 in there. So I guess I will need to self promote here ;) http://shop.englandstuff.com/techcrunch-world-cup

    • Steve O'Hear

      Self promotion: Where the f*** am I in the video. Everybody knows I’m a better footballer than that Paul Carr fella. Besides, 2 vs 3 isn’t very fair. Come on Engaaaaallllllaaaaaand.

      • http://shop.englandstuff.com Mike Robinson

        lol, sorry Steve, I had to make some tough decisions and you didn’t quite make the cut I’m afraid, but it’s a long tournament and you may still get your chance ;)

      • Steve O'Hear

        You’re worse than McClaren. Jeez.

      • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

        Steve is better in goal anyway.

      • Steve O'Hear

        I guarantee I’ve attended more football matches than any of the TC crew.

        I got given a free season ticket by the good people at Spurs one year (when I was a cheeky teen) cos I hassled them so much. The ground is right next to my old school.

        Many years later I was a regular in the VIP box at Spurs and vowed I’d buy one one day. Yeah, that didn’t work out but…

  • Olly Culverhouse

    “England is not doing so well right now and beset with injuries. By contrast the USA has seen recent victory over Australia. It will be a nail-biting game.”

    England are not ‘beset’ with injuries. One, Rio Ferdinand, a blessing in disguise.

    England scored the highest number of goals in the qualifying in Europe and have won all but 1 recent games.

    Australia? That powerhouse of football (soccer). Woo.

    • Boom

      Yeah, I thought that was a bit of an odd comment too..

  • http://shop.englandstuff.com Mike Robinson
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  • http://www.facebook.com/dumblittleblogger?ref=profile Vishal Sanjay

    Looks like widgets and apps are getting huge trends due to the world cup, but those who are depending on this for revenue, beware as this is a short term trend.

    http://www.dumblittleblogger.com/

  • http://www.guengerich.com SteveG

    Cupcake says team USA makes it out of the first round of #wc2010 okay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs3ZzKr9UZg

  • http://www.twatball.co.uk Tomato Queen

    There’s still time to register for the greatest footy fantasy game ever invented in the Universe! It’s………………………TWATBALL!

    Come one come all and choose the twattiest world cup players at the above address. Illustrations too.

  • sdafw4e

    WHAT ABOUT ANDROID? IS THIS CNET NOW?

  • ian

    England invented the beautiful game ;) and will wipe the Yanks of the pitch.
    England 3 – USA 0

    ps, there is also Android apps available for the World Cup. When is the official announcement that Apple own techcrunch coming ???????????????

  • queuester

    This one’s also really good; will show pretty deep stats for all the games.
    http://www.totalfootball2010.com/

    • http://www.totalfootball2010.com Colm

      +1 for Total Football 2010, really innovative, great visualisations, stats and depth – will make for a great companion app to analyse the games!

    • Willem

      Must agree, Total Football 2010 app is brilliant

    • Rob

      Agreed. Can’t wait for the world cup to begin so the stats start flowing.

    • jools

      Agreed. Total Football 2010 is the best of the lot

  • http://www.5pm.co.uk Ronnie

    One of the reasons the Yanks won was because they had a Scottish coach, William Jeffrey.

  • Fan 2010

    Don’t forget The 2010 WC. You can make your own predictions and compare them against the match results which are updated automatically. You can see the matches by date, team, group and all the stats. Get it here:

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-2010-wc/id361906207?mt=8

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  • Nas

    Thanks for the links but just wasted time trying to download The ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup app which is only available in the US store.

    • Tomato Queen

      then come to http://www.twatball.co.uk before kickoff! much more fun, illustrations, and requires no download!

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  • http://map.pr Bart

    Mike,

    We just launched our app that we hope could make your top list of World Cup iPhone apps.

    Map.pr is the best of Foursquare plus the World Cup. Check in with your teams, let the World know where you are watching the game.

    It’s our first step to adding groups to Foursquare. Sort of like hashtags for your checkin, it allows lots more info about places to bubble up.

    Plus, we have a great map view of Foursquare, so if you ever wanted to see Foursquare venues on a map (with nice ranking), give it a shot. Live in iTunes now as Mappr, or at map.pr.

    Enjoy the match!

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