For four weeks— beginning June 11— billions of soccer fans around the world will be watching the Men’s World Cup unfold. The month long tournament featuring the world’s top 32 soccer playing nations will take place in South Africa, the first African country to host the World Cup. Whether you’re looking for background information about the tournament or the latest news and scores, we’ve got plenty of resources to recommend!
On the Web: The Official Sites
- FIFA World Cup. The official site for the men’s soccer tournament. Includes the latest team news and scores.
- U.S. Soccer. The website for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. Profiles of the players, group standings, and the team's schedule.
On the Web: News
- The New York Times: 2010 World Cup. In-depth coverage of all the action, interactive graphics, videos, slide shows, and Goal, their staff blog.
- Sports Illustrated: 2010 World Cup. Analysis of the action and news from soccer columnists, videos, Twitter Watch, stories and photos from the Sports Illustrated archives.
- BBC Sport: Football/The World Cup. The BBC offers an international perspctive on all the tournament news.
- FOX Sports: World Cup 2010. Live scores, stats, fixtures, and team news.
- ESPN Soccernet: World Cup. Feature articles, scores, and schedules.
On the Web: Social Media
- Facebook US Soccer. Become a fan of Team USA's official Facebook page
- Twitter | U.S. Soccer Tweets from Team USA
- Twitter | FIFA World Cup Tweets from FIFA
- Twitter | WorldCupKing Tweets from Sports Illustrated writer Peter King
- USA World Cup Team Blog. This blog is dedicated to covering the Team’s progress through the tournament.
- Goal. The New York Times soccer blog.
- Goal Post. Bloggers from The New Republic magazine offer their take on the hoopla.
Want to follow the action on your smartphone? The New York Times has identified some World Cup apps you might want to download.
From Our Collection: Books & DVDs
- The ESPN World Cup Companion: Everything You Need to Know About the Planet's Biggest Sports Event by David Hirshey
- World Cup of Soccer: The Complete Guide by Chris Hunt
- Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa by Steve Bloomfield
- A History Of The World Cup: 1930-2006 by Clemente Angelo Lisi
- A Beautiful Game: The World's Greatest Players and How Soccer Changed Their Lives by Tom Watt
- Love And Blood: At The World Cup With The Footballers, Fans, And Freaks by Jamie Trecker
- The World Cup: The Ultimate Guide To The Greatest Sports Spectacle In The World by Fernando Fiore
- More Than Goals: The Journey From Backyard Games To World Cup Competition by Claudio Reyna
- A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy In Search Of Illusion, National Character—Goals! by Tim Parks
- The Great Match = La Gran Final (DVD)
- Offside (DVD)
Need more recommendations? Contact your local library and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.