This World Cup has many firsts – and pretty interesting firsts they are. Shall we take a peek at what’s happening for the first time in history this summer?
* THE FIRST WORLD CUP IN AFRICA
The FIFA World Cup 2010, is the first ever World Cup to be held on African Soil. Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a new policy to rotate the event among football confederations. South Africa competed with Morocco and Egypt and won hands down in the bid to host the Cup.
Here’s the magnificent Johannesburg stadium:
* THE FIRST ‘MAN OF THE MATCH’ CHOSEN BY FANS
For the first time in the history of the World Cup FIFA won’t choose the man of the match for any World Cup game. You and I will. Fans all over the world will text their choices or submit them online during the game. And the man who has the highest votes from “us – the people” wins! Interesting? You bet.
* THE FIRST FAN SURVEY
There have been surveys before but none of this kind. CapeInfo.com has launched an online survey to better understand football fans all over the world. Why aren’t they coming for the World Cup? And if they are coming, what will be their travel itinerary? What are their concerns about the World Cup? How aware are they about South Africa? And the questions go on and on.
The results will be available online for everyone to see.
I don’t really understand the point of the survey but maybe it will help the organizers understand the point of view of audiences the world over. This might help in better organization of future events.
* THE FIRST ‘$ 400 MILLION PLUS’ PRIZE MONEY EVER
How much is the total prize money for this year’s World Cup? Take a guess… 🙂
A million? 10 Million? A 100 million perhaps?
Its $ 420 million. The highest ever prize money to be awarded in the history of sports. It is also an increase of 60 percent over the last World Cup’s prize money.
Everybody who participates wins a prize. In fact, each team exiting at the group stage receives $ 8 million!
* THE FIRST COMPLETE VIDEO GAME SIMULATION
The same players with the exact same faces. The same stadiums. The same crowd. The same sounds. It’s so real – you’re stumped.
For the first time since football was first played, a game that simulates the World Cup down to the smallest detail has been launched. EA sports has launched the 2010 FIFA World Cup Video Game.
The 199 teams that took part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers will be in the game.
Players can play against other players through online gaming services like Playstation Network or XBox Live or they can play against the computer.
Here’s a video about this game:
* THE FIRST WORLD CUP IN 3D
Movies in 3D are amazing. The effects seem so real! What if the World Cup action was brought to you LIVE in 3 D? How may “Wows” would you shout out?
This time 25 of the World Cup games are going to be filled using 3D cameras. The Sony Corporation has arranged for these special cameras.
Whatever else we may be unsure of, what we cannot deny is this is going to be a fascinating World Cup in South Africa. What say you?