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Celebrities Attending the FIFA World Cup

Celebrities Attending the FIFA World Cup

A handful of celebrities have made the trip to South Africa to enjoy the historic hosting of the FIFA World Cup games for the first time. We are keeping our eyes on the World Cup games, South Africa, and, of course our favorite celebrities at the FIFA games. Many celebrities have made appearances to support South African charities, such as the diverse group of performers who appeared on stage at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup games.

Celebrities attending the FIFA World Cup

David Beckham was unable to play in his fourth straight world cup. David was unable to play due to a torn Achilles tendon, but he is expected to be at the World Cup games. Too bad his team, the UK, got stomped by the US!) Viewers and attendees should keep their eyes open for the hot bodied David Beckham and his beautiful wife Victoria Beckham.

Brad Pitt among celebrities at World Cup

It probably will not surprise you to learn that world traveler Brad Pitt is attending the FIFA World Cup games. He is part of a notable delegation lobbying to get the FIFA World Cup to the United States. Well, he is with the US delegation, albeit a late comer to the committee, which also includes such high profile stars as Spike Lee and

Drew Carey puts celebrity force behind US bid for World Cup

Drew Carey is also part of the high profile delegation visiting and lobbying on behalf of the US. Carey is a well known fan of soccer and has been featured on ESPN lobbying for the World Cup to come to the US. Carey seems to be enjoying his adventure to the World Cup, he is blogging and Twittering his experiences.

The Beautiful Charlize Theron is among celebrities attending FIFA World Cup

Charlize Theron, South African Oscar award winner for Best Female Actress for her performance in Monster (2003), is also home in South Africa attending the FIFA World Cup soccer games.

Celebrities who participated in FIFA Opening Concert hang around for games

If you caught the opening ceremonies of the World Cup, then you know the concert was attended by a number of popular American celebrities.

Fergie and Black Eyed Peas Rock FIFA charity concert

The Black Eyed Peas were one of the hottest headliners at the concert, which was designated to raise money for 20 Centres for 2010, an organization developed by FIFA to contribute to the social development of Africa through soccer.

The Black Eyed Peas also got to kick out a game ball, joining John Legend, Juanes and Tinariwen to kick out match balls in Soweto, South Africa. According to reports Fergie is getting pumped up about the game of soccer and is anxious to enjoy the games.

Alicia Keys and her baby bump visit South Africa for World Cup Concert

Alicia Keys, who recently announced she is pregnant with producer Swizz Beatz child, was also present to sing at the celebrity concert. Some say you could see Keys baby bump, others deny any evidence of her pregnancy during the concert. I’ll just say that her bump was well disguised by costume design and she rocked her part of the charity concert. Daddy and future husband Swizz Beatz must have been proud.

Other Celebrity Singers at World Cup Concert

Shakira, John Legend, and singing duo Amadou and Mariam of Mali also performed during the opening concert to benefit the development of soccer in South Africa.

South African statesmen attending FIFA World Cup

Among other notable statesmen and personalities in attendance are Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and former South African President Frederik W. de Klerk.

Nelson Mandela, who fought to end apartheid, would doubtless love to be in attendance at the multicultural, multinational events, but at 91 years his health prohibits him from attending FIFA World Cup games.

South African President Jacob Zuma introduced the FIFA event prior to the team draw.

US statesmen and other notable visitors to South Africa

America’s most notable statesman is former President Bill Clinton, but his job is more than that of goodwill ambassador. Clinton is part of a team of high profile delegates lobbying for the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup games.

Accompanying President Bill Clinton is one of the US’s best known and loved female soccer players, Mia Hamm. As mentioned above, Drew Carey and Brad Pitt are also a part of the delegation. Other statesmen and celebrities are on the committee, but did not join the delegation at the World Cup.

Undoubtedly other celebrities are lurking among the throngs who have traveled to South Africa for the World Cup. I’ll continue the quest for celebrity sightings at the FIFA World Cup. Let us know if you’ve seen other celebs enjoying the soccer games.

A Preview Of The Facebook Game EA Sports FIFA Superstars

A Preview Of The Facebook Game EA Sports FIFA Superstars

Release Date: Available now

With the 2010 World Cup in South Africa only two weeks away, Playfish has released its first collaboration with EA Sports, EA Sports FIFA Superstars. The Facebook game lets players slowly build up a team of real world soccer stars and take on some of the most famous clubs in the world. It’s light on action, as you don’t actually play any games, but instead focuses on the process of developing the best possible team.

You start out by naming your new club, which consists of a pre selected number of real world players. From there the game gives you a number of different things to do. Chief among them, of course, is actually playing games. In FIFA Superstars you don’t get to participate in the action, though you do have the option of watching if you want. When you enter a match you’ll be treated to a slick, animated cut scene that shows the highlights of the game. These look great, but can get repetitive since you’ll be playing so many games. Thankfully, you have the option to skip them all together.

The outcome of each match is determined solely by stats: the better your team, the higher your chances of winning are. Currently, there are three different types of matches you can play in. There are league matches, which let you move up taking on increasingly more talented clubs, as well as friendly matches, where you can play against any of your Facebook friends who are also playing the game. You can even take on the best of the English Premier League, though it’ll be a while before your team is good enough to square off against the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United. There’s also an option to play in the 2010 World Cup, which is listed as “coming soon.”

Winning matches not only lets you move up to higher tier leagues, but also nets you both experience and coins. Coins can be used to improve your club by purchasing additional players. You buy new players in groups, and there are three different talent levels gold, silver, and bronze with the better players costing more money. You can also use money earned to improve your stadium and renew your coach’s contract.

In addition to buying new players, you can also improve your club through training. There are several different training exercises you can do, each of which takes a certain amount of time to complete. The longer it takes, the better the rewards. There’s also an option to trade players, but this is currently available.

The game limits the amount you can play each day with a match credit system. You earn these credits over time, and they’re necessary for playing games. It takes a few hours to earn new ones, ensuring that you’ll have to keep coming back if you want to play. You can also earn credits via gifts from friends or by purchasing additional ones.

Really, FIFA Superstars is much more about managing a soccer team than it is actually playing soccer. Thankfully, this makes the game a great fit for Facebook. With numerous aspects to manage, there’s plenty to do, and the game does a great job of making the process simple, even if you aren’t a fan of the beautiful game. Expect a full review when more of the features, most notably the ability to play actual World Cup matches, are eventually rolled out.

FIFA looking into moving World Cup in Qatar to winter

FIFA looking into moving World Cup in Qatar to winter

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) FIFA’s top officials left open the option of rescheduling the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the blistering summer.

Any decision would require extensive talks with soccer federations and other overseers of the sport, they said Thursday.

In separate remarks, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and general secretary Jerome Valcke said moving the Qatar matches to winter deserves study. It could protect players from heat and show flexibility for future bid cities.

“FIFA’s job is to have a World Cup that protects the players so we take note of the recommendations and go through the list of requirements,” Blatter told journalists in Qatar in his first visit since the tiny Gulf nation was awarded the World Cup this month. “We will look into this and make the right decision.”

Valcke, attending the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, said that switching the schedule would make it possible for a wider range of countries to bid for the World Cup which traditionally takes places in June and July in the future.

“Why not? It means you open the World Cup to countries where they can never play it in June and July because it’s never the right period of time,” Valcke told The Associated Press. “If you can do so, it would be a solution to open the organization of the World Cup to a number of countries in this period which is winter in Europe but not winter in the rest of the world.”

Still, he said it is “not so easy” to stage a winter World Cup since it would require changing the international calendar including possibly the year before and after the 2022 tournament and getting the support of domestic leagues and national federations.

“You can’t just make a decision to move the tournament and that is it,” he said. “It means you have to change completely when the leagues will play, mainly I would say in Europe. It’s less difficult in the rest of the world.”

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup this month despite concerns that temperatures exceeding 104 degrees pose a serious health risk to players and fans. Soon after it beat out the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea for the bidding rights, soccer executives started suggesting that it might be better move the 2022 tournament to January when it is much cooler in Qatar.

FIFA executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer was the first to suggest the idea, and he was followed by UEFA president Michel Platini.

Valcke said Qatar has not formally requested changing the timing of the tournament, and bid officials have not said anything publicly about whether they would support such a move. Until now, Qatar has only promised FIFA that stadiums, training venues and areas for fans to party will be cooled with solar powered air conditioning.

Blatter said the decision to award Qatar the tournament as well as sending it to Russia in 2018 reflects the “modern World Cup” that moves into new areas.

“Now the Middle East has also got its first World Cup,” he said. “The philosophy of football is that it should be accessible to everybody. It has happened now.”

Last week, Blatter floated the idea that some games at the 2022 tournament could be played in other Gulf countries.