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Thirsty World Cup fans boosting beer sales: brewers

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

PARIS, June 20, 2010 (AFP) – Millions of extra pints in England, stores emptied in South Korea and sales up in Japan — beer consumption has soared during the World Cup after falling globally in recent years.

Denmark fans enjoy a beer before the Group E first round 2010 World Cup football match Denmark versus Cameroon on June 19, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. AFP

“We hope that Kirin’s sales will increase more than four percent during this World Cup,” said Shinya Izumi, a spokesman for the Japanese brewery which makes the beer of the same name.

“We became even more hopeful after Japan beat Cameroon on Monday. Orders from retailers have been boosted thanks to the victory.”

Japanese brewers hope this year’s World Cup in South Africa will reverse a previous downturn, after seeing sales fall by four percent since the last World Cup in Germany in 2006.

In China, the world’s biggest market for beer, the amber nectar has been flowing freely since the beginning of the tournament, especially in large cities.

In the central town of Zhuzhou, the country’s biggest brewer Tsingtao said that sales had almost doubled. Tsingtao said it had sold around 42,000 bottles a day, against 24,000 bottles before the tournament.

During South Korea’s June 17 game against Argentina, shops from the GS25 chain sold 345,000 bottles or cans of beer in South Korea — a 123 percent increase on the previous week.

And on June 12, the eve of the opening of the competition, Bokwang Family Mart, another chain of South Korean stores, said that sales of beer had doubled with 45,000 bottles or cans sold.

In England, one of Europe’s main beer-drinking nations, the pubs have been full throughout the tournament, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

During the England-USA match on June 12 nine million pints of beer were served, bringing in revenue of around 42 million euros, the BBPA said.

Britain’s second-placed supermarket chain Asda expected a 37 percent rise in beer sales during the competition.

“The World Cup is a springboard for beer to post its best results in a decade,” said a study by Euromonitor International.

German brewers said that the national team’s fortunes would boost their own. Thirty years ago the average German drank 150 litres of beer per year, whereas now the figure has dropped to 100 litres.

In South Africa, the host country, brewer SABMiller, owner of the Miller Lite, Peroni and Grolsh brands, has built up reserves to avoid its stock selling out.

“There will be plenty of beer,” said SABMiller marketing manager Alastair Hewitt, whose group is expecting to sell 10 million litres during the five weeks of the World Cup.

“Dedicated telephone numbers will be set up whereby customers can dial in should they require emergency supplies,” he said.

In France, where the consumption of beer is moderate compared to other European countries, Gerard Laloi, president of the association of brewers, said that “more than the World Cup it is the weather that influences beer consumption.”

“If the weather is good, consumption increases by 10 to 15 percent, if not it is slack.”

However Drinkaware, an independent British charity, gave a sober warning of the dangers of overindulging in alcohol during the World Cup.

“If you are in the pub watching the footy, you are unlikely to be thinking about the cumulative impact a few drinks with your mates might be having,” it said in a statement.

It said that binge drinking was a “risk factor in developing heart disease” while regularly drinking even two pints a day could cause health conditions including liver damage, strokes, depression and reduction in male fertility.

Source: SGGP

Bangladesh closes university after World Cup riots

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

DHAKA (AFP) – One of Bangladesh’s leading universities closed indefinitely on Sunday after five people were injured in riots by students demanding time off to watch the football World Cup, police said.

Students carrying sticks rampaged through the University of Engineering and Technology in the capital Dhaka on Saturday demanding term be cut short so they could see World Cup matches, said local police chief Rezaul Karim.

Bangladeshi students carry their belongings as they leave their dormitories following the closure of the University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka late on June 19, 2010. AFP

“The junior students want the campus to close so they can watch the World Cup. But some senior students, who have exams, didn’t want that—so there were some very tense clashes,” Karim said.

“The university held emergency meetings and decided to close immediately,” he said, adding this was a week ahead of the scheduled June 26 end of term.

During the 2006 World Cup, scores of students were injured in clashes at the same university.

“We have closed the university for an indefinite period to avoid any trouble, we hope to reopen after the World Cup,” Jibon Podder, the student affairs chief, told AFP.

Bangladesh has a culture of violent student politics, especially on public university campuses. All three of the country’s main political parties have strong student wings, which they fund and sometimes arm.

The usually cricket-mad nation is currently gripped by World Cup fever, despite the national team’s not having qualified for the tournament.

Irate fans last week damaged vehicles and attacked electricity distribution centres when a power cut hit television coverage of a match.

Some factories in Dhaka have also shut during games to reduce power blackouts.

Source: SGGP

‘Woeful’ England disappoint again at World Cup

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

A toothless England were facing their critics Saturday after being held to a goalless draw by Algeria which left their hopes of World Cup survival hanging in the balance.

Fabio Capello’s England, already under pressure after their 1-1 opener against the United States, struggled to find a way past the Algerians and gave their critics more ammunition with a bleak performance in Cape Town.

British newspapers led the attack Saturday with striker Wayne Rooney’s form causing particular concern.

“What a load of Roobish!” said the Daily Mirror, while the Guardian’s verdict was: “No spark, no spirit, no hope”.

“There can be no excuses, this was as bad as it gets,” said the Sun, which had little sympathy for Rooney’s complaint about being booed off the pitch by fans at the end of the match.

“Woeful England at point of no return” was the headline in The Times.

England midfielder Frank Lampard lends support as an outnumbered Jermain Defoe (2ndRt) tries to get past Algerian defenders Rafik Halliche (R) and Madjid Bougherra (L) during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup match on June 18, at Green Point stadium in Cape Town.

Tipped as one of the favourites at the start of the tournament, England must now defeat Group C leaders Slovenia in their last game on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth to be sure of reaching the second round.

Fabio Capello was at a loss to explain why a team which sailed through qualification for the World Cup is misfiring in South Africa.

“This is not the team I recognise from training or from qualifying,” he said.

“We missed too many passes, lost too many balls. It was not a good game. We have to do better.

“We have another game to play. It’s our last chance to continue in the tournament. The players know what they have to do.”

The big news ahead of the game was the dropping of goalkeeper Robert Green after his blunder against the USA, with David James taking over, but all England’s problems on Friday came from their inability to threaten the Algerian goal.

Algerian goalkeeper M’bohi Rais Ouheb had little to do, as England captain Steven Gerrard acknowledged.

“We’re not happy with the performance, we need more if we want to stay in this tournament to the later stages, we need to improve,” he said.

There was far more entertainment in Slovenia’s 2-2 draw with United States earlier in the day which leaves the Balkan nation top of England’s Group C with four points, two ahead of Capello’s side.

But Slovenia will be kicking themselves after easing into half-time 2-0 up in Port Elizabeth thanks to goals by midfielder Valter Birsa and striker Zlatan Ljubijankic.

A victory would have guaranteed the Slovenians a place in the second round, but the Americans fought back through goals by Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, son of US coach Bob, to grab a 2-2 draw.

Germany had earned rave reviews in thrashing Australia 4-0 in their opening match, but a rugged Serbia beat them 1-0 with a goal scored just a minute after German striker Miroslav Klose was sent off for a second yellow card.

Serbia’s Milan Jovanovic beat Manuel Neuer from close range after the goalkeeper had been caught out by a deep cross that the giant Nikola Zigic headed back.

The woodwork foiled Germany on the stroke of half-time and Lukas Podolski had a weakly-struck second-half peanlty saved on a dreadful day for the three-time world champions.

Coach Joachim Loew reflected: “We had a lot of problems, the yellow cards for Klose, they got the first goal, then we failed to score from the penalty spot. “It was difficult to come to terms with all this.”

After turning around their fortunes following an opening defeat to Ghana, Serbia’s delighted boss Radomir Antic said: “This is a victory for our people who will know how to celebrate it.”

Australia confront Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday and a win for the Socceroos would leave all four countries in Germany’s Group D on three points going into the final series of group matches next week.

Germany face Ghana in their last group match on Wednesday, when Serbia take on Australia.

Source: SGGP

Fresh protests at World Cup as Mandela family mourns

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:27 am

Fresh protests by stadium workers erupted Thursday, adding to a sombre tone at the World Cup as Nelson Mandela mourned his great-granddaughter and the host reeled from a stunning defeat.

Hundreds of mourners joined the Mandela family at the funeral for 13-year-old Zenani Mandela, who died in a car accident on the eve of the World Cup after a concert in Soweto.

Heart-broken, 91-year-old Mandela pulled out of the the World Cup opener. The funeral was his first public appearance since February, when he went to parliament to mark the 20th anniversary of his release from an apartheid prison.

The service at a private school in Johannesburg was filled with song, tears and sometimes laughter at memories of the young girl, who beamed with delight at meeting Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo on her birthday two days before her death.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela arrives for the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela at St Stithian’s College Chapel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg

But across the country in Cape Town, frustrations again boiled over among stadium security guards who clashed with police for the second time this week in a dispute over their pay.

Police fired a stun grenade and rubber bullets to break up the protest by 200 security guards outside the office of Stallion Security, according to the company contracted to provide stewards at four World Cup stadiums.

“They were warned that it’s an illegal gathering. They were given time to disperse and they didn’t. After several attempts we used a stun grenade and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd,” said police spokesman Andre Traut.

“A number of security guards were then arrested for illegal gathering.”

Police were forced to take over security at four World Cup stadiums after wildcat strikes by stewards.

“If anybody else disrupts any other stadium we are ready, in the shortest possible time, to take over that stadium,” police chief Bheki Cele said.

“There shall be no disruption of 2010 FIFA World Cup matches here in South Africa.”

World Cup boss Danny Jordaan said he was satisfied that the strike disturbances were under control, as police had quickly stepped in.

“I think they’ve done an incredible job. In Cape town within three hours, everything was in place and the game started on time,” he said.

“We just had another meeting with police yesterday and we’re satisfied everything is in place.”

After winning its World Cup bid six years ago, South Africa has fended off accusations about its ability to host the tournament with problems mounting after a triumphant opening.

Bus drivers also staged a brief wildcat strike Monday, while protesters marched Wednesday in Durban against government spending on the tournament.

Stallion Security’s security contracts were cancelled after the steward strikes spread, but the company said the local organising committee had played a role in setting wages.

“The Psira (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) linked rates were determined at the LOC’s insistence,” said chief executive Clive Zulberg, the Sapa news agency reported.

The national spirit also dampened after South Africa’s 3-0 thrashing from Uruguay, heightening fears that the host might become the first in World Cup history not make it to the second round.

But Jordaan said supporters will hope again and return to blowing vuvuzelas, the controversial trumpets whose loud buzz has been the trade-mark of the tournament.

“For first time in this tournament, the vuvuzelas were silent yesterday. This nation was silent, this is significant,” Jordaan said.

As cold wintery weather gripped the tournament, motorists were warned on Thursday to take care on roads after heavy snowfalls in parts of the country.

The government has pushed fans to avoid road congestion by using public transport, which received a 40-billion-rand (5.3-billion-dollar, 4.3-billion-euro) upgrade ahead of the tournament.

But a power outage that crippled commuter rail locomotives stranded 2,000 World Cup fans until early Thursday morning after trains were forced to switch from electric to steam locomotives.

Authorities were also accused of scoring an own goal by charging two Dutch women with ambush marketing over a stunt featuring dozens of fans wearing orange mini-dresses.

Source: SGGP

Mexico send sorry France to brink of World Cup exit

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 am

 France, the 1998 world champions and 2006 runners-up, were left teetering on the brink of World Cup first round elimination on Thursday when they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Mexico.

Veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco converted a late penalty to clinch the victory after substitute striker, Manchester United-bound Javier Hernandez, had put the Central Americans ahead 64 minutes into the Group A showdown at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Mexico’s first victory over France left them and Uruguay level on four points ahead of a June 22 Rustenburg clash and both will advance to the next round by drawing.

France play South Africa, who have a point each, at the same time in Bloemfontein and if either wins and the other game delivers a positive result, goal difference could come into play.

Mexico’s Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match France vs. Mexico at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane. Mexico won 2-0.

“We need a miracle now,” said France coach Raymond Domenech. “We have to be strong and at least play for our honour. At least we must show something in the last match. When we are forced to rely on others, there’s nothing to say.”

Skipper Rafael Marquez warned Mexico they could not let the win go to their heads.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground despite this win,” the Barcelona defender said.

Coach Javier Aguirre added: “It was very important to beat France – they are after all the vice-world champions. We turned in a very fine performance – but we are not yet mathematically through.

Hernandez, nicknamed the Little Pea, was ebullient after his goal.

“I am delighted with this victory more so than for my goal or indeed getting the man of the match award.

“We wanted to make the Mexican people happy and this win is a first step for there is a long way to go.”

The fourth meeting of the countries in the history of the tournament kicked off in cold conditions before a large colourful crowd with each team making one change from their opening encounter last Friday.

Malouda replaced Yoann Gourcuff in the French line-up while defender Hector Morena came in for Paul Aguilar in the Mexico side.

Saudi Arabian referee Khalil al-Ghamdi stamped his imprint early with a fourth-minute caution for veteran Mexican striker Guillermo Franco amid much protest.

Mexico had a couple of early half chances that were not put away by Carlos Vela and Franco while a slick French free-kick manoeuvre fizzled out as Franck Ribery overhit a cross.

The Central Americans were more threatening as the halfway point of the opening half approached with a William Gallas block taking the sting out of a move and Carlos Salcido firing past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris only to miss the target.

It was Lloris versus Salcido again on 27 minutes with the French goalkeeper doing well to push away a hard, low drive after the Mexican cut in from the left flank helped by timid defending.

Mexico suffered a blow when Vela limped off to be replaced by Pablo Barrera, who put Lloris under pressure almost immediately from a cross that the goalkeeper unconvincingly punched away.

Mexico broke the deadlock on 64 minutes when Hernandez raced on to a lobbed Rafael Marquez pass, rounded Lloris and calmly stroked the ball into the net.

Domenech, who gives way after this tournament to former star Laurent Blanc, stared emotion-less at the action as his side struggled to make an impact up front.

And his worst fears were realised after 79 minutes when Eric Abidal fouled Pablo Berrera and 37-year-old Blanco made a long run before placing a low spot kick wide of Lloris into the corner of the net.

Source: SGGP

South Africa shivers during World Cup party

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 am

Glamorous Brazilians in skimpy bikinis are staple fare at the World Cup but in South Africa you’re more likely to see fans wrapped up in scarves and gloves as the nation shivers.

Temperatures have plummeted to close to freezing at some games, giving a totally different feel to a tournament usually played in blazing summer tempeatures as players swap drinks bottles for gloves.

You have to go right back to Argentina in 1978 for the last World Cup held outside the summer months, since when football’s showpiece has sizzled in the heat in hotspots such as Spain, Mexico and the United States.

The South African showpiece opened in Johannesburg last weekend in warm sunshine but since then cold weather has swept across this vast nation from the north right down to Cape Town on the southwest coast.

A Brazilian fan braves the cold on June 15 during the 2010 World Cup match Brazil vs.North Korea at at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg

In high-altitude Bloemfontein, temperatures in the coming days are due to dip well below freezing with the South African Weather Service issuing an alert for very cold weather and a black frost.

In northern Rustenburg the plummeting mercury prompted hundreds of volunteers at the Royal Bafokeng stadium to muffle up for the New Zealand v Slovakia clash.

Bright sunshine during the day means England, based in Rustenburg, at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains, have been training in conditions similar to those of an Alpine ski resort.

But Samuel Ntekile, a security guard at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus, had a warning for Wayne Rooney and his team-mates if they manage to stay in the tournament until the later stages.

“It’s freezing now but it’s going to get a lot colder,” he said. “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

AFP reporters have reported freezing fountains in the economic hub of Johannesburg, where it was bitingly cold for the Brazil v North Korea evening clash at the city’s Ellis Park stadium.

FIFA said the mercury had dropped to three degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit) an hour before kick-off, prompting some of the Brazilians, including Real Madrid star Kaka, to wear gloves.

At the Portugal v Ivory Coast clash in coastal Port Elizabeth one American journalist complained: “This is a lot colder than covering NHL. At least in ice hockey they equip you with hats and gloves.”

One supporter, who only gave his name as Mas, made a 14-hour bus trip from his home in Durban for the game and said: “Me and my two friends have had to drink a couple of bottles of whiskey just to keep warm.”

A race meeting Thursday at the city’s Fairview racecourse was washed out due to heavy rains.

In Cape Town, night-time temperatures have dropped with snow on the top of the landmark Table Mountain though they are forecast to edge up in the coming days.

Defending champions Italy were forced to play through a chilly downpour during their opener against Paraguay, making conditions at the city’s Green Point stadium slippery, with players having difficulty controlling the ball.

Meanwhile disaster teams mopped up on Wednesday after floods and a blaze hit more than 2,100 shack dwellers.

The teams were placed on high alert at the weekend for bad weather that saw heavy rains, gale force winds, very cold conditions, widespread snowfalls and rough seas, the city said in a statement.

“The city of Cape Town?s disaster response teams are out in full force assisting flood victims, while still ensuring that contingency plans can be activated for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” the statement said.

Source: SGGP

Work suffers, parties thrive during World Cup

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

 Leonardo Munoz, wearing a foot-tall blue-and-white wig, is ready to bare it all for the glory of Argentina.

Before the start of the World Cup that is keeping billions glued to their TV sets, Diego Maradona — Argentina’s greatest player and now its eccentric national team coach — vowed to run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if his team wins the title.

Following Argentina’s 4-1 win Thursday over South Korea, it seems many of the team’s fans are ready to follow him.

South Korean soccer fans throng in Seoul,

“If Maradona runs naked, I’ll do it too — I’ll be painted blue and white!” said Munoz, adding he “screamed like an animal” from his desk at a call center during the game.

World Cup fever hits every four years, and fans around the world bring their own particular flavor to watching the spectacle. In Germany, known for its strong work ethic, some firms are allowing employees to watch at the office. Iraqis are enjoying a decrease in violence that, unlike in 2006, lets them gather in public and cheer. In isolated North Korea, the government has allowed some foreign broadcasts of games — albeit on tape-delay — and residents even cheered rival South Korea.

Argentina has endured a decade of political feuding, national insolvency and no soccer titles. But after Thursday’s victory, there are signs of hope that this year might bring a much-needed win on the global stage.

“These are critical moments for Argentina, politically and economically, and this provides a bit of relief for the people,” said shoe store owner Eva Garcia, 56.

Daniel Roman, who watched the game with 1,000 other fans on a huge video screen in the downtown Plaza San Martin, said the love of the game unites his nation unlike anything else.

“It’s what brings Argentines together, this passion,” he said.


Neighboring Brazil never needs an excuse to party. And 10,000 people gathered on Copacabana beach Tuesday to watch their team’s 2-1 win over North Korea. They gulped beer, blew whistles and ushered in the general mayhem that sweeps the nation during the tournament.

“It’s football and Carnival combined!” exclaimed 26-year-old Rodrigo Nobre, his Brazil shirt and shorts covered in sand. “It’s a time for coming together, forgetting our worries and cheering on our national team!”

Brazil — the global superpower of the Jogo Bonito, or “the beautiful game” as the sport is known around the world — will host the next World Cup, in 2014.


There is no beach party in Somalia.

Islamic fundamentalists who control stretches of the African nation have banned watching the World Cup.

“We don’t want our people to be preoccupied with seminude, crazy men jumping up and down who are chasing an inflated object,” said Sheik Mohamed Osman Arus, head of operations for the Hizbul Islam insurgent group.

“We don’t want them to waste their precious time and resources on un-Islamic matches, especially during prayer time,” he said.

Hizbul Islam, just like its ally, the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group, has imposed a strict version of Islam in areas under its control in southern and central Somalia.

Arus said that his group, contrary to earlier reports, is not arresting people for watching the World Cup or taking any other action against them beyond chasing them away from TVs.

He said militiamen chased dozens of fans from a video hall in the western town of Afgoye, where men and women mingled Saturday to watch the Argentina-Nigeria match in the first World Cup tournament held on African soil.

In Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, fans have been forced to relocate temporarily to the slice of the city under government control, where they can cheer without fear.

Source: SGGP

World Cup delight as family says Mandela to attend opener

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

 Nelson Mandela gave the World Cup the ultimate pre-tournament boost Tuesday as his family declared the 91-year-old anti-apartheid icon would be among the crowds when the event kicks off.

As the country put the finishing touches to preparations, rolling out the continent’s first high-speed rail link and unveiling plans to bus fans from stadium to stadium, the announcement about Mandela removed one of the biggest worries for organisers who are desperate for him to attend.

Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, who acts as the family’s spokesman, had previously said that his grandfather was too frail to make such an appearance.

But he told AFP that he would in fact attend the opener on Friday at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium, albeit only briefly.

“He will come and greet the fans… before he retires to his home,” said Zwelivelile Mandela.

This photo provided by the Government Information and Communication Systems (GCIS), shows former South African president Nelson Mandela in February at Genadendal in Cape Town

“We’re trying to see how long he will stay at the stadium. At least 10 to 15 minutes.”

Sello Hating, a spokesman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, confirmed that “Mr Mandela has expressed an interest to attend the game” although he said that he would only make a final decision on the day.

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the local organising committee, said it would be the icing on the cake if Mandela did turn up.

“It will be just wonderful if he can make it,” he told SABC television. “We will keep our fingers crossed for that.”

Mandela’s lobbying was seen as the deciding factor six years ago when FIFA handed South Africa the right to stage the tournament for the first time on African soil.

Since then, it has faced almost endless accusations that it is no place to host the world’s biggest sporting event because it is either too crime-ridden or lacking in infrastructure.

It went at least some way towards silencing that criticism on Tuesday by opening the Gautrain, a three-billion-dollar rail link which can whisk passengers from Johannesburg’s main airport into the uptown Sandton district.

The 160-kilometre-an-hour (100 mph) link will be one of the key legacies of the tournament and is intended to show that Africa can build transport facilities to rival those of anywhere in the world.

“I have been in Johannesburg just for one hour — the airport and here — but I really thought this was a first world service,” Costa Rican football journalist Gustavo Jimenez told AFP as he stepped off the train at Sandton.

Security guards outnumbered passengers on the first day, reflecting the desire by authorities to deflect fears that a country with one of the world’s highest crime rates is no place to stage the world’s biggest sporting event.

Tickets from the airport to Sandton cost around 13 dollars, a small fortune for most South Africans but much cheaper than the cost of a taxi ride.

And while traffic snarl-ups mean the journey usually takes around an hour, the Gautrain will cover the distance in around a quarter of that time.

Strikes and subsidence problems have ensured that only the link to Sandton, a swanky suburb home to the Johannesburg stock exchange and a massive shopping mall, has opened in time for the World Cup.

Janet Gallagher, who lives near the airport but often travels to Sandton, was one of the first passengers.

“In the morning at rush hour, it can take up to two hours. You can’t compare … It was so fast,” she told AFP.

As well as the Gautrain opening, a new train station opened in Cape Town and the government announced plans for a special bus service to ferry spectators between host cities, dropping them off close to the stadium before every match.

With the kick-off only three days away, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the fact that Africa was finally hosting the event was “a triumph for humanity”.

“This is the pride of Africa, a beacon for people around the world, especially developing countries. This is the moment of dreams coming true,” he told journalists before attending a charity gala dinner.

But the preparations were not entirely problem-free, with cell phone users finding it next to impossible to get a connection.

Source: SGGP

64 World Cup 2010 matches to be broadcast live on K plus 1 channel

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

64 World Cup 2010 matches to be broadcast live on K plus 1 channel

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – The K plus (K+) satellite digital television will broadcast, live, 64 matches of the World Cup 2010 on its K+1 channel, according to the television channel on June 7th.

Along with live matches, other information related to World Cup 2010, such as match results, assessments, predictions or comments by experts, will be daily updated at 6.50pm at the sports bulletin, “Meeting Place”, on K+1 as well.

In addition, on June 12th, the television will launch its website, so that football supporters can post their video clips or images featuring their unique celebrations for World Cup 2010.

If two matches play simultaneously, the K+1 will broadcast live one match while the other will be replayed right after that.

The match fixtures will be updated daily on

Hoang Tuan Dung, the program director of Vietnam Satellite Digital Television, said that with DTH technology, K+ users throughout the country could watch live football matches during the World Cup 2010 on K+1 channel or via VTV’s channels with Access, Family or Premium channels on the grounds of the satellite digital technology provided by K+.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

VNA publishes poster of World Cup fixtures

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

On June 4, the Vietnam News Agency’s Publishing and Advertisement Promotions Centre published thousands of 2010 World Cup poster sized schedules, just a week before the world’s largest sporting event kicks off in South Africa.

Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The poster features pictures of all the 32 participating teams and provide a full timetable of the fixtures, venues, dates and times of all the matches (according to Vietnamese time).

It has been co-sponsored by several local banks and companies, including Vietcombank, Van Tan Trade and Services, the pharmaceuticals firm Renozax, the Mobido Vietnam Joint Stock Company, the Thuan Phat Group and Eresson Beverages.

Source: SGGP