This Week in FIFA World Cup
After Brazil defeated Chile 3-0 in the round of 16, analyst Roberto Martinez uses ESPN Axis to show Brazil’s power and speed in scoring against an overmatched Chile defense.
Reporter Julie Foudy interviews NBA superstar Kobe Bryant in South Africa, and gets his take on the World Cup, the U.S. team, and how winning a NBA Championship compares to winning a World Cup.
Analysts Alexi Lalas, who is a former member of Team USA, Jürgen Klinsmann, the former German National Team player and coach, and Steve McManaman, the former English National Team player, offer their different perspectives on what the future holds for U.S. Soccer, after the team’s elimination from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the Round of 16.
During its round of 16 match against Germany, England scored an apparent goal that officials did not allow. Following Germany’s 4-1 victory, Mike Tirico and analysts Jürgen Klinsmann and Steve McManaman use ESPN Axis to discuss the controversial call and the impact technology could have on the World Cup if adopted.
Before Team USA played Ghana in the round of 16, ESPN highlighted the team’s growing support among Americans around the country, by dispatching reporters Pedro Gomez and Shelley Smith, to Kansas City and the Memphis, Tenn. area, respectively. Both provided live updates from viewing parties as ESPN’s whip-around coverage showed how Americans gathered in groups of all sizes to watch the highly-anticipated second round U.S. match.
The ESPN Films documentary I Scored a Goal will premiere Saturday, July 3, at 5 p.m. ET on ABC during the ESPN Sports Saturday programming block. The one-hour program represents one of ESPN’s most ambitious initiatives surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The documentary features interviews with most of the 34 living men who have scored a goal in the title match of the FIFA World Cup, dating back to the first tournament in 1930. The series pays tribute to those who have helped determine the outcome of the biggest sporting event in the world and also captures a piece of history for fans.
Among those interviewed are Uruguay’s Alcides Ghiggia (1950), Brazil’s Pele (1958 and 1970) and Ronaldo (2002), Germany’s Gerd Müller (1974) and Rudi Völler (1986), Holland’s Dick Nanninga (1978), and Argentina’s Mario Kempes (1978, now an analyst for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International), all of whom represent countries still competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The entire list of World Cup Final goal-scorers who were interviewed for the project:
|Player||Country||World Cup Final|
|Pele||Brazil||1958 and 1970|
|Amarildo Tavares da Silveira||Brazil||1962|
|Wolfgang Weber||West Germany||1966|
|Gerd Mueller||West Germany||1974|
|Paul Breitner||West Germany||1982|
|Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany||1986|
|Rudi Voeller||West Germany||1986|
|Jose Luis Brown||Argentina||1986|
|Andreas Brehme||West Germany||1990|