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Watch all the World Cup Action on Satellite TV   by Jon Jacobson

The World Cup is the biggest soccer competition of the world. Happening every 4 years and lasting for one month with 64 games, it is not something to be missed. Since getting to the games involves traveling across the world, most people in the country will watch the games from home. If you are one of these people, you do not want to do so without satellite TV, which will bring you the most action and information.

The World Cup, founded by FIFA, first started in 1930. It is played every four years in a different host country. It is a month long competition of teams from countries all over the world competing in a total of 64 games to be the number one team. Teams from all over the world try to qualify for the World Cup. For the 2010 tournament, over 200 countries entered, but only 32 can make it. The qualification process starts 2 or 3 years before the tournament, with games on 6 different continents. The host country automatically qualifies and the other participating teams depend on their performance during the qualifying games. In 2006 the World Cup was in Germany, this year, 2010, it will be held in South Africa, and in 2014 it will be held in Brazil. Brazil has won the most championships at 5, and Italy is behind them with 4 titles.

Each year the whole world, especially the 32 countries that are participating, prepares for the excitement of the World Cup. For some of the countries, soccer is one of the leading sports, if not the most popular one, for its residents. Due to this, the World Cup is a huge deal. If fans can make it to the games, they will. However, traveling across the world, reserving a hotel, and purchasing game tickets can be very expensive, which leaves a lot of fans to watch the tournament from home. There is no better way to watch the game from home than with satellite TV.

Watch all 64 games live from South Africa on 3 different channels; ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. If you have high definition, get up close and personal with the players as they work their way through the tournament. To get an even closer and unique experience, watch 25 of the 64 games in 3D. For the ultimate soccer fan, TV 3D will blow you away. With a compatible TV and 3D glasses, feel like you are on the soccer field, so close to the best players in the world that you can touch them. Rather than spending the thousands of dollars to fly to the game and experience it live, experience it from the sidelines where you are almost a part of all the action. It is like nothing you have ever seen before.

Whether you choose to watch the World Cup in 3D or not, watching them live on satellite TV will be an amazing experience. You will not miss a single part of the action during the whole month.

FIFA World Cup 2010 Round of 16 Preview: Slovakia Vs Holland   by Suresh Iyer

Holland take on Slovakia at Durban on Tuesday in a match that nobody could have predicted would take place.

Yet this unlikely pairing in the round of 16 was made possible by a 3-2 defeat of the defending champions, Italy, delivered by one of the weakest European teams in the fray, in Slovakia.

Holland got to the knock out stage with a clean sweep of group E, but without quite displaying the kind of form that typified their qualification matches. A workmanlike performance saw them prevail over Denmark. Then they ran into Japan, who had a solid defensive strategy that could have tested a less patient team, a lesson England and Germany learned the hard way against Algeria and Serbia, as did Spain against the Swiss.

The Dutch also revealed ambition and spirit in the way they went about pursuing a goal -- and getting it -- in the Cameroon game, when only needing a draw to cement their place in the round of 16.

For Holland, Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder has been consistently creative, while Robin van Persie's goal in the Cameroon game will boost his return to form from injury, as the Dutch look to advance in the tournament. Midfielders Nigel de Jong and Mark van Bommel provide protection to the back line and must be given a large share of the credit for Holland's flawless record in not conceding a goal other than a penalty.

Arjen Robben, sidelined owing to injury, played a brief cameo as substitute in the last group game and gave a glimpse of his creative potential that could give the Dutch a winning edge in the matches to come.

Slovakia's showing at this World Cup will surely serve as a lasting inspiration for the young country's footballers. Pre-tournament projections saw Italy and Paraguay qualifying for the knock out, from group F. After Slovakia's shock defeat of Italy, Holland must be on their guard ahead of their round of 16 encounter on June 29.

Robert Vittek in the Slovakian spearhead has not only got 3 goals for his team but also showed his ability to hang on to the ball against the Azzurris, whose defenders had their work cut out trying to keep Vittek in check. Marek Hamsik, Zdenko Strba, Martin Skrtel and Radoslav Zabavnik have all enhanced their reputation at this World Cup.

For Holland, playmaker Wesley Sneijder will be the man to watch and the open game the Slovaks prefer will be to Sneijder's liking as it will give him the space for attacking vision.

Slovakia will look to their midfielder Marek Hamsik to simulate his performance against Italy, when they take on the Dutch.

Manager Bert Van Marwijk is unlikely to tinker with the Dutch starting eleven that played Cameroon, as he is still not certain of Robben's participation over the entire duration of a game. Van Persie will be the lone striker with right flank assistance from Kuyt. Rafael van der Vaart who will man the left wing has the ability to liven up the final third with his penchant for running around the park and exploting any gaps. Heitinga and Mathijsen will man the back.

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss will prefer to go with an unchanged side that did duty against Italy, with a twin strike option in Vittek and
Jendrisek. Miroslav Stoch will get in ahead of Vladimir Weiss Junior. Durica and Skrtel will police the backline while Pekarik and Zabavnik will man the wings.

The Dutch must surely be overwhelming favourites, while taking nothing away from Slovakia's grit and dynamism that got them this far. Holland pack too many guns for them, and with a lion's share of possession over the duration of 90 minutes, Holland should enjoy a stroll in the park ahead of tougher challenges to come.

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Football World Cup Greats   by Dave Bartholomew

With the World Cup returning to its spiritual home in Brazil 2014, let's look back at the World Cup legends of the past. Who will be a legend in 2014?

In the sixties we had Pele, the seventies Johan Cruyff, the eighties Maradona and the nineties Ronaldo. Is Zidane the legend of the noughties? I think so. He was named as the FIFA Golden Ball winner at the tournament in Germany 2006. The only other Golden Ball winner of the noughties was Oliver Kahn in Japan / Korea 2002 and he was a goalkeeper which doesn't really count in my view.

Every competition throws up great players, men who transcend national boundaries and passions and are widely recognised as the greatest players of their time. Who can forget 'Toto' Schillaci's impact on the 1990 competition held in his own nation, Italy. Schillaci scored just seven times for Italy in sixteen appearances but six of those goals came in the 1990 world cup to win him the Golden Boot.

Or Mario Kempes, the Argentinian striker who scored a wonder goal in the 1978 final in Argentina. Top scorer at the time in Spain's Primera Liga he was the only foreign based player to be selected to represent the hosts who defeated Holland 3-1 in the final.

Going back even further let's give a shout out to Ferenc Puskas, Golden Ball winner in 1954 who scored 84 times in 85 appearances for Hungary. His was the team that slaughtered England 6-3 becoming the first foreign team to inflict defeat on England at Wembley.

The first man to lift the coveted Jules Rimet trophy was Uruguayan captain Jose Nasazzi, following a 4-2 win over fierce rivals Argentina in the inaugural final held in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.

Ever since the World Cup began the truly great players have become legends, often known just by their surnames or nicknames but who will be a legend in Brazil 2014?

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