This Week on ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup

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This Week on ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup

ESPN TV and Radio calls during the controversial decision by the referee to disallow a U.S. goal vs. Slovenia
ESPN television commentators Ian Darke and John Harkes and ESPN Radio’s JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth captured the action as referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed a goal by U.S. player Maurice Edu, one of the most controversial decisions by a referee in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.



In the studio, Chris Fowler, Alexi Lalas and Steve McManaman discuss the referee’s decision


Comparing Argentine greats Messi and Maradona; Using ESPN Axis to analyze Messi’s strengths

During ESPN2’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview Special on Thursday, June 10, Jeremy Schaap compared the two left-footed Argentine soccer greats Diego Maradona, former FIFA World Cup winner and current coach of Argentina’s team, and his pupil, Lionel Messi, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year.  Immediately following the piece, studio analyst Ruud Gullit used ESPN Axis technology to analyze Messi’s on-the-field action.


ESPN studio host Bob Ley discusses the Vuvuzela with Reggie Philander

Before the calls to ban or not to ban the Vuvuzelas, studio host Bob Ley discussed the horn, which is part of South African football culture, with ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup booth announcer Reggie Philander, a popular morning DJ in Johannesburg.


Brazilian Kaka featured on EA Sports Virtual Playbook by Alexi Lalas

Brazilian star Kaka is featured on EA Sports Virtual Playbook by analyst Alexi Lalas


Maradona – the expressive coach

On World Cup Live on Thursday, June 17, host Chris Fowler and analysts Steve McManaman and Jürgen Klinsmann discuss Maradona’s sideline antics, including the coach’s response criticisms by former soccer greats Pele and France’s Michel Platini


Diagramming Argentina’s fourth goal vs. South Korea

Using the ESPN Axis, Fowler, McManaman and Klinsmann explain the Argentina’s teamwork and ball movement in the opponent’s final third that led to Gonzalo Higuain’s hat trick.


Reviewing Mexico’s first goal vs. France

On World Cup Live immediately following the France vs. Mexico match yesterday, Fowler, McManaman and Klinsmann used the ESPN Axis to show how Mexico’s offense outplayed France’s defense, leading to the first goal of the match.


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