I made the grave mistake of going to IKEA on Sunday to run some errands. After a full two hours of elbowing my way through the crowds, I was rewarded with two massive orange tiger key chains in the parking lot by two young gals clad in orange. This is just one of the few warm up initiatives the Dutch are taking to gear up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which takes place in South Africa June 11-June 12 2010.
I admit I'm not a big football fan, but I'll be cheering on the Dutch when it comes to match time. The World Cup is arguably on of the world's greatest sporting events and there's no shortage of media coverage on the happenings.
To get in the spirit of this huge event, I've listed some of the popular World Cup iPhone Apps available about on Apple's App Store. There's a little something for everyone.
ESPN 2010 World Cup
This summer 32 countries from around the globe will compete for the world's most prestigious trophy – the FIFA World Cup. For the first time ever the Cup will be lifted in Africa and ESPN will be there to bring you exclusive coverage of this historic event to your iPhone or iPod touch.View all 32 teams in landscape mode to get quick team facts and a snapshot in World Cup history??. Use map modes to find every team on the globe and to explore all 10 South African venues.
FIFA 10 by EA SPORTS
GUIDE YOUR CLUB OR COUNTRY TO GLORY! "Be a Pro" and kick off your own countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The game has real players from 570 teams across 30. The ability to play as your favorite team is an important selling feature for many sports gamers. But don't compare this game to the console version.
World Cup Schedule
Follow every moment of 2010 World Cup from the first whistle to the final kick. This app is the perfect companion for the 2010 South Africa World Cup on your iPhone or iPod touch.
South Africa 2010 World Cup Soccer Cup Tracker
If you love soccer or if you are thinking of going to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup 2010 (TM), this app is for you! South Africa 2010 is specially designed to provide you with coverage of all the games, and with all the information you need about this great upcoming tournament.
Get all the latest news about your favorite game on your IPhone/IPod Touch with "FIFA News". FIFA News grabs all the top stories, latest events , photos and videos from FIFA(TM) and delivers them to you in one place. Get instant updates about world football / soccer tournaments like FIFA World Cup and Confederations Cup.
Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre
The official Sky Sports Football Score Centre is the best way to get live score updates and it's the first place to watch exclusive match highlights on your iPhone.
Footy Pubs 2010
Footy Pubs 2010 helps you to plan the Worlds Greatest Football Tournament, by leading you directly to pubs showing matches you want to watch nearby, by specific location and/or by match title
The Nike Football+
Want exclusive access to the best players and coaches in the world? How about getting pro drills straight from the training grounds of Brazil, Barcelona and Juventus, direct to your iPhone? If football is everything to you, Nike Football+ is your essential training tool. ?Nike Football+ brings you exclusive training programmes – Master Speed, Master Accuracy and Master Control – all designed to help turn you into a deadlier player.?Got what it takes to beat the fastest player on earth? Take the Master Speed: Cristiano Ronaldo Challenge and find out. Then continue to raise your game with challenges set by Torres and Fabregas in Master Control and Master Accuracy. ?This is more than training. Get an edge over the opposition, Go Inside the Pro and be the first to get inside tips from the world's best footballers.
Restaurants in South Africa
Find the best restaurants for food and drink and entertainment in Johannesburg or any other parts of South African city.This app is available in multiple languages including Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Jamie Kim was most recently a producer at Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam and is now producing out of Sidlee Amsterdam.
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