FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter Joins Twitter For FIFA

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter launches Twitter page

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter launches Twitter page

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will launch his personal Twitter page today, Thursday 10 June. Fans from all over the world will be able to follow the FIFA President’s views and opinions on the account “@seppblatter” throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, commented:

“We are approaching the first FIFA World Cup in which social media websites will play an important role in connecting everyone who cares about the game of football. I’m very excited to be sharing my own personal experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with football fans from all over the world.”

FIFA.com, the world’s official football website, will launch two further accounts, to go live later in June. They are: @FIFAcom covering interviews, site developments, Fantasy Team progress and updates on key news from tournament matches, and @FIFAcomLive, providing continuous and real-time updates from all 64 games at South Africa 2010.

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FIFA Alerts Across The World by iDubba

iDubba is India’s TV show/movie recommendation platform. We analyze user profile and alert them of shows of their interest via- facebook, twitter, web and Mobile (via SMS). We also actively follow all the live events and make user aware about the same. One of the problem with every LIVE event is that viewers need to keep a track of all the schedules, which is frustrating. As a result they keep on missing our favorite shows/movies/live events on TV/web/other media.

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Make it really simple for users to keep a track of their favorite programs on TV, Movies on TV and LIVE events on TV. We always go a step ahead and see the real pain points before providing a service. For e.g. the pain point while watching Tennis on TV is not in knowing the full schedule of the tournament, people watch Tennis based on who their favorite player is. If we can get that data from users and provide them all the info on Mobile whenever their favorite player plays, that’s all what they need.

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FIFA World Cup 2010 Posters

A very impressive collection of posters for World Cup 2010 football.The world knows that the 19th tournament of the World Cup happens for the first time in South Africa and that mr mandela, it will be a celebration! And to celebrate, the agency Wieden + Kennedy has created a poster for a country that can represent the emblems (stereotype?) in each country. …

FIFA Ticketing blunder

FIFA is now ready to get maximum revenue from the World Cup , mainly through billions of dollars in commercial and television rights.But that doesn’t hide the fact that soccer’s governing body has made basic errors in the ticketing structure for the first African edition of the world’s most watched sporting event.

FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter has supported holding the soccer spectacle in Africa despite negative response from Europe,that said the tournament would be a disaster and that nothing would be ready in time.But Sepp’s belief pays off as 10 stadiums, half of them stunning new venues are ready way ahead of kickoff on June 11.
But still Sepp is being criticised for for his inability to make fundamental calculations.
FIFA’s system of selling most tickets until last week over the internet showed a basic misunderstanding of South Africans fans, who make up the bulk of football supporters in this country. They are poor, they don’t have bank accounts and they do not have access to the internet. Though this was pointed out to FIFA last year, when ticketing started, it only took notice in the last month or so.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke even apologised for the error.
But that was not the only error that ignored African realities. This World Cup has been marketed as not just for South Africa but for the soccer-mad continent as a whole. Yet only a trickle of fans are expected, even from the five other qualifying African teams. Once again the reasons are simple and economic.

Even for the minority of Africans with decent incomes, travelling to South Africa is prohibitively expensive because scheduled flights go mostly via Europe and accommodation costs will be high. Again FIFA only woke up to this recently. It promised to organise direct charters but there is little evidence that this is either happening yet or likely to make a difference.

These miscalculations increased the chances that World Cup crowds would be mostly Europeans or well-heeled local whites with none of the incredible atmosphere that comes from African black fans, dressed in the most exotic of outfits, singing, vibing and playing trumpets in the stands.

The miscalculation became even more damaging when it emerged that high South African prices, a global economic crisis and alarmist foreign reporting about violent crime would cut foreign attendance by half. Chief local organiser Danny Jordaan said last week the likely total was more like 200,000 foreigners than the 450,000 originally estimated.

Valcke has tried to explain this with the argument that Europeans get too much football already and are too blase to attend the World Cup. He and Jordaan have also repeatedly denounced European and particularly British reporters for suggesting fans would be lucky to escape South Africa with their lives–which seems to have been particularly influential in Germany.

Whatever the reason, FIFA was left with 500,000 tickets on its hands two months before the tournament, including many returned from abroad or unsold corporate hospitality packages badly hit by the economic crisis. At which point, organisers launched an appeal to South Africans to buy up the tickets and fill the stadiums.

Fortunately for FIFA they have responded and World Cup fever seems finally to have hit South Africa. But this seems primarily as a result of tickets finally becoming available for over-the counter cash for the first time last week. So many South Africans turned up that computers crashed and fights broke out in the queues, where fans waited for up to 15 hours to get a ticket. More than 100,000 tickets were sold in less than two days and many matches are sold out.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke apologized over the system crash, which mirrored similar problems in earlier over-the-counter sales and followed FIFA promises that it wouldn’t happen again.

“Today I would like to sincerely apologize to all the fans that have been affected by the problems in the ticketing sales system,” Valcke said.

FIFA earlier made thousands of tickets available to South African residents for $20 or complimentary to provide an opportunity for more people from the host country to watch games.

Vlassis, who was in line for what he called a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, applied for tickets in an online lottery system at the start of the year. But thousands missed out on those tickets.

Bheki Sibanyoni, 50, who runs a small employment agency, went to Soweto at midnight to line up to buy. But there were already nearly 800 people waiting, so he drove to Sandton, arriving about 1 a.m. to find a few dozen people ahead of him. Earlier, he had tried repeatedly to get tickets online.

“We South Africans, we are not used to buying tickets online. I don’t know what happened. It’s a bit confusing. You only get acknowledgement of your application, but you don’t get any response. You don’t know who to contact. I felt bad about FIFA after that.”

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 AND BOLLYWOOD

Cricket is the favourite sport of India ,so we entitled it as the ‘The Religion Of India’,similarly Football can be entitled as ‘The Religion Of The World’.Though the demographic trends in viewer ships with respect to Football in India is not quite impressive , but it is not bad even,states like Delhi,Maharashtra ,Karnataka and Tamil Nadu  are very excited about this game.Moreover  there is always an upsurge throughout the country in its viewer ships  during its mega event like “FIFA WORLD CUP”.FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 is already creating a buzz in India.

FIFA 2010,FIFA CUP,WORLD CUP FIFA,FIFA 2010 SONG,FIFA THEME SONG ,WORLD CUP 2010,FIFA 10 Torrent are some of the highly searched keywords related to the sport in the last two months ( March-May2010).

Bollywood  is also very excited about this event .John Abraham is a football fan and is all set to watch

the FIFA world cup 2010 live in South Africa, he would be cheering for the Spaniards.He also went to Berlin last time to see the world cup final between France and Italy,His favourite players  are Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Bollywood Music Industry is also ready to take advantage of this event.Salim-Sulaiman duo are going to compose a song for FIFA WORLD CUP.They have been approached by a corporate body associated with FIFA .The corporate body is mostly  made up of Indians, so they wanted them to compose a sports anthem for the world cup ,on the lines of Chakde India.However they agreed ,but on making a song on Africa rather than football,as they wanted the song to last longer than the duration of the World Cup.Salim Merchant said that since the song titled ‘Africa’ is in English,the duo got the rock band Tough On Tobacco’s frontman and a well known independent musician Sidd Coutto to sing on it.Incedently the song ‘Africa’ was penned down by Merchant’s wife Jeanne Merchant,who is a musician herself.

Recently the FIFA organisation heard the song and loved it..And now there are plans to take the song even further.The composer duo is now planning  to get iconic  Senegalese singer and Grammy Award winner ,Youssou N’Dour,on board to sing the song.

Another Bollywood singer Kailash Kher has been signed to sing three songs fo an album to be associated with FIFA WORLD CUP 2010.

All thanks to them,India is being represented well at the mega sports event.