World Cup (programming) under way

K’naan will perform the World Cup anthem “Wavin’ Flag” at today’s kickoff “celebration concert.”

As I write this ESPN’s 85 hours of studio programming is under way leading up to the 11 a.m. pre-tournament concert that includes performances at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto by Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Anglique Kidjo), Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Tour and Vusi Mahlasela, among others.

The three-hour concert is on ESPN2.

The “Countdown to Kickoff” began at 7 a.m. and runs for 24 hours (!) on ESPN2 leading into the opening match – host nation South Africa vs. Mexico – at 6:30 a.m. Friday from Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

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  • Annon

    Gawd, I can’t wait until this tournament is over.

    It’s way over hyped

    I coached Soccer for a few years when my KIDS were young. That’s what it is, a KIDS game.

    We went to the playoffs 1 year, we were the better team but we lost because the refs were Mexican and the team we played was Mexican, the refs threw a couple convenient red cards, just to get our best players off the field, and looked the other way when the Mexican team broke the rules. They had to call the cops because the parents on my team were livid, the refs had to be escorted off the field.

    Soccer to me will forever be a KIDS game, not to be taken seriously.

  • I used to think soccer wasn’t that sophisticated, until I started following it a little more closely. I am starting to understand the nuances a little more. There is a lot of strategy, plus i recognize just how in shape you have to be to play – it’s a great way to exercise and maintain your cardiovascular fitness. I have a new appreciation for the game