Not surprisingly, as in 2002, there are plenty of blogs that are dedicated to following World Cup 2006 in Germany. My RSS reader is reaching breaking point. At this point, I’m in danger of spending more time reading about the World Cup than watching it. (Note: If you’re still not hip to RSS and newsfeeds, then this is as good a time as any to get up to speed. I find it mildly scandalous that there are still major media outlets without feeds or with poorly-implemented feeds.)
Here is what surely is a partial list of World Cup 2006 blogs to get you started:
World Cup Blog (feed) — The World Cup blog to end all World Cup blogs. There’s one main blog (linked above), and 32 accompanying blogs, one for each country participating (feeds here). There’s even a separate blog for the referrees!
World Cup Blog (feed) — Not to be confused with the uber-blog with the same creative name above, this is still a decent, often-updated blog from the UK (which means we can probably expect a heavy England focus).
Mainstream media blogs
About.com: World Soccer (feed) — Is About.com mainstream? At any rate, “guide” Bill Hutchison is traveling to Germany and therefore his daily updated site should be all things World Cup for the next month or so.
Fox Sports: Jamie Trecker’s Blog — Blog from Fox Sports’ soccer writer Trecker, Fox being one of the few US networks committed to soccer.
International Herald Tribune: The Beautiful Game — IHT’s Roger Cohen will be posting longer pieces during WC ’06. No feed though.
International Herald Tribune: From the Fans — IHT’s second World Cup-related blog is written by fans. IHT is still seeking participants for this new blog.
Spiegel Online (English) — Blog from the international version of Spiegel Online. Hallelujah! You have to click on each day’s listing from this page, and there you’ll find several entries per day. No RSS feed, sadly.
USA Today: Soccer Sweep (feed) — A somewhat anemic blog (with an awful title to boot) from USA Today, perhaps not surprising given that its two authors will be blogging from the World Cup hotbed of Virginia!
Washington Post: Road to the World Cup (feed) — Joe DeNunzio (with support from Jason La Canfora) are in Germany, doing their best to reverse American apathy towards the beautiful game. Apparently only intended to exist pre-World Cup (huh?), its run has now been graciously extended by the Post’s editors.
CBS Sportsline: Kasey Keller — US goalkeeper Keller is posting weekly updates from Germany. (Beware, the rest of the Sportsline site crashes my Firefox browser).
MSN Road to the World Cup: Player Diaries (see each diary for the feed) — Six sporadically updated blogs from star players at the World Cup, including Michael Owen and Ronaldinho, and one blog from Kevin Kuranyi, who was left off Jurgen Klinsmann’s German squad. If he keeps at it, I’d say Kuranyi’s blog will be the one to read from this bunch.
Other news coverage
There are naturally quite a few media outlets running special World Cup coverage that, while not blogs, deserve mention and reading if you want to keep up on every metatarsal and minutiae of the proceedings:
Reuters — Decent coverage, but I defy you to find a link to this section on Reuters’ home page. Not to mention no dedicated feed. Give the not-updated-in-over-a-week “blogs” a miss too.
Wikipedia — Everything you need to know, all on one page.