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Five Ways To Jump On The World Cup Bandwagon

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If you’re not aware that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is going on, you’ve probably been hermetically sealed in your basement for a tad too long. If you’re an American, you might have heard of this guy named Landon Donovan, whose last-minute goal Wednesday sent the United States into the Round of 16 for just the third time in history.

While the US prepares to take on Ghana Saturday for a chance to move to the quarterfinals, we’ve researched five ways to prepare yourself to enjoy the World Cup, even if you haven’t been watching from the start.

1. FIFA 2010 Video Game

Play out your own virtual scenarios using any of your favorite nations on PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii. The game will no doubt get you used to the odd rules and regulations of soccer, especially the first time you’re flagged offsides on a certain goal. If you’re a patriot, capture the hearts of the country by taking the US all the way. If you’re a cynic, play as the United States and tank on purpose to disappoint that make-believe nation of bandwagon-jumpers.

2. Vuvuzela 2010 iPhone App

This brand new free app for your iPhone will help your brain tune out that awesome (read: annoying) vuvuzela sound before it comes blaring through your TV speakers Saturday. If you don’t know what a vuvuzela is, get a nice sample courtesy of The Guardian. Surely you can find uses for a never-ending, constant, amazingly-awful noise outside of the sports realm as well. The gift that keeps on giving.

3. YouTube Vuvuzela Button

YouTube has a reputation for quickly adapting their site to allow for pranks, and they’ve recently caught on to the vuvuzela craze. A soccer ball add-on button has been placed to the bottom right of select videos which allows for using the horn noise to drown out any sound in the vid. Half the fun is searching through different videos to find one that uses the button, while the other half is completely destroying videos that annoy the hell out of you.

4. Soccer Edge

Soccer Edge is a great way to hone your skills for use on the pitch..if you’re 12. Otherwise, you’re pretty much limited to using it as some sort of flail-like weapon on your friends. Either way, you’re getting great value out of it.

5. World Cup Flash Animation

Courtesy of Diario Marca, a daily Spanish sports newspaper, this amazing flash animation could entertain for hours on end. Use this tool to beef up your knowledge before Saturday’s game to avoid looking like a moron, or just look at the cool animation and fancy, bright colors.

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