When: Sat., June 12 2010
Television near you - The 2010 FIFA World Cup actually begins Friday, but for English-speakers in the Western Hemisphere, it really starts at 8:30 p.m. in Rustenberg, South Africa, or 2:30 p.m. North Carolina time. Among other things, it will be a smackdown between the country that invented the game and the country that typically prefers its homegrown sports but will get geared up for a chance at a world title.
The game will be on ESPN in bars and homes everywhere. The Independent is co-sponsoring watching parties in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill and any other bar with a television will have it on as well. You can see the game on the big screen at Cary's Galaxy Cinema for free; in Chapel Hill's Varsity Theatre, you can support Triangle United Soccer Association with a $10 donation.
Here's a fun trivia fact to carry with you: If the U.S.'s Jozy Altidore scores, he will be the second American player to score against England in the World Cup; he will also be the second Haitian-born American player to score against England in the World Cup. The first was Joe Gaetjens, who scored the lone goal in the belatedly famous United States upset of England in 1950. —David Fellerath