World News It's All Relative Did You Know? Opinion On The Streets
Superstition and sports seem to go hand in hand. Hockey players grow beards, baseball players don’t change their socks, and soccer players, well, let’s just say they have their own superstitions.

So how do the world teams cope with the pressure of representing their nation? Let’s just say, each team has their own special method.

Rumor has it that the Algerian team prepped for their clash with England by watching a movie.

Germany's vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger demands to be last to arrive at the stadium. "I am always the last off the bus and the last to run out on the pitch," he said. And "I always wear white boots."

Argentinean goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea believes that peeing in the centre of the soccer field is a good luck charm. During the 1993 Copa America, Goycochea (with the help of his teammates) he completed this ritual prior to penalty shootouts while playing against Brazil and Colombia. Argentina went on to win the competition.

It is not only the teams who get in on ritualistic action. According to a poll by Nivea For Men, more than 5 million British soccer fans have planned pre-game rituals. Of those surveyed, 10% will wear lucky pants, 20% will watch with a “lucky” group of friends, 11% percent will only watch from a lucky armchair, 16% percent will kiss the team emblem, while 14% percent will hold their pint of beer in the same hand for the entire 90-minute match.


FIFA Facts
To date, over 500,000 international visitors have poured into South Africa to either attend or participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This figure abolishes the pre-game estimates of 300,000, and proves to the world that South Africa truly is the place to be.

Over 2.9 million of the 3 million tickets have been sold according to Danny Jordaan, the chief executive officer of FIFA’s 2010 local organization committee (LOC). Indicating that South African ticket sales will likely surpass Germany’s 2006 numbers.

Over 500 million viewers are expected to tune in at some point throughout the World Cup. And by the end of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, over 18 billion US dollars will be injected into the South African economy.

However, the unity and celebration that has begun in South Africa, and spread throughout the world goes beyond simple dollars and cents. Jerry Vilakazi, chief executive of Business Unity South Africa, describes it best. "How can you put a figure or measure the pictures being broadcast to hundreds of millions of people globally of our country every day?"



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