World Cup Madness Hits LA

By EGP News Report

The FIFA World Cup excitement continues today, June 17, with France scheduled to take-on Mexico at 11:30 this morning. The teams kicked-off the month-long contest last Friday, June 11—each without a clear-cut victory: Mexico tied with South Africa with one goal each; France tied Uruguay, with each failing to score a single goal.

Across the world, soccer-fanatics are tuned-in to watch the competition being held in South Africa, and Angelenos are no exception. Being the global city that Los Angeles is, it should come as no surprise that many local televisions and radios are blaring “fútbol” coverage as people rally behind their favorite teams and/or home countries, with many choosing to listen in their native language.

Last Saturday, June 12, many Angelenos may have still been in bed as fans of South Korea’s national team attended a 4:30 am live broadcast of the match against Greece hosted by Radio Korea, based in Korea Town/Mid-Wilshire area. South Korea won two to zero against Greece, and later that day, the United States and England squared-off only to tie 1-1.

The matches continue for a month, with the 2010 World Cup champions being determined at the finals on July 11.

The fútbol/soccer-fever has also reached the Los Angeles City Council and Board of Supervisors who hope to bring the games to LA in the future.

Last week, the LA County Supervisors declared Friday, June 11, the “National USA Bid and FIFA World Cup Day” and urged residents to add their names to an online petition to bring the soccer championship to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
Supervisor Don Knabe said he hoped the World Cup would “bring together people of all nations under one banner of peace, friendship and spirited but fair competition on the stage of the world’s most popular sport and athletic event.”
Los Angeles Councilmember Bernard Parks also called on residents to sign the online petition.

“It’s important that we send a message to FIFA, the organizing body, that the city of Los Angeles is very, very serious about our bid,” Parks said. “It’s absolutely essential that officials can see there’s a groundswell of support for these games (in Los Angeles).”

Los Angeles has a good chance of being a host city for a future World Cup competition if the U.S. gains approval from the Federation Internationale de Football Association, Parks office said.

LA has hosted two Olympics in the past, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena drew 3.5 million people for the FIFA World Cup in 1994.

To sign the petition in support of the U.S. visit website www.GoUSABid.com.

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