I guess I’m not much of a World Cup buff.

I fell asleep just after S. African midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala volleyed home the first goal of South Africa 2010 against Mexico. Then, the sandman scored.

Apart from collecting stickers featuring long-haired greats like Roberto Baggio, Juergen Klinsmann, Claudio Caniggia, and Ruud Gullit, I’ve never really been able to follow football for the full 90 minutes. Especially if those 90 minutes are slotted right smack between my z-land hours. Given that most times (apart from Korea-Japan 2002) matches are shown at ungodly hours (GMT+8 is a nasty place for world cup viewing), most parents are going to object if their kids stay up till 4am when they’ve got school the next day.

hair, there, everywhere

My hairy heroes from 1990, clockwise from top left: Roberto Baggio, Juergen Klinsmann, Claudio Caniggia, Ruud Gullit

Moreover, it can cost a pretty penny too, if you’re hoping to catch World Cup matches in the comfort of your home. Otherwise you could do it with your buds in a downtown nightspot, but you’ll still have to buy a drink. And then some chicken wings. And then another drink. Then take a taxi home. Ok, it’s even more expensive.

Fortunately for those who are interested in watching the events of the Youth Olympic Games unfold from wherever you are in the world, all you’ll need is a PC, a web browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, …) and a broadband connection. The rest is free for everyone, everywhere! Just check in to our official website for the details in August.

Oh, just checked. Mexico 1 – 1 S. Africa No goals between France & Uruguay.