WORLD CUP<br>ONE TWOS
WORLD CUP IN 3-D
Hong Kong football fans were celebrating Tuesday that they now can watch the World Cup matches in 3D at cinemas.
About 10 matches are to be screened in 3-D, including the final, semifinals and quarterfinals of the month long tournament in South Africa, the distributor Panorama Entertainment said Tuesday.
A company spokesman said several tests carried out last week had been successful and that it planned the first 3-D screening Friday.
The showings would give front-row members of the audience the experience of being on the edge of the pitch, the spokesman said.
GERMANY IMPRESSES SNEIJDER
Germany are so far the most impressive team at the World Cup and are better off without their injured captain Michael Ballack, Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder said.
The Inter Milan player said he was glad that the Dutch can't run into their long-time rivals until the late stages.
"The Germans have so far impressed me most," Sneijder said after the Dutch won their opener 2-0 against Denmark on Monday.
"Thank God we don't yet have to think about them because we can't meet them until the final," he said, seemingly not aware that the teams may already meet in the semifinals.
Germany thrashed Australia 4-0 on Sunday and received worldwide praise for their attacking game. The win came without the stalwart Ballack, who is missing the World Cup over an ankle injury.
"Maybe it is an advantage that Ballack isn't there. Germany is better now, there is more speed in their game," said Sneijder.
DUTCH EJECTED FOR AMBUSH MARKETING
A group of 36 Dutch women were ejected from the Netherlands-Denmark game in Johannesburg's Soccer City on Monday for wearing orange "Dutchy dresses" supplied by a Dutch beer company, South Africa's The Star newspaper reported Tuesday.
Bavaria brewery distributed the figure-hugging dresses in the Netherlands as part of a World Cup promotion.
Bavaria is a competitor of Budweiser, an official FIFA sponsor.
One of the women told The Star that they were sitting in their seats near the pitch, "singing songs and having a good time" when a FIFA official came up to them and said they were not allowed wear the dress and had to leave.
When the women refused to leave FIFA called in stewards to eject them by force, Barbara Kastein said.
The group was then taken to a FIFA office and interrogated by police for several hours before being released, she said.
RELIEF FROM VUVUZELAS
Relief could be in sight for those fans irritated by the ceaseless noise of vuvuzelas during television broadcasts of World Cup games. A German amateur musician claims to have found a way to filter the offending sound from the tv signals. Tobias Herre said he uses a special software on his computer to eliminate the A sharp tone of the plastic horns. "I was extremely annoyed by the tooting, and, in fact, it's quite easy to get rid of," he told the German Press Agency.
JAMIE DOESN'T MIND VUVUZELAS
Vuvuzelas have been dominating England defender Jamie Carragher's thoughts, but perhaps not quite in the way they have everybody else's at this World Cup. "When I came on (against the United States) I didn't notice it too much," he said. "I think you notice it more when you are watching or on TV." His children certainly noticed though. "My kids have been on the phone and asked for two, so I have got them in my bag already." He's not worried, though, about being drowned out when he gets home. "Anybody's who watched me at Anfield will know I'm louder than the vuvuzelas."
SNOW FORECAST FOR SOME GAMES
South Africa 2010 is already the first World Cup on the African continent. It may also become the first with snowfall as weather forecasts for Tuesday include white flakes at higher altitudes.
A cold front heading towards large parts of South Africa is bringing with it rain storms, freezing temperatures and possibly snow in the mountains.
Cities such as Vryburg and Bethlehem can expect temperatures dropping to minus 6 degrees Celsius. And forecasts for World Cup host city Bloemfontein have thermometers possibly falling to minus 3 degrees.
Six of the World Cup stadiums are located above 1,200 metres with both Ellis Park and Soccer City in Johannesburg at 1,753 metres.