World University News Special Report: Research and the World Cup

Hundreds of thousands of football fans from around the world descended on South Africa last week to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup which kicked off on Friday. The mega-event has gripped the imagination of the nation, including its students, academics and universities.

The World Cup has generated reams of research into the event and its multiple impacts. At the Second World Conference on Soccer and Science last week, academics presented studies into the ‘beautiful game’. Universities are housing fans and staging events, and students are helping out as volunteers. There have been lectures, including a seven-part Extra Time series on soccer delivered by academics from South Africa and Germany, the 2006 World Cup host.’

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