Fantastic ESPN World Cup Spot.

Sepp Blatter has said it was a “mistake” to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, forcing Fifa to try to limit the damage.

Once all the “told-you-so’s” die down it’s interesting to note that someone in a position like Blatter would admit to an organizational mistake like this.

As the Olympics and the World Cup are trying to reach further and break new ground in emerging markets there will be of course some locations that don’t work out perfectly. Socchi certainly wasn’t as much of a hit as Vancouver in 2010. And there were other issues in years before. But the lack of transparency along with the ongoing allegations of bribery and unjust lobbying does put a damper on this and future events. This issue is something the ICO and FIFA will have to come to terms with if they want to stay relevant as organizations expecting our attention and devotion to the events for the coming decades. People love those Games, the human achievements and the global spectacle, but we need a new generation of stewards. People in leadership position that can chart a path into the 21st Century.

Speaking of Panini’s sticker album:

Of the 11 players selected by Panini to be featured for the German National Team 3 played in the English FA Cup final yesterday and won. Podolski, Özil and Mertesacker. 7 played in the DFB Pokal, Lahm, Neuer, Kroos, Boateng, Götze, and Müller for Bayern who won toe Cup and the Double this season and Hummels for Dortmund. And the 11th player is Klose, second highest overall goal scorer in the World Cup tournaments of all time.

On paper this is going to be a good World Cup for Germany. They so need to win another trophy!

I grew up with the real paper versions. Much to my parents dismay I obsessivily collected stickers, poured over each team page, memorized each players name but sadly never fully 100% finished an album. I also poured way too much money into those.

Now  for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil there is an app, for free on iTunes. And although the amount of sticker packs you can get each day is limited, it’s still a lot of fun to do with your kids. Even if just for the nostalgia.

I love the future.

Pretty epic announcement:

The rumor that has often seemed too good to be true is officially a reality, as CONCACAF and CONMEBOL formally announced a joint Copa America to be played entirely on U.S. soil from June 3-26, 2016. The tournament will feature six CONCACAF countries — including the United States and Mexico — as well as the 10 CONMEBOL nations, marking the tournament’s centennial celebration. CONCACAF nations have competed in previous Copa Americas, but never this many and never outside of South America.

A Champions League style tournament on US soil with teams from both South and North America? This is going to be epic. And Seattle is home of the best fans in US soccer. Do I hear Finals in Seattle?

Gizmodo thinks so, and I can’t disagree. Although the fact that Russia boycotted the Games will always be a sore spot in the Games history of the times. Just like Munich’s massacre will be always remembered. Which is really a big bummer, because Munich did many many things right for those Games. The artwork and branding were stunning. The architecture smart and iconic. The civic integration brilliant. The Games in Munich helped propel Munich onto the world scene and make it the number one city in Germany for many years, while the Wall was still up. And even now, Munich is still considered The New York and San Francisco of Germany in one city. A Weltdorf. A cosmopolitan town, as it is lovingly called by many Bavarians for combining traditional charm and global flair. In many regards it’s still the number 1 sports city in Germany, in both Summer and Winter sports. I wish they would’ve won the bid for the Games in 2018.

Are you ready USA?

Gizmodo has a great writeup on the bid:

But the decision to choose Snøhetta was one of the most intelligent moves by Oslo’s committee because it keeps all the design elements of the bid under one roof. Snøhetta’s masterful grasp of graphic design, architecture, and urban planning allow the firm to create an integrated proposal that considers the holistic impact of the games on the city.

Fantastic bid.

Would be an absolute dream to work on an Olympic bid one day.

UEFA members have voted to approve the new “Nations League” tournament, which will replace most international friendlies from September 2018.

Fascinating and challenging development in Europe. I’m excited to see how this will play out. I’ve always loved the National Team play. And now I get to see more ‘real’ games. Friendlies were always challenging to watch. They mattered to the fans, and to the pride, but didn’t matter in the big picture, thus skewing the performance on the field and the results.

TED2014 remote notes:

TED Prize winner 2014:

Charmian is calling for governments around the world to pass laws to create registries which list the true owners of companies, and that are open to the public – with no loopholes.

Interesting that at the 30th Anniversary of TED it’s moved away from Monterey California, USA and to Vancouver and two of the biggest topics of the first day of TED were the Snowden interview, which can be seen as a clear attack on the US and the TED Prize winner’s speech who essentially announced that most ‘anonymous companies’ are being held in the US.

I can smell a clear trend here. Don’t squander the great responsibility, America.

TED2014 remote notes:
(This is the time again for me to follow along from afar, wishing I was there, yet being fascinated beyond belief the community of inspiration TED is able to create, year after year. One day. One day I’ll be there.)

Just watched Edward Snowden at TED. For the first time I spend some time hearing directly from the man what has happened, and what is going on.

It’s insanely offensive to let it sink in that America, who’s in many ways has given us many of the great things that make the internet today is now actively working so very hard on destroying just that.

It feels like being a citizen of a great country, with  privileges, pride, and with an understanding of the live around me and waking up one morning realizing the government has declared war on its citizens. It’s not guns we need to protect us as citizen militia, it’s people willing to build a better, more secure internet.

I’ve grown up in the internet age, I’m not willing to give up this great privilege.


A new website design, a new location in Vancouver, B.C. and about to kickoff their 30th Anniversary celebration, TED is reinventing itself. And I’m so glad that there is an introverted Brit at the helm of it all.

Chris Anderson:

“We don’t know what the final destination is, but we are guided by a philosophical and deep belief in the power of good thinking, the power of good ideas,” he said. “With TED, the end of the talk should not be the end of the idea, but just the beginning.”

SPIEGEL ONLINE will be presenting panels addressing the NSA spying scandal and problems start-ups face in Europe.

Worlds collide.

of the first 12 Olympic games over at The Atlantic.

Makes me want to start collecting historical Olympics stuff. I could open a museum with stuff like that. Makes me so happy.

Cool article by NBC to highlight each countries focus on ‘their Olympics’. They team and team heroes.

That’s the wonder of the Games. They are so colossal, so sweeping, that every sporting nation sees it through its own prism. We are watching an American Olympics, which is different from a Finnish Olympics, which is different from a Chinese Olympics, which is different from a French Olympics. The Olympics bring the world together. And, at the same time, the world stays apart.

Of course, we follow ‘our people’ and their stories. But it’s the networks choosing. Living in the US it was impossible before the internet to get any information on other athletes? Why was that? Because NBC didn’t care about any other sport than those were Americans were metal contenders.

Other countries might have the same, or similar slanted coverage, but the time will come when this will blend together and there will be coverage where the fan/viewer can pick and choose their favorite events.

The article highlights other countries, but in the end just creates a justification for their own slanted, or lazy coverage. There are more stories out there, and people increasingly don’t want to be spoon fed and see only what Bob Costas cares about and whose names he can pronounce.

If the Olympics bring people together the future lies in a TV coverage that echoes that.

Der Spiegel looks at #Sochiproblems:

The Russians are perplexed by the world, and it’s not their fault. They’re celebrating a party in Sochi. But we’re the party poopers waiting for any chance we can find to say: “Haha, the Russians have screwed up again!”

Marat Gelman, Moscow’s best known art gallery owner, once claimed that things are only right in the world for the West if bad news is coming out of Russia.

I hope Gelman is wrong.

Yes, exactly.

So he dropped out of the first event and blasts the construction quality of the second.

Or is the pressure to perform and win his third gold getting to him?
In Germany we say: “If the farmer can’t swim he blames his swimsuit”. Don’t ask me why it’s a farmer, but you get the idea: If you’re afraid to fail, or try to find excuses beyond your control.

Do I hear spoiled brat anywhere? Red Bull should’ve build him his own pipe, so he can go for gold on ‘his terms and conditions’.

That’s Schadenfreude.

#SochiProblems Is More of An Embarrassment For America Than It Is For Russia writes Sarah Kaufman for PolicyMic. Pointing out sub-standard hotel amenities as a journalist is not helping your credibility. And it’s also not ‘Schadenfreude’, that’s something completely different.

Old news, but this is really a post for myself, filed in the category: remember later and never forget.

Last July Franz Beckenbauer invited the international sports elite to Kitzbühl, Austria to discuss the future of sports.

Man, I love summits. Like TED and Davos this will be on my list to watch.

In other news: I need a suit.

From the National Park Services:

Don Tresidder, president of the concessioner at the time, began to envision even bigger things for Yosemite’s future. After visiting Switzerland with his wife for the 1928 Winter Olympics, he was inspired to make Yosemite the “Switzerland of the West.” That year he formed the Yosemite Winter Club (still in operation today) to “encourage and develop all forms of winter sports [and] to advertise and exploit the great advantages, beauties and healthy benefits of winter in the California Sierra to all the lovers of outdoor life.”

In addition to enticing visitors to come in winter, he wanted Yosemite to host the Olympic Winter Games in 1932.

Can you imagine how different things would be for the valley if they would’ve won the bid?