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Links to Fútbol Mundial '98:

Paris:- Sunday, 14. June 1998:- Since I have been spending the week checking out - in person! - the actual beginning of the World Cup in Paris, I have not had time or sufficient interest to look for more exciting football URLs. There's more than enough here anyway.

Below you will also find Metropole's long-standing links from the 'Au Bistro' column. These are followed by a link to Libération's steadily updated 'Mondial 98' page and its associated links. What I turned up for Fútbol links are here somewhere too. Linda Thalman 'found' Cameroon's team and it got added as well.

This page will be updated during the World Cup Championship matches in France if I think it is absolutely necessary, and this is one of those weeks when it isn't. To ease access to it, this page will be added to each weekly issue until there is a winner. After that, Metropole will have non-Sports News about France's 'Tour de France' until the end of July.

But First: The SportsBar! Again.

While unreal SportsFans are live and in color in Paris these days, the real hardcore fans at the SportsBar, known as the Football Café are in SportsFans' heaven - a place that looks like a stadium in paradise; which is one that looks very much like a living room with full-bar service, nearby toilets, and compfy sofas on which to lounge in comfort during halftime or other lulls during play.

To heighten the sense of comfortable virtual reality, the ceiling has sprinklers installed to simulate rain and the air conditioning is set to randomly simulate freezing cold damp fall nights with fog. Service is supplied by scantily-clad young ladies from Bulgaria who sell popcorn in dixiecups available in two sizes: XL and XXL. Considered a bit unreal by some, the virtual-reality software also simulates wives who are also SportsFans; although this feature can be disabled if wives and girlfriends are active football players. Three cheers and a huge tango-tango! for the Football Café and for the single-mindedness of the SportsFans! This is the granddada of them all: more than 10,000 pages!

Less uplifting are the 'official' Web sites: represented by the FIFA - which stands for Federation International - and which will be choosing a new leader any minute now - and of course, the French Organizing Committee, known to all far and wide as the CFO. I don't what the initials stand for, just like RATP does not sound like métro to me.

Unique World Cup News - From Issy!

The Paris suburb, next to Paris-Expo, of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had 11 youngsters, aged between 17 and 25, in training for six months, to be 'cyber-reporters.' With a little help from Issy and France Télécom, they have formed a 'Cyber Team' of Web reporters to 'cover' the World Cup '98.

Their reports from Issy are to appear on a city-sponsored Web site, starting Wednesday, 10. June.

What's Issy got that's worth covering? Well, there's the WC'98 International Press Centre at Paris-Expo, the Eurosport TV headquarters, the editorial offices of 'L'Equipe' - the daily sports paper - and TVRS 98, the outfit that will be sending out all worldwide TV coverage.

Libération - Mondial 98 - follow this link for constant updates and fair commentary. For example, there is a site called 'Stade de France,' which Libération says is a 'heavy loader.' Extensive links also point to African sites and even to a religious site, for those whose team is in trouble.

Of the two state-TV channels, France 3 has traditionally handled the bigger Sports Events - with extensive reports on the Paris-Dakar and the Tour de France. Now they take on the World Cup, playing in France for the first time since 1938. For daily reports, tune your Web dial to France 3 TV.

Fútbol Mundial '98 Links: Anti-Football Site - Anti-SportsFans:
  • 'Down With Football Madness' Site - recommends pouring 1O,000 litres of de-grass on the pitch on the eve of the opening game at the Stade de France. Boo! Also proposes, in French, the idea of dropping 80,022 cream pies from hot-air balloons on hardcore SportsFans. Double-Boo! Linda Thalman, who only champions the Cameroon team, doesn't like this site at all.
Not Yellow Card, But Cartoon:
  • Scorbut is for those for whom 1998 'c'est déjà demi-footue,' and offers cartoons by Cabu, Kerleroux, Wozniak, Luz et Charb - all of whom are well-known lefties and dangerous guys with pencils. Like all of us raving red, commie, cartoonists.
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