New York Times to Kick Off Extensive Online World Cup Coverage

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The New York Times announced today that they will feature live blogging on www.nytimes.com/worldcup and www.iht.com of the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament with extensive coverage that includes daily video and running game commentary, along with a blog by Roger Cohen, editor at large of the International Herald Tribune, and reporting by a team of sports writers and columnists.

This year’s World Cup competition will be held in Germany, from June 9 to July 9. Throughout the month-long international tournament, The Times and the IHT will offer up-to-the-minute coverage including stats, standings and match information and running commentary of the games played. Interactive flash graphics; multimedia features; daily video casts; reader commentary; and blogs by New York Times writers and columnists (“World Cup ’06”), Roger Cohen (“The Beautiful Game”) and World Cup fans (“From the Fans…”) are being added to enhance the coverage. Important matches and games involving the US soccer team will also be covered via live “match tracking” by commentators who will also incorporate reader reactions.

In addition, TimesSelect, the premium-tier Web site of The New York Times, will offer a blog called “Kicking and Screaming: Watching World Cup Soccer in Six Countries,” featuring observations by fans in Angola, Argentina, England, Iran, Japan and Mexico

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