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FIFA World Cup vs. ICC Cricket World Cup

With the FIFA World Cup bearing down on us fast, Kipp took time out to remember that the event is not necessarily the last word in sports tournaments.


Cricket is first documented as being played in the 16th century, and by the end of the 18th century was England’s national sport. The game grew with the expansion of the British Empire, and the International Cricket Council (the ICC) boasts more than 100 countries as members. There are numerous variations of the game, from Test matches to “one-dayers” to Twenty20 games, but despite these myriad variations, the game remains the second most popular in the world.

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The top spot goes to football, or soccer. The game is thought to have first evolved in the 19th century, once again in England, and it was in the middle of that century that standardized rules began to emerge. When the Football Association formed in 1863 the rules of the game were set, and since then football has grown to become the most played sport on the planet. Millions watch live games in stadiums; billions watch on TV.

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The ICC Cricket World Cup is a tournament held once every four years, following a series of pre-qualification rounds. The tournament consists of 49 one-day international matches for men. The event began in 1975, ironically two years after the women’s equivalent was started. The 2011 event will be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with India taking the lion’s share of games. Beginning on February 19, it is the fourth most viewed sporting event on the planet.

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And again, it loses out to the ball game without a bat. This tournament started in 1930, and has been played every four years (excluding 1942 and 1946, because of World War 2) ever since. Following a three year qualification phase, 32 teams compete to lift the trophy. This year’s event kicks off on June 11 in South Africa, and is once again expected to be the most widely viewed sporting event in the world

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The current trophy is 60 cm high and made from silver and gild. It features a golden globe held up by three silver columns – stumps, bails, and a ball, representing the three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding. Weighing 11 kilograms, it has the names of former winners on its base, and there is room for another ten winners.

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The historic Jules Rimet Cup now belongs to Brazil, who won the tournament for the third time in Mexico in 1970. After that, FIFA commissioned a new trophy: 36 cm high, solid gold, weighing 6.175 kilograms. The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite while the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved name of every winner since 1974. Result: draw.

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Now to the fun stuff: the mascots. No sporting event would be complete without one, and the ICC has gone all out for the 2011 World Cup with the choice of an elephant as the event supporter. The jazzy, big blue elephant is yet to be named, but if you ignore the fact elephants can’t possible catch cricket balls (unless they use their trunks) it’s a winner with us.

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“What can we say about him? One thing is for sure, Zakumi will be first on the dancefloor and last off it at the biggest party in the world,” says Zakumi is a leopard and, while the visuals for the friendly feline are cool, the PR that goes with him is a little bit much for Kipp. Someone is trying too hard.

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The ICC World Cup 2011 logo you see above “celebrates cricket with diversity.” Designed by Australian creative firm Witekite, the ball represents cricket (obviously) while the different colors reflect color, movement and action, or the diversity of the Indian subcontinent, depending who you speak to. Kipp’s not bothered, all we know is: it looks good.

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The official logo for the FIFA World Cup 2010 combines colors from the original FIFA logo with colors from the South African national flag. With a player in action in the center, and “South Africa 2010” in a soft and warm font, it is all perfectly proportioned. But the blue circle and the football should not both have been included. Which is the player kicking?

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What sporting tournament is complete without a theme tune? Unfortunately, there is as yet no sign of an official theme song for the ICC’s 2011 event, though we have discovered a few amateur efforts online. This is our favorite, somewhat British-inspired effort, and if the ICC were to go with it, they’d win the head-to-head hands down. The best line? “Then cucumber sandwich and cheese.” Genius.

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When the official FIFA World Cup 2010 theme appeared, Kipp was non-plussed, to be honest. It’s all sounds a bit familiar – you have a vague sense it was used at another event recently. Since then it has grown on us a bit, but we’re not sure we can forgive the blatant over use of the tune by Coca-cola in all its advertisements. Please, give us a break.

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Now we get down to business. When we heard that $10 million would be up for grabs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 we were pretty impressed. But subsequently it transpired that the winning team would not receive $10 million in prize money – that’s the total prize pot. Instead, the winning team collects $4 million. Not bad, and almost double the 2007 winners prize (and believe us, it would be more than enough for the Kipp team), but not quite in FIFA’s league.

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The winning team in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this year will receive a whopping $31 million. The runners up will get $24 million, and the losing semi-finalists $20 million. The bumper payouts are the result of what is expected to be the most lucrative world cup ever. Not too shabby, even by the standards of the mega-rich footballers at the tournament.

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  1. Tanuj on June 11, 2010 5:01 pm

    wow..! great comparison!
    i like cricket more though..! :p
    i dont have much knowledge about soccer!

  2. Rebekah on July 15, 2010 5:19 pm

    i guess i enjoy cricket more than soccer…i guess coz its quiet complicated nd u’ll never no wen da game will finish, so its full of suprises an i guess it takes a lot of skills- bowling/wicketkeeping, fielding nd bating…so I VOTE 4 CRICKET!!

  3. farhan jafar on September 11, 2010 3:00 pm

    from starting to end its a game of suspense every ball turns situation,so its much better than football

  4. gaurav on February 20, 2011 6:54 am

    i like cricket by heart
    cricket is all for me

  5. KARTHIKEYAN on April 2, 2011 6:10 am

    Day to day cricket shrinking as whole in format (20 T20) as well as in region .

    Only the asian country promoting the cricket than any other country.

    Due to lack in promoting the game and its resulted in change format of the game as whole.

    May be in future 10T10 will be hosted.

    Come out of cricket …. Take part in football the international game.

    Stage is BIG…………………….

  6. dennice on April 2, 2011 2:09 pm

    cricket sucks it is so boooooooooooooring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i like all other sports like rugby,baseball and basket ball but i hate this one there is no thrill even when my dad play golf i enjoy that i don’t know why we indian so obcessed with it we could have tried out on other games

  7. kapil on July 6, 2011 2:40 pm

    football suckssssssssssssssssssss
    messi is pig and football is gay
    no one cares for stupid football in south asia
    cricket rocksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    cricket is religion of 1.5 billion indians across globe


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