Twin Cities World Cup fan? Here's where to find the fever pitch

Join the fevered pitch

Join the fevered pitch

The Beautiful Game is about to draw a worldwide audience the likes of which the NFL can only fantasize about: Thirty-two teams, including the U.S. national squad, converging on South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. (Video after the jump.)

You could stay at home and catch England and the U.S. squaring off on the first day of competition, and the rest of the action, or you could venture out for fever pitch excitement at dozens of bars around the Twin Cities. Do it with the help of this handy CP directory.

Not sure what to make of it all? ESPN's got you covered. BuzzFeed's Jack Shepherd offers a layman's guide. There's a useful FAQ here. And here's what happens when public policy geeks, including "How Soccer Exlains The World" author Franklin Foer, blog about the competition.

Here's Nike's World Cup promo (watch for the fancy footwork from the Lakers' Kobe Bryant):

And here's a competition poster:

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Profits from the sale of this poster and others benefit UNICEF via SoccerAid