Anchor Marco Werman speaks with The World's William Troop about Egypt's semi-final win at the Africa Cup of Nation against rival Algeria, and about other soccer news.
MARCO WERMAN: It's probably fair to say that the plight of people in Gaza is far from most Egyptian minds at the moment. The big news in Egypt today is of a completely different sort. Egyptians are celebrating their national soccer team's victory over Algeria yesterday. There's a lot of bad blood between Egypt and Algeria when it comes to soccer. There have been riots over this in both countries and Algeria recently qualified for the upcoming World Cup tournament by eliminating Egypt. Well, the Egyptians got their revenge. The World's one-man soccer desk William Troop is here with the update. William, what happened?
WILLIAM TROOP: Well Marco, the two teams played through an extraordinarily tense match yesterday in Angola. This was part of the Africa Cup of Nations Tournament that's going on in Angola right now. Surprise! The Egyptians beat Algeria four to zero. Like I said it was very tense and there were lots of red cards shown. Algerian ended up with eight men completely overwhelmed and humiliated. So the Egyptians were celebrating big time this victory.
MARCO WERMAN: And a surprise because Egypt was not expected to win, especially after that previous Algeria victory back in November.
WILLIAM TROOP: Exactly. They were kind of touted as an old team, running out of steam and they weren't going to do very well at the Africa Cup. And to get such sweet revenge against the team that knocked the out of the World Cup, probably meant a lot. Now that means that Egypt is going for it's third successive Champion of Africa crown in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations this weekend against Ghana, another team that did qualify for the World Cup. So if Egypt actually wins, it actually means that the champion of Africa is the one top team from Africa that is not going to the World Cup in June in South Africa.
MARCO WERMAN: Right, a little shoddenfreuder for the Algerians who will be watching this back up in North Africa this weekend. Now the Africa Cup of Nations, as many may recall, got off to a rocky start a few weeks ago with Togo's team attacked by Angolan Separatist rebels. How did the tournament go after that?
WILLIAM TROOP: Well, remarkably after much concern that that was just the beginning of a wave of violence, nothing happened. There were no major security threats to any of the teams that participated in the tournament. Despite the fact that this incident in Angola against a Togolese team raised questions about security at the World Cup which happens in June in South Africa. Everybody now is expecting that this show of smoothness in Angola that the World Cup will go on smoothly security-wise in South Africa, although South African officials keep saying that they are taking nothing for granted when it comes to security for that tournament.
MARCO WERMAN: Now there's other big news in the soccer world. William, plans for a top match in England to be broadcast in 3D television. What, did James Cameron now buy the rights into world broadcasting for soccer?
WILLIAM TROOP: Well apparently satellite TV provider Sky, which is conducting this experiment in England this weekend did consult Cameron on their plans. But Sky does have plans to air a top match from England's premier league this Sunday, Arsenal against Manchester United in 3D. Now that's not something that you can watch at home. They're beaming special 3D broadcasts into nine pubs throughout England, just nine pubs, and they won't even say which ones. So you got to be in the know to get in there. It's a special broadcast that's a trial run for a 3D television network that Sky plans to launch later this year. Here in this country you can't watch that game in 3D, but broadcaster ESPN is planning to launch it's own 3D television broadcast in June to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa and they're going to show at least half the games in 3D here in this country.
MARCO WERMAN: Wow, very cool I think.
WILLIAM TROOP: Well, you know, its still something that you need a special TV set, you need your special 3D glasses, you need to look a little bit nerdy while you watch it. I'm not sure how popular it's going to be with people when a 3D television costs about $2,000.00 and up. We'll see. The World Cup will be a good testing ground.
MARCO WERMAN: As if things don't already get weird enough in British pubs now we'll be seeing the punters with strange eyewear. The World's soccer pundit William Troop, thank you very much.
WILLIAM TROOP: You're welcome Marco.