During World War II, the trophy was held by Italy. Ottorino Barassi, the Italian vice-president of FIFA, also the President of FIGC, hid it from the Germans in a shoe-box under his bed after attracting the interest from Nazism.
There is quite a bit of history to that solid piece of gold... the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Anyway, some people on the other side of the world (like me), are stuck because the television here (Channel 5, MediaCorp) only show the opening match, two semis and the final match. And since there are people like me who are desperate to watch the game live at home... thanks to technology, there are some solutions!
1. ASCII Live Streaming, via Telnet
on Windows, run 'cmd' and type in "telnet ascii-wm.net 2006"
2. Goto soccernet.espn.go.com and see the flash-based game cast live. (updates only)
3. Use a p2p streaming program like PPLive or PPStream. PPStream is more popular because there is this caifu sports channel, which has good quality streaming (but setting up PPStream is slightly troublesome). Anyway, such p2p streaming programs stream from China's server, so unless you have a really good connection... forget about it. More information on such programs on footballstreaming.info (you have to register an account, login and post 1 message first before you have access to the actual info)
4. Try LiveFooty. (I don't know if this works or not. Try at your own risk!)
Cometh the hour, cometh the man... and cometh the team. (hey... what the origin of that phrase?)
So... July 9... may the best team win!