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Wednesday's Connector: Harry Harris

June 7th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

With only a few days away from the start the World Cup in South Africa, many punters may be interested to find out the inside gossip on who has the edge in competition and who may be the dark horse to watch.

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There are also probably a lot of potential viewers that may be newcomers to the sport and who may be feeling a little lost with talk of tournament groups and penalty kick offs.

Well, no reason to fret as one of the world's leading experts in the game is ready to take your questions.

UK football commentator, Harry Harris, has written over 60 books on the game and has just released a new users guide to the run up of the tournament called "Fans' Guide to the World Cup 2010."

The book is full of comments and interviews from some of the world's biggest footballers and it even has predictions on who might do best during the month-long competition.

Harris has written about the game for a number of UK papers including the "Daily Express" and "Daily Mail."

You can follow all the latest World Cup news on our special CNN World Cup site.

Harry Harris is the man who knows more about football than anyone else you will probably meet.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    with some of the articles about the world cup that i have seen thus far and being a fanatic of the sport.. i really dont trust cnn when they say they have someone that knows the game... i have some friends that know more about soccer/football (whichever you call it wherever in the world you are) then cnn knows about news... and that is an understatement.. all due respect cnn. please hire people that know the game..

    Thank you and have a nice day 🙂

    June 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Harry Harris and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Harry Harris on the following questions:
    – Who is going to win the WORLD CUP, because I really would like to win the SOUTH AFRICA 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP LOTTERY?
    – Who is going to be the BEST 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP FOOTBALL PLAYER?
    – Which countries will go to the Quarter-finals and Semi-finals of the SOUTH AFRICA 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Harry Harris’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    June 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  3. Alberto

    Which the countries participating, that is, competing?

    Panama City, Republic of Panama

    June 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  4. Schivute Marcus; MD

    Which is the winning continent, Mr. Harry Harris?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  5. Lex

    I am picking South Korea to advance, despite the others in their Group having a much higher international ranking. What others teams are going to come from behind in the Group? It's impossible to pick the winner, but I think more reasonable, who do you see in the top 4 this year?

    Also, how many players will be called for the new infraction at the pentally line. There seems to be a blurred line on what is legal and illegal in "stopping" or "slowing" your approach to throw off the keeper. How will this effect the games, if at all?

    June 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  6. Roland

    -Which players from the lesser known countries/teams will emerge at the WC and warrant a big transfer?

    June 8, 2010 at 12:01 am | Reply
  7. Mujtaba Wani

    Hey Harry,
    I'm writing from a suburb of Washington, D.C.
    I had a couple questions.
    -How do you think Germany will fare without Michael Ballack?
    -Who will come out of the group of death?
    -Who would win in a final with Spain and Brazil?

    M. Wani

    June 8, 2010 at 2:01 am | Reply
  8. hwei yi

    hi to football fans and the expert:
    Where i come from the game is not that popular and i would like to know something more about each team? Like for example, which team is more likely to be in the top 4 and who is the most potential player? Who is not in the Game this year while he is very HOT in the last game?


    June 8, 2010 at 4:28 am | Reply
  9. mel

    I cant understand why you cant touch the ball. Thats half the fun.

    June 8, 2010 at 6:13 am | Reply
  10. Angelique

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to find out if Portugal have a realistic chance in beating Brazil... I'm supporting Portugal in the World Cup (having grown up with Portuguese parents in South Africa) and unfortunately, they have a very tough line-up of games. If they come second in their group, they're up against Spain, who are favourites to win... Do you think they Portugal have a chance against them?

    South Africa

    June 8, 2010 at 6:51 am | Reply
  11. siyri frankline yufenyuy

    hello harry and cnn my question is what do you thing of african counties in this worldcup SIYRI Frankline YAOUNDE CAMEROON

    Sent on a phone using T9space.com

    June 8, 2010 at 7:36 am | Reply
  12. lula

    people seem to be making a way bigger deal of the world cup this year than in past years.
    Do you find that to be the case and if so, why do you think it is?

    June 8, 2010 at 8:59 am | Reply
  13. gregsparks

    HI Harry,
    In the current football world where players are bought and sold for obsene amounts of money, don't you think the world cup represents something pure? A space where it's all about national pride and not about where jose morinho is couching or how much real madrid can offer you?
    To you think that the world cup is every going to be threatened by the champion league or other leagues?

    June 8, 2010 at 9:01 am | Reply
  14. gillian

    Who's Going to win on Saturday??? ENGLAND OR THE USA???

    June 8, 2010 at 9:02 am | Reply
  15. Maria Ines

    Hey Harry,

    Why do you think soccer hasn't become a mainstream sport in the US? As opposed to most countries around the world where it's very popular and widespread. Whenever I go to America everyone seems to consider the SuperBowl as important as we consider the World Cup. Also, do you consider soccer will ever gain as much popularity as american football, or even surpass it?

    Thank you!

    Maria Ines Del Castillo
    Lima, Peru

    June 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  16. Brasileirao...........

    Becky, Becky, Becky – where do you get them from – Harry Harris may have forgotten more about football than you already know – however it only appears to concern English football – he is no sage on Global Football Affairs as is evident by his comment that " Brasil doesn't have a strong team "........mmmmmm, likewise he did not even mention the powerhouse that Spain is, Argentina etc., etc.

    It doesn't surprise me that being English he has chosen the English side as his selection to win the world cup – we get this blahype from the english press every 4 years and I am very confident the results this year will be no different than those from previous cups – the English side does not have the technical prowess, strength or spiritual endeavour to win a world cup, in fact I am having them beaten by Brasil or Holland in the semis – if they get that far.

    Harry Harris did illustrate some near sightedness from his shores of England in saying that Holland would be his outsider for the cup.....good choice Harry, shame about the rest of what you had to say though.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am | Reply

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