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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Thursday's Connector: Graham Poll

July 2nd, 2010
06:05 PM ET

He’s arguably one of Britain’s best known referees and also one of the most divisive.

Graham Poll is your Connector of the Day.

Graham Poll is your Connector of the Day.

Graham Poll first took up the whistle in 1980 after failing to make the grade playing the beautiful game itself.

In a little over a decade he has worked his way up from park level to premiership league, but Poll finally reached his career pinnacle when he was chosen as the only England referee at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Unfortunately for Poll, that tournament would be his downfall.

In the play-off between Croatia and Australia, Poll cautioned a player three times before sending him off –the maximum limit is two.

FIFA forced his resignation on the issue.

It wasn’t the first time Poll had put a foot out of line. In the 2002 World Cup he wrongly ruled a goal by Italy offside.

Other controversial calls have copped Poll flak from plenty of players, fans and football managers including Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.

Since retiring in 2007, Poll hasn't been shy from speaking up about ways to improve the sport.

As a columnist for the "Daily Mail" and a sports commentator, Poll’s called for increasing the number of referees on the pitch and providing them more protection.

He certainly knows what he’s talking about.

The man of the match, Graham Poll is your connector of the day.

Future Connector: Osvaldo Ardiles

July 2nd, 2010
05:08 PM ET

Not only a legend in his native country of Argentina, footballer Osvaldo Ardiles is also a cult hero in the UK after being a player for Tottenham Hotspur.

Osvaldo Ardiles is your Connector of the Day.

Osvaldo Ardiles is your Connector of the Day.

Born in August 1952 in Bell Ville, Argentina, Ardiles fell in love with football at an early age.

In his hometown, he would play football on the street and earned the nickname 'python' for his skill and agility.

Ardiles started his professional career playing for the Argentine club team Instituto de Córdoba as well as playing for Club Atlético Belgrano and Huracán.

In 1978, Ardiles played for the Argentine national football team during the FIFA World Cup which was also coincidentally played in Argentina.

Ardiles helped take the team to the championships, eventually becoming winners of the tournament.

Here's your chance to speak to Osvaldo Ardiles for an inside look into this year's World Cup.

Do you want to know what he thinks about the state of football today? How does he feel about Argentina's exit from this year's World Cup? Who does he think will win the tournament?

Please leave your questions for Osvaldo Ardiles below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

Moving across borders to find a job?

July 2nd, 2010
11:19 AM ET

For a brief moment, there seemed to be a bit of hope at the end of the financial crisis as job numbers indicated a rebound in the economy.

A surge in hiring in May accounted for more than 400,000 new jobs in the United States - although many of those were temporary government positions - and in April, the private sector added a staggering 218,000 jobs.

In the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, job numbers began to rebound, but have since flattened.

The news provided a brief respite in what has otherwise been a devastating past two years for individuals, families and businesses around the world.

Financial markets around the world continue to jitter over concerns that the recession may return and only get worse.

Many economists forecast that the private sector in the U.S. will add only 100,000 jobs in June, far weaker than either March or April.

Many say it could be late 2010 or even early 2011 before businesses will once again be adding 200,000 jobs in a month.

The bad news has forced unemployed workers around the world to take drastic steps to find a job - many have even moved across borders and into different countries to survive.

Stories of Americans moving to Europe, college graduates taking working holidays to Australia and South Americans heading across the ocean to Spain are all too common place.

Things have even gotten much worse for thousands of workers that they have been forced to return to their home country because the jobs have all but disappeared in their adopted state.

Spain's poor economy has forced thousands of South American to migrate back home to places like Ecuador in record numbers.

We want to know what you think.

Have you been affected by the recession and forced to relocate for work? What lengths have you had to go to find a job? Would you be willing to move half way around the world for work?

Please let us know and do send in your questions and comments.

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