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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.

What are your World Cup superstitions?

June 9th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

As the start of the 2010 World Cup comes closer with each passing day, football players and even their fans are starting an unusual range of superstitions to ensure their team wins.

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A string of rituals – ranging from the weird to the extreme – are all commonplace for players on nearly every continent.

English team member, John Terry, is rumoured to have nearly 50 different superstitions during his pre-match ritual.

Terry has admitted that he listens to the same CD before every game, sits in the same seat on the team bus and wraps tape around his socks three times.

The former English captain is also known to have a lucky pair of shin pads that he uses during matches.

Italian footballer, Gennaro Gattuso, admitted that during the 2006 World Cup, he wore the same sweater throughout the competition.

“Everyday I wore the same sweater than I’d worn the first day of the competition,” Gattuso told FIFA.com.

“I was sweating buckets and in a terrible mood because I couldn’t bring myself to take it off.”

Gattuso, who said he was obsessed by superstitions, also told FIFA.com that he would make it a pre-game ritual to pack all his bags before each game.

Many other players also have a rather unhygienic superstition of wearing the same underwear during every game.

Other rituals include wearing bandages in certain spots, not shooting practice goals and even urinating on the football pitch.

While players have their own superstitions, many fans who watch the games also have their own.

Whether it’s a lucky rabbit foot, a pint of beer for each goal or special shirt, we want to know what your World Cup superstition is.

Do you have anything you need to do before each game? What is your ritual?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to include where you’re writing from.

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Friday's Connector: David Ginola

June 9th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Known as a maverick of the football world, David Ginola has had a long and colorful career on the international stage and is in a unique position to tell us what to expect from the 2010 World Cup.

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Ginola was born in 1967 and first started playing football at the club level in 1985 with Toulon.

After a few short stints at clubs in Paris and Brest, Ginola was selected to play for the French national team during the qualifying matches for the 1994 World Cup.

During their final qualifying game against Bulgaria, France only needed a draw to qualify for the tournament.

With the match tied at one, Ginola was forcing the ball towards the Bulgarian goal, when his sudden kick hit the ball towards the opposing team.

The kick allowed the Bulgarian defence to break free and eventually resulted in a surprise goal which knocked France out of competition.

The French manager blamed Ginola for the failure and he was quickly ostracized as the ‘assassin of French football.’

In 1995, Ginola moved to England and signed with Newcastle United. After two years, Ginola went on to play for teams including Everton and Aston Villa.

As the French national team prepare to play in the second opening game of the 2010 World Cup, Ginola is ready to offer a unique insight into what to expect from the French side.

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How are you dealing with austerity measures?

June 4th, 2010
01:31 PM ET

In a bid to clamp down on public spending, governments around the world are imposing a number of austerity measures to fight off the global recession.

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Many countries, particularly in Europe, have already enacted a number of measures to try to reduce public deficits - some of which are currently in the double digits.

The measures are likely to have a direct impact on everyday families and the way they spend their money.

Greece, which is currently attempting to struggle out of one of the worst economic downturns in the world, has a public deficit which stands at more than 13 percent of GDP.

In just under four years, the country hopes to bring its deficit down more than 10 percent.

In order to accomplish the task, Greece's government has frozen pay for public sector workers, linked the retirement age to life expectancy, increased taxes and has initiated plans to privatize a number of industries.

The moves were met by days of public rioting throughout the country, which rattled stock markets around the world.

Spain is another country battling a high public deficit. On May 27 the government passed a series of emergency measures in an attempt to restore confidence in the country's economy and in the Eurozone.

The Spanish government plans to wipe out more than $18 billion dollars from its budget by cutting civil service pay by five percent, freezing pensions and reducing public spending.

Even the United Kingdom has plans of abolishing the default retirement age of 65 to allow people the option of working longer.

As other countries around the world struggle to bounce back from the recession, we want to know what you think about austerity measures that may be introduced where you are.

Are you worried that you might be subject to austerity measures in your country? Has your country escaped the austerity measures? Is the government part of the problem or the solution? 

Let us know your thoughts below and please tell us where you're writing from so we can include it in the show.

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Wednesday's Connector: Jacqueline Novogratz

May 3rd, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of a non-profit global hedge fund which fights to tackle global poverty issues around the world.

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Called the Acumen Fund, Novogratz created the global venture in 2001 with help from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems and three individual donors.

Today, the Acumen Fund has contributors ranging from Bill and Melinda Gates to Google.

Headquartered in New York, Acumen has a goal of raising nearly $100 million and helping the lives of more than 50 million people around the world.

So far, the fund has raised more than $30 million and helped to support 26 enterprises in countries like Pakistan, South Africa and Kenya.

The Acumen Fund has five different portfolios which include water, health, housing, energy and agriculture.

Before founding Acumen, Novogratz founded the Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation.

She also started a micro-finance institution in Rwanda to help local businesses and entrepreneurs.

We interviewed Novogratz back in May and we're bringing her back on tonight's show because she was one of your most popular videos of 2010 so far.

Her interview was the third most popular, but be sure to tune in on Thursday and Friday to see the number two and number one most popular videos of the year so far.

Future Connector: Adam Lambert

April 30th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Adam Lambert made his name on the hit American television show "American Idol" and although he didn't win the competition, he didn't let that stop him.

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The openly gay singer and songwriter has so far released his debut album called "For your Entertainment" and has already won artist of the year from the Young Hollywood Awards.

Lambert has also won the choice male in a reality show from the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

The album also debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 selling nearly 200,000 copies in the first week.

However, although Lambert has achieved a great deal of success, his career hasn't been completely free of controversy.

During a performance of "For your Entertainment" at the 2009 American Music Awards, Lambert was seen kissing a male keyboardist as well as grabbing the crotch of another male dancer.

The ABC network received over 1,500 telephone complaints and Lambert was quoted as saying in "Rolling Stone" that "female performers have been doing this for years—pushing the envelope about sexuality—and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out."

"We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people's eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I'm not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom."

Here's your chance to ask singer Adam Lambert your questions.

Please leave your comments below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

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