Brisbane-based brothers Andrew, 24, and Patrick Weber, 18, will travel the world armed with a laptop, Handycam and with the support of enthusiastic locals, aim to provide an intimate and engaging experience.
“Football Nomad will be an amazing project – a true fans’ experience of the tournament that captivates the planet.”
“Patrick and I want to show what the World Cup is like for people who live and breathe the game. What’s more, we want to use online social media to share our experience as it unfolds.”
The journey begins in London on June 11 and ends a month later with the World Cup final. Along the way the Weber brothers will film, photograph and blog their way around Europe and South Africa to share World Cup culture.
The Webers will visit six of the biggest footballing nations in Europe – England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands before heading to South Africa to watch three live games in Johannesburg and Durban.
“We are both young and adventurous people by nature, so we’re really looking forward to meeting as many locals as possible.”
“We really know our stuff when it comes to football culture and history, so people can expect intelligent and insightful commentary. The fact that we’re brothers should make it good fun, too.”
“We believe the most captivating thing about the World Cup is the bubbling mix of cultures on display. We want to capture footage of the bars and pubs on days when the national teams of the countries we are in are playing; to get interviews with locals about what the passion of the World Cup means to them and their country and to share the vibe in and around the stadiums in South Africa where the tournament is being held.”
The 2010 World Cup will be the most connected in the tournament’s history and the brothers intend to take full advantage of recent advances in online technology.
“It will give us the opportunity to share the documentary footage online as we travel.”
“We will update the blog daily with edited videos, photos and written posts of the best bits. Followers will be able to interact with us as we travel and we hope to include as many people as possible during the tournament.”
Andrew’s previous experience as a football blogger has created a community eager to support the project. He is the editor and head writer of Arsenal FC Blog, as well as a member of the world’s prominent football website network, Football Media.
Andrew says the Football Nomad website reveals a thriving community of followers eagerly awaiting the launch.
“Arsenal FC Blog has over 1,800 subscribers and gets around 90,000 unique readers each month, many of them extremely loyal and active participants. Most of the locals we will stay with during the trip are people I have met through the blog, which shows you just how enthusiastic people are about the project.”
Football Nomad can be found online at FootballNomad.com or follow them on Twitter. Those who subscribe for free to the blog before the launch on June 4 will be in the running for one of three World Cup replica shirts.