Tuesday, June 03, 2008

UEFA 2008 Google Map

I am currently sitting in the Plaine de Plainpalais in Geneva, Switzerland. Huge television screens and a large number of beer tents have been erected in the square for the start of the 2008 European Football Championship.

The tournament, which is being hosted by Austria and Switzerland kicks-off this Saturday but there is already a huge amount of excitement and anticipation about the competition. On Sunday, as I drove around Lake Geneva (Lac LĂ©man), all the bridges were covered with flag-waving Portuguese fans who had heard that the team would be driving past from the airport.

Google have of course produced a Google Map for the occasion. The Google Fan Map shows all the stadiums being used in the competition, the tournament schedule and details about each of the teams.

It is also possible to turn on a Panoramio layer to view photos, and a Bars / Clubs layer which tags thousands of bars throughout Europe. The side-panel of the map includes a news section which I presume is presenting an RSS feed of the tournament from Google News.

The map is available in all of these countries, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.

As well as the Fan Map Google is celebrating Euro '08 with dedicated YouTube channels where you can upload and share videos.

Via: Google LatLong: European Football Championship 2008 - Google Fan Map!

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