Matthew Durington is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Towson University. His research interests include visual and urban anthropology with a focus on housing and land rights in Botswana, South Africa and the United States. He was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa from 2003-2004 where he primarily conducted research on gated communities, fear and suburbanization. His 2008 ethnographic film ‘Record Store’ is distributed by Berkeley Media. He has played soccer his entire life and has analyzed the build up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa over the past 6 years. This has also included some ill-advised soccer based participant-observation in the Kalahari. Matthew will be blogging on anthropology and the World Cup with posts on why anthropologists should pay attention to the World Cup and different themes related to globalization, ethnicity via the Comaroffs, South African politics, marketing and media coverage of the event.