Football Web site passes 1 billion page views

At the halfway point of the FIFA World Cup, the official Web site of the sports tournament had attracted more than 1 billion page views between May 31 and June 14, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said Monday.

That places it head and shoulders above the Web site of the Winter Olympics, which took place in Salt Lake City earlier this year and attracted 350 million page views during the month of February, according to MSN figures quoted by FIFA.

The FIFA World Cup site, which is operated by tournament official sponsor Yahoo Inc., offers scores, news, match information, photographs, statistics, information on past tournaments and video highlights in seven different languages: English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French and German. It can be found at http://www.fifaworldcup.com/.

Despite its success, the site has not been free from criticism. Users of non-Windows operating systems have complained that they are unable to access the premium video highlights offered by the site because they are only offered in Windows Media format.

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