Still clinging to hope and see soccer in Germany?

No fear. For Euro 30 you can see all the matches.
Only this is RoboCup2006 in Bremen, Germany from the 14-20 June, 2006.
In the Humanoid league of Robocup2006, humanoid robots, which are robots with a human-like body plan and human-like senses, compete. One particular challenge in the Humanoid League is maintaining the balance while the robots are walking and kicking the ball. If the robots go to the ground, they must get up by themselves again.
The mission of RoboCup is
by 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer.
The Humanoid league is described thusly,
In the Humanoid League, autonomous robots with a human-like body plan and human-like senses play soccer against each other. In addition to soccer games, penalty kick competitions and technical challenges will take place. The robots are divided into two size classes: KidSize (30-60cm height) and TeenSize (65-130cm height). Dynamic walking, running, and kicking the ball while maintaining balance, visual perception of the ball, other players, and the field, self-localization, and team play are among the many research issues investigated in the Humanoid League.
No US team qualified. Well, I guess that is another avenue closed to the US winning the World Cup. We will just have to wait for Christian’s model to bear fruition.
But the more encouraging thing is that in future we could replace FIFA officials with humanoids and get more realistic rankings from FIFA. USA at no:4???
And India could actually win the World Cup with its all humanoid team without subjecting their soccer players to tiresome drills and sliding tackles. I really look forward to the India – Brazil final in World Cup 2050.
Can you imagine a humanoid doing the Roger Milla soul makossa celebration? It’s hind boggling.

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