June 11th, 2010
06:18 PM ET
He danced with Justin Timberlake in the "You-know-what In A Box" viral video, crossed the galaxy as a "Space Chimp," and showed us all what a "Hot Rod" he is. But Andy Samberg is also a huge soccer fan, and he's got World Cup fever.
"I'm diagnosed," Samberg said while helping promote a 2010 FIFA World Cup video game at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. "I did not get my flu shot for World Cup fever. Be careful though, it's similar to swine flu, and you do not want that."
The "Saturday Night Live" star, who says he was "okay" when he played soccer as a kid, acknowledges that the sport has struggled to score interest in the U.S. on a professional level.
One place where soccer, er, football, is big is England. The U.S. team will go toe-to-toe with the English on Saturday in both squads' opening game of the 2010 World Cup. Samberg says he likes the Red, White and Blue's chances, especially with star midfielder Landon Donovan.
"He certainly has one of the most superhero-ey names of anyone in the history of sports," claims Samberg. "He sounds like a character from one of the 'Star Wars' prequels."
But Saturday's game between the United States and England is no joke... and Samberg believes that it should even have a special name.
"(England) calls it football and we call it soccer. I decree this game 'Futsoc.'"
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