Human footballers aren't the only ones in Germany getting a little bit of lovin' this time of year
. More than 400 teams from 36 countries have shown up for the annual RoboCup
, which pits robot against robot in soccer matches across 11 leagues. The goal, as always, is to have a humanoid robot team capable of beating the human World Cup champs in 2050, but right now a lot of the robots are just happy to stand up. Current favorites in the humanoid competition is a team from Japan, while the returning champs from Germany are expected to do well in the four-legged league. Live commentary for some matches will be provided by Sango and Ami, two robots from Carnegie Mellon who explain rules, analyze fouls and call out the goals with their very own "personalities." No word if former star RoboVie-V
will be making an appearance among the robot horde, but the real question is: can they dance like Peter Crouch?