Ghana's victory over the USA yesterday has lifted a continent sorely disappointed with its performance in this World Cup. Why didn't great teams from Nigeria and Cameroon do better?
Mexico has proven itself to be a tough squad in this World Cup, but can they contain Lionel Messi – Argentina's new Maradona – in today's Mexico vs. Argentina match?
A shockingly disallowed goal for England will make all the news. But for the most part, England was played off the pitch by a young, energetic Germany in the England vs. Germany round of the World Cup.
All the aspirations of an entire continent were channeled through the Ghana's Black Stars. Every goal was brilliant, every injury a matter of hot dispute.
Tactical decisions cost the USA team dearly in this World Cup, and they could not make up for those to beat a solid Ghana team.
Brazil vs Portugal World Cup 2010 was the most anticipated match yet. It couldn't match the hype, as the world's No. 1 and No. 3 teams looked lackluster on the field.
Brazil vs. Portugal, North Korea vs. Ivory Coast, Chile vs. Spain, and Switzerland vs. Honduras are on the World Cup schedule Friday.
In Group E today, the Japan-Denmark match was won by Japan 3-1. And The Netherlands ousted Cameron, moving into the Final 16 without a loss.
Japan beat Denmark today, though it was unlikely that many Asians rooted for the Asian team in the match. Regional loyalties in Asia are threadbare, say academics, which means there is little 'Asian identity.'
Arrivederci Italy! The 2006 champs finished last in World Cup Group F and exited the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia. The Slovakia team moves on to the next round.
Paraguay vs. New Zealand, Slovakia vs. Italy, Cameroon vs. Netherlands, and Denmark vs. Japan are on the World Cup schedule Thursday, June 24.
Ghana will carry the hopes of a continent into its second-round match against the US on Sunday. Despite losing in today's Germany vs. Ghana match, the Black Stars advanced on goal differential.
The USA vs. Algeria match was this reporter's first-ever live World Cup experience – and he floated on a sea of red, white, and blue in South Africa.
The entire nation seemed to breathe a sigh of relief today as England advanced to the second round of the World Cup after outlasting Slovenia, 1-0.
Landon Donovan helped US soccer set a number of records in its 1-0 win today, which made it the top-scoring team in the World Cup Group C. On one of the biggest nights in American soccer history the USA at last played as if it deserved the victory.
US captain Landon Donovan scored a heroic goal in the 91st minute of the USA vs. Algeria game to save the US from crashing out of yet another World Cup in the first round.
United States vs. Algeria, England vs. Slovenia, Australia vs. Serbia, and Ghana vs. Germany are on the World Cup schedule Wednesday. Only four teams will move on to the next round.
The US looks to go on to the second round in today's USA vs. Algeria match. They advance with a win or a tie and an England tie.
Argentina easily beat Greece, even after coach Diego Maradona decided to rest seven starters. Argentina will now face Mexico in the second round, setting the scene for a spectacular rematch of their 2006 face-off.
Two up-and-coming soccer powers dueled hard in the South Korea vs. Nigeria match, but only South Korea will advance after the 1-1 draw.
At the World Cup, France officially crashed out of the tournament after losing today's France vs. South Africa match to a surprisingly strong showing by the home team. But the Bafana Bafana victory was not enough to help them advance.
France needs to win by a hefty margin in today's France vs. South Africa game – and hope that Mexico defeats Uruguay soundly – if Les Bleues are to advance to the second round of the World Cup.
The meltdown of France's World Cup team - both on and off the pitch - have shaken all walks of French society. The team has become a metaphor for everything seen as wrong in France today – politics, race, wealth, and too much individualism.
South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.