Like the Olympics, the South Africa World Cup stirs deep strains of national pride. But unlike the Olympics, there’s only one sport to focus on, and it’s not about individual feats in highly specialized events.
Brazil and Spain are favorites to win the World Cup, but three solid African teams have a legitimate shot at surviving deep into the tournament, as does the US.
Eight groups of four national teams compete in the first two weeks of the South Africa World Cup. The two best teams from each group advance to the second round, at which point the tournament is a basic single elimination bracket of the top 16 teams.
It's Mexico vs. South Africa, followed by Uruguay vs. France, in the opening matches of the World Cup schedule. ESPN will have live coverage, or you can watch World Cup 2010 online – for a fee.
World Cup stalwart Mexico should hand South Africa its first defeat, but don’t underestimate the power of homefield advantage. Mexico vs. South Africa kicks off at 10 am EST.
In 2004, Africa was selected for the first time to host the South Africa World Cup. The competition was between South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. In May of that year, South Africa won the bid.
In recent years, South Africa caught a lot of flack as it fell beyond on stadium construction and infrastructure improvements for the World Cup. The country got the job done in the end. But one question mark remains over the cup: Security.
In the opening World Cup match Friday morning, Mexico will come to a standstill to watch Mexico vs. South Africa. But only 20 percent of Mexicans think their team will advance to the semi-finals.
Ahead of the South Africa World Cup, Cape Town has been gripped by its 'toilet wars.' After an opposition party erected shacks for the open air toilets in a shantytown, supports of the governing African National Congress tore them down, and did not replace them.
Six of the highest-paid players in World Cup 2010 have lost up to $21 million collectively because of the euro's slide.
The World Cup 2010 opening ceremony starts at 2 pm EST. Here's what you can expect, with a preview video of Shakira performing the World Cup theme song 'Waka Waka.'
South Africa is a model of racial reconciliation following decades of apartheid, with a burgeoning black middle class. But high crime, unequal wealth, and social tensions persist as the nation hosts World Cup 2010.
The World Cup comes but once every four years. For those in Brazil, this means collecting little stickers of the players (such as Englishman Rio Ferdinand), teams, and logos of the 24 nations participating in South Africa.
Three foreign journalists were robbed Tuesday night near the Portuguese team's base camp north of Johannesburg. Security expert Johan Burger offers six safety tips for World Cup tourists, to prevent pickpocketing, robberies, and muggings.
Despite the predictions of soccer analysts, South Africans are convinced that their national team – also known as the Bafana Bafana – will shine in the World Cup. They play Mexico in the opening game on Friday.
Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, England's David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand are all either out of the World Cup or listed as questionable. Here's a rundown of which other key players may miss the Cup.
Ten 'barra brava' hooligans from Argentina were arrested at South Africa's main airport and deported for planning to disrupt the World Cup, South African police said Monday.
Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, England's David Beckham, and Rio Ferdinand are all out of the World Cup – or listed as questionable. Here's a rundown of other key players who may miss the Cup.
Sunday's World Cup stampede during a friendly between Nigeria and North Korea injured more than a dozen people, but officials say this will not be a problem at any of the tournament's official matches.
With less than a week before the opening of the South Africa World Cup, an influx of foreigners in search of work has raised ethnic tensions. Some fear a repeat of the 2008 xenophobic riots that killed 67 foreign migrants.
As with the 2006 World Cup in Germany, a rampant sex trade is of concern to human rights groups ahead of the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, which kicks off next month. Prostitutes, many from impoverished Zimbabwe, are arriving to cash in on an estimated 500,000 visiting fans.
FIFA failed to include a single South African act in a June 10 concert to kick off the World Cup soccer tournament this summer in South Africa. After a minor uproar, they added five new acts to a list topped by Shakira.
Inter Milan beat Barcelona 3-1 Tuesday night to win the first leg of the Champions League semifinal, but the victory was tarnished by striker Mario Balotelli throwing his jersey to the ground at the end.
B&B owner Vicky Ntozini is enlarging her kitchen and putting on an addition to her guesthouse in preparation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which faces a shortage of accommodations.