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  • Three things to watch for in Euro 2012

    It’s day one of the Euro 2012 championship, the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament after the World Cup. Will Spain defend their title, or will a challenger like Germany or the Netherlands usurp the throne? How will Poland and Ukraine perform as the tournament’s first Eastern European hosts? Here are three things to watch for as the month-long tournament unfolds:

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  • Barcelona vs Madrid: Battling on the soccer field and off

    Spanish soccer rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid tied in a brilliant match yesterday, which was representative of a political battle as well: The Catalonian government is pursuing independence.

  • Three things to watch for in Euro 2012

    It’s day one of the Euro 2012 championship, the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament after the World Cup. Will Spain defend their title, or will a challenger like Germany or the Netherlands usurp the throne? How will Poland and Ukraine perform as the tournament’s first Eastern European hosts? Here are three things to watch for as the month-long tournament unfolds:

  • Gallery Top 10 goals of the World Cup

    Uruguay’s Diego Forlan earns our Top Goal honors not just by virtue of his performance in this entire World Cup (he earned the Golden Ball award for most valuable player), but also for the sheer merit his gem of a goal in the third-place face-off with Germany on July 10. Shortly into the second half, Forlan gave Uruguay the lead with a side volley to make your jaw drop. A center pass came too high in the air to dribble, but too low to head. Never one to muck about, Forlan cracked it right out of the air and down with perfect technique. The ball bounced in the box, slipped off the wet grass and into the net.

  • Spain celebrates World Cup win; Dutch blame Paul the Octopus

    Africa Monitor Spain celebrates World Cup win; Dutch blame Paul the Octopus

    As fans of Spain luxuriate in the glow of the country's first World Cup championship, fans of the Netherlands search for an explanation of what went wrong. Some blame the referee, others point to Paul the Octopus.

  •  Spain wins World Cup final, makes history with Iniesta extratime goal

    Africa Monitor Spain wins World Cup final, makes history with Iniesta extratime goal

    Spain wins World Cup final in an ugly game filled with hard fouls and cynical dives. Dutch stars Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder failed to have the big match they needed to beat the pre-tournament favorites.

  • Spain vs Paraguay: Three reasons Spain will likely beat Paraguay

    Africa Monitor Spain vs Paraguay: Three reasons Spain will likely beat Paraguay

    Spain vs Paraguay is at 2:30 pm ET on Saturday, July 3. Spain is not just about David Villa. The team's 'tika-tika' style of play has served it well this World Cup.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo a big yawn at World Cup so far, but not for long

    Cristiano Ronaldo a big yawn at World Cup so far, but not for long

    Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to shine at the World Cup, but Spain defender Capdevila is convinced his time will come.

  • World Cup schedule June 16: Spain vs. Switzerland, others

    Africa Monitor World Cup schedule June 16: Spain vs. Switzerland, others

    Honduras vs. Chile starts the day, followed by Spain vs. Switzerland, and finally South Africa vs. Uruguay. The host country is looking to upset another Spanish-speaking nation, following its tie against Mexico.

  • Gallery Top 10 players to watch in the World Cup

    LIONEL MESSI (Argentina): Shy, only 22, and already considered the best soccer player in the world, he’s a magician with the ball. You’ll need slow motion to keep track of his footwork once he starts weaving through opponents inside the box. He scored one goal in his first World Cup appearance, in 2006, which also made him, at age 18, the youngest player to play for Argentina in the World Cup. “Messi is a creature as biologically adapted to play football as a shark is to smell blood, a salmon to swim upstream, a squirrel to gather nuts,” says the London Times. He plays professionally for Barcelona. Soccer fans in Pretoria, South Africa, wave to Messi and teammate Juan Sebastian Veron during practice on June 6.

  • Africa Monitor Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba – Who else may miss parts of the World Cup?

    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.