A young boy lands a bubble on his head at a park on Tuesday in Seoul. South Korea has one of the world's lowest birthrates despite the government promotion of incentives to encourage people to have children.
No self-respecting World Cup Group of Death should be caught dead with soccer lightweight North Korea in it. Yes, the rogue nation's leader routinely threatens to turn South Korea into a 'sea of fire.' But North Korea poses little threat on the soccer pitch.
A soccer fan blows a vuvuzela before the start of the 2010 World Cup group B soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 12.
Today’s Portugal vs. Ivory Coast match is the most important match for the 'Group of Death' and it features one of the world's best strikers, Portugal's Christiano Ronaldo.
Portugal vs. Ivory Coast is at 10 am EST on the World Cup schedule Tuesday. The so-called 'Group of Death' match features two of the world's best players. But while Cristiano Ronaldo will be running at defenders from the first whistle, Didier Drogba will start on the bench.
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.
A child wearing a fake mustache and a sombrero hat waits for the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Mexico and Uruguay at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 22.
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.
The World Cup schedule has been announced by event organizers in South Africa. There will be over 60 matches, beginning Friday, to determine the world's best soccer nation.
Ivory Coast's defender Kolo Toure (c.) heads the ball next to Japan's forward Takayuki Morimoto (r.) during a friendly match between the national soccer teams of Ivory Coast and Japan at the Stade de Tourbillon in Sion on June 4 ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Ivory Coast will play in group G and Japan will play in group E.