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.
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.
Russian Alexander Tretyakov hits the padding at the end of his second heat in the Men's Skeleton during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, on Feb. 18.
FIFA settled the World Cup draw in South Africa today ahead of next summer's tournament. The US will face off against England and minnows Algeria and Slovenia.
A World Cup sudden death qualifier pits Algeria vs. Egypt in a rematch of a game Saturday when Algerian players were assaulted by hooligans before the game and dozens of fans were injured afterwards.
Tensions between Algeria and Egypt remain high in the wake of Saturday's World Cup match. Gamal Mubarak, Egypt's political heir apparent, is a big soccer fan. The next match: Wednesday.
Despite a few hiccups, the Confederations Cup soccer tournament was a 'great success,' say local and international soccer authorities.