First, Spain. Then, France. Now Germany tumbles 0-1 to Serbia in the first round as a controversial referee decision held back the European powerhouse during today's Germany vs. Serbia game.
Serbia vs. Germany, USA vs. Slovenia, and England vs. Argentina on World Cup schedule Friday.
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.
After today's lackluster performance in the Japan vs. Cameroon game, the Indomitable Lions will have to do something spectacular to rescue their World Cup campaign.
Spectators at the social event prior to the Prix de Diane, in Chantilly, West of Paris, Sunday.
The Black Stars dominated the second half of the Ghana vs. Serbia match making Ghana the first African team to win a game this World Cup.
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.
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.
The German soccer federation announced Monday that national team captain and star midfielder Michael Ballack will miss next month's World Cup 2010 due to an ankle injury.
The question is whether the US-China talks, the first in two years dedicated to human rights, will produce any concrete gains for Chinese citizens. Some human rights activists even worry that such talks will be counterproductive.