Lionel Messi leads Argentina vs. South Korea, Franck Ribery leads France vs. Mexico, and Greece goes against Nigeria on the World Cup schedule Thursday.
Vuvuzela factory owner Neil van Schalkwyk says he sells vuvuzelas that are quieter than the deafening horns stirring up controversy at the World Cup. Even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are complaining about the sound.
Calls to ban the long, plastic horns called vuvuzelas from the South Africa World Cup are increasing as players, coaches, fans, and announcers complain about how distracting they are.
In Argentina vs. Nigeria, Argentina's narrow 1-0 victory might have been greater but for Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyema's outstanding match. Argentina next faces South Korea, which easily beat Greece 2-0.
Argentina coach Diego Armando Maradona was a brilliant player. But as national team manager, there's been more trouble than brilliance – like some of his team picks, for example.
Six of the highest-paid players in World Cup 2010 have lost up to $21 million collectively because of the euro's slide.
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.