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Soccer City a white elephant? 90,000 say otherwise

December 6, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Since July’s World Cup final, which attracted an official attendance of 84 490, the crowds at Johannesburg’s Soccer City have been getting bigger and bigger.

World Cup final live — Spain 1 Dutch 0 – how it happened

July 10, 2010

We’ve followed every World Cup match live here and it’s now time for the final — the Netherlands v Spain. Join us here for commentary, discussion of the game and the best photos in the world.

Uruguay’s performance not to be sneered at

July 10, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/URUGUAYUruguay’s achievement in reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 40 years was greeted by a fair amount of sneering in some sections of the media.

Losing team’s national stock markets at risk

By Reuters Staff
July 10, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/By Ross Kerber

Two national market indexes that may not shine on Monday are those of Spain and the Netherlands, whose soccer teams are scheduled to meet in the World Cup’s championship game on Sunday.

Klose closes in on a record he already shares

July 10, 2010

SOCCER-WORLDA glance at the stats shows Miroslav Klose has one more chance to equal or better the all-time record for World Cup goals when Germany play the third-place game against Uruguay but the truth is he has a strong claim to be joint top-scorer already.

Community blog: Life without ’2010′

July 8, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/2010 is almost over – the 2010 Soccer World Cup, that is. In South Africa, we simply referred to the greatest sporting event to hit our shores as 2010. For years since it was first announced that South Africa would organise the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the country has been collectively, and sometimes not, looking forward to the day when the world would see what the rainbow nation is about.

Sorry Germany, the oracle octopus has spoken

July 6, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/OCTOPUSThere are only three things that are certain in life — death, taxes and the World Cup predictions of a British-born octopus in western Germany.

Uruguayan passion for soccer helps make friends in distant places

July 6, 2010

URUGUAYUruguay’s run to the last four of the World Cup is something of a fairytale, despite the Luis Suarez handball incident – the tiny nation with a glorious soccer history, their squad led by a scholarly coach and a dashing striker, battling on to write a new chapter as its bigger, more illustrious neighbours fall by the wayside.

Just how important is the World Cup?

July 6, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/ No other sporting event has the same impact as the World Cup. Entire countries grind to a halt to watch games, no more so than Brazil where shopping and banking hours are completely altered throughout the tournament month and many just take an official month-long holiday. Politicians jump on the bandwagon, making a big thing of how much they are supporting the team, and launch government inquiries when their teams fail.

Maradona made mistakes but remains fans’ favourite

July 5, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/It is 20 years since their last semi-final, 24 since their second and last title and three successive World Cups in which Argentina have been hailed as playing the best football with some of the planet’s most talented players yet fallen short.