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Spain beats Netherlands 1-0 to win the World Cup

July 11th, 2010

Spain beats Netherlands 1-0 to win the World Cup

Spain defeats Netherlands 1-0 to become the World Champion for the first time in its history. The final match was a clumsy game with too many fouls and physical play on both sides. Holland had their chances at least twice when Robben missed golden opportunities to score.

Overall, the game was a let-down, unlike the third place game which was far more entertaining.

For the third time, Holland has come close to winning the World Cup and has to settle for second place once again.

BTW, that infamous Octopus called it right, by predicting Spain to win.

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Spain beats Netherlands 1-0 to win the World Cup

By BARRY WILNER

The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG
— Spain rules the soccer world, winning the World Cup at long, long last.

It came after an exhausting 1-0 victory in extra time over the Netherlands on Sunday. Two years after winning the European title, the stylish Spaniards did even better.

This was a physical test of attrition that sometimes turned dirty — a finals-record 11 yellow cards were handed out and the Dutch finished with 10 men. In the end, it was Andres Iniesta breaking free in the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and putting a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

For the Dutch and their legions of orange-clad fans wearing everything from jerseys to jumpsuits to clown gear to pajamas, it was yet another crushing disappointment.

Their first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach, they failed in the final for the third time. This one might have been the most bitter because, unlike in 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands was unbeaten not only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the first World Cup staged in South Africa.

Soccer City was soaked in Oranje, from the seats painted in that hue throughout the stadium to pretty much everyone seated in them. Unlike when they lost to hosts West Germany and Argentina in previous finals, the Dutch were something of a home team this time.

The Spaniards, though, were the winners.

They had pockets of supporters, too, to be sure, dressed in red and scattered around the stadium. They might have been the minority, but when the final whistle blew, they were tooting their vuvuzelas loudest in tribute to their champions.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Andres Iniesta scored late in extra time, lifting Spain to a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands for its first World Cup title.

Iniesta broke free inside the penalty area Sunday, took a pass from Cesc Fabregas and put the ball just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

World Cup Final Netherlands Vs Spain

July 11th, 2010

World Cup Final: Netherlands Vs Spain

As they say, all good things come to an end, and today is the final day for the biggest sporting event on the planet. The World Cup will conclude today in South Africa with Netherlands facing Spain for the biggest honor in football. For both teams, a win would guarantee a historic first world cup trophy and an admission to the exclusive club of nations with that honor. Just 7 countries have won the world cup in its 80-year history.

Have your Say, Netherlands or Spain?

Netherlands-Spain preview

Source: FIFA

The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final promises to be quite an occasion, with the Netherlands pitting their wits against reigning European champions Spain. Both sides have produced some good football during their campaigns and have been rewarded with the chance to add their nation's names to the select list of former winners: Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Brazil, England, Argentina and France.

The match
Netherlands-Spain, Final, Soccer City, Sunday 11 July, 20.30 (local time)

As a glance at the head-to-head record between the two nations shows, tipping a winner is no easy task. Both sides have won four of their nine meetings, with the other game ending in a draw. The Oranje have been here before, reaching the Finals at Germany 1974, with Johan Cruyff, and Argentina 1978, without him, and losing to the hosts on both occasions. For Spain, however, this is new territory, although their confidence at rising to the occasion will be high after ending a 44-year trophy drought at UEFA EURO 2008.

The Netherlands' record at South Africa 2010 could hardly be more impressive: six wins in six games with 12 goals scored and five conceded. For their part Vicente del Bosque's men have strung together five wins in a row after kicking off with a surprise defeat. But while the Spaniards have found goals hard to come by, scoring just seven in total, they have been far more miserly in defence, letting in just two so far. The winners will also end an old hoodoo, with no European side having ever won the biggest prize in world football outside the old continent.

Players to watch
Wesley Sneijder v David Villa

The leading goalscorers at South Africa 2010, alongside Diego Forlan, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller, this in-form pair are in the frame for both the adidas Golden Boot and the adidas Golden Ball. Their goals have been vital to their sides' respective runs to the Final. Can one of them end the tournament with a winner's medal and two coveted individual awards? All will soon be revealed.

The stat
8 - Sunday's game will be the eighth all-European Final. In 19 FIFA World Cup tournaments, Europe has been represented in 16 Finals, a record that includes an unbroken run of 14 going back to Switzerland 1954. Only two showpiece games have been all-South American, with the remaining nine pitching together sides from the competition's two dominant continents.

What they said

“I don’t see David Villa as Spain’s most dangerous player. The ones you really have to watch are Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta. They’re the players who set the tempo and make sure the ball gets to Villa. We have to stop them from playing and getting free. We need to mark them very tightly because if we give them the slightest space we’ll have problems,”
Arjen Robben, Netherlands forward.

“I don’t think they’ll sit back and defend. They’ve got some quick players who are in terrific form right now. They’ll do what we do and stick to their style. I know Robben. He’s quick powerful and strong, and his shooting from outside the area is a concern for me. What we need to do is cut him off, although there’s more to the Netherlands than just Robben. They are powerful in defence and midfield, and [Wesley] Sneijder and [Dirk] Kuyt are just as dangerous,”
Iker Casillas, Spain goalkeeper and captain.

Voice of the fans
“The key battle will be between the Dutch defence and the Spanish midfield. La Furia Roja’s strength lies in their impeccable passing game, one that frustrates opponents. If [Mark] van Bommel and [Nigel] de Jong can interrupt Spain’s flow, the Netherlands will have a good chance of lifting the Trophy for the first time in their history,” FIFA.com user litowadowice (Singapore).

Have your say
Will it be the Dutch or the Spanish who add their name to the prestigious list of FIFA World Cup winners?

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World Cup Semifinal

July 7th, 2010

An All European Final for World Cup 2010.

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Uruguay vs. Netherlands

July 6th, 2010

Uruguay vs. Netherlands

Netherlands will take on Uruguay on Tuesday for the semi-final match that should have been Ghana Vs Netherlands.

Uruguay will play with out its star forward, part time goal keeper, Luis Suarez. He will miss out the semi-final following his infamous handball against Ghana on Friday.

Will the Dutch trash Uruguay?

Have Your Say.

David Villa does it again, leads Spain to Cup semis

July 3rd, 2010

David Villa does it again, leads Spain to Cup semis

Star scores off rebound in 83rd minute to beat Paraguay in quarterfinals

JOHANNESBURG -
David Villa scored in the 83rd minute Saturday to give Spain a 1-0 win over Paraguay and its first-ever spot in the World Cup semifinals.

The ball fell to Villa in the area after Pedro Rodriguez hit the post and Villa took one touch before curling a shot in off the far post.

The striker’s tournament-high fifth goal sets up a semifinal against Germany in Durban on Wednesday.

Paraguay’s defense mostly kept Spain’s vaunted attack at bay, and each team couldn’t convert a penalty kick.

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas saved a 59th-minute penalty by Oscar Cardozo and Paraguay captain Justo Villar matched him on a retaken shot by Xabi Alonso two minutes later.

Germany stunned Argentina 4-0 in a humiliating defeat

July 3rd, 2010

Germany stunned Argentina 4-0 in a humiliating defeat

The result says it all. Argentina were destroyed by a magnificent team performance from Germany who are probably the favourites to win the competition now.

Germany beats Argentina, 4-0

By NANCY ARMOUR (AP)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — No trash talking needed. Germany was just too good for Argentina.

AP

Miroslav Klose scored twice to move into a tie for second on the all-time World Cup scoring list, and Thomas Mueller and Arne Friedrich added goals to give Germany a resounding 4-0 victory in the World Cup quarterfinals. As flashbulbs popped, the Germans hugged and high-fived each other before walking around the edge of the field, saluting their fans.

Injured captain Michael Ballack came down to the field, watching from the bench as his teammates celebrated.

Argentina coach Diego Maradona took a slow walk to midfield, hands jammed in his pockets, while several of his players broke down in tears. It was a surprisingly meek end for the Argentines, whose dominant run had given fans hope this might be a team capable of reaching the final for the first time since 1990, when Maradona led them on the field.

Instead, it is Germany that will play the winner of Paraguay-Spain in the semifinals Wednesday in Durban. This will be Germany's third straight trip to the semis and its 12th overall — nobody has more.

Argentina and Germany have had a testy relationship since trading World Cup titles in back-to-back finals 20 years ago, and it's been downright ugly lately.

After Germany eliminated Argentina on penalty kicks four years ago, also in the quarterfinals, the two teams exchanged punches and kicks in a scuffle. A few team officials even got involved in the scrape.

Germany didn't wait for the game to get its digs in this time, with Bastian Schweinsteiger on Wednesday accusing the Argentines of lacking respect for opponents and referees. Captain Philipp Lahm chimed in a day later, essentially calling Argentina a bunch of hotheads.

The trash talking appeared to be carefully orchestrated, intended to ignite Maradona's infamous temper and distract his team. Or, perhaps, to put the refs on notice.

Turns out, Germany didn't even need the head games.

Argentina has been one of the tournament's darlings, with Maradona's every move causing a stir and superstar Lionel Messi showing you don't need to score to be sublime. The Argentines rolled into the quarterfinals as one of only two teams to win its first four games — the Netherlands was the other — and had been so powerful they never trailed.

No wonder there was a star-studded crowd on hand at Green Point Stadium, with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Mick Jagger, Leonardo DiCaprio and South Africa's own Charlize Theron all spotted in the VIP seats.

But Germany showed that Argentina doesn't have the lock on flair in South Africa.

Its spacing, pace and flat-out stingy defense made the Argentines look out of sorts all afternoon. The Albiceleste didn't get their first shot on goal until the 33rd minute, and any time they appeared on the verge of making something happen, the German defense shut it down.

It was enough to make Maradona clutch his fists in agony, looking as if he was physically pained.

Netherlands shocks Brazil 2-1

July 2nd, 2010

Netherlands shocks Brazil 2-1


PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa
— Don't call the Dutch underachievers anymore.

Not after the way the Netherlands rallied to upset five-time champion Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup quarterfinals Friday.

After waking themselves up at halftime, the title that has eluded the Dutch for all these years is now just two wins away.

"For 45 minutes we went full throttle," said Wesley Sneijder. "We were rewarded."

One of the shortest players on the field, Sneijder put the Netherlands ahead in the 68th minute on a header — a thrill so huge he ran to a TV camera, tapped the lens and stuck his face in for a close up.

"It just slipped through from my bald head and it was a great feeling," Sneijder said.

He was in the middle of the post-game party, too, as his teammates swarmed him when the final whistle blew. John Heitinga picked up Sneijder and slung him over his shoulder as Netherlands captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a Brazil shirt in hand, leaped up and rubbed Sneidjer's closely shaved head.

The result was a case of role reversal for both sides.

The top-ranked team in the world and one of the most impressive squads in the tournament until Friday, Brazil lost its composure after falling behind and defender Felipe Melo was ejected in the 73rd minute for stomping on the leg of Arjen Robben.

The Dutch made the championship match in 1974 and '78, lost both, and rarely have lived up to their talent in other World Cups. They did this time, helped by an own goal off the head of unfortunate Felipe Melo that brought them into a 1-1 tie in the 53rd.

"I'm devastated. It was hard to see the players crying back there," Felipe Melo said after emerging from the locker room.

"I have to apologize to the Brazilian fans. I came here thinking about giving Brazil the title, but I'm a human being. Everybody can make mistakes."

He was almost the hero.

Robinho gave the Brazilians the lead on Felipe Melo's brilliant low pass up the middle of the field that the striker put home with a low shot.

But the second half presented the unusual sight of the Brazilians scrambling wildly to find an equalizer.

It never came.

Instead, it was the Oranje and their fans doing the dancing as Brazil's players lay on the turf.

Brazil also lost in the quarterfinals four years ago, falling to France 1-0. Former team captain Dunga was hired to coach the team after that defeat, despite having no previous managerial experience.

"We didn't expect this," he said. "We know that any World Cup match is about 90 minutes. In the first half we were able to play better and we weren't able to maintain that rhythm in the second half."

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk agreed that everything changed at the break.

"We could have lost it in the first 15 minutes," he said. "At halftime, I made it very clear to the players. I told them time and time again, 'You have to play your own game. You have to have patience against Brazil.'"

Said Sneijder: "At halftime we said to each other that we had to improve things and put more pressure on the Brazilian defense."

The Netherlands reached the semifinals for the first time since losing to Brazil on penalty kicks at the 1998 World Cup, and will next face Uruguay, which defeated Ghana on penalty kicks.

Having won all five matches so far, the Netherlands extended its team-record unbeaten streak to 24 games, stretching back to a September 2008 loss to Australia.

On a warm afternoon before a sellout crowd of 42,286 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Brazil controlled the tempo early on. Before the Dutch comeback, goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg timed his leap perfectly to deflect a shot by Kaka that was headed into the right corner of the net.

The one-goal lead wasn't enough. Brazil began to unravel when Felipe Melo jumped in front of keeper Julio Cesar and inadvertently headed the ball into his net.

"We had two players going for the same ball and what happened happened," Julio Cesar said, his eyes filled with tears.

Sneijder's goal followed a corner kick from Robben. Dirk Kuyt flicked the ball with his head to Sneijder in the middle of the 6-yard box and he rose high enough to deflect it into the left corner of the goal.

"It was an amazing game. I think we showed the whole world how we can play," Sneijder said. "Finally we won, we beat Brazil."

Africa's dream over as Ghana succumb to Uruguay on penalty shoot-out

July 2nd, 2010

Africa's dream over as Ghana succumb to Uruguay on penalty shoot-out

By Nathan Gadugah

Myjoyonline.com Ghana

Africa’s dream is over after Ghana’s Black Stars were kicked out courtesy a 4-2 penalty shoot-out by Uruguay.

It was a game the Stars should have won and had only a penalty kick away to an historic semi-final berth after Suarez turned himself into goal keeper and grabbed a goal bound header on the goal line on the stroke of full time- extra time.

Suarez was shown a straight red; and a penalty awarded, but when it mattered most, Asamoah Gyan’s penalty kick took a ricochet off the goal post. Ghana, Africa’s dream was all but gone.

And even after Gyan redeemed himself in the subsequent penalty shoot out, skipper John Mensah and Dominic Adiyiah fluffed theirs and Uruguay were off to a semi-final clash against Netherlands on Tuesday.

It was a gruelling challenge, started rather slowly by the Stars but an electrifying kick by Sulley Muntari in the 40th minute set the stage for an uncompromising encounter.

The Uruguans came back strongly with the equaliser in the second half after Diego Forlan blasted the free-kick strong and direct but Richard Kingson who was jittery throughout the game was caught out of position and the ball zoomed into the top right corner of the post.

The game was destined for the shootout but a last gasp effort by the Black Stars gave a glimmer of hope.

A free kick by Paintsil deep into the goal area of the Uruguans culminated into a goal mouth melee and Ghana was awarded a penalty after Suarez grabbed the ball.

Asamoah Gyan who had early on in the tournament converted two penalty kicks in the tournament failed to make it count. And if his miss was painful, the time he missed it was even heartbreaking.

That kick was to be the last action of the game and if Gyan had scored the Stars would have made history.

But he missed. And when the game went into the wire, John Mensah and Adiyiah missed their penalty kicks but the Uruguans converted theirs taking thenm through to the semis.

Tevez shines as Argentina oust Mexico

June 27th, 2010

Tevez shines as Argentina oust Mexico

FIFA

Argentina set up another FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final against Germany by overcoming Mexico 3-1 at Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium. Carlos Tevez emerged as the hero with a brace of goals, while Gonzalo Higuain was also on target as Diego Maradona's Albiceleste set up a rematch against their 2006 conquerors.

The Mexicans ultimately proved no match for their clinical South American opponents, yet it all started so promisingly for Javier Aguirre's side, with Carlos Salcido rattling the crossbar with a stunning long-range drive after just eight minutes. There was another lucky escape for Argentina just a minute later, when Andres Guardado drilled in a shot from the edge of the box that spun away from the far post just as the net looked set to bulge.

Maradona's side were hardly lacking in attacking menace themselves, however, and Lionel Messi soon embarked on one of his trademark elusive runs before attempting a chip over Oscar Perez that the Mexico keeper judged well. Messi's hunt for a goal at South Africa 2010 continues, but it was not long before the Barcelona talisman played a key role as another of Argentina's star forwards opened his tournament account.

Tevez might have thought his chance had gone when Perez raced out to block bravely at his feet, but Messi was quick-witted enough to return the ball towards goal, where the Manchester City striker was waiting to head home. Breaking the deadlock enabled Argentina to take a firm grip on proceedings, and within seven minutes that hold was strengthened as Mexico reached for the self-destruct button.

Quite what Ricardo Osorio was thinking when he played a square pass to the feet of Higuain is unclear, but it was a gift the Real Madrid striker readily accepted, coolly dragging the ball around the grounded Perez before side-footing into the empty net for his fourth goal of the tournament. Even with the best part of an hour remaining, it was difficult to envisage Mexico finding a way back into this match, and Argentina could have been out of sight altogether by half-time had Higuain not headed wastefully wide with the goal at his mercy. Maradona's men are capable of scoring at any time though, and from any situation – as Tevez proved six minutes into the second half.

The Albiceleste No11 benefited from a fortuitous break 25 yards from goal, but there was no luck involved in what followed, with Tevez lashing an unstoppable drive into the top-right-hand corner for one of the goals of the tournament. Mexico must have realised the game was up at this stage, but it was to their credit that they continued to attack with conviction, and they should have pulled a goal back on 63 minutes when Javier Hernandez headed over when it seemed easier to score.

The Manchester United-bound youngster made amends with 19 minutes remaining, however, brilliantly turning Martin Demichelis on the edge of the box before rifling a stunning left-foot shot into the roof of the Argentinian net. It would prove scant consolation for the crestfallen Mexicans, but while El Tri return home with their dreams dashed, Argentina can begin plotting revenge against some familiar foes.

Germany trashed England 4-1

June 27th, 2010

Germany trashed England 4-1 and advanced to the quarter finals. England was denied a goal but it would have not made a difference, the Germans were just far superior. England looked so good after scoring their first goal and but the defense let the team down.
English fans are disappointed once again.

Argentina Vs Mexico is next.

England vs. Germany: Everyone Mentions War

LONDON — It has been called the greatest rivalry in soccer, a history of 27 international matches going back to 1930, and its renewal on Sunday, in the bristling tradition of the competition, has generated some eyebrow-raising and occasionally teeth-grinding headlines in both nations.


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FIFA Update

June 27th, 2010

Ghana defeats USA 2-1 in overtime and on to Quarter Final

June 26th, 2010

Ghana defeats USA 2-1 in overtime and on to Quarter Final

The Black Stars defeats USA 2-1 in overtime and goes on to quarter final, becoming the third African country to make it to the quarter final in World Cup history.

The match between USA and Ghana must have been difficult for many Ethiopian Americans. On one hand, USA is home and Ghana is a fellow African nation, in the end the better team won and in this case Ghana deserves to win and win they did.

Ghana faces Uruguay in the quarter final.

Go Ghana!

Cameroon first country to be eliminated from World Cup 2010

June 20th, 2010

Cameroon first country to be eliminated from World Cup 2010

Despite having one more game to play, Cameroon is all but eliminated from the World Cup 2010 in South Africa after falling 2-1 to Denmark. In a game that Cameroon dominated it should have won it but the Danes stunned Cameroon 2-1.

Cameroon next plays Holland.

Japan defeats Cameroon 1-0 on Goal by Honda

June 14th, 2010

Japan defeats Cameroon 1-0 on Goal by Honda

Keisuke Honda scored the only goal as Japan beat Cameroon 1-0 in Group E of soccer’s World Cup in Bloemfontein, South Africa, today.

Honda’s close-range effort after 39 minutes gives Japan, playing in its fourth straight World Cup, an opening-match victory for a first time. Cameroon had never lost its opener.

Both teams are aiming to progress beyond the group stage for a second time, with Cameroon reaching the quarterfinals in 1990 and Japan making the round of 16 in 2002.

Earlier, the Netherlands beat Denmark 2-0 in the same group. Defending champion Italy plays Paraguay in Group F later today.

Honda received a cross from the right by Daisuke Matsui at the far post and struck the ball past goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou to secure Japan’s win. The country’s only previous World Cup victories came when it was co-host with South Korea eight years ago.

Source: Bloomberg

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World Cup 2010 - Ghana Vs Serbia

June 13th, 2010

World Cup 2010 - Ghana Vs Serbia

Half time - scoreless

World Cup 2010 TV and Online Schedule

June 13th, 2010

World Cup 2010 TV and Online Schedule

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LIVE: UNIVISION coverage of Copa Mundial EN VIVO

ESPN has vastly improved its coverage of the world cup compared to prior world cups. ESPN TV will broadcast every single game live from South Africa and will replay most games in prime time on ESPN Classics. So if you miss it, because you had to work or whatever, check out ESPN Classics schedule.

You can get complete ESPN TV and Match Schedule here. You can also watch it online from ESPN3.com

If your only option is to watch online, then Univision is your best bet. It works like a champ, but you may have to be accessing it from USA.

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June 12th, 2010

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Nigeria Vs Argentina World Cup

June 12th, 2010

Nigeria Vs Argentina World Cup

When? Saturday June 12, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM ET
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South Africa 1-1 Mexico

June 11th, 2010

South Africa 1-1 Mexico

Marquez controlled Andres Guardado's cross at the back post and rifled past Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to ensure the spoils were shared after a breathless opening to the tournament.

The Mexicans were the better team throughout, but they fell behind when Siphiwe Tshabalala fired in a left-foot thunderbolt from an angle on the left to give the hosts a lead in which their supporters revelled.

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Ghana defeats Serbia 1-0

June 10th, 2010

Ghana defeats Serbia 1-0

Ghana beats Serbia 1-0 on a penalty kick and made history to become the first African team to win a World Cup game on African Soil.

World Soccer magazine predicts Ghana to go all the way to the Semi-Finals, Can Ghana do it?

So much is going good for Ghana. A peaceful transfer to democracy, an economy on the right trajectory and an emerging football powerhouse.

GO Ghana !!!

World Cup 2010 Sunday June 13 Schedule


7:30 AM ET Algeria Vs Slovenia

10:00 AM ET Serbia Vs Ghana

2:30 PM ET Germany Vs Australia

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World Cup 2010 - Saturday June 12 2010 Schedule and Teams profile

June 10th, 2010

World Cup 2010 - Saturday June 12 2010 Schedule and Teams profile

Argentina 1-0 Nigeria FINAL

Argentina defeated Nigeria 1-0.

Nigeria's goal keeper is super.

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South Korea 2-0 Greece FINAL

South Korea played superbly and won the game decisively beating Greece 2-0.

England 1-1 USA FINAL

At 2:30, England takes on USA watch it on ABC.



7:30 AM ET South Korea 2 Vs 0 Greece Watch on ESPN

10:00 AM ET Argentina 1 Vs 0 Nigeria Watch on ESPN

2:30 PM ET England Vs USA Watch on ABC


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World Cup 2010 Friday June 11 Schedule

June 10th, 2010

South Africa 1-1 Mexico

South Africa gave up the lead on a goal by Mexico's Rafael Marquez in the 79th minute and settled for a 1-1 draw Friday before 84,000 horn-blaring fans, whose euphoria over the start of the first World Cup on the continent was only slightly dimmed by the tie.

The match followed a day of celebration throughout all of Africa -- though the excitement was tempered by the death of Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter in a car accident on the eve of the opener.

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10:00 AM ET South Africa Vs Mexico

2:30 PM ET Uruguay vs France

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Both games will be shown live on ESPN

This time around football fans in America will not be disappointed when it comes to the coverage of the World Cup. ESPN will broadcast every single game live from South Africa, yes all 64 games. Most games will also stream at espn3.com and repeat in primetime on ESPN Classic.

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Here is what ESPN's executive vice president for content said about ESPN's wall to wall coverage of World Cup,

"We will give you no opportunity to say you couldn't watch the game — unless you're spelunking,"

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2010 World Cup

June 7th, 2010

World Cup 2010

This is a special section for World Cup 2010.

Use this section to discuss about the World Cup, the biggest sporting event on the planet. This is Big, This is World Cup.

Which African Team will go the furthest?

Which teams will reach the final?

Which team will win the trophy?

Your prediction and analysis are all welcome here.



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