Off the Field

Ball made for a hit-and-miss World Cup

Hit it and hope seemed to be the best tactic for long-range shots with the Jabulani World Cup ball, with forwards and goalkeepers alike expressing concern at what they saw as its strange and unpredictable flight.

South Africa's Cup glory

From the blare of the first vuvuzela on June 11 until Monday morning's final whistle, the first World Cup in Africa was a resounding success on and off the pitch.

Oracle Paul gets own World Cup for winning streak

Paul the oracle octopus was given a replica of the World Cup on Monday as a reward for his perfect eight-for-eight record in picking matches as bettors worldwide collected their winnings based on his selections.

Uganda bombings kill 64, World Cup fans targeted

Bomb blasts ripped through two bars packed with soccer fans watching the World Cup final in Uganda's capital overnight, killing 64 people and signalling a possible Somali Islamist link, police said on Monday.

100m China-made condoms exported to S Africa

More than 100 million China-made condoms were exported to South Africa before the World Cup kickoff, Beijing-based Legal Evening News reported.

Mandela wows fans ahead of World Cup final

Nelson Mandela attended the opening of Sunday's World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands, thrilling fans and capping South Africa's pride in staging a successful tournament.

Fan tries to grab World Cup trophy before final

A fan ran onto the field and tried to grab the World Cup trophy on Sunday, moments before the Spain and Netherlands players were due to walk out at Soccer City for the tournament's final match.

London beauty parlour welcomes soccer widows

A woman passes a sign for soccer widows outside a beauty parlour in London July 7, 2010.

Absent Russia will win World Cup, 8 percent of nation say

Eight percent of Russians believe their national team will win the World Cup, despite the fact that it never qualified for the tournament, an independent poll has showed.

Crown Prince and Princess buoy the Dutch team at World Cup

Netherlands' Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima clap before the start of the 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match between Netherlands and Uruguay at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 6, 2010.

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Semifinals Fixtures

July 7 

 URU 2  - 3 NED  

July 8 

 GER 0  -  1 ESP  

Top Scorers




 David Villa   ESP   5 
 Sneijder   NED   5 
Diego Forlan 






 SVK   4 







Asamoah Gyan 


 Donovan USA  3 
 Luis Suarez URU  3    Fabiano   BRA   3 

Fans Say

Host Cities

Rustenburg: In the heart of the savannah bushveld, brimming with natural beauty at the foot of the Magaliesburg Mountains.

Johannesburg: Pulsating with energy and drive, Johannesburg is a hub of culture and excitement.

Cape Town

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