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Home > Special Edition > Friday, June 11, 2010
[SOUTH AFRICA-MEXICO REPORT CARD] South Africa held Mexico to a 1-1 tie in a thrilling World Cup opener, but Bafana Bafana will rue its failure to pull off the upset. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy grades the players ... Read the whole story
[TELEVISION WATCH] The broadcast of the World Cup opener provided brilliant, efficient replays, making ESPN color commentator Efan Ekoku's blundering analysis of the first-half offside call even more puzzling. Read the whole story
[PORTRAIT] Young Argentine Angel Di Maria shares a lot in common with Albiceleste star Lionel Messi. Both hail from Rosario. Both are left-footed. Both have already won an Under-20 World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal. And both their national team careers got off to terrible starts. Read the whole story
[PREDICTIONS] Argentina has played and beaten Nigeria at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. But it did not portend well for the Argentines the rest of the way. For more on Saturday's games and Soccer America's predictions ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO] John Oliver takes the case for England and its inevitable win over the USA to the U.S. World Cup camp. Watch the response of the U.S. players ... Read the whole story
[SCOREBOARD] The 2010 World Cup finished with an average of 2.27 goals a game, the second lowest in history. Spain's eight goals in seven games were the fewest of any team to win the World Cup. For all the World Cup results and leading scorers ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"We are not typically German anymore. We have more players who go into the one-on-one situations stronger. Technically, we are much stronger and the unpredictability is greater in this German team than it ever was. I think this is the best team, with the most quality of all the ones I have played in." -- Germany captain and outside back Philipp Lahm, who played for Germany at the 2006 World Cup (third-place) and 2008 Euro (runner-up). Germany opens against Australia on Sunday. (Reuters) ...More

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