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Hosting The World Cup: Why South Africa Might Not Be Benefiting From It After All

DailyFinance | JONATHAN BERR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Organizers of the 2010 World Cup, which started Friday, are making the same error that backers of big sporting events always do -- overpromising and u...

Lessons From South Africa That Will Make Future World Cups Even Better

Nader Jahanfard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nader Jahanfard

The referees left a bitter taste in everyone's mouth with their horrible officiating. On the bright side, it forced big boss Sepp Blatter to accept the fact that FIFA needs to implement technology to control the game.

World Cup Final: Finally, the Good Guys Win

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Carla Seaquist

But when the Dutch turned thuggish and began fouling, and fouling spectacularly, they turned themselves into the villains of the piece and, by default, they cast Spain as the good guys.

One World Futbol Project Donates World's Most Durable Soccer Ball

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The image is still so clear for Tim Jahnigen: a documentary of Darfur refugees playing a makeshift soccer game with their ratty bal...

South Africa World Cup: A Billion Condoms And 40,000 Sex Workers.

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Iva Skoch, GlobalPost CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The taxi drivers hustling around the bars on Long Street in Cape Town say they are ready for all...

World Cup: The Year of Latin America?

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Eric Farnsworth

The real story of this year's World Cup is the dominance of the Western Hemisphere.

Too Many Teams in This World Cup

Daniel Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Daniel Altman

With 32 teams in the tournament, there is a huge gap in ability between the best and worst. This dilution of talent has led to some appallingly poor matches -- and we can fix that.

Explosion Near World Cup Site Reported

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JOHANNEBSURG (AP) -- Police say a "controlled explosion" at an explosives factory was the source of a blast heard by journalists Sunday at the World C...

Why the World Cup Sucks

Thomas Alter | Posted 07.31.2011 | Sports
Thomas Alter

My question after a mind-numbingly boring first week is, why should anyone care about this over-hyped, unspectacular tournament?

The World Cup in Black and White

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

While sport is one of the most beautiful institutions that exists it often diverts our attention from more pressing issues that reside in the world. Optimistically, many at the World Cup seek to help shape the new South Africa.

7 Myths of World Cup Soccer, and the Science Behind Them

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

When it comes to the World Cup, what you see isn't always what you get. Here are seven myths you might never have predicted about World Cup soccer, and the research that backs them up.

USA Vs. England: Agony to Ecstasy in 90 Minutes

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Henry Sterry

A funny thing happened -- Team USA located its spinal column. They tightened up and did not succumb to the seemingly inevitable defeat which was staring them smack dab between the eyes.

Vuvuzela Ban? A Case for Vuvuzelas to Keep Blowing at World Cup 2010 (VIDEO, POLL)

Craig Kanalley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Craig Kanalley

Despite some legitimate criticisms of the horns, the vuvuzela is all about South African pride. It has become a huge part of the country's identity and it has united a people. It's not time to silence the noisemaker.

South Africa's World Cup: Is Anyone Really the Winner?

Shari Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shari Cohen

When I think about the media opportunities that a World Cup stage provides, I see a missed opportunity. Shame on FIFA for not supporting the host country in at least shining a light on urgent social issues.

World Cup Odds: Which Team Will Win It All?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off Friday in South Africa, when Mexico and South Africa face off at 10:00 AM ET. 32 teams will compete for World Cup gl...

Love and Devotion: The World Cup and the 'Religion' of Soccer

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

It seems that the only means of explaining the phenomenon of the World Cup is through categories and concepts that we usually reserve for the religious and the sacred.

'At Least Under Apartheid': South Africa on the Eve of the World Cup

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dave Zirin

As we celebrate the Cup's arrival in the cradle of civilization, there are realities that would be insane to ignore. To paraphrase an old African saying, "When the elephants party, the grass will suffer."

Fever Pitch: What the World Cup Means to Africa

Luso Mnthali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luso Mnthali

It is amazing that a simple game could have brought this country of seeming opposites, differences, and multi-hued, multi-linguistic cultures together.

WATCH: Google Earth's 3D Tour Of Every World Cup Stadium

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

As people from South Africa to South Beach gear up for the kick off of the World Cup, Google isn't about to get left out of the football fever. First...

World Cup South Africa 2010: Predictions of an American Soccer Fanatic, Group A

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Henry Sterry

The World Cup is a month-long marathon disguised as a series of furious sprints. Let me break it down for you.

World Cup Guide -- Group A: France, Uruguay, Mexico, South Africa

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Wallechinsky

Here is an introduction to the four teams in Group A. This is the barely-managed-to-qualify group and, for France, Uruguay and Mexico: really lucky to have been drawn into this particular group. Here's why.

World Cup 2010: 25 Bars To Watch 25 Days Of Soccer

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Just like almost every other one, New York is the exception to the rule that Americans don't care about soccer. While we may not play pickup games in...

World Cup 2010 Sponsors Forget Something Important: The Internet

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

World Cup sponsors including Coca-Cola, Sony and Adidas have so far failed to associate their brands online with the competition, according to researc...

Waiting for the World Cup in a 'United' Nation

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

Today we visited the site of the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. The stadium is located in Soweto, the township created for blacks under the Apartheid government.

Homeless Forced From South African Streets Ahead Of World Cup

Mirror | Gary Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Thousands of homeless people are being forced off the streets of South Africa to hide the scale of poverty there from World Cup fans....