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World Cup woe for Bafana Bafana

With Diego Forlan pulling the strings and producing a superb individual performance, Uruguay severely dented South Africa's hopes of reaching the second round of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by beating Bafana Bafana 3-0 in a chilly Pretoria on Wednesday night.

Record SA audience for opening match

The opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup between hosts South Africa and Mexico drew a record South African TV audience. The tournament is also getting good viewership ratings in North and South America, Europe and China.

World Cup spirit in Soweto

While over 90 000 football fans watched South Africa's inaugural 2010 Fifa World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, eight kilometres away, in the heart of Soweto, another 40 000 were getting into the tournament spirit with the Fifa Fan Fest.
2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guide

World Cup Fan Fests come alive

It was not just the 84 490 fans seated in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium that celebrated the start of Africa's historic World Cup. Aside from the estimated 500-million global television viewers, more than 400 000 fans celebrated at the 16 official Fan Fests and other public viewing areas both in South Africa and abroad.

Bafana, Mexico in thrilling opener

South Africa's national team raised their game in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on Friday, holding a Mexican side placed far above them in the international rankings to an enthralling 1-1 draw - with Siphiwe Tshabalala unleashing a blistering shot to score the first goal of the tournament.

Soccer City welcomes the world home

As Johannesburg's flagship Soccer City stadium seethed in a mass of yellow and brightly coloured flags, the hum of tens of thousands of vuvuzelas was suddenly overcome as Gripen Fighter jets burst overhead. Africa's first Fifa World Cup was opening in spectacular fashion.

South Africa catches World Cup fever

With days to go to kickoff, World Cup fever has hit South Africa in earnest. Confidence and excitement levels on the streets have reached a 10-year high as the country counts down to what many South Africans are describing as a "second miracle," after the country's transition to democracy in 1994.

Students pack out Bafana training

Greeted with ululations and blasts from vuvuzelas, the South African squad took to the pitch in an open training session at Wits University's Sturrock Park ground in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

Uzbekistan ref to signal WC kick-off

Uzbekistan finished bottom of their World Cup qualifying group, but the country will have the honour of supplying the referee for the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup at Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg on Friday.

A brief history of Bafana Bafana

South Africa's national football team, Bafana Bafana ("The Boys"), has a relatively short international history, only playing its first match in 1992 – two years before the country's first democratic elections.
Football in South Africa