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The best piece of journalism on ‘Africa’s World Cup’

Bar none. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

Observations from Soccer City

Last night was my first World Cup experience as a fan. An Ivory Coast scarf wrapped round my neck, I watched Les Elephants lose 3-1 to Brazil at Soccer City. Some thoughts… South Africans may have bought tickets in large numbers, but are they football fans? Many of those I sat with behind the goal [...]

“Do not underestimate the South African achievement.”

Excellent op-ed in he New York Times by Roger Cohen, who spent part of his childhood in apartheid South Africa. It’s worth reading the whole thing but here’s the best bit: South Africa will probably become the first host nation ever to fail to qualify for the second round. That would be sad but in [...]

Saturday June 19th, 2010 in , , , | No Comments »

So much for this being an African World Cup…

So much for this being an African World Cup. Few Africans from outside the host country have been able to make the trip south, while the South Africans who make their trade from football – the informal hawkers and trinket sellers – have been banned from within half a mile of the stadiums. The official World [...]

Why the vuvuzela should be banned (in stadiums, anyway)

Is the vuvuzela about to be banned? One can only hope so. The ubiquitous plastic horns have been the soundtrack to this World Cup, drowning out every other attempt at singing, chanting and music. Nigeria has a fantastic brass band. The only reason I know they were at Ellis Park on Saturday was because I [...]

An almost perfect start

With one lash of his left foot, Siphiwe Tshabala set this World Cup alight. His 55th minute strike, which gave South Africa the lead against Mexico, was all the more surprising because the hosts had done little until then to excite the vuvuzela-blowing 85,000-strong crowd. It may have ended in a draw but South Africa [...]

“Something special”

Of all the matches at the World Cup, South Korea against Greece is arguably the least exciting prospect. But it is the match that will mean the most for Danny Jordaan, the man responsible for organising the tournament. It is the first to take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, the [...]

Friday May 28th, 2010 in , , , | No Comments »