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World Cup set for colourful opening
09 June 2010
The 2010 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in colorful, energetic and distinctly African musical fashion with a dynamic Opening Ceremony which will be watched live by hundreds of millions of viewers in 215 countries. The 30-minute ceremony, with its cast of 1 581 world-class artists, dancers, musicians and performers, will start at Johannesburg’s iconic Soccer City stadium at 14h00 on 11 June 2010, ahead of the opening match between hosts South Africa and Mexico at 16h00
Boateng apologises to Ballack
18 May 2010
 Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has apologised to Michael Ballack for the challenge which ruled the Germany captain out of the FIFA World Cup™.
Boateng, who will represent Ghana - an opponent of Germany in the group stage - at the FIFA World Cup this summer, told Germany's Sport Bild magazine that he had already offered his apologies several times to Ballack.
 
Mexico short of midfielders
12 May 2010
Mexico have named only five recognised midfielders in their 26-man provisional squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Coach Javier Aguirre has included a number of defenders capable of filling in - including Rafael Marquez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela and Adrian Aldrete - but the only midfielders in the squad are Dos Santos brothers Jonathan and Giovani, Andres Guardado, Gerrardo Torrado and Israel Castro.
 
Winning team bus slogans announced
12 May 2010
The 'Be There with Hyundai' competition has come to an end with FIFA.com users deciding which slogans will decorate the buses of each of the 32 nations at the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™.
 
Mahlasela: Africans will celebrate
12 May 2010
 Vusi Mahlasela, one of South Africa's most legendary musicians, tells a fascinating story of the journey that has been travelled by his country’s music. And, as South Africa prepares to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup kick-off concert at Orlando Stadium on 10 June, he sees the event as a great reward for the hosts and an epic part of South Africa’s story – a story of love, hardship, perennial struggles, freedom and triumph. 
Surprise trio included for Chile
12 May 2010
Luis Marin, Jaime Valdes and Charles Aranguiz were the surprise names in Marcelo Bielsa's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Union Espanola's Marin won the battle for the third goalkeeping berth over Universidad Catolica's Cristopher Toselli and will travel to South Africa alongside Real Sociedad's Claudio Bravo and Miguel Pinto.
 
Antic names extended Serbia squad
12 May 2010
Serbia coach Radomir Antic included six England-based players in his provisional 30-man 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ squad. Star names Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic were selected by Antic, along with Wigan goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and Wolves' Nenad Milijas. Chelsea's Nemanja Matic and Manchester United's Zoran Tosic - currently on loan at Cologne - have also earned a place in the squad.
Maradona omits Inter pair
12 May 2010
 Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso are set to miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ after not being included in coach Diego Maradona's 30-man preliminary squad. The Inter Milan pair have been two of the key players for Serie A champions Inter Milan and have been integral in the team reaching the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago and Barcelona central defender Gabriel Milito are other prominent absentees.
 
Vieira and Benzema left out
11 May 2010
 Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema have been omitted from France's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Vieira returned to the English Premier League from Inter Milan in January and recovered some of his form, but not enough to impress Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech.
 
Shakira and Freshlyground sing Official FIFA World Cup™ song
05 May 2010
FIFA and Sony have chosen Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. The song was written by Shakira, the world-famous singer from Latin America, who will perform with South African band Freshlyground.
 
37 days to go
05 May 2010
The former Yugoslavia played 37 FIFA World Cup™ fixtures, reaching the semi-finals in 1930 and 1962 and the quarter-finals a further four times in total. The break-up of the country resulted in a ban from competing at UEFA EURO 92.
Stage set for FIFA World Cup™ Kick-off Celebration Concert
04 May 2010
 
FIFA and Control Room, a leading producer of global music events, today announced the final line-up of African and South African artists for the inaugural FIFA World Cup™ Kick-Off Celebration Concert.
 
Ticket fund brings smiles to South Africans
03 May 2010
For almost two years, David Mcira has laboured tirelessly as part of the team constructing a venue that is fondly referred to as the ‘Cathedral of football’ in South Africa, Soccer City. Today, he is all smiles, not only because the “African Calabash” is now standing tall south of Johannesburg, but because he will be among the thousands of football fans who will watch the very first FIFA World Cup™ match to be played on African soil when South Africa takes on Mexico on 11 June as part of the Ticket Fund initiative.
39 days to go
03 May 2010
Mexico have scored 39 goals in their 13 appearances at the FIFA World Cup™ finals.

They have appeared at all the finals since 1990, when they were banned for fielding an over-age player in a prior youth tournament.


 Lippi names pre-World Cup squad
02 May 2010
Italy coach Marcello Lippi on Sunday named a 29-man squad for a pre-FIFA World Cup™ get-together in Rome on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Of the players likely to go to South Africa only AS Roma's Daniele De Rossi was missing from the squad. Italy are the reigning champions and face Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand in Group F of this summer's finals.


40 days to go
02 May 2010
Michael Owen has scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for England - putting him fourth on the all-time list behind Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves.

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