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Polokwane: 4 World Cup games to make impact

POLOKWANE, South Africa (AP)—“Sokkerkoors!” read the headline in local newspaper Polokwane Observer on Friday. Football fever! The atmosphere was building in the smallest of the nine World Cup host cities ahead of its first game on Sunday. “Finally, after six long years… It’s here!” read the frontpage of the daily newspaper Northern Review. “I can’t […]

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Nigeria World Cup 2010 Team Profile unveiled

Nigeria can boast something only a half-dozen other teams in the world can right now: they’ll be playing the World Cup on their home continent come June. Beyond that, they can’t boast much because they don’t know much. The uninspiring performance at the African Cup of Nations saw Shaibu Amodu relieved of his duties atop […]

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Kanu Nwankwo targets semi final spot

Kanu is confident that Nigeria can take the World Cup by storm and progress to the semi-finals. A strong run in the 1990s saw Nigeria reach the knockout stages of two successive tournaments, while they also won the Olympic gold medal in 1996. Nigeria must negotiate a tricky group in South Africa containing highly-fancied Argentina, […]

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World Cup 2010 South Africa

My World Cup warm-up has been an interesting one: last Wednesday I was sitting on a stool with Rio Ferdinand in London talking to him about captaining England. The event at Niketown ended with the crowd giving a rapturous send off to Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney – the other two popped in for […]