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Destination: Cape Town

Admire the setting for the new Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, site of eight World Cup matches, including a quarterfinal and semifinal. Check out this excellent blog for more recent images and construction information.

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By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  
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Looks like Steve is getting ready for a long business trip next summer :-).

Steve: I look forward to reading your posts and those of the other Post staffers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 28, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Send Camille Powell to cover the World Cup! She knows her soccer and adds nice color to the reports.

Cape Town IS lovely, and this photo has excellent use of lighting and a polarized lens.

Posted by: WorldCup | July 28, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I took that picture.

- Hope Solo

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 28, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Did the blogger have his expense paid?

Posted by: Reignking | July 28, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Agree with World Cup on Camille Powell.

My Washington Post WC10 roster:

Starters: Goff, Powell, Tenorio, Wilbon.

On the bubble: DeNunzio, Steinberg, Sietsema, Applebaum (Anne or Lindsay)

Wilbon will be under the cap as his salary and first-class travel will be covered by ESPN.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 28, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

how can the World Cup be such a fantastic event, but yet the FIFA leadership be so horrible. I mean Jack Warner? That guy's awful.

ps: did I see Boyzzz on the beach in one of those pictures?

Posted by: diego_r | July 28, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

nope, not the beach, Boyzzz N the Hood

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder.

DC United is playing Luis Angel Firpo of El Salvador at RFK tonight.

It's a home and away series to decide which team gets into CONCACAF'S Champions League. The winner of that tournament gets to go the World Club Champinship.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 28, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Haven't been to Cape Town (or S.A. for that matter -- one of my great regrets is not going to visit a gf who lived there) -- but, the footage of the city in "Kicking It" is really stunning. Looked like one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Funny watching the homeless USA players experience sharing a beach with penguins.

Posted by: fischy | July 28, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The Livorno paper is saying the Clark deal is done, but that Houston wouldn't part with him during the season. He goes over in January.

Posted by: fischy | July 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow, those photos are breathtaking. If only the wife would have any desire to go to SA. Of course, the blogger even notes that it's not safe to walk around unattended or late, so I guess I can live with not seeing it in person. It was also great to see the old stadium in the shadow of the new stadium to give some scale...what a huge change. It does make me wonder about the associated cost and whether SA will get any real return on the stadium after the WC.

Thanks to Goff for linking to the site.

Posted by: figgy_va | July 28, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Breathtaking.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 28, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hate to burst everyone's bubble, but that's not Cape Town. It's the Union's new digs in Chester.

Posted by: Phil_McCracken | July 28, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Aaahh, of course. The breathtaking shores of New Jersey....

Posted by: fischy | July 28, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hate to burst everyone's bubble, but that's not Cape Town. It's the Union's new digs in Chester.
Posted by: Phil_McCracken
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Instapoll: Which area has worse crime?

A. South Africa
B. South Philadelphia

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 28, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Instapoll: Which area has worse crime?

A. South Africa
B. South Philadelphia

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Sad to say, too close to call.

Posted by: Phil_McCracken | July 28, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I just looked up where Livorno is -- right on the beach.

Gee, tough call by Ricardo Clark!

Posted by: Reignking | July 28, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

how can the World Cup be such a fantastic event, but yet the FIFA leadership be so horrible. I mean Jack Warner? That guy's awful.

Posted by: diego_r | July 28, 2009 12:18 PM
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Answer: It's BECAUSE the World Cup is such a fantastic event that FIFA leadership can be so horrible! Without the amazing product, Sepp Blatter, Jack Warner, Chuck Blazer and the whole pocket-stuffin' gang would have been turned out of doors years ago.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | July 28, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Chester -- the odds are getting long with respect to getting that stadium built in time for a full season.

Posted by: fischy | July 28, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

@I-270

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4359972

but i still go for the cheesesteaks and soft pretzels.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/center-city-pretzel-co-philadelphia

and i've gotta try the Schmitter next time i'm in town.

http://mcnallystavern.com/

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 28, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It's BECAUSE the World Cup is such a fantastic event that FIFA leadership can be so horrible!

Posted by: schmuckatelli

exactamundo. just look at the Olympics - it's pretty much the same thing only with the US having a bigger piece of the pie.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 28, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Bill Simmmons just mentioned Allen Iverson playing soccer...

He'd be a bigger Messi.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/stations/player?id=4359661

By the 34 minute mark, it's a full on "Who and what if our best athletes played soccer?"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Have they even started building anything in Chester yet? Where's the webcam?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan, here's an article from a few weeks ago that i found.

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2009/07/03/news/doc4a4d8ece44ee2485521506.txt

they claim to be making progress despite a few hurdles still to clear and they're saying they will play the full season there even if they have to start the season on the road for a couple weeks. it would be nice to see it open on time along with the new RB stadium.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 28, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Figgy_va
Thanks for the compliment but you are seriously missing out not coming...show the wife my photos of Cape Town
http://greenpointstadium-and-capetown.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html
and my recent June/July trip along the coast of SA
without ANy crime incidents !
http://greenpointstadium-and-capetown.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html
all the way to the border of Mozambique, they are all on my blog and if she still doesn't want to go then maybe best to change her in for a more adventurous type :)

Posted by: Fromjoanne | July 28, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Where's the webcam?
Posted by: DadRyan
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It was stolen.

Thank you, I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 28, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

That looks very green for the middle of winter.

Posted by: Reignking | July 28, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Link to Chester construction pictures from last week below. They got some work to do, but at least they've gone vertical.

http://www.facebook.com/philadelphiaunion#/philadelphiaunion?v=photos&viewas=0

Posted by: Phil_McCracken | July 28, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

That looks very green for the middle of winter.
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Cape Town is about as far from the equator as Charleston, SC.

Posted by: cow_pasture | July 28, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Silly me. I completely forgot that Benfica was playing a tournament in Amsterdam for the last ten days (they won, incidently, beating Ajax in the final game). It makes sense that Adu did not fly over there if the roster was already set and there was no one left in Lisbon with whom to train.

On the other hand, I just cruised through the Portuguese press and noticed that Benfica just got Keirrison, a Brazilian striker, on loan from Barcelona. That won't help Adu make the club. Hopefully it will demonstrate to the benfica execs how one finds good playing time for a player that isn't getting minutes at home. I doubt, however, that those execs are so self-aware to notice the irony.

Posted by: troy6 | July 28, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

on the photo, if they panned a little to the left you could see Robben Island. you'll get a few thousand mentions of it during the WC coverage.

Posted by: troy6 | July 28, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Troy6,

you sound like a benfica fan too. There is no way Freddie plays there anytime soon, the fans there like him but the reality is that he is not strong enough to play in that league. It is physical style and he gets pushed off the ball too much. Its the same reason that Donovan can't make it in Germany...TOO SMALL. I hope they loan him out and he gets time vs sitting and watching.

Posted by: gcbigdog | July 28, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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