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World Cup news & notes

*Contrary to reports that surfaced Wednesday night in the South African media, Nelson Mandela is apparently not going to attend the World Cup opener next Friday. His grandson Mandla told Agence France-Presse:

"It would be really a challenge to take him out in a cold winter day to go and watch a game of football. We, as South Africans and the international community need to start considering his health. I really know that he'll not be at the opening match."

Mandela turns 92 next month.

*Oh, those sneaky North Koreans! Roster skulduggery nabbed by FIFA.

*Outdoor viewing of World Cup matches in Washington's Dupont Circle is closer to becoming a reality.

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: Dupont Circle, Nelson Mandela, North Korea, World Cup  
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Sepp is clueless - no surprise.
North Korea is untrustworthy - no surprise.
A positive development for soccer in DC - surprise!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Why does FIFA REQUIRE that every team must have 3 GKs on their roster? And why are those players only allowed to play in goal? How would such a rule have affected a player like Jorge Campos?

Posted by: fedssocr | June 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

lol @ the North Koreans. Still I won't be surprised if they bring him in if they absolutely needed goals to advance.

Posted by: tundey | June 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Can they seriously not get Mandela a skybox or something?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | June 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

In case it doesn't happen...or you're looking for an alternate venue we will be hosting a viewing party at Mister Days in Arlington for the USA England game. All proceeds will go to United for DC, the charitable arm of DC United. Details here:

Posted by: AllYouNeedIsHops | June 3, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why dem wascally wed Koweans.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 3, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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