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Soccer Insider: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

Uruguay vs. Germany: In third-place match, Germany squeaks out win

Diego Forlan's free kick on the final play of the game caromed off the crossbar, and Germany was able to secure third place in the World Cup with a 3-2 win over Uruguay. Sami Khedira's goal in the 82nd minute proved to be the game-winner....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 10, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , Uruguay  
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The VIP list for the World Cup final

Among the dignitaries scheduled to attend Sunday's match at Soccer City Stadium: South Africa President Jacob Zuma Presidents of 14 other African nations, including Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe Former South African president Frederik De Klerk Archbishop Desmond Tutu Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Queen Sofia of Spain Actor Morgan...

By Steve Goff  |  July 10, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  | Tags: Rafael Nadal, South Africa, World Cup  
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Germany vs. Uruguay in World Cup third-place match

Two more matches to go, starting today with Germany vs. Uruguay in the World Cup third-place match. Capsule preview of the match. Game stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 10, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , Uruguay  
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Saturday World Cup kickaround

*While Planet Futbol's attention is acutely focused on Johannesburg ahead of Sunday's final, there is a match 660 miles away today in Port Elizabeth: Germany vs. Uruguay for third place (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes) -- the second consecutive tournament in which the Germans have taken part in...

By Steve Goff  |  July 10, 2010; 4:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , Germany  | Tags: D.C. United, Michel Platini, World Cup  
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World Cup final links for Spain vs. Netherlands

Some non-Paul the Psychic Octopus news. Those fears that the World Cup in South Africa would be beset by muggings, terrorist attacks, etc. Yeah, that didn't happen. Sad news: Associated Press writer Robert Millward passed away on Thursday in Johannesburg, apparently of natural causes. He was recognized by FIFA on...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 9, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands , Spain  
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Paul the Psychic Octopus picks Spain to win World Cup

UPDATED 11:42 A.M.: NOW WITH PAUL VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE Paul the Octopus has spoken, and he has come out for Spain in the World Cup final. No comment as of yet from Mani the Parakeet. Washington mega-chef and Spain enthusiast Jose Andres has Paul's back, taking his brethren off the menu...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 9, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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World Cup Golden Ball nominees are .....

FIFA's technical study group has announced the 10 finalists for the Golden Ball trophy, the MVP award to be presented after Sunday's championship match. Reporters covering the World Cup in South Africa will vote over the next few days. The nominees are: Uruguay F Diego Forlan, Ghana F Asamoah Gyan,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 9, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , FIFA , Poll  | Tags: Golden Ball, World Cup  
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Friday kickaround: World Cup, FIFA, U.S. soccer

Battling cold and cough, I found myself up at 3 a.m. here in Johannesburg --- coincidentally, when the Most Anticipated Moment in Sports History (this week, anyway) was unfolding: LeBron James announcing that he will join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat. Sounds like the NBA's version...

By Steve Goff  |  July 9, 2010; 4:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , FIFA , Spain , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brazil, FIFA, Rafael Nadal, South Africa, World Cup  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: World Cup final, MLS

Soooo, what are you going to watch? Besides the Saturday-Sunday matches, there is a game tonight: MLS, Real Salt Lake-Chicago 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 SATURDAY MLS, Toronto-Colorado noon Direct Kick World Cup third-place match, Uruguay-Germany 2:30 p.m. ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes MLS, Philadelphia-San Jose 6 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel MLS,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 8, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , MLS , TV  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, World Cup  
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Oracle octopus has company in the animals-picking-winners department

Paul, the oracle octopus, is in hot water in his native Germany after picking Spain to beat Germany in the World Cup semifinals. Joining Paul is Mani, a bird in Singapore that has picked (pecked?) the Netherlands to defeat Spain in the World Cup final. Watch the shocking video: poll...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 8, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Shakira to headline Closing; Mandela uncertain

By Liz Clarke The 2010 World Cup will close Sunday evening much as it began: With Colombian pop star Shakira performing to a packed house, and former president Nelson Mandela's attendance the subject of intense speculation. A 30-minute Closing Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) at Johannesburg's...

By Liz Clarke  |  July 8, 2010; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Nelson Mandela, Shakira  
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Spain vs. Germany: World Cup final set as Spain wins, 1-0

Carles Puyol's goal in the 73rd minute held up as Spain advanced to the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Germany....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 7, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Scotland , Spain  
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A few minutes with U.S. soccer coach Bob Bradley

Just a few minutes before Spain-Germany kickoff, I was able to catch U.S. men's national team coach Bob Bradley to talk with him for an article on the future of the U.S. senior team that will run in the next few days. Toward the end of our conversation, I asked...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 7, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Spain vs. Germany in World Cup 2010 semifinal

Spain and Germany meet for the right to face the Netherlands in the World Cup final. Game stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. Live streaming video of the game can be found here. Who ya got, Spain or Germany? Vote here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 7, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , Spain  
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An American fan (and his flag) at the World Cup

I figured to run into Clifton Broumand at some point during my six weeks in South Africa, and lo and behold, a few hours before the Germany-Spain semifinal at Moses Mabhida Stadium, there he was on the palm tree-lined walkway between the Indian Ocean and the glistening Durban venue. From...

By Steve Goff  |  July 7, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  | Tags: Durban, South Africa, World Cup  
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Netherlands' World Cup win sparks big celebrations

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 7, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands  
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Spain vs. Germany: The continuing saga of Paul the Octopus

By now you've all heard that Paul the oracle octopus, who's a perfect 5-0 in picking the winners of Germany's games in this World Cup, has chosen Spain to defeat Germany in today's semifinal. It's not the first time Paul's pick has drawn heat. When he chose Germany to defeat...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 7, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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World Cup separated at birth

Germany World Cup Coach Joachim Loew, actor Tom Cruise and American filmmaker Ken Burns. Loew is revered in Germany. Cruise, er, not so much. Burns's baseball documentary probably didn't convert any Germans to the American pastime....

By Steve Goff  |  July 7, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , South Africa  | Tags: Germany-Spain, World Cup  
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Wednesday World Cup kickaround

*Liz Clarke reports from Cape Town on the Netherlands' 3-2 victory over Uruguay. I look ahead to the Spain-Germany showdown here in Durban. *A look at the front page image of The Post's Sports section. Today's match data: Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET TV: ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com (replay on...

By Steve Goff  |  July 7, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , Poll , South Africa , Spain , TV  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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The trouble with leopards

By Liz Clarke Arriving in South Africa on June 1, I was warned about the 200 Rand note, the largest and prettiest of the currency's denomination--worth about $28, with a spectactular Leopard on one side--because it's so frequently conterfeited that merchants and even banks refuse to accept them. I then...

By Liz Clarke  |  July 7, 2010; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, South Africa, leopards, rands  
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South Africa World Cup: Sign of the times

Vuvuzela backlash continues! At the Suncoast mall/casino/theaters in Durban........

By Steve Goff  |  July 6, 2010; 8:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup, vuvuzelas  
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Uruguay vs. Netherlands: Dutch advance to World Cup final

The Netherlands defeated Uruguay, 3-2, to advance to the World Cup final for the first time since 1978....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 6, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands , Uruguay  
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Annan: Ghana brought Africa together

By Liz Clarke Former U.N Secretary-General Kofi Annan has written a letter to Ghana's Black Stars, congratulating them for their quarterfinal showing in the World Cup and commending them on their dignity in the face of the goal-line handball that denied a game-winning goal against Uruguay. Annan, a native of...

By Liz Clarke  |  July 6, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Ghana  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Africa, Ghana  
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Uruguay vs. Netherlands in World Cup 2010 semifinal

Uruguay takes on the Netherlands today to determine the first World Cup finalist. Live box score here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here. Who do you think will win? Vote here. Live streaming video of the game here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 6, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands , Uruguay  
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Don't harass the penguins

By Liz Clarke If you are ever on Jeopardy and the final answer is: "A country in which one can see both lions AND penguins in their natural habitat," the correct question is: "What is South Africa?". I wouldn't have known this had it not been for the 2010...

By Steve Goff  |  July 6, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Cape Town, penguins  
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Tuesday World Cup kickaround and poll

*Colleague Liz Clarke previews today's World Cup semifinal in Cape Town between the Netherlands and Uruguay. Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com (replay on ESPN Classic at 6 p.m., ESPN2 at 1 a.m. Wed.) Prediction: Netherlands, 2-0. *Fun facts about Uruguay..... Every 20 years in the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 6, 2010; 4:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands , Poll  | Tags: Netherlands, Uruguay, World Cup  
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World Cup venue tour: Durban's beach scene

Oh Durban, where have you been my whole World Cup? I never made it to Cape Town (the San Francisco of Africa) or Nelspruit (the remote city on the edge of Kruger National Park). I spent too many days in bustling Johannesburg and too many hours on the road...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: Durban, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup players return to MLS play

Hope everyone back home enjoyed the Fourth of July festivities. Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle certainly did. Days after returning from U.S. World Cup duty, the Los Angeles Galaxy duo partnered in the 19th minute to launch the Los Angeles Galaxy on its way to a 3-1 victory over the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2010; 4:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Edson Buddle, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, MLS, Robbie Findley, World Cup  
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On the road to Durban for World Cup semifinal

The Insider is a country boy at heart, so after 33 nights in bustling Johannesburg and irreparable damage to ear drum and disposition inflicted by the vuvuzela symphony, I plan a journey to Durban ahead of Wednesday's premier semifinal between Germany and Spain. The easy option is to fly;...

By Steve Goff  |  July 4, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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