Tuesday, July 13, 2010

V.O.B. - Sports: World Cup South Africa is Over.......Ahh Ill miss it....

2010 World Cup comes to a close
After a month of matches, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament is over, with Spain claiming its first ever trophy, the Netherlands placing second, and Germany taking third place. 32 teams came to South Africa last month, and the eyes of the world were upon them as television and online viewership broke records, and in many places productivity dropped sharply when matches were being played. Collected here are photos from the second half of the tournament (see earlier entries: 1, 2, 3), the action on the fields, and the reactions of those following the games in both South Africa and their home countries, as we bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup. (44 photos total)

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A woman takes a photograph of the the Cape Town stadium seen from the Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 2, 2010. Cape Town stadium hosted eight of the World Cup matches this year. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima kicks the ball during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 match Paraguay vs. Japan on June 29, 2010 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan celebrates after scoring against the United States in extra time during a 2010 World Cup second round match at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 26, 2010. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #

Ghana's defender Samuel Inkoom lies on the pitch during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match USA vs. Ghana on June 26, 2010 at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A USA fan looks dejected as her team loses in a World Cup Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Ian Walton/Getty Images) #

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (top) evades a tackle by Brazil's Juan during a World Cup Group G soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban June 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #

A supporter of Spain with the national colors on his face blows a vuvuzela as he arrives at Ellis Park stadium before the 2010 World Cup quarter-final football match between Paraguay and Spain on July 3, 2010. (Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer watches as the ball crosses the line during a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against England at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein June 27, 2010. England were denied an equalizing goal when a Frank Lampard shot from 2O meters out hit the crossbar and dropped well over the line. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh) #

Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz (right) and Japan's Yuki Abe jump for the ball during a World Cup second round soccer match at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci) #

Fans of Chile's national soccer team celebrate after their 2010 World Cup soccer match against Spain, in Valparaiso city, Chile on June 25, 2010. Chile qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup despite losing 2-1 to Spain in their last Group H match. (REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez) #

A Germany soccer fan is thrown up in the air during the screening of the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Germany and England, in the German city of Hamburg on June 27, 2010. (REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen) #


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