July 12, 2010 The rainbow nation goes back to work and back to real life after hosting a very successful World Cup. NPR's Africa correspondent, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton hopes the world sends South Africa good vibes to keep the country on "Soccer Cloud 9."
July 12, 2010 NPR foreign correspondent, Jason Beaubien, writes about the significance of the World Cup now that his kids are old enough to care. Maybe he'll be on assignment in Brazil for World Cup 2014.
July 12, 2010 Iker Casillas landed an impromptu kiss on his journalist girlfriend on live TV. It's being called the victory kiss.
July 12, 2010 Al-Qaida-linked Somali militants on Monday praised a pair of explosions that killed at least 74 people, including one American, in Uganda's capital over the weekend. Dozens more were wounded. The blasts at an Ethiopian restaurant and a rugby club where soccer fans were watching the World Cup final occurred about 20 minutes apart late Sunday.
July 11, 2010 'Cleats' contributor, Rosie Schaap congratulates Spain, but is still a die-hard Dutch fan hoping to cry 'Oranje' tears of joy in four years.
July 11, 2010 This World Cup final match was rugged: not the artistry Spain is known for, nor the beauty Oranje generally brings to the pitch. In the end, the Spanish take the golden trophy with just one goal.
July 9, 2010 The 2010 World Cup final features Europe's two biggest party countries, in Spain and Holland. Scenes of fans-gone-wild in the plazas of Amsterdam and Madrid should help ease the global audience's distaste for an all-Europe final.
July 9, 2010 Paul the German octopus chose Spain to beat the Netherlands in the World Cup finals. He has chosen all of the winners in the German games with 100% accuracy in this tournament. But will he be right when Germany's off the pitch?
July 8, 2010 Trophies are cool, but with the lone and prominent exception of the Stanley Cup, 'Cleats' contributor Laura Lorson thinks the *idea* of the trophy is cooler than they actually are. And she thinks the World Cup trophy is creepy.
July 7, 2010 Spain beat Germany to move on to the World Cup finals against the Dutch. And, once again, Paul the Prognosticating Octopus gets it right.
July 7, 2010 Paul, the German Octopus uses his nine brains to tap into his sixth sense. So far he has predicted all of the German team's wins in this World Cup. But, Paul chose Spain to win today's match: Ay Dios Mio!