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Monday, July 12, 2010

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South Africa: Back To Life, Back To Reality

Kids play soccer outside Rustenburg, South Africa

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."

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Adiós World Cup, My Children Will Miss You Most

South African kids in the Yeoville neighborhood of Johannesburg

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.

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'El Beso De La Victoria:' Sealing The World Cup With A Kiss

Iker Casillas kisses his girlfriend Sara Carbonero during a live broadcast.

July 12, 2010 Iker Casillas landed an impromptu kiss on his journalist girlfriend on live TV. It's being called the victory kiss.

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Deadly Blasts Hit World Cup Watchers In Uganda

A doctor treats a victim of a bomb blast at Mulago hospital in Kampala late Sunday

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.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Crying Oranje Tears For The Netherlands

Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder after his team's loss to Spain in the World Cup 2010

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.

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Rough And Tense, Spain Wins World Cup 1-0

Spain Wins World Cup 2010

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.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

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NPR Bloggers Share Their Favorite World Cup Moments

Spain's Puyol during semifinal match

July 10, 2010 Who could forget ESPN announcers shouting Tshabalala! From Landon Donovan's 91 minute goal to Gyan's penalty fudge, NPR bloggers share the moments that made them mad, sad, and oh-so-happy.  What was your top pick?

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Friday, July 09, 2010

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World Cup Final Pits Party Nations; $30 Million At Stake

Novelty condoms resembling soccer players are displayed in an Amsterdam shop.

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.

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According To Paul (The Octopus) It's Spain FTW!

Paul the Octopus

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?

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

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Yeah, I Said It: The World Cup Trophy Is Hideous

FIFA World Cup trophy

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.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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Paul The Octopus Is Right Again: Go Spain!

Spain's Carles Puyol

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.

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Spain Slips Past Germany To Reach World Cup Final

Spain's Carles Puyol

July 7, 2010 A late goal by defender Carles Puyol provided the only score in Spain's 1-0 victory. The Spaniards will meet the Netherlands Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Neither nation has won a World Cup before.

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Show Me Your Cleats! - World Cup 2010 Blog

Paul The Octopus Predicts: Spain Over Germany

Paul the octopus chooses Spain to beat Germany

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!

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World Cup 2010

The rainbow nation goes back to work and back to real life after hosting a successful World Cup.

South Africa: Back To Life, Back To Reality

The rainbow nation goes back to work and back to real life after hosting a successful World Cup.

NPR foreign correspondent, Jason Beaubien's kids can't wait for Brazil, 2014.

Adiós World Cup, My Children Will Miss You Most

NPR foreign correspondent, Jason Beaubien's kids can't wait for Brazil, 2014.

Iker Casillas landed an impromptu kiss on his journalist girlfriend on live TV.

'El Beso De La Victoria:' Sealing The World Cup With A Kiss

Iker Casillas landed an impromptu kiss on his journalist girlfriend on live TV.

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