Friday, June 11, 2010

Sports News (11.06.2010)


S Africa to face Mexico in World Cup opener today
JOHANNESBURG: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup-2010 considered to be the greatest show on earth that takes place every four years will begin today, Friday, 11th June 2010, in the afternoon with a grand opening ceremony at 2 pm (local time) at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg in South Africa.

The official opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2010 will begin on Friday afternoon from a different venue, the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, where the first match of the tournament will take place after the ceremony. That first game will be played between hosts South Africa and Mexico. Around 1,581 performers will sing and dance in what will be a 3-hour long spectacle. R Kelly will perform the official 2010 FIFA World Cup Anthem, "Sign of a Victory", at the opening ceremony on Friday. It is hoped that the elder statesman and the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela will attend the inaugural ceremony.

The much-awaited FIFA World Cup 2010 tournament that will commence today, 11th June will continue till 11th July, 2010. South Africa - the first African nation that is hosting this prestigious international football event is all set with its swanky stadiums, where the action-packed matches of the tournament will be held.

Ganguly, Lara set for Pakistan face-off
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Sri Lanka drop Jayasuriya, Mendis for Asia Cup
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WAPDA win Asian hockey title in Kandy
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‘Cricket has never been stronger’
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Islamabad to face Karachi Energy in SFL
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Sela ends Roddick’s title bid
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Africa basks in spotlight as
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Bits and Pieces
Robben will be ready to face Danes, claims physio

MUNICH: Dutch winger Arjen Robben will be fit in time for the Oranje’s opening Worl ... more
Three the number for Diego’s Argentina
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Unprecedented hype for US-England match
IRENE, South Africa √≥ American football players have been on magazine covers and the nightly news shows in ever increasing numbers. The Worl ... more
One woman, one football across Africa
JOHANNESBURG: Anjali Nayar has dribbled her football through the streets and slums of every qualified country in sub-Saharan Africa on her w ... more
D-day for hosts and Parreira
JOHANNESBURG: D-day has arrived for World Cup hosts South Africa, who hope months of intense preparation can be translated into victory over ... more
France vs Uruguay 11.30 pm PST
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Mercurial Messi not sole recipe for success
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Italy’s Lippi coy on plans for opener
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Bangladesh recall Ashraful

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Thursday recalled seasoned middle-order batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the four-natio ... more


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