Barry Moody

Messi, Rooney take to World Cup stage

Two of the world's most talented players, Argentina's Lionel Messi and England's Wayne Rooney, take the stage on Saturday.

Vuvuzelas: Curse or musical fanfare?

To coaches and players they could be a curse, to South Africans they might be a weapon that helps them overcome one of the lowest ratings for a host.

Eyes of the world on South Africa

The Soccer World Cup will have the globe's largest audience glued to their TV screens for a month from Friday.

Makarapa maker eyes global success

The king of South Africa's makarapa fan helmet has moved from his township workshop to a factory to meet World Cup demand.

World Cup fans asked to save electricity

Authorities are asking foreign fans to join South Africans in saving electricity during the Soccer World Cup to avoid power cuts.

World Cup: After years of doubt, SA is ready

After years of doubt, soul-searching and criticism, SA stands on the threshold of a unique World Cup that looks likely to confound the pessimists.

Lesbian soccer team fight for rights in SA

Down the road from the Constitutional Court, South Africa's only lesbian soccer team fight not just for the ball but to overturn brutal prejudice.

World Cup ‘a defining moment’ for SA

The Soccer World Cup will be SA's greatest opportunity to show off the diversity and potential of the nation, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

World Cup ticket sales surge

More than 100 000 World Cup tickets have been sold in less than two days, but the likely number of foreign fans has been halved.

Will World Cup stadiums change Africa’s image?

South Africa's World Cup stadiums could change the image of Africa forever, or stand as spectacular monuments to extravagance and waste.

Teams draw mixed fortunes at high altitude

The 2010 draw has handed varied fortunes to top teams, not only in the strength of their opponents, but in how many games they will play at altitude.

Fifa plans marathon trips for World Cup fans

Fans could face 17-hour round trips to see one match at the World Cup next year under a plan aimed at overcoming accommodation problems.

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