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The World Cup started with the first day games in Group A. Nelson Mandela could not show up for the opening game because of the tragic death of his grand daughter yesterday. Mexico and South Africa started the game with high level of anxiety. Galatasaray player Dos Santos was the first player to miss a simple goal as he had many in the season. Tshabalala scored the very first goal of the tournament with a fabulous strike. However, Rafa Marquez ended South Africa’s dreams to win the opening game.

Tshabalala

Photo credits and more photos can be found here.

In the second game, Uruguay and France had a balanced 90 minutes and we can easily say that Uruguay reached its goal. They only give a few chances to France which could hardly set up attacking strategies. The midfielders Toulalan, Gourcuff and Diaby was successful on the defense side but their capacity fell short in organizing attacking activities. For the first day, there were two remarkable issues for the fans: 1. The lack of quality 2. The annoying sound of Vuvuzela!


And Erkan’s roundup:

Kurdish State TV channel will provide World Cup reviews in Kurdish. via

The World Cup’s group of chaos

from FP Passport by Andrew Swift

HOW TO: Follow the 2010 World Cup on Twitter

from Mashable! by Amy-Mae Elliott

Twitter Celebrates the World Cup with Special Design

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

Global: Chances Team by Team at the 2010 World Cup

from Global Voices Online by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

MAIN FOCUS: Not poverty, not crisis, but football | 11/06/2010

from euro|topics

The first Football World Cup to take place in Africa kicks off today in Johannesburg. Commentators write that the championships will allow Africa to correct its image as a poor and violent continent, while in Europe the event is a welcome distraction from the economic crisis and austerity packages.

Arab World: Where the Streets are Quiet During Football Games

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Facebook Launches Goal Leaderboard For World Cup

from All Facebook by Nick O’Neill

World Cup LogoIn the spirit of competition, Facebook has launched a Goal Leaderboard on the company?s Sports page, tracking the most passionate fans of the various World Cup teams. The Leaderboard is powered by Involver, and enables users to become fans directly from within the Page. The leaderboard also tracks intensity, which is a measure of likes of a team within a given period of time.

5 Free Must-Have World Cup Android Apps

from Mashable! by Forrest Kobayashi

South Africa 2010: Let the football craze begin!

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Guy La Roche

Being too lazy and uninspired to write a decent World Cup post myself, I shall point our readers to a truly funny column by Dave Barry, in the Miami Herald, on football-related activities. One quote:

How Can the World Cup Expand Opportunities Between the U.S. and Countries of Africa?

from Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog

World Cup 2010: Mashable?s Complete Coverage

from Mashable! by Zachary Sniderman

FIFA.com and Google team up to help fans celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup?

from The Official Google Blog

Twitter Launches Official World Cup Tracking Page

from Mashable! by Christina Warren

The World Cup?s Social Media Evolution

from Mashable! by Zachary Sniderman

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