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  • World Cup Gallery: Top pics

    The World Cup has provided plenty of memorable moments, and a host of incredible pictures. Here are the best of the 2010 World Cup's photos.

     
    South Africans welcome the World Cup with a chorus of vuvuzelas...

     

     
    And plenty of make-up!

     

     
    Mexico fans celebrate their surprise 2-0 victory over France.

     

     
    Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring Ghana's winning goal against Serbia.

     

     
    Patrice Evra leads France into their now infamous revolt against their coaching staff.

     

     
    An optimistic sticker in vuvuzela-crazy South Africa.

     

     
    South Korea opened their tournament with a hard fought 2-0 win

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  • World Cup Papers: World Wide Webb

    After 63 matches and 30 days, the World Cup finals will conclude with an episode of Howard's Way. A proud, feisty Englishman will be the last man standing at the conclusion of the planet's largest sporting event, and the British newspapers come out in force to revel in such an odd happening.

    Howard Webb, a baldy referee from Rotherham, a bit of an English Pierluigi Collina one might say, will be handed the hairiest match of his life when he oversees the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain. The Fifa decision to go for Webb, the first Englishman since Jack Taylor in 1974 to

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  • World Paper Round: Prem duo beg to play

    Vicente Del Bosque heads into tomorrow's
    World Cup final with the sort of selection dilemma Fabio Capello can only dream
    of: Torres? Fabregas? Neither?

    The morning papers are rife with
    speculation, and feature heartfelt, earnest appeals from both of Spain's most
    lauded Premier League stars splashed across their back-pages, in appeals which
    would make a pair of X-Factor finalists seem embarrassingly histrionic.

    'Let me play!' screams Torres from the back
    of the Daily Mail and Star, while the Daily Express has the Liverpool striker
    calling it his 'dream' to play in the World Cup final.

    The

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  • World Cup Venn: Day 29

    Welcome to World Cup Venn!

    The final few days of the tournament see this quiz focus on players and teams from this 2010 World Cup.

    Today we've thrown a bit of a curveball - there are five players to identify rather than the normal four.

    The question remains the same: who are these five players, and what is the link between them?

     

     

     

     

     

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    Yesterday we gave you three players to decide upon. They were Brazilian duo Juan (left) and Gilberto Silva (right), plus Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (bottom).

    And the link between them? They are the only three

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  • World Cup Gallery: England’s campaign

    England breezed through their World Cup qualifying group, dropping just three points along the way, but things quickly unraveled for the Three Lions this summer. Here's a look at their disastrous World Cup campaign in pictures.

    It was all smiles boarding the plane. How quickly things would change.

    Injured captain Rio Ferdinand - ruled out before the tournament - looks on glumly from the dugout.

    The long barrier fails Robert Green. The start of England's demise.

    John Terry consoles Robert Green, but the damage is done.

    This was as close as Wayne Rooney came to scoring a goal in South

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  • World Cup Gallery: Singin’ in the Spain

    Spain are through to their first World Cup final as German fans ponder what might have been. We study a few of the images from a dramatic night. 

    This girl looks as excited as Puyol after he headed his winner. 

    These German fans look on glumly.

    Not really a night to paint the town red - or your face red, black and yellow.

    Millions hope for a German win that will never come. 

    Defeat is too much for this fan.

    The President of South Africa and the Queen of Spain look on with some other bloke. 

    Spain managed to rain on this girl's parade.

    This Spanish fan is bursting with

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  • World Cup Venn: Day 27

    Welcome to World Cup Venn!

     From today onwards, all the questions will refer to the 2010 World Cup finals rather than relying on a trawl through the archives.

    But the question will remain the same: who are these three teams, and what is the World Cup link between them?

    We'll give out the answer at half-time in the matchcast of Wednesday's semi-final between  Germany and Spain.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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     Yesterday's World Cup Venn gave you a slightly different question.

    The 'players' were Italy's Roberto Baggio and America's Diana Ross.

    And the answer? Both missed penalties at the

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  • World Cup Papers: Screamin’ Lord Dutch

    The future is bright, the future is orange... but the past hardly escapes the notice of the football hacks in today's glorious selection of dailies. Rep, Neeskens and Cruyff revisited in South Africa? You get the general picture. 

    The British newspapers largely take a break from England-bashing, and speculating over who is joining who this summer, to dedicate the vast majority of space on their pristine backpages to the Netherlands' first appearance in a World Cup final since they went down to Argentina in Argentina in 1978.

    The Dutch were the World Cup team of the 1970s. There remains a

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  • World Cup Gallery: Triumph and Disaster

    We study a few of the images that defined a day of triumph and disaster in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

    These Brazilian fans struggle to comprehend their side's defeat to the Netherlands.

    Brazil's loss is enough to make this fan lose his Vuvuzela.

    Uruguay stay in the World Cup. You have to hand it to them.

    A place in the last four is like water off a duck's back.

    A fan gets in the mood to support Ghana.

    They are as happy in Amsterdam as they are distraught in Rio.

    The pain of defeat begins to hit this Ghana fan.

    At least this Ghana fan can see the funny side of life.

    The

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  • World Cup Venn: Day 26

    Yesterday we brought you two World Cup stars from yesteryear.

    Today, it's two very different stars. 

    The question, as ever, is simple: who are these two people, and what is the World Cup link between them?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Yesterday was a bit of a tricky one.


    The players were Alcides Ghiggia
    of Uruguay (left) and Jairzinho of Brazil.

    And the link? They are the only two players ever to score
    in every match of the tournament at a single World Cup, including the final.

    Ghiggia did it in 1950 and
    Jairzinho in 1970. Both their sides won the tournaments that year - yet

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