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  • World Cup Gallery: Pain for Spain

    A selection of the best photos from South Africa as the hosts and Spain were both left reeling after defeats.

    Who is this clown, you might ask? Well, for those lucky enough to not be subjected to his champagne-quaffing antics in the Metro every day, this is London mayor Boris Johnson blowing his own trumpet.

    You may say that Diego Forlan's 'try and catch me' goal celebration had more panache, but for Hollyoaks-esque acting this cheerleader routine has to top it.

    South Africa keeper Moeneeb Josephs escorts the ball into his own net with incredible circumspection as he shepherds Diego

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  • World Cup Venn: Day nine

    The World Cup is well into the swing of the second round of group stage matches, and as the heat is turned up in the tournament so the venns are set to get trickier and trickier.

    The task was the same as ever: identify the four players in the venn diagram, then figure out what World Cup fact links them together.

    The players were Holland's Khalid Boulahrouz (top) and Giovanni van Bronckhorst (bottom), and Portugal's Costinha (left) and Deco (right). And the link between them? All four were sent off in what is officially the dirtiest World Cup match ever played, the only time in the

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  • World Cup Gallery: Boering Boering England

    A selection of the best photos from the World Cup in South Africa with England torturing their fans in another draw in Cape Town.

    David Cameron, looking less smug than normal, shares a fond embrace
    with Nelson Mandela before telling the former South Africa President
    how he used to watch Gary Waddle and Chris Lineker play in his dorm at
    Eton.

    This fan has got things sorted in the Green Point stadium, with a
    nifty piece of kit to keep her thirst quenched. Even more impressive is
    the bottle of gin sellotaped on to the back of the helmet.

    As the old saying goes, 'The best way to celebrate a

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  • World Cup Papers: We want our WAGs

    Anyone
    who thinks the England players are sweating over Fabio Capello's team
    selections are wrong: the stars are busy pining over their absent WAGs.

    The
    England boss has banned video games entirely, and wives and girlfriends until
    after the group stage, to leave the players disgruntled, restless, and cooped
    up at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus.

    According
    to the trusty Daily Star, the squad have relentlessly begged the FA to let them
    see their glamorous side-kicks, and their pleas may be finally answered.

    A
    'senior source' close to the players told the paper: "There are no video
    games and

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  • World Cup gallery: Aussie bummer

    A selection of the best photos from South Africa, including from Germany and Australia's clash in Durban.

    Cacau, whose name means 'hot chocolate' in German, watches on as his effort beats the despairing dive from Mark Schwarzer, who was left with a torn pair of shorts to go with the goal after doing the splits.

    A kangaroo's foot to cry on. This poor Australia fan was left inconsolable as he watched the Socceroos take a fearful pummelling at the hands of the rampant Germans in Durban. Still, at least he can perform a mournful drone on his vuvuzela.

    Luke Wilkshire looks as though he has just

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  • In the screaming pages of today's UK popular press, it is all about England, England and if there is room to cram another little morsel or two in there, let's have some more England.

    In good old tabloid parlance, this is a day to "Spank the Yanks", as the erudite Daily Star so eloquently puts it on their front page.

    Steven Gerrard is plastered across the pages of several organs about to be swallowed up by a flag of St George, Fabio Capello discusses his "dream" of winning the tournament and Joe Cole claims serial penalty misser Frank Lampard won't wilt if he is put on the spot. You get the

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  • World Cup gallery: Stars and gripes

    A selection of the best photos from Rustenburg as England got their World Cup campaign underway against the USA.

    Team Bridge lives on as the USA fans let their views known loud and clear. No doubt Carlos Tevez would concur wholeheartedly.

    Peter Crouch is all but a diminutive slacker to Oguchi Onyewu, who rose imperiously to head clear in what was one of the second half highlights in Rustenburg.

    "Some mishaps slip through the net, Greeny. Head up son!" John Terry imparts some considered advice after being taunted by the USA 'Team Bridge' faction of the crowd.

    A big screen was erected in the

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  • World Cup gallery – Up and Running

    South Africa is teeming with images from the continent's first World Cup, and we are only one day into the big bash. We've picked out a few of our personal favourites to share with you.

     

     

    A bottle of whisky in hand, a slightly vacant look, a daft hat on your head and no chairs in the living room. Scotland are sadly missed at this World Cup, but an inebriated South African fan keeps alive the spirit of the Tartan Army.

     

     

    The French are too sophisticated for national stereotypes. They don't sell onions, flaunt neck scarves, don stripey jerseys or wear berets. Judging by their team's outing

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