The 2010 World Cup

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  • Load of dung

    Dancers perform behind a giant dung beetle at the opening ceremony.

    The first of many

    Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa scores the first World Cup goal.

    Dropping a clanger

    England's goalkeeper Robert Green reacts after spilling a shot into his own net against the USA.

    Tears of Jong

    North Korea's striker Jong Tae-Se welled up before his national anthem.

  • Rampant Reid

    New Zealand defender Winston Reid celebrates after scoring to give New Zealand their first ever point.

    No so Fab

    Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro reacts as his side slipped out in the group stages.

    Ohhhh Otto

    Greece head coach Otto Rehhagel went out in the groups, with some of the most boring football ever seen.

    Bad call

    Michael Bradley of the United States shouts at referee Koman Coulibaly after he disallowed a goal against Slovenia.

  • French farce

    France captain Patrice Evra sits on the bench after he was dropped. More farce was to follow.

    Maradona 94?

    Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder celebrates and brings back memories of Diego in 1994.

    Painting the town

    Ghana defender John Pantsil celebrates as his side sealed progress to the second round.

    Mad Mara

    Argentina head coach Diego Maradona celebrates with an assistant as his side looked the team to beat early on.

  • Load of Kaka

    Brazil's midfielder Kaka reacts as his side went out to Holland in the quarter-finals.

    Rueful Roo

    England's Wayne Rooney failed to fire and the Three Lions went out to Germany.

    German joy

    Arne Friedrich of Germany celebrates scoring against Argentina, but the Germans would lose out to Spain.

    Hand of God II

    It was less subtle, and Uruguay's Luis Suarez was sent off, but he cruelly stopped Ghana going through to the semis.

  • Goldenballs

    Look who won the Golden Ball award. Uruguay's striker Diego Forlan had a great tournament and led his side to fourth place.

    Spain saviour

    Spain's Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring in the 116th minute of the final against Netherlands.


    Captain Iker Casillas celebrates Spain becoming a world champion for the first time.

    The end of it all

    Fireworks are seen over Soccer City stadium as the World Cup drew to a close.