The World Cup! El Mundial! All around the world, football fans have the fever...World Cup FEVER! It's so fascinating how one sport can move and inspire so many people...and make them so excited and crazy!
The 2010 FIFA World Cup opened last Friday in South Africa, after years of preparation, with an Opening Ceremony at Soccer City Stadium - the first matches taking place over the weekend. Thousands attended the opening concerts and matches in person, while tens of millions watched events unfold on screens large and small across the world.
Here are some photos that I found via one of my favorite photo sites
The Big Picture from Boston.com - I have featured the site here before and isn't it obvious why? They always have the most incredible images from around the world shared there. Aren't these awesome?
By the way, I always cheer for Argentina...it's in my blood!
Argentina's Gabriel Heinze (left) runs in celebration towards the bench after scoring the first goal during the World Cup group B soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, June 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A man reacts as he watches the World Cup 2010 soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria In Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday, June 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
South African residents of the Vrededorp neighborhood react to a save by South Africa as they watch the opening match of the World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday June 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
U.S. players celebrate after midfielder Clint Dempsey (right) scored a goal against England during their 2010 World Cup group C first round football match on June 12, 2010 at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Uruguay's striker Diego Forlan (right) tries to head the ball with France's defender William Gallas during their Group A first round World Cup football match on June 11, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese couple watches a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer match between South Africa and Mexico, outside a grocery store in a hutong of Beijing, China, Friday, June 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Photographers take pictures during the Group A first round 2010 World Cup match between South Africa and Mexico on June 11, 2010. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Argentinian soccer fans watch a World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria at a market in Tucuman, Argentina, Saturday, June 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A South African flag incorporating the flags of each nation at the tournament is waved at the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A man celebrates Mexico's goal as he watches the 2010 World Cup opening match between Mexico and South Africa on a large TV screen in Zocalo Square, downtown Mexico City June 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Eliana Aponte)
Argentina's Jonas Gutierrez (right) battles for the ball with Nigeria's Chinedu Obasi during the World Cup Group B soccer match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg June 12, 2010.
A performer in the 2010 World Cup opening ceremony in Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 11, 2010. (REUTERS/David Gray)
A man watches the opening match of the 2010 World Cup between South Africa and Mexico in Bloemfontein June 11, 2010.
Giorgio Rovida, an Italian motorbike engineer, watches the opening game of the 2010 World Cup between Mexico and South Africa in his Milan workshop on June 11, 2010. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Big Picture.