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ONTD_Political's PotD: June 12, 2010.


[On] Friday, June 11th, South Africa [stepped] onto the world stage as host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the international soccer tournament begins - welcoming 32 teams from around the world. South Africa was selected as the host six years ago, and has been preparing ever since, building five new stadiums, upgrading five existing stadiums, and building up public transportation, including a new rapid transit railway. Over the past weeks, the teams and their legions of fans have begun arriving while final preparations are made and and dress rehearsals held for the Opening Ceremony on Friday. The tournament takes place over a month, ending on July 11th. Collected here are recent scenes from South Africa as it readies itself to welcome the world.



A young girl blows a vuvuzela horn while walking in the Table Mountain National Park on June 5, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dan Kitwood | Getty Images



Cape Town stadium, host to some of the 2010 Soccer World Cup games, seen with the ocean in background in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, May 20, 2010.

AP Photo | Schalk van Zuydam



A South African government staffer blows a vuvuzela soccer horn during the last Football Friday celebration at the government residence in Pretoria, Friday, June 4, 2010. During Football Fridays, that were activated last year to mobilize the country behind hosting the World Cup, South Africans were encouraged to wear their team's colors.

AP Photo | Ricardo Mazalan



The sun sets behind supporters watching Slovenia's national team during a team training session at the Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg on June 8, 2010.

MUSTAFA OZER | AFP/Getty Images



Children from The Kings School watch from a gate the South Africa's national soccer team training session in Johannesburg, Friday, June 4, 2010.

AP Photo | Guillermo Arias



Local children play soccer on a dirt pitch in a Soweto township on June 7, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Streeter Lecka | Getty Images



A fan blows a vuvuzela horn next the Mozambique flag in front Wanderes Stadium in Johannesburg on June 8, 2010 before a friendly match between Portugal and Mozambique ahead of the start of the 2010 World Cup football tournament on June 11 in South Africa.

MUSTAFA OZER | AFP/Getty Images






A football fan shows his haircut before the start of a training session of the Paraguayan national team at the Michaelhouse School in Balgowan on June 7. The World Cup Tournament will take place from June 11 to July 11.

Jaun Mabromata | AFP / Getty Images



An Indian sadhu (Hindu holy man) poses with a football in Allahabad on June 9, 2010.

AFP PHOTO | DIPTENDU DUTTA



Chile's soccer players Alexis Sanchez, front, and Rodrigo Millar stretch during a team training session at the Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Nelspruit, South Africa, Tuesday June 8, 2010. Chile are preparing for the upcoming soccer World Cup, where they will play in Group H.

AP Photo/Claudio Cruz



A street artist creates models of the Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, right, and the Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, left, out of sand at the Durban beach, South Africa, Saturday, June 5, 2010.

AP Photo | Thanassis Stavrakis



Footballs cover the pitch as Uruguay's football players take part in a training session at the GWK Park stadium in Kimberley on June 7, 2010.

RODRIGO ARANGUA | AFP/Getty Images



A youngster enjoys the sun as she sits in the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 9, 2010.

REUTERS | Jorge Silva



A replica of the Jabulani match ball is seen on the pitch during a test match of youth teams at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 8, 2010.

REUTERS | Kai Pfaffenbach



Performers display the flags of all the teams competing during 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.

Getty Images | David Cannon






Performers sing during the opening ceremony before the World Cup group  A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City  in Johannesburg,  South Africa, on Friday, June 11, 2010.

AP Photo | Themba Hadebe






The Soweto Spiritual singers perform during 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.

Getty Images | Clive Mason









Planes fly over Soccer City  during the opening ceremony before the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City  in Johannesburg,  South Africa, Friday, June 11, 2010.

AP Photo | Marcio Sanchez



A South African boy plays soccer in an open field in Soweto, South Africa on June 2, 2010.

AP Photo | Hassan Ammar



Portugal's supporters cheer during a warm-up match against Mozambique at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

AP Photo | Guillermo Arias



The Sun sets behind South African spectators during a public training match against between local team Platinum Stars FC and England at Moruleng stadium in Moruleng on June 7, 2010.

JUNG YEON-JE/AFP | Getty Images



A Palestinian boy plays with a football in the West Bank village of Anata, on the outskirts of Jerusalem on June 8, 2010.

MARCO LONGARI/AFP | Getty Images



A South African man wearing a Mexican wrestler mask sings during a promotional event organized by the Mexican Embassy at the Melrose plaza in Johannesburg, Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Mexico will play the World Cup opening match against South Africa on June 11.

AP Photo | Guillermo Aria



A supporter waves a South African flag as he blows a vuvuzela, prior to the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, June 11, 2010.

AP Photo | Eugene Hoshiko



Soccer City, also known as the FNB Stadium, seen in Johannesburg on May 11, 2010. The stadium is set to host both the opening and final soccer matches of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

REUTERS | Siphiwe Sibeko






South African soccer supporters dance during the street parade to wish the national team good luck in Johannesburg, Wednesday, June 9, 2010. South Africa will be playing their Soccer World Cup group A opening match against Mexico on June 11.

AP Photo | Themba Hadebe



Members of a Cape Town marching band perform during a carnival procession on June 5, in the Soweto suburb of Johannesburg.

John Moore | Getty Images



A security guards looks over a giant banner of soccer supporters on the Nelson Mandela bridge leading into downtown Johannesburg, June 1. The bridge is being festooned with banners, flags giant portraits of former president Nelson Mandela and night time flashing lights ahead of the FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament.

Denis Farrell | AP Photo



South African soccer fans cheer prior to the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City  in Johannesburg,  South Africa, Friday, June 11, 2010.

AP Photo | Ivan Sekretarev










A fan cheers during the Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match South Africa and Mexico on June 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

VALERY HACHE | AFP/Getty Images



Fans blow vuvuzelas following the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 11, 2010. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

AP Photo | Hassan Ammar




Fans celebrate at the end of the opening game of the soccer World Cup at the Tembisa neighborhood in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 11, 2010. South Africa tied 1-1 with Mexico in the inauguration game of the first soccer World Cup to be played in Africa.

AP Photo | Ricardo Mazalan




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