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Other Sport 01 Jun 2010 | 12:00 AM

North Korea bank on surprise element to upset the odds

HONG KONG: Isolated on the global stage, North Korea travel to the World Cup in South Africa with an intriguing air of mystery swirling around the squad.

Other Sport 28 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Opening ceremony singer dies

JOHANNESBURG: World Cup organisers say a singer who had been scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony has died after a short illness.

Other Sport 08 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Mandela welcomes World Cup trophy

JOHANNESBURG: Former president Nelson Mandela welcomed the World Cup trophy to South Africa on Thursday before the coveted gold statue begins a tour of the country ahead of next month's Finals.

Other Sport 05 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

S. African construction workers get free tickets

JOHANNESBURG: Con­struc­tion workers who built South Africa's stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals were on Monday given free tickets by the organisers to watch the games.

Other Sport 24 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM

Filling stadiums a challenge for Asian Cup organisers Qatar

DOHA: Asian Cup organisers insist they are targeting capacity crowds at the flagship tournament next year, but they have their work cut out in sparsely populated and expensive Qatar.

Other Sport 22 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM

Free visa for ticket holders

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa are issuing visas free of charge to World Cup ticket-holders in a bid to entice more foreign fans to snap up unsold seats.

Other Sport 10 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM

FIFA: World Cup terrorist threat made

JOHANNESBURG: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says there has been a terrorist threat to the World Cup, but it will not stop organizers from holding the monthlong football tournament.

Other Sport 06 Mar 2010 | 12:00 AM

Money’s on Spain or Brazil to lift football’s ‘Holy Grail’ in South Africa

THE countdown has already started and now there is fewer than 100 days to go for the greatest show on earth.

Other Sport 06 Mar 2010 | 12:00 AM

Fifa president asks world to trust South Africa

ZURICH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday he has confidence in South Africa's security plans for the 2010 World Cup and urged the world to trust the tournament hosts.

Other Sport 05 Mar 2010 | 12:00 AM

Zuma says South Africa 'more than ready' for WCup

LONDON (AP) - Smiling and at ease, South Africa president Jacob Zuma told reporters at Wembley Stadium on Thursday that his country was ready, if not more than ready to host the first World Cup on African soil.