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World Cup 2010: soccer stars and stories

As the soccer tournament begins, follow the stars, the teams, the stories that make World Cup 2010 compelling.

Soccer World Cup 2010

BOSTON — The World Cup 2010 schedule has soccer fans on edge from Johannesburg to Cape Town to countries around the world.

GlobalPost's World Cup 2010 coverage includes country profiles, a World Cup quiz, star soccer player profiles and the World Cup schedule and, soon, World Cup results. Read on for in-depth World Cup news.

The World Cup stars:

England's Wayne Rooney: He looks like Shrek but he scores

Argentina's Lionel Messi: The brightest star at the start of the World Cup

Brazil's Kaka: Can the church-goer kick Brazil to another World Cup trophy?

United States' Landon Donovan: Will he lead the US to victory?

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba: Africa's shining hope suffers last-minute injury

 

GlobalPost Insider's Guide to the World Cup:

Read our Insider's Guide to the 32 countries competing in the 2010 World Cup for the countries' schedule and stories and then take our World Cup quiz.

The World Cup stories:

World Cup 2010: Fears of xenophobic backlash

World Cup 2010: Germany's brotherly love

World Cup 2010: Are South Africa's stadiums white elephants?

World Cup 2010: Final 4 prepare for matches

Opinion: Why Zimbabwe missed out on World Cup benefits

World Cup 2010: Heartbreaker for Ghana and Africa

World Cup 2010: Uruguay beats Ghana in a shootout

World Cup: US loses tight match to Ghana 2-1

World Cup: American epitaph

5 things you need to know about the US-Ghana clash

World Cup: Bafokeng to host key US match

World Cup 2010: A tale of two pubs - and peoples

World Cup 2010: Vuvuzelas, the horns of Africa

World Cup: US scores, wins, advances

World Cup update: Shoddy refs and an African fiasco

World Cup: Is South African's white town racist?

US ties Slovenia

World Cup Week 1: Not many goals, quirky new balls, Swiss stun Spain

Draw with England a lifeline for Team USA

South African "muti" used for luck in World Cup

A thirsty kickoff for the World Cup

World Cup opens with hope, tragedy and a tie

Will African teams score at the World Cup?

South Africa's soccer comes a long way from apartheid

North Koreans arrive in South Africa with no fans

Who's the better host: Johannesburg or Beijing?

Video: Soweto rocks World Cup with calabash stadium

Slide show: South Africa readies for World Cup 2010

Africa's first high speed train

Soweto to rock World Cup with calabash stadium

You can read our Insider's Guide to the 32 countries competing in the 2010 World Cup for the countries' schedule and stories and then take our World Cup quiz.

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