June 11-July 11 - The World Cup

On June 11, South Africa welcomed soccer fans around the world as the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15073018" title="FIFA World Cup" href="/topic/sports/soccer/fifa-world-cup-15073018.topic">World Cup</a> opened for the first time on African soil.  The U.S. Men's Team advanced to the knockout round after tying England and Slovenia, and beating Algeria with a goal by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT001886" title="Landon Donovan" href="/topic/sports/soccer/landon-donovan-PESPT001886.topic">Landon Donovan</a> in stoppage time.  Spain defeated The Netherlands in the World Cup Final 1-0, the nation's first World Cup title.
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On June 11, South Africa welcomed soccer fans around the world as the World Cup opened for the first time on African soil. The U.S. Men's Team advanced to the knockout round after tying England and Slovenia, and beating Algeria with a goal by Landon Donovan in stoppage time. Spain defeated The Netherlands in the World Cup Final 1-0, the nation's first World Cup title.

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