Football and South Africa

South Africa is currently hosting the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, an international soccer tournament held every four years. The Confederations Cup is regarded as a dress rehearsal for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, also hosted by South Africa - the first World Cup to be held in Africa. Expectations are high as preparations, stadium construction and planning for both tournaments have recently picked up pace. With soccer fever sweeping through the country, you'll find here some recent scenes of South Africans enjoying football as both participants and fans
Children play soccer in a field in Erasmia township on June 23, 2009 in Erasmia, South Africa.

Children of the Standerton township enjoy a game of soccer on June 12, 2009 in Standerton, South Africa.

A young goalkeeper looks on during an informal soccer match in Soweto, South Africa, Saturday, June 20, 2009.
 A boy handles a soccer ball near the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on June 16, 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. 

A young goalkeeper reaches for the ball during a soccer match in the Erasmia township at Erasima on June 23, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  
 An argument breaks out during an informal soccer game in a township a few hours before the Fifa Confederations Cup football match Spain vs South Africa on June 20, 2009 in Bloemfontein.
 The shoes of soccer-playing children are seen while they take a break from their match in Erasmia township on June 23, 2009.
Children play soccer on June 23, 2009 in Erasmia, South Africa.


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