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If the quality of the football that has been on display in South Africa over the past two weeks is anything to go by, the world is in for an absolute feast when the World Cup arrives in Africa for the first time in 2010.
If anyone was expecting the third and fourth place playoff in the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup to be a letdown, they were in for a surprise as South Africa and Spain produced a humdinger in Rustenburg on Sunday.
South Africa and Brazil dished up an entertaining clash in the semifinals of the Fifa Confederations Cup at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday night. Bafana Bafana didn't take a step back against their more illustrious opponents, and Brazil needed a late goal to snatch a place in Sunday's final against the USA.
The United States pulled off the most stunning of sporting upsets in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup in South Africa on Wednesday night when they beat world number one Spain, the winners of 15 successive matches, and unbeaten in 35 straight, by two goals to nil.
World football's governing body has given South Africa an 8/10 score for its hosting of the 2009 Confederations Cup, saying the country is more than ready to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
South Africa's soccer team (whose nickname means "The Boys") take on Brazil in a Confederations Cup semifinal at Ellis Park on Thursday. The two teams have only met twice before, both times in Johannesburg, the first time in one of the most memorable matches in Bafana Bafana's short history.
It was a weekend of footballing drama in the Fifa Confederations Cup, with Brazil taking world champions Italy apart and the USA shocking Egypt to progress to the tournament's semifinals, while New Zealand held off Iraq to enable hosts South Africa to clinch a place in the final four.
International fans visiting South Africa for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup have discovered, to their delight, that attending a football match in South Africa is an experience like no other.
Bafana Bafana delivered the goods in a must-win Confederations Cup match in Rustenburg on Wednesday. With Steven Pienaar pulling the strings in midfield, and left-back Tsepo Masilela combining superbly with striker Bernard Parker, South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0 to stay in contention for a place in the semi-finals.
The eighth edition of the Confederations Cup kicked off in South Africa on Sunday. Take a look behind the numbers at the past, present and future of Fifa's "Festival of Champions".