July 6, 2000 |
If the battle to stage the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament were viewed as a 100-meter race, Wednesday marked the point where the would-be winners leaned forward into the tape. Germany and South Africa were neck and neck entering today's vote in Zurich, Switzerland, with England and Morocco resigned to the inevitable. The decision on which nation hosts the 18th edition of the quadrennial world championship could come down to only one or two votes among 24 FIFA executive committee members.
July 5, 2000 |
It was in Ouagadougou, of all places, where it all began. There, in the capital of Burkina Faso some 28 months ago, South Africa officially announced it would bid to stage soccer's 2006 World Cup. "It is time that we had a chance to show that the African continent can also play host to the biggest sporting event in the world," said Danny Jordaan, secretary-general of the South African Football Assn.
July 3, 2000 |
We carried blacks, all South African blacks, on our shoulders that night. You can't imagine how heavy that was. --Patrick Ntsoelengoe, Black XI soccer player * Back then, Jomo Sono was not allowed into the posh Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein. Certainly not to play soccer, and certainly not after dark. After all, South Africa's policy of apartheid was about keeping the races as separate and unequal as possible, even for the best black athletes of a generation.
September 11, 1999 |
It's unusual to make a sitting president testify in court. Rarer still to force testimony from one with the stature of Nelson Mandela. And downright unheard of for the judge to accuse that president of insolence. But Mandela's courtroom ordeal paid off Friday when the nation's highest court ruled in his favor in the lengthy legal battle over racism in white South Africa's national pastime: rugby.
June 12, 1998 |
In the shadow of Table Mountain, the city of Cape Town stretches out until it blends into tree-shaded suburbs and sunny beach towns, the homes of affluent South Africans. But there is another side to Cape Town, a side of ramshackle dwellings and roaming gangs. A side where poverty and crime walk hand in hand. It was there, on the other side of the tracks, that Benedict McCarthy grew up.
June 9, 1998
DENMARK * World Cup Record: Played four, won three, lost one, tied 0, goals for 10, goals against 6. * Best Finish: Second round, 1986. * 1994 Showing: Did not qualify. * Coach: Bo Johansson. A native of Sweden but readily accepted by Danish fans after he defeated the Swedes in his first game in charge. A fierce opponent of defensive-minded soccer. * Players to Watch: Peter Schmeichel, Marc Rieper, Michael Laudrup, Thomas Helveg, Brian Laudrup.