World Cup 2010: football culture around the world

Kicking off this morning’s World Cup review is a selection of photographs from The Telegraph. “World Cup 2010: football culture around the world” put me in the mood for a great 2010. Enjoy.

Rio Ferdinand will hope to enjoy the football culture of South Africa in 2010. What’s the latest on his back and calf?

If Ferdinand fails to recover, would Jamie Carragher reconsider his decision to retire from international football? No, he tells The Times in a wide-ranging interview.

Soldiers of the SANDF (South African National Defence Force) have secured new pay deals worth 2% to 65%. Sparked by strikes and clashes with police in Pretoria, and rumours of further action by soldiers, the move effectively ends any worries about the army’s unwillingness to assist with crime prevention and law and order duties during the World Cup. Expect the police to go on strike next. The tactic seems to work.

Unless you’re Charlize Theron you really should stick to acting. That’s the message from Hugh Grant’s appearance on top US comedy programme The Daily Show. As if mentioning the famous US victory wasn’t enough, the star of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary and nothing else even got the year wrong and had to be corrected by the host. That’s not clever.

This is worrying. The man taking over as head of SABC has expressed concerns about guaranteed TV coverage next year. Sort it out.

World Cup Bafana Bafana 2010 is taking a much needed break. Come back in early January for the return of Best World Cup Players Of The Decade, YouTube footage from World Cup finals, more ridiculous nonsense from our friends at foottalking.com, and more posts packed with news, views and the occasional insulting remark.

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