South Africa’s tumultuous past, bright future and—of course—love for soccer has set the stage for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to become a defining moment in the country’s already rich history. In the new issue of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands today, writer Jeff Bradley looks at soccer’s impact on South Africa in his cover story, featuring Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, “This is Africa.” Cover | Video
ESPN The Mag’s World Cup Preview provides a group-by-group breakdown of the 32 teams that will be battling it out for the World Cup trophy—predictions and analysis—in “World View;” and include an official ESPN The Magazine World Cup pull-out bracket.
Also in this issue of ESPN The Magazine two fans had their dreams actualized. Phill Harper of Myrtle Beach, S.C. was named the winner of the “Get me to The World Cup” contest and Brad Stevens of Charlotte, N.C. and his new fiancée Traci discuss his proposal to her in the last issue of The Mag “…She read the article while brushing her teeth. After she got to the end, she turned around, and I was on one knee, with the ring. She was caught so off guard I had to ask her four more times before she said yes.”
2010 World Cup Preview Also Includes:
What Are You Lookin’ At?
Clint Dempsey is a star overseas. How about some love from his homeland? By Luke Cyphers
Spain has a team that could dominate—or go home empty-footed. By Luke Cyphers
A Complete History of the World Cup
Our curious and colorful collection of crucial Cup moments.
Over $1 billion will be wagered on the World Cup. Find out how wise guys around the globe handicap the tourney. By Chad Millman
Additional Features in ESPN The Magazine:
Friday Night Lights (College Baseball)
For a college baseball prospect, Fridays can be special. By Jeff Bradley
Plus… Why power arms are overrated. By Peter Keating
Queen High (Poker)
Norwegian poker star Annette Obrestad is set to blow up in the U.S. By Morty Ain
Every NBA player has a sweet spot on the floor—and he’d better make it work in the run to the ring. By Ric Bucher
After The Whistle (NHL)
Behold: a flow chart to the NHL scrum. By David Fleming
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