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World Cup starts in South Africa


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The wait is over for millions of football fans around the world - the World Cup is finally here.

It's a big moment for South Africa as this is the first time the world's biggest footie tournament has been held in an African country.

The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday afternoon at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

That'll be followed by the first match of the competition. Hosts South Africa take on Mexico.

World Cup trophy
French footballer Patrick Vieira with the trophy. France won it in 1998.

Over 1,500 performers are in the opening ceremony. Former South African president Nelson Mandela will miss the event.

It follows some sad news on Thursday evening. His 13-year-old great-grand-daughter Zenani was killed in a car crash. She was on her way home from the World Cup kick-off celebration concert.


Lots of big music stars such as Shakira, Alicia Keys and The Black Eyed Peas performed at the special gig at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

England play in Group C and their first game is on Saturday against the USA. Capello says he has already picked his team for the match.

The winner will be decided in the final on 11 July.