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The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament. It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. As such, it matches the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations.

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 England were impatient. They came back in the second half to 2-1 and they controlled the game. "What made me sad was that, with the experience they had, they were caught. It was ‘free-kick for England, goal for Germany’. They had taken over the game and I think they were killed by their impatience. You do what they did with five minutes to go OK, but not with 25 minutes left. 
— Arsene Wenger saying England's impatience lost the game for them in the Last 16 match against Germany in the 2010 FIFA World Cup / June 30, 2010
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 For the first half our players really carried out our plan for the Brazilian team, when they were attacking from the sides or the wings, or at individual plays, we managed to fend them off. We were very well prepared to fight against any of their tactics and when we intercepted the ball we passed very quickly. Unfortunately we were unable to put the ball in the net. In the second half Brazil were more on the attack but we tried to find a goal opportunity. I thought we fought quite bravely. 
— Kim Jong-Hun is proud of his team despite losing to Brazil 1-2 in their first match at 2010 FIFA World Cup / June 16, 2010
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 We have training drills and I can tell you it's not the first goal that Maicon has scored in this fashion, so it's not so much an error by the goalkeeper but creativity on the part of Maicon. Yes, the goalkeeper could have stayed in but he anticipated that the ball was going to be crossed. All the players played well - Maicon in particular was outstanding and Robinho also played very well. He is very versatile, he can play in various positions. I'm very happy with Robinho's performance, a year ago no one wanted Robinho but I wanted him in my team. I remember far back, I don't forget. 
— Dunga saying Brazil's first goal by Maicon against Korea DPR was not a fluke / June 16, 2010
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 The spirit of the group is really important. With Lippi we talked about Italy when they won last time, when the players had free days the players and their families stayed together. After each game they had a barbeque. It created a great spirit of the group. These are the little differences that can sometimes make the difference when it comes to winning. The managers need to understand what is best. 
— Fabio Capello is willing to take a softer line with WAG culture / April 27, 2010
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 It's frustrating. It's obviously disappointing because I've been working for the last couple of years to get into the English squad to make the World Cup and then something like this happens. It's life, it happens, I move on. It gives me time to spend with my family and that's the silver lining. At the moment it's just getting the motion back into the ankle, the tendon, because it's still repairing. I'm trying to get mobilisation back into the ankle. 
— David Beckham is disappointed to miss the World Cup / April 26, 2010
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 The groin will be fine for the World Cup, there are no worries about that. I’m hoping to play for United in the last game of the season. 
— Wayne Rooney is not worried that he will miss the World Cup / April 25, 2010
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 Yes, he’s still going to go to the World Cup. All the players — both in England and in Milan — have been so sweet and so supportive, but it’s just so great to have him back. 
— Victoria Beckham saying David Beckham is going to South Africa to support his team in the World Cup / April 23, 2010
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 In England I feel we sometimes believe that one player can win us the World Cup. All teams have special players and England's is Wayne Rooney. However, the World Cup is not won by one player. For us to win it every player on a given day is going to have to play to their maximum. 
— Andrew Cole saying England should not rely too much on Wayne Rooney to win the World Cup / April 15, 2010
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 I told him I'd done my thing, now he has to make his career and at the end we'll see who was the greatest of all time. But he's on the right path. I saw that he's mature and full of will. How could I not be happy for Messi to win the World Cup. The Maradona and Pele polemics will end and the best thing is that Messi is Argentine. 
— Diego Maradona wants Lionel Messi to win the World cup for Argentina / April 08, 2010
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 For the public, Robinho plays a more lively type of football, attracting more attention but it's important for the Canarinha that Kaka is in good physical shape. Argentina are not good at the moment but they are used to being in the finals and England has a powerful team. 
— Pele on Brazil and Argentina's chances to win the 2010 Football World cup / March 25, 2010
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