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World Cup: Fans prepare for 2010 World Cup opener

June 11, 2010 | 12:23 am


After a week of gorgeous whether, the day of the World Cup opener dawned chilly and overcast. It is, after all, the start of winter in the southern hemisphere

That figures to dampen the enthusiasm of the sell-out crowd expected to pack Soccer City Stadium later today -- but not by much.  Fans, clad in the team colors of the home-town Bafana Bafana were in the streets blowing on vuvuzelas before the sun even came up

On Thursday, the lines at the stadium for fans waiting to claim tickets were several thousand people long, leading to three-hour waits. Some of the South African players, acting as rude hosts, have been calling out the Mexicans ahead of Friday's opener, calling them slow and overrated. Mexico hasn't responded in kind, but they are confident, predicting a strong performance.

-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Johannesburg

Photo: A soccer fan blows a horn while overlooking a Cape Town street packed with people on the eve of the 2010 World Cup. Julie Jacobson / Associated Press