2010 World Cup comes to a close
After a month of matches, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament is over, with Spain claiming its first ever trophy, the Netherlands placing second, and Germany taking third place. 32 teams came to South Africa last month, and the eyes of the world were upon them as television and online viewership broke records, and in many places productivity dropped sharply when matches were being played. Collected here are photos from the second half of the tournament (see earlier entries: 1, 2, 3), the action on the fields, and the reactions of those following the games in both South Africa and their home countries, as we bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup. (44 photos total)
A woman takes a photograph of the the Cape Town stadium seen from the Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 2, 2010. Cape Town stadium hosted eight of the World Cup matches this year. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
2 Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima kicks the ball during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 match Paraguay vs. Japan on June 29, 2010 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #
3 Ghana's Asamoah Gyan celebrates after scoring against the United States in extra time during a 2010 World Cup second round match at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 26, 2010. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #
Ghana on June 26. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010 at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg.4 Ghana's defender Samuel Inkoom lies on the pitch during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match USA vs.
(Ian Walton/Getty Images) #
. South Africa. 2010 in Rustenburg.5 A USA fan looks dejected as her team loses in a World Cup Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26.
2010.6 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (top) evades a tackle by Brazil's Juan during a World Cup Group G soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban June 25. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
7 A supporter of Spain with the national colors on his face blows a vuvuzela as he arrives at Ellis Park stadium before the 2010 World Cup quarter-final football match between Paraguay and Spain on July 3. 2010. (Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images) #
8 Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer watches as the ball crosses the line during a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against England at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein June 27. England were denied an equalizing goal when a Frank Lampard shot from 2O meters out hit the crossbar and dropped well over the line. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh) #
9 Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz (right) and Japan's Yuki Abe jump for the ball during a World Cup second round soccer match at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 29. 2010. (REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci) #
Chile qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup despite losing 2-1 to Spain in their last Group H match. Chile on June 25. 2010.10 Fans of Chile's national soccer team celebrate after their 2010 World Cup soccer match against Spain. in Valparaiso city. (REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez) #
July 2. Friday. Brazil lost 2-1.11 A young fan of Brazil cries as his team plays against the Netherlands during a World Cup quarter final soccer match while watching the game on a giant screen at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
(JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.12 Photographers adjust their remote cameras before the a World Cup Round of 16 match between Paraguay and Japan on June 29.
South Africa. (PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010. on June 28.13 Chile's defender Gonzalo Jara shows his dejection at the end of their 2010 World Cup Round of 16 football match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Brazil won 3-0.
14 A fan of Spain smiles before the 2010 World Cup Group H match between Chile and Spain at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 25. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #
15 A Germany soccer fan is thrown up in the air during the screening of the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Germany and England. (REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen) #
. 2010. in the German city of Hamburg on June 27.
2010. (REUTERS/David Gray) #
.16 Argentina's Carlos Tevez scores a goal past Mexico's goalkeeper Oscar Perez during a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 27.
(REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker) #
. 2010.17 Brazil's Robinho (center) argues with Netherlands' Mark van Bommel next to Nigel de Jong (left) and Andre Ooijer during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match in Port Elizabeth July 2.
(THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images) #
. Brazil on July 2. 2010 at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth.18 Netherlands supporters cheer prior to the start of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final match Netherlands vs.
Germany on July 3. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town.19 Argentina's striker Carlos Tevez argues with an assistant referee after Argentina's striker Gonzalo Higuain (not pictured) scored a denied goal during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final match Argentina vs.
(REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad) #
.20 Fans celebrate Germany's fourth goal against Argentina while watching a 2010 World Cup match on a giant screen in Kuala Lumpur July 3. Germany won 4-0. 2010.
21 A Uruguayan supporter crosses her fingers as she watches the World Cup semifinal match between Uruguay and the Netherlands on an outdoor screen set up at Independence Square in downtown Montevideo. (PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010. Uruguay on July 6.
The Netherlands advanced to the final winning 3-2.22 Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder walks the pitch at the end of the 2010 World Cup semi-final football match between Uruguay and Netherlands on July 6. 2010 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) #
23 Uruguay's Diego Forlan scores a goal during their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match against Netherlands at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 6. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #
after the World Cup semi-final match between Uruguay and the Netherlands.24 A Uruguayan fan reacts at the window of his apartment with a poster of Uruguay's national soccer team striker Diego Forlan below. in Montevideo. (REUTERS/Andres Stapff) #
. 2010. Uruguay on July 6.
Arjen Robben (left) and Dirk Kuyt (2nd left) after winning their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Uruguay at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 6.25 Netherlands' John Heitinga (right) celebrates with Wesley Sneijder. 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
(RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010 in Durban.26 A general view taken from the stands during the 2010 World Cup semi-final football match between Germany and Spain at Moses Mabhida stadium on July 7.
(REUTERS/Andrea Comas) #
. 2010.27 Spanish fans react as they watch the 2010 World Cup semi-final match between Spain and Germany during an outdoor televised screening in Madrid July 7.
28 Fans of the German national football team cheer during the public viewing event in the German city of Cologne on July 7. (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010. during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Semi final match between Germany and Spain in Durban. South Africa.
(REUTERS/Eddie Keogh) #
.29 Spain's Carles Puyol (4th right) scores a goal past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban July 7. 2010.
(JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images) #
.30 Spain's defender Carles Puyol is blocked by Germany's striker Miroslav Klose during the 2010 World Cup semi-final football match between Germany and Spain on July 7. 2010 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
fails to block a header by Germany's Sami Khedira. third right. during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Germany and Uruguay at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.31 Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. not visible. 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia) #
. July 10. South Africa. Saturday.
shakes hands with Uruguay's Diego Lugano following the World Cup third-place soccer match between Germany and Uruguay at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. South Africa. Germany defeated Uruguay 3-2.32 Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger. Saturday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) #
. left. July 10. 2010.
2010. The octopus has became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer World Cup final victory over The Netherlands by opening and choosing a mussel from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the Dutch flag. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay) #
.33 Two year-old octopus Paul. at the Sea Life Aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen on July 9.
34 Prior to the World Cup Final. the Netherlands. (© Arnoud Ens) #
.000 Dutch people watched the match. a helicopter dropped orange flowers from the sky above Museumplein in Amsterdam. where 180.
(Christopher Lee/Getty Images) #
. Netherlands. 2010 in Amsterdam.35 Netherlands fans form a sea of orange as they watch the 2010 World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain on a large screen near the Rijksmuseum on July 11.
2010 in Johannesburg. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) #
. South Africa.36 Nigel De Jong of the Netherlands tackles Xabi Alonso of Spain during the 2010 World Cup final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11.
2010.37 Spain's Andres Iniesta (right) shoots to score the winning goal past Netherland's goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during their 2010 World Cup final soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11. (REUTERS/Michael Kooren) #
(CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto.38 Spain's striker Fernando Llorente carries teammate David Villa who holds the trophy after the award ceremony following the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11. Spain won 1-0.
(GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #
.39 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (center) raises the trophy handed to him by FIFA President Sepp Blatter (4th right) and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (3rd right) as Spain's football team players celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup on July 11. 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto.
2010 in Madrid.40 Supporters of the Spanish team celebrate after the World Cup final football match Spain against Netherlands on July 11. Spain. (DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images) #
41 Supporters of the Spain's team celebrate after Spain won the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands on July 11. 2010 in Barcelona. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images) #
42 Spain's Andres Iniesta lifts the World Cup trophy after their final match victory over Netherlands at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11. 2010. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko) #
(Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images) #
. 2010.43 Fireworks light up the sky over Soccer City stadium in Soweto after the 2010 World Cup football final on July 11.
3. kicks a ball as he plays soccer in a field next to his house in Diepsloot. South Africa. north of Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
.44 South African Lucas Mahuca.