This is the scene at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg...a few hours before game time. Rafael Nadal was in the square, and word is Nelson Mandela could come to the game tonight. 15 African heads of state will be there, also Dutch Prime Minister and Queen Sofia of Spain. Other celebs: Shakira, Placido Domingo, Morgan Freeman, Katarina Witt.
Here is a story I wrote about Robben Island, the prison in which Nelson Mandela spent 18 years, and where inmates formed a very organized, high-level soccer league as a way to escape the horrors of their daily existence...
Flu bug hit German camp..Coach Joachim Low has it bad, Philipp Lahm, and Lukas Podolski all under the weather. Miroslav Klose, one goal from Ronaldo's record 15, has an aching back and is questionable for the 3rd-place game tomorrow.
Germany won third place game four years ago, but will be tougher this time against a tough Uruguay team eager to go home on a happy note.
Do you like having a third-place game? You think fans care?
Yesterday was my most memorable day of this World Cup, and it had nothing to do with soccer. My family joined me in Cape Town for the past week and we went on a very personal and moving tour of the Cape Flats, a sprawling ghetto of 3 million people that makes America's inner cities look like Gables by the Sea...Met some AMAZING and INSPIRING people doing good work in there...Here is my column
And here are some photos...