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ESPN The Magazine's South Africa 2010 preview

Updated: June 8, 2010, 10:51 AM ET
By and Doug McIntyre | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

There will be words, a continent's worth, about the historical significance of the first African World Cup, the challenges facing the hosts and the elegant elder statesman who made it all possible. But one thing that gets lost in all the verbiage may be the most important: The soccer will be great, perhaps the best ever.

Heading in, there is no clear favorite. Spain and Brazil, talented as they are, ...

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