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The stage is set

Updated: June 16, 2010, 2:46 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

JOHANNESBURG -- This tournament was just blown wide open.

Now that each team has played its first game, the 2010 World Cup is shaping up entirely differently from what could have been reasonably expected.

As the teams trickled into South Africa in the weeks before the June 11 kickoff, two countries were considered favorites, Spain and Brazil, and seven others -- Argentina, England, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast, Netherlands and Portugal -- were considered to have outside ...

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