World Cup Jitters Excitement and Tension Run High in South Africa

Only days before the start of the World Cup, South Africans seem as anxious about the planet's biggest soccer festival as they are excited. In a torn country, threats of strikes and uprisings by the poor have put a damper on euphoria. Some groups may use the spectacle to further their own interests.
Von Karl-Ludwig Günsche
South Africa's stores are stocked with World Cup paraphernalia and the euphoria can be felt in major cities. But leaders in Pretoria are nervous about the biggest event in the country since the end of apartheid.

South Africa's stores are stocked with World Cup paraphernalia and the euphoria can be felt in major cities. But leaders in Pretoria are nervous about the biggest event in the country since the end of apartheid.

Foto: LUC GNAGO/ REUTERS
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