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South Africa v Mexico, 2010 World Cup: Open Thread

June 11, 2010 - Durban, SOUTH AFRICA - epa02196328 South African street artists perform during a parade in Durban, South Africa 11 June 2010. The FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup kicks off on June 11 with the opening ceremony followed by the tournament's first match between host South Africa and Mexico. Durban will host it's first match between Germany and Australia on 13 June.

Finally. It. Is. Here. The 2010 World Cup kicks off today with the first match up between South Africa and Mexico.

I’m picking South Africa and Mexico to draw in this one. Mexico should win, but buoyed by the incredible support of the South African nation, I think the South Africans will rise to the occasion and grab an equalizer.

Before, during and after the opening game of the 2010 World Cup between South Africa and Mexico, feel free to share your insight and opinions in the comments section below.

Of course, I’m particularly interested in seeing how ESPN does in terms of their broadcast. ESPN commentators today will be Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku.

I’ll be at Wowies in Boca Raton watching the match. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person, so feel free to stop by. Wowies is at 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33433.

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  1. dontcallmepaddy

    June 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    The quality has been atrocious on for me so far. What happened? It used to be good!

  2. Zachariah Granville

    June 12, 2010 at 12:42 am

    The match was fabulous. But south Africa could not hold on long.

  3. Football Superstars

    June 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Wow, kudos for picking the result! I thought it had Mexico 2-0 written all over it.

  4. brn442

    June 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    It would have been nice to see the opening ceremony on english television.

  5. Ray

    June 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I convinced people to put this on Sirius radio while at work so we can listen to it and all I heard was people bitch about the “buzzing” sound in the background….yes the dreaded vuvuzela. I must admit half way through France v. Uruguay I have to turn the sound off the TV…I can’t stand it.

  6. bradbelize

    June 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    we enjoyed this in Belize.

  7. David

    June 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Was anyone able to see the game in 3D on ESPN3D?

  8. whattagame

    June 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    what an awesome game.. both teams had plenty of chances to score late in the game, I was hoping South Africa could win it in front of their home crowd but it was a really exciting game.
    I cant wait for the Uruguay vs France now

  9. chinatown red

    June 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    ESPN Radio – What a joke – Liam Neeson talking about the A Team – The bottom of my ballsack is waiting for your to lick it ESPN – F**king Wankers

  10. sothisonetime

    June 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    usually has a few channels that are streaming anything world cup related. it’s a toss up if you’ll find one that’s in your language though.

  11. Oliver

    June 11, 2010 at 11:41 am has been perfect for me picture wise since about 30 minutes before kick off. I’ve lost sound a couple of time, but a refresh has fixed that. I’m on comcast FWIW

  12. CR7

    June 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Spanish site

    seems to work slightly better than espn3 right now

    • bradjmoore48

      June 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

      The steam is better at UnivisionFutbol, video quality wise, though it has started to get a little choppy the last 5 minutes. I fear giving this recommendation as too many people might overload THIS site’s servers.

      I figured too many people watching at work on ESPN3 would become an issue, just like CBS NCAA basketball tournament website in March. I’ll just re-watch the ESPN feed that I DVR’d at home tonight.

  13. 50

    June 11, 2010 at 10:59 am coverage is terrible right now,I hope it’s not this overloaded the entire tournament….Hard to tune in,& terrible quality once you do,audio in & out……hope this is just do to it being match one.

  14. chinatown red

    June 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Anybody point me to an online RADIO feed?? ESPN radio is apparently playing all matches but guess what? It ain’t happening. BBC 5live stream has not been cut but am expecting it to be at any minute.

  15. xvx

    June 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Looks like ESPN3 doesn’t work right now.

  16. man99utd

    June 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Here we go lads, 4 years waiting is a thing of the past. GO ENGLAND!!!

  17. Eric Thornley

    June 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Glitches galore already. I wonder if the infrastructure is shoddy?

  18. rej4sl

    June 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

    rooting for the host nation in this one – although on paper Mexico should walk it …. come on South Africa !!!!

  19. CR7

    June 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Mexico: Pérez, Rodríguez, Salcido, Márquez, Osorio, Torrado, Franco, Vela, Aguilar, Juárez, dos Santos

    No Hernandez or Guardado, this better pay off

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