The World Cup is awesome. I know Americans don't like soccer, and as long as there are prima donnas taking dives on the slightest of contact, I'm not sure they ever will - but I still love soccer, and I love the World Cup. I think it's hard for Americans to realize just how much this means to the rest of the world. In my opinion, it's the most important sporting event in the world.
I just watched Invictus a few weeks ago, and before that I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 special on South Africa's 1995 rugby team (the same team that was the subject of Invictus). It's especially interesting to think about this World Cup, South Africa's first time hosting, in the context of Invictus and the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Back then, South Africa's almost all white rugby team was led by captain Francois Pienaar. Today, South Africa's soccer world cup team is almost all black, and is led by captain Stephen Pienaar - same last name.
The host nation, today, kept alive the streak of host nations (now 14-0-6 I believe) never losing their opening games. Despite being dominated in the first half by Mexico, South Africa struck first with a brilliant goal from Siphiwe Tshalabala, but later conceded the equalizer, ending with a 1-1 draw.
I look forward to watching as many full games as possible over the next 4 weeks.