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Dan McDougall spent four months delving into Cape Town's violent gang culture. He witnessed young men - gangsters and drug addicts - turn to football to try to keep their heads above water. But ultimately, he explains, his journey left him despairing of a broken society, a place where those growing up in the streets and townships of the rainbow nation are prisoners not of apartheid's legacy and race, but of the true blights of...

2010-03-01

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A British chemistry professor has calculated that if the World Cup trophy were really solid gold it would be too heavy for footballers to lift.

2010-06-12

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An octopus credited with psychic powers has predicted that Spain will defeat the Netherlands in the World Cup final.

2010-07-09

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Three senior Fifa officials who will vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids took bribes in the 1990s, according to the BBC's Panorama...

2010-11-29

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Goalkeepers trying to stop penalty shots tend to dive to the right, research suggests - but only when their team is behind. A study of penalty shoot-outs in World Cup matches from 1982 to 2010 showed keepers usually had an even chance of going left or right to defend the goal. But the higher pressure of a losing position pushed them more to the right. The study, to be published in Psychological Science, suggests humans' "right-...

2011-07-13

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