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(Studio: Harry Smith) The absence of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the opening ceremony for soccer’s World Cup due to the death of his great granddaughter noted; scenes of Mandela and photo of the girl shown. The opening game between South Africa and Mexico noted; photos from the game and scenes of the crowd watching a giant screen in Lynwood, California shown.
(London: Mark Phillips) The underdog status of the US team, who faces England, featured; television viewership for the World Cup in 2006 cited; scenes shown of soccer fans and the current team with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton; excerpt from “The Game of Their Lives” shown. [Captain of 1950 US team Walter BAHR- recalls the earlier victory against England; says we’ve been the raspberry seed in their wisdom teeth for 60 years.] [OBAMA – tells the team everyone will be rooting for them.] [British FAN – comments.]
(Studio: Harry Smith) Brazilian referee Carlos Simon’s study of English language obscenities in advance of the game noted; photos shown.
- Smith, Harry;
- Phillips, Mark
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