Dan Friedman

Talking to Lucas Radebe About World Cup 2010

In Football (Soccer), Travel on March 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

The South African national team will stride out to play Mexico in Johannesburg on June 11 in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup, a mere 12 years after the team’s first appearance in the World Cup finals in 1998 against the host team, France.

The captain that day in Marseille was Lucas Radebe, a formidable defender with Leeds United in England. “For us it was a dream come true,” said Radebe, who grew up in Diepkloof, a neighborhood in Soweto, a black township of Johannesburg, under the apartheid government. “When we qualified we didn’t realize what it was. What focus there would be on us.”

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