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Biden's visit to South Africa will be the last leg of his African trip that will include stops in Egypt and Kenya.
Radio 702 said Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, is also expected to watch the United States' opening match of the tournament against England in Rustenburg, about 120 km northwest of Johannesburg, a day after the opening ceremony.

Clinton joins US bid for 2018/2022 WC
»Former President Bill Clinton has joined a US bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 and said that winning the campaign would give the United States a much needed economic boost.
According to Clinton, a major benefit to the country's bid is that all US host cities already have existing stadium and transportation infrastructure necessary to host games.
The United States, Australia, England, Russia and a pair of joint-bids from Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal are bidding to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups with Qatar, Japan, and South Korea in the running to host the latter tournament.
"Hosting another World Cup in the United States where about 12 percent of the population is foreign born will ensure high attendance for every match played because we will have lots of fans for every team that shows up," he said.  
The hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup will be decided at a meeting of FIFA's executive committee in December.

Disappointed Ovrebo quits refereeing
»Norwegian official Tom Henning Ovrebo has decided to quit international refereeing after not being picked for this year's World Cup in South Africa.
The 43-year-old hit the headlines when he received death threats after rejecting several penalty appeals by Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final with Barcelona in 2009.
"Tom Henning and his team had a big goal to get to the World Cup but didn't succeed," Rune Pedersen, the head of Norwegian referees, told Reuters on Friday.
He added that Ovrebo, who has handled 23 Champions League matches since 2001 and numerous internationals including Euro 2008, will be over the age limit for Euro 2012.


I can’t perform miracles, says Ronaldo
»Portugal need more than Cristiano Ronaldo in top form if they are to succeed at the World Cup in South Africa next month, the Real Madrid player said on Friday.
“I don't play alone, and I can't perform miracles,” Ronaldo told reporters as he arrived at the squad's World Cup training camp.
“We have to be well collectively. To win the World Cup, the team has to have seven or eight players in very good form. Even with just two or three it is difficult,” he added.  Portugal players and coaches have been keen to reject the notion that the side's prospects depend too much on Ronaldo.

Zuma warns against child trafficking
»Parents must be vigilant during the soccer World Cup to guard against a possible jump in child trafficking, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.
Zuma said that hosting an event of such magnitude could be seen as an opportunity for criminals.
South African schools will be closed for the month-long Cup, which starts on June 11.  "Not all parents and care-givers will be able to align their vacation with that of the extended school vacation. We urge parents to take extra care and ensure that their children are supervised and provided with guidance at all times," he said.

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