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Spotlight on Soccer
By Sachin Shenolikar, from the editors of Sports Illustrated KIDS
Get ready for the world's biggest sports event. The 2010 World Cup takes place this summer in South Africa.
What sporting event happens every four years and focuses the world's attention on awesome athletes? The World Cup! This summer, the contest will take place in South Africa. It will be the first time an African nation has hosted the tournament.
The contests will take place in venues in 10 cities throughout South Africa. Starting on June 11, 32 nations will take part in 64 matches for $420 million in prize money. On July 11, a champion will be crowned at the 94,000-seat Soccer City stadium, in Johannesburg.
Soccer is the most popular sport on the planet. About 3 million tickets are expected to be sold for this year's event. When Italy beat France in the 2006 World Cup final, 715 million people viewed the match on television. Just 106 million watched the 2010 Super Bowl.
This summer, soccer fans will be glued to their TV sets as the best of the best go toe-to-toe on the field. Argentina's electric striker, Lionel Messi, and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo are considered the best players in the tournament. Spain, Brazil and England are the top contenders. Brazil has won the most World Cups (five) since the competition began in 1930. Still, fans know that anything can happen in the fast-paced sport.
The United States has never won the prize. In 2006, the U.S. didn't even make it past the first round. But Team USA has a talented roster, led by Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore and Tim Howard.
The U.S. takes to the field on June 11 against powerhouse England. Can Team USA pull off an upset? Donovan is ready. "We've been waiting a long time for this opportunity," he says. "This means everything to me."
2010-06-28 00:52:49 補充：
Super Bowl 超級杯大賽，美國一年一度的橄欖球比賽
striker, forward 前鋒
pull off 脫下，這裡指擺脫苦惱
2010-06-28 00:53:35 補充：
- 10 年前
The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Once there were two mice. They were friends. One mouse lived in the country; the other mouse lived in the city. After many years the Country mouse saw the City mouse; he said, "Do come and see me at my house in the country." So the City mouse went. The City mouse said, "This food is not good, and your house is not good. Why do you live in a hole in the field? You should come and live in the city. You would live in a nice house made of stone. You would have nice food to eat. You must come and see me at my house in the city."
The Country mouse went to the house of the City mouse. It was a very good house. Nice food was set ready for them to eat. But just as they began to eat they heard a great noise. The City mouse cried, " Run! Run! The cat is coming!" They ran away quickly and hid.
After some time they came out. When they came out, the Country mouse said, "I do not like living in the city. I like living in my hole in the field. For it is nicer to be poor and happy, than to be rich and afraid."