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June 25, 2010

Halfway in - 2010 World Cup

Nearly halfway through the month-long 2010 World Cup Tournament in South Africa, over a dozen teams have been eliminated from the original group of 32, with the Round of 16 beginning tomorrow, June 26th. Television and web viewership has been setting records all over the world as supporters tune in to watch the events in South Africa and react along with the fans and players in the stadiums as they celebrate their wins and suffer through losses. Collected here are recent photos from the 2010 World Cup, as some of the players and their supporters have been experiencing it - in South Africa and around the globe. (43 photos total)

Landon Donovan of the United States (front left) celebrates after scoring a goal with fellow team members Clint Dempsey (back left) and Edson Buddle, during the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Members of the United States national soccer team celebrate after teammate Landon Donovan scored a goal against Algeria at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on June 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

A dejected Algeria fan, after defeat and elimination during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Ian Walton/Getty Images) #

A fan blows a vuvuzela ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Brazil and Ivory Coast at Soccer City Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) #

South African fans celebrate in Johannesburg after their team scores during the Group A, first round match of France vs. South Africa on June 22, 2010. (MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Denmark supporter arrives for the World Cup group E soccer match between Denmark and Japan at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, Thursday, June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #

Brazil and Ivory Coast supporters watch the Group G first round World Cup match of Brazil vs. Ivory Coast on June 20, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto. (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images) #

South Korean soccer fans gather to watch a live TV broadcast of their 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match against Nigeria in Durban, at the Seoul City Hall Plaza June 23, 2010. South Korea drew 2-2 in a tense match with Nigeria to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak) #

An Australian fan awaits the start of the 2010 World Cup Group D soccer match against Serbia at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, June 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Rogan Ward) #

Serbia's Milan Jovanovic (center) scores past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (right) and Arne Friedrich during a Group D match at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth June 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

Fans blow their vuvuzelas before the Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane June 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) #

France's striker Djibril Cisse reacts as Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz gives a red card to France's midfielder Yoann Gourcuff (not pictured) during the Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match of France vs. South Africa on June 22, 2010 at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) #

An estimated 50,000 supporters of Germany watch the World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at a public viewing area in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #

The arms of a humanoid robot wave as Japanese and Danish soccer fans watch a live broadcast of the World Cup Group E match between Japan and Denmark in South Africa at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo early Friday morning, June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) #

A fan watches the South Africa 2010 World Cup match between Argentina and Greece on a giant screen in Buenos Aires, Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Argentina defeated Greece 2-0. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #

In this Sunday June 20, 2010 file photo, South African worshipers hold their vuvuzelas after attending a religious service at Pretoria's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in South Africa. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #

Slovakia's goalkeeper Jan Mucha watches as the ball flies past him and into the goal on the shot of Paraguay's midfielder Cristian Riveros (unseen) during the Group F first round match of Slovakia versus Paraguay on June 20, 2010 at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Soccer fans celebrate Paraguay making it to the next round of the World Cup, after watching a match against New Zealand on a big-screen television, in Asuncion, Paraguay on Thursday, June 24, 2010. Paraguay was held to a 0-0 draw by New Zealand in the match, but still won its World Cup group and moved into the round of 16. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz) #

Photographers gather in front of Argentina's coach Diego Maradona as he sings the national anthem before the 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match against Greece at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane June 22, 2010. (REUTERS/David Gray) #

A fan waits for the start of a World Cup Group E soccer match between Cameroon and Denmark at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #

Portugal players celebrate after Portugal's midfielder Raul Meireles scored during the Group G first round 2010 World Cup football match North Korea versus Portugal on June 21, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fans in Kiwi costumes react after New Zealand failed to progress to the second round after their World Cup Group F soccer match against Paraguay at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane June 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) #

A dejected Germany fan sits alone in the stands after the 2010 World Cup Group D soccer match against Serbia at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth June 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Paul Hanna) #

Slovenia's Zlatko Dedic takes a shot as England's John Terry (horizontal) dives in front of the ball next to teammate Glen Johnson during the World Cup Group C soccer match in Port Elizabeth June 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Darren Staples) #

Brazilian soccer fans pray in front of a image of former South African President Nelson Mandela before a public screening of the FIFA World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Ivory Coast on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Bruno Domingos) #

Italy's defender Fabio Cannavaro (right) consoles striker Fabio Quagliarella in the Group F first round 2010 World Cup football match between Italy and Slovakia on June 24, 2010 at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Slovakia won 3-2 to knock Italy out of the tournament. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Brazilian fans await the Group G soccer match against Ivory Coast at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, June 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #

Australia's team lines up at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) #

Slovakia's Jan Durica celebrates after teammate Robert Vittek scored a second goal during their Group F soccer match against Italy at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg June 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart kicks between the legs of Cameroon's Aurelien Chedjou during a Group E soccer match at Green Point stadium in Cape Town June 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Jerry Lampen) #

A fan of the Netherlands smiles prior to the World Cup group E soccer match between Cameroon and the Netherlands in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) #

The Glastonbury Festival crowd celebrate England's goal during their World Cup match that is being shown on the main stage screens at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 23, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

A supporter of England attends the 2010 World Cup group C first round football match between England and Algeria on June 18, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Argentina's defender Nicolas Burdisso celebrates with Argentina's coach Diego Maradona after they won the Group B first round match against Greece on June 22, 2010 at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images) #

Slovakia's midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates after Slovakia's striker Robert Vittek scored a second goal during their Group F first round match on June 24, 2010 at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images) #

A student who escaped from North Korea watches a live broadcast of the 2010 World Cup Group G soccer match between North Korea and Portugal in Cape Town, at the Hangyeore middle and high school for North Korean teenage defectors in Anseong, about 50 mi (80 km) south of Seoul, South Korea on June 21, 2010. About 100 students of the school gathered at its gymnasium and cheered for their former nation's soccer team. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak) #

Japan's Shinji Okazaki hugs Keisuke Honda as they celebrate their victory against Denmark after their Group E soccer match at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai) #

France's midfielder Florent Malouda waves to supporters at the end of the Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match France vs. South Africa on June 22, 2010 at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. South Africa won 2-1. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ghana's John Pantsil receives assistance after being injured during the World Cup group D soccer match between Ghana and Australia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) #

US supporters cheer after the Group C first round World Cup match US versus Algeria on June 23, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. US won the match 1-0. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) #

Jermain Defoe of England scores the opening goal past Samir Handanovic of Slovenia during the Group C match between Slovenia and England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Serbia's Dejan Stankovic reacts after his team's loss to Australia during a Group D match at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit June 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Rogan Ward) #

A fan kisses her ticket prior to a Group F first round World Cup match on June 24, 2010 at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

 
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