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July 11, 2010

Nelson Mandela Greets Fans at Soccer World Cup Final in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela greeted fans before today’s soccer World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands in Johannesburg.

Mandela made a brief appearance at Soccer City after keeping a low profile during the monthlong tournament, the first World Cup to be staged in Africa. He played a key role in his country’s bid to host the 32-nation event and attended the 2004 ceremony at which the decision was announced.

Mandela, 91, served for five years as president following South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994. While he has largely retired from public life, he had been scheduled to appear at the opening match on June 11 before canceling after his great-granddaughter died in a car crash.

By Dan Baynes – Jul 11, 2010 – Bloomberg

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