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Leaving South Africa

By David Goldblatt  

Bye bye Bafana Bafana

The end of the group stage and the round of 16 are a swift sporting cull. The tournament suddenly shrinks from 32 teams to eight; squads implode, players announce their retirements, coaches are sacked and, for the big teams, national narratives end in disaster. It is a moment to anticipate, to relish the possibilities and pitfalls. My final game of the World Cup was Tuesday night in Cape Town. Spain v Portugal: the concluding match of the round of 16.

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