“Soccer is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening–it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented” – Unknown
People say that the World Cup soccer (football) is a truly International event. The bloggers of many Rising Voices projects across continents have written about it to show their passion.
Ariniaina from Madagascar writes in her blog Dago Tiako how Malagasy kids are inspired by the World Cup :
Last saturday, while waiting for the ICE Club  meeting, in the playground of EPP (Public Primary School) Analakely, I was attracted by children’s shouts of joy. They were 5 guys and 1 girl playing football. Their ball was special. They made it by themselves. They winded a rope round some used plastic bags and pieces of rag and that’s it. They seemed to have their own rules but repeated from time to time , I guess, words they could hear on radio or TV ‘corner’ and ‘penalty’. They were so cute:
Lova Rakotomalala writes  how Africans are coping with Ghana's loss against Uruguay ending all hopes for an African nation from reaching the world cup finals.
Despair city, a whole continent gasping in disbelief.
Pablo Flores from Uruguay uploaded some stunning pictures  of the world cup football craze in Uruguay as fans gathered to watch the Ghana Uruguay game in big screens:
Jonathan Alvarez from Blogging Since Infancy project is delighted :
Uruguay among the top four in the world!
From Bolivia Hugo Miranda comments  on the loss of Brazil in the hands of Netherlands:
This is football
Brazil played beautifully the first 12 minutes, with a touch of ball, with turns, to the attack. Robinho was disallowed a goal which was a warning that the goal came at 10 minutes, Robinho made him an excellent filtering before Felipe Melo.
Then started another game, many faults, very nervous, Brazil lets it go, many complaints, though it made some good moves, but not topped.
The second half we saw another Netherlands: Robben, Van Persie, Sneijder, finally and played a large stand, Robben failures, win, rush and Brazil fell in the game ..
Read the Global Voices special coverage to learn about the impact of World Cup 2010  across the world.