France, Uruguay teams arrive in S Africa

15:43, June 09, 2010      

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France's football squad arrived in South Africa Saturday morning. Les Bleus are trying to shake off a surprise defeat to China in an international friendly on the way to their first World Cup match in Cape Town on Friday.

A brass band tried to create an upbeat atmosphere fitting for international soccer royalty. But France's footballers are not performing like kings. They left Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean just hours earlier, in the wake of a 1-0 defeat against China.

Theirry Henry was once a huge star for Arsenal in England, but now he is a fixture on the bench at Barcelona. Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka took his starting place in the national team. Pride could be the only thing the 1998 winners and 2006 finalists could find themselves playing for in South Africa 2010.

Uruguay arrive in South Africa

Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay also arrived in South Africa on Saturday. Oscar Tabarez's team touched down in Johannesburg before transferring to its base in Kimberley. Uruguay kicks off its Group A campaign against France on 11th June.



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