Almost here! South Africa awaits World Cup

People dance as a Carnival parade passes by the Soweto neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 5, 2010. The first soccer World Cup to be played in Africa will kick off June 11 and South Africans are celebrating throughout the country. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

June 5, 2010 2:45:07 PM PDT
It's almost here at last. After years of planning, worry, debate, tension and - perhaps most of all - anticipation, South Africa will host the first World Cup on its continent starting Friday, ready or not.