Ghana legend Abedi Pele has backed the Black Stars to beat Uruguay in Friday's World Cup quarter-final and ride the wave of continental support all the way to the final in Soccer City on July 11.
Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has implored Australians not to give up on their team as they chase a World Cup miracle in their Group D finale against Serbia.
Germany coach Joachim Low says 'fitness with a capital F' will be key to his side's crunch game with Ghana on Wednesday.
Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has hinted star striker Didier Drogba could start against Brazil in their Group G clash on Sunday.
USA coach Bob Bradley says he expects to beat England in the Group C opener on Saturday.
After years of preparation, the World Cup finally gets underway in South Africa today, the first time it has taken place in the continent of Africa.