The hopes of millions of fans will be pinned on England today after the football World Cup kicked off in spectacular style with a breathtaking opening ceremony in South Africa.
The event got underway at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg yesterday with a display by the South African Air Force and a group of drummers and dancers performing a Welcome to Africa song. There was even a gigantic beetle showing off its football skills before Grammy Award-winning R&B star R Kelly sang the ceremony's showpiece, Sign Of A Victory, with South Africa's Soweto Spiritual Singers.
One notable absentee, however, was the country's former president, Nelson Mandela, who pulled out following the death of his 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani in a car crash on Thursday.
In the first match, South Africa drew 1-1 with Mexico.
Thousands of travelling England supporters have made their way to the country while back home, hundreds flocked to Trafalgar Square in London for a day-long event to celebrate the start of the tournament.