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This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times to be studying Spanish in South America! The 2010 World Cup is bound to present an unbelievable mix of passion, energy, and true fanaticism throughout the continent. Whether or not you’re normally a soccer fan, you must get in the know for the upcoming Cup…after all, you’re studying Spanish in Argentina!

Despite the questionable antics and leadership skills of Diego Maradona (most recently, he has promised to run nude around the Obelisco in downtown Buenos Aires if the team wins it all!), Argentina heads to South Africa with a team full of capable players from both European leagues, as well as six from leagues within Argentina. Placed in Group B, alongside Nigeria, Greece, and Korea Republic, Argentina remains the favorite of the group, despite a less than thrilling performance throughout the South American qualifying matches.  Heading to South Africa,  Maradona and captain Javier Mascherano must look to foster more cohesion amongst the Argentina squad, full of undeniable talent.

Here is a look at the matches making up Argentina’s first round:

June 12: Argentina v. Nigeria at 11AM (Buenos Aires time)

June 17: Argentina v. Korea Republic at 8:30AM

June 22: Argentina v. Greece at 3:30 PM

Don’t miss out on the 2010 World Cup! Head to the FIFA website for constant updates and detailed match schedules for both Argentina and your home team!