Four years since Italy won the 2006 World Cup in Germany on penalty kicks, rabid soccer fans have been eagerly anticipating the festivities in South Africa to begin.
As 2010 marks the first time the global soccer tournament will be played on African soil, neither a historian nor a statistician is required to know that this World Cup is groundbreaking.
Considering the nation's long history of racial divisiveness, the public perception of the country that once imprisoned President Nelson Mandela (pictured) for 27 years is about to change forever.
Most casual fans wonder why such a low-scoring sport like soccer generates such a frenzy of excitement.
Let's take a look at a few reasons why...