- Associated Press - Friday, July 9, 2010

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A look at Day 29 Friday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):


No matches scheduled.



Management of South Africa’s airports will reimburse hundreds of fans who missed a World Cup semifinal because of congestion at the Durban airport.

At least 600 fans in six aircraft missed Spain’s semifinal against Germany after an increase in private jets at King Shaka Airport filled the landing slots.

Airports Company South Africa said Friday it has set aside $52,000 to be distributed to those affected. It said this was a “gesture of goodwill” and not an admission of liability.

FIFA said it would not meet any costs incurred.



Leading scorers Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands and David Villa of Spain headline the list of FIFA’s 10 nominees for the World Cup Golden Ball. FIFA honors the tournament’s best player with the award.

Sneijder and Villa have each scored five goals and will go head to head in Sunday’s final at Johannesburg’s Soccer City.

Also nominated were Diego Forlan of Uruguay, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Andres Iniesta of Spain, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Mesut Oezil of Germany, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and Xavi of Spain.



Uruguay, which has won two World Cups, never has finished third. It faces Germany in the third-place game on Saturday. The Germans were third in 2006, when they hosted the tournament.



Europe will move ahead of South America for World Cup titles after Sunday’s final between Spain and the Netherlands. Currently, each continent has won nine championships.

For South America, Brazil has five titles, Uruguay and Argentina two each. For Europe, Italy has won four times, Germany three, England and France once each.



“I’d rather play an extremely ugly game and win, instead of a beautiful one and lose.” Dutch star Arjen Robben looking ahead to the final with Spain. Both teams are known for their attractive soccer.

“They’re very similar to us, players of great technical ability in midfield. Players of great quality and very fast that don’t improvise as much as we do but play a more dangerous direct game. A very dangerous team.” _ Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said looking ahead to the final with the Netherlands.

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