" Through football, we can celebrate the humanity of the Southern tip of the African continent and share it with the rest of the continent world,” Madiba Hours before the historic drawing activities for World Cup 2014 Brazil, let’s take a few moments to honor the icon who tirelessly campaigned for all of humanity to express the best parts of themselves and wielded his power so that the world could enjoy the beautiful game in Africa.

Although I am quite sure there will be a number of articles written about Nelson Mandela’s impact on World Cup 2010 and soccer as a whole, take a walk down memory lane with these three FIFA, Yahoo Sports and BBC articles.

Madiba and Football: A Mutual Love Affair “When he was honoured and cheered by the crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 11 July 2010, it was as a man of the people, a man of their hearts, and it was one of the most moving moments I have ever experienced.”~ FIFA President Blatter

Mandela and Football: A Tribute "You are the true architect of this FIFA World Cup; your presence and commitment made it happen. Now the first African FIFA World Cup is a reality," explained FIFA President Blatter

Nelson Mandela: Sport Pays Tribute to former South African President "One of the most influential people in my life. He was my hero, my friend.”~Pele

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