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Events in June 2010

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Nalynn Dolan Caine |
ZakumiJune - sun and sport, sport and fun: Fifa World Cup for the first time in Africa, exciting races at the Cyprus Institute Solar challenge, sailing and debating about economy at Kieler Woche, and absolutely crazy ancient football at Calcio Historico. Enjoy!

South Africa
June 11 - July 11, 2010

FIFA 2006 finals Italy - FranceFor the whole month South Africa will be the centre of the Universe for football fans. The biggest football event, FIFA World Cup, is the culmination of qualifications that began three years ago, and 32 teams will come to Africa for the first time to compete for the title of the world champion. When South Africa and Mexico step out on the green grass in the first match, Zakumi, the stylized leopard with green hair and the official mascot will start his happy dance.

Johannesburg Soccer CityThe official ball Jabulani, "bringing joy to everyone", millions of viewers around the world and the motto "Zakumi's game is Fair Play" will follow the biggest number of competing nations since the 2008 Summer Olympics. So, if you are near, be sure to visit one of these cities: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg or Tshwane/Pretoria. And if you are not - what are you waiting for? The ticket for the sporting event which happens once in four years are waiting for you.

Tseri, Cyprus
June 18 - 19, 2010

World Solar ChallengeFor the last 20 years The World Solar Challenge attracts people who are aware of clean transportation technology. If you are one of them, or even better, if you are a skilled engineer, then a small village Tseri in Cyprus situated south of the capital Nicosia could be your favourite destination this month. It will be the host of the very first Cyprus Institute Solar Challenge. Teams from the around the world (most of them fielded by corporations and universities) will compete in two categories: the Open Category (all solar powered cars compete) and the Challenge Category, an engineering challenge category in which participants focus on the design of a safe, low budget, solar-powered vehicle.

World Solar ChallengeThe CERN solar team will also participate racing Photon constructed 20 years ago when solar vehicles were a rare phenomenon. One of the stars of the event will be the Swiss team who have broken even 9 world records and The Jordan University of Science and Technology also confirmed its coming. Friday 18th is reserved for test driving and scrutineering and races are scheduled for Saturday 19th.

Kiel, Germany
June 19 - 27, 2010

Kieler Woche regattaGerman state Schleswig-Holstein and its capital Kiel will be the host of the greatest sailing event and the largest summer festival in northern Europe for nine days, Kieler Woche. For everybody who are not familiar with the event, Kieler Woche in a unique way encompasses sport, culture, maritime, sailing, festivals and discussions on curent economy affairs. That is a great combination of the events recognized by three million guests who visit Kiel every year. The city is situated only 80 kilometres north of Hamburg and if there, drop by and be a part of it.

Kiel Institute for World EconomyA traditional guest at the event is the Diplomatic Corps and The Kiel Institute for World Economy and presentations on economy will be held in the Kiel Institute for World Economy. In parallel, more than 40 sailing events will be held. You may also expect unexpected: navy cutter regattas, parade of corvettes, miesweepers and hight-speed launches, golf, hockey... The city will be boosted by cultural events and galleries will offer special exhibitions. Grand opening is on 19th at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Square.

Florence, Italy
June 24 - 26, 2010

Calcio StoricoWhile Africa will enjoy professional fair-play football matches, the other side of the world will have a chance to witness not so professional football performance. The story about costumed football Calcio Storico (a mix between football, rugby and boxing) between Bianchi, Verdi, Rossi and Azzurri and 27 players on each side, has almost 500 years long history when four teams were representing the four Florentine districts of the time mostly boxing the opponent team than making scores.

Calcio StoricoSince then, every year on June 24th, Florence celebrates Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of the city, with a great fireworks and the final match. If the game sounds strange to you, the playing field will sound even more strange. It is a giant sand pit with a goal running the width of each end. Like a real football match this one also has a main referee, six linesmen and a field master who intervenes in the very likely event of fistfight. Buy tickets and don't miss the final match which will take place in Piazza San Croce.

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