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June 10, 2010 5:27 PM

The List: 10 Reasons the World Cup is the Greatest "World" Event

If you were to compare mega athletic events to comic book superheroes (and really, why wouldn’t you?), the World Cup, which kicks off Friday in South Africa, would be Superman. It’s got incredible longevity — every four years since 1930. It’s nearly indestructible, even though scandals and wars have tried to interject. It’s predictable: Brazil and Germany have been involved in 11 of the last 13 World Cup title games, and England can only win on home soil. And the event is vastly more popular throughout the world than its peers.

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