Enchanted by Messi magic
Like all big events, the Football World Cup 2010 has captured the attention of the media. But it's the fans who make it a true success.
From all croners of the globe they have travelled to Rainbow Nation to support to their favourite teams and players.
And, it's not just their presence that matters, but what they say. So, be it banners, body art or placards, if it's on the mind it's there for all to see.
A few one-liners that caught our attention.
Argentina's main-man Lionel Messi has mesmerised many a football fan and player with his antics on the field. And his countrymen -- read women --- are enchanted by the pocket-sized dynamite. The placard says it all.
We wonder what Messi will have to say about this unique request!
Image: A fan has a special request for Lionel Messi
Dynamic Dunga wins hearts
Heading into the World Cup, Brazil's coach Dunga was heavily criticised for his defensive tactics in the tournament qualifiers.
Brazil lost it's flair and the football pundits had written off Dunga and his boys, labelling them the most boring Brazil team to play in the World Cup in a long time.
But the fans never lost hope; they continued to support their team vociforously. They came in their numbers to South Africa.
Here we see a group of fans showing their support to coach Dunga during Brazil's drab draw against Portugal last Friday.
Image: Brazilian fans show their support to coach Dunga
Who's the boss?
The Dutch team is a talented bunch, but somehow has never shown the characteristics to be serious contenders for the Cup.
But their fans still put their faith in the Oranje brigade. The support is for all to see.
The Netherlands lost a few fans after scraping past Slovakia to enter last eight, but this one definitely knew who is leading the Dutch charge.
Image: A Dutch fan cheers for Wesley Sneijder
Ghana gives hope for Africa
The Black Stars overshadowed the bigger teams this World Cup. Ghana have shown that they can't be taken lightly.
They are worthy of their place in the quarter-finals having beaten the United States.
This Ghanaian fan is over the moon after the victory.
Image: A Ghana fan celebrates after the team's victory over the United States
Africa sets the standards
There were lots of doubts whether South Africa would be able to pull off the first football World Cup in Africa without any glitches. So far, so good!
The football has been great in the first ever World Cup Finals in the African continent. All of this has seemingly gladdened this young fan, who is telling the world to watch how the show is run.
Image: A young fan backs the Ghana team during the match against United States
Torres in demand
Spain's Fernando Torres has given himself a new look with haircut and all.
But long hair or short, he continues to find place in the hearts of female fans.
This lady spoke her mind -- loud, legible and clear -- during the match between Spain and Chile.
Image: A fan of Spain's Fernando Torres holds up a banner
Germany keep their fans happy
Germany have lived up to their billing as one of the real contenders for the World Cup.
They have missed the services of some of their big names, but haven't let their fans down.
See this one cheer the Germans to victory over Ghana.
Image: A German fan shows his support
Fans exult in German success
Most German fans have been unable to travel to South Africa but their support from home has as much of an affect on the team.
Fans cheer for the German team as they watch their boys tame the English Lions.
Image: German fans celebrate in Berlin
Aussies are not left behind
Australian fans also made their presence felt in South Africa.
Here we have an Aussie fan showing his loyalty in perfect Aussie lingo during the match against Serbia.
Image: An Australian supporter shows his loyalty
The ever-optimistic English fans
England were the most overhyped team at this World Cup.
They failed miserably, but the fans never gave up hope.
After two horrid performances in the first two matches, the English fans' cheers reached a cresendo and England beat Slovenia 1-0.
Image: England fans sing before the match against Slovenia
Slovenia get some love
Image: A banner in support of Slovenia
Fans recognise Ronaldo's skills
Women have always been swooning over Cristiano Ronaldo and it was no different at the World Cup.
This female fans displays a naughty message for Ronaldo.
We don't know if he read it, but the woman surely drove home her point.
Image: A fan displays a naughty placard directed towards Ronaldo
Fans revel in Swiss shock
Swiss fans show the Spanish supporters the bitter truth of a 1-0 loss through food talk.
Image: Switzerland's fans hold a national flag and banners as they celebrate after their win against Spain
Vuvuzela too noisy
The songs and slogans have been replaced by the noisy vuvuzelas. Fans and players are not taking kindly to it.
Here a fan shows his displeasure towards the vuvuzela.
Image: Fans display a subtle message against Vuvuzelas
Bafana Bafana fans celebrate
The South Africans stunned the Mexicans by holding them to a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup.
This young South African fan was hoping that his Bafana boys would put up a good show against the Mexicans. And their respectable performance was reason enough for this young bloke to hold out his placard.
Image: A South African fan holds an interesting placard
Fans discuss political agendas
One should not mix sports and politics. But sports has always been used as a platform to voice opinions about political and human rights issues.
Some thoughtful Algerian fans take their time out to make known the plight of the Gaza inhabitants because of tbe human rights violations in the Gaza strip.
Image: Algeria fans during a match between US and Algeria