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Diverse Group of Fans Cheers Both Sides at Confederation Cup Final



Fans from all over the world have converged on South Africa for the Confederations Cup Final.

As night fell on Johannesburg Sunday, Ellis Park filled in anticipation of the closing ceremony for the 2009 Confederations Cup and the final match.

Fans came from around the world to attend the Confederations Cup, hoping to see their team in the final. In the end, the United States and Brazil made it to the championship match, but that did not stop fans of all nationalities from adopting one of the finalists as their own.

Yousef Moolla is a South African who came to the final match to support Brazil.

"I just love the way they play football, it was a beautiful game and they played beautiful football," he said.

His friend Hassan Patel says they are South Africans first and support the national team above others. In the Confederations Cup third place match on Sunday afternoon, Spain edged hosts South Africa, 3-2, in extra time.

Patel says they hope that next year their own Bafana Bafana, which took fourth place in the Confederations Cup, will make it even further in what will be the first African World Cup.

"That is our home country. Of course, we love them," Patel said.

The fans were treated to an entertaining match, as the Americans took a 2-0 first half lead before the Brazilians stormed back with three second half goals to take the title.

With the Confederations Cup complete, it is time to look ahead to next year. American Lola Apple, who works in Johannesburg, says she is confident that things will go well for South Africa as hosts next year.

"I think they are doing a really good job," Apple said. "There were a lot of moments when people were thinking that it really wasn't going to be as organized. And I think they are doing a really good job."

FIFA football will return to South Africa next year with the World Cup to begin next June.

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