After a month of matches, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament is over, with Spain claiming its first ever trophy, the Netherlands placing second, and Germany taking third place. 32 teams came to South Africa last month, and the eyes of the world were upon them as television and online viewership broke records, and in many places productivity dropped sharply when matches were being played. Collected here are photos from the second half of the tournament, the action on the fields, and the reactions of those following the games in both South Africa and their home countries, as we bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup.
A woman takes a photograph of the the Cape Town stadium seen from the Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 2, 2010. Cape Town stadium hosted eight of the World Cup matches this year.
Ghana's defender Samuel Inkoom lies on the pitch during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match USA vs. Ghana on June 26, 2010 at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg.
A USA fan looks dejected as her team loses in a World Cup Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (top) evades a tackle by Brazil's Juan during a World Cup Group G soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban June 25, 2010.
Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz (right) and Japan's Yuki Abe jump for the ball during a World Cup second round soccer match at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 29, 2010.
Fans of Chile's national soccer team celebrate after their 2010 World Cup soccer match against Spain, in Valparaiso city, Chile on June 25, 2010. Chile qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup despite losing 2-1 to Spain in their last Group H match.
A young fan of Brazil cries as his team plays against the Netherlands during a World Cup quarter final soccer match while watching the game on a giant screen at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, July 2, 2010. Brazil lost 2-1.
Photographers adjust their remote cameras before the a World Cup Round of 16 match between Paraguay and Japan on June 29, 2010 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
A fan of Spain smiles before the 2010 World Cup Group H match between Chile and Spain at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 25, 2010.
A Germany soccer fan is thrown up in the air during the screening of the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Germany and England, in the German city of Hamburg on June 27, 2010.
Brazil's Robinho (center) argues with Netherlands' Mark van Bommel next to Nigel de Jong (left) and Andre Ooijer during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match in Port Elizabeth July 2, 2010.
Argentina's striker Carlos Tevez argues with an assistant referee after Argentina's striker Gonzalo Higuain (not pictured) scored a denied goal during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final match Argentina vs. Germany on July 3, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town.
Fans celebrate Germany's fourth goal against Argentina while watching a 2010 World Cup match on a giant screen in Kuala Lumpur July 3, 2010. Germany won 4-0.
A Uruguayan supporter crosses her fingers as she watches the World Cup semifinal match between Uruguay and the Netherlands on an outdoor screen set up at Independence Square in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay on July 6, 2010.
A Uruguayan fan reacts at the window of his apartment with a poster of Uruguay's national soccer team striker Diego Forlan below, after the World Cup semi-final match between Uruguay and the Netherlands, in Montevideo, Uruguay on July 6, 2010.
Netherlands' John Heitinga (right) celebrates with Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben (left) and Dirk Kuyt (2nd left) after winning their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Uruguay at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 6, 2010.
A general view taken from the stands during the 2010 World Cup semi-final football match between Germany and Spain at Moses Mabhida stadium on July 7, 2010 in Durban.
Spanish fans react as they watch the 2010 World Cup semi-final match between Spain and Germany during an outdoor televised screening in Madrid July 7, 2010.
Fans of the German national football team cheer during the public viewing event in the German city of Cologne on July 7, 2010, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Semi final match between Germany and Spain in Durban, South Africa.
Spain's Carles Puyol (4th right) scores a goal past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban July 7, 2010.
Spain's defender Carles Puyol is blocked by Germany's striker Miroslav Klose during the 2010 World Cup semi-final football match between Germany and Spain on July 7, 2010 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, third right, fails to block a header by Germany's Sami Khedira, not visible, during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Germany and Uruguay at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Saturday, July 10, 2010.
Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer World Cup final victory over The Netherlands by opening and choosing a mussel from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the Dutch flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen on July 9, 2010. The octopus has became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain.
Prior to the World Cup Final, a helicopter dropped orange flowers from the sky above Museumplein in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where 180,000 Dutch people watched the match.
Netherlands fans form a sea of orange as they watch the 2010 World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain on a large screen near the Rijksmuseum on July 11, 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Nigel De Jong of the Netherlands tackles Xabi Alonso of Spain during the 2010 World Cup final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Spain's Andres Iniesta (right) shoots to score the winning goal past Netherland's goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during their 2010 World Cup final soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.
Spain's striker Fernando Llorente carries teammate David Villa who holds the trophy after the award ceremony following the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto. Spain won 1-0.
Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (center) raises the trophy handed to him by FIFA President Sepp Blatter (4th right) and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (3rd right) as Spain's football team players celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto.
Supporters of the Spanish team celebrate after the World Cup final football match Spain against Netherlands on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.
Supporters of the Spain's team celebrate after Spain won the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands on July 11, 2010 in Barcelona.
Spain's Andres Iniesta lifts the World Cup trophy after their final match victory over Netherlands at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.
Fireworks light up the sky over Soccer City stadium in Soweto after the 2010 World Cup football final on July 11, 2010.
South African Lucas Mahuca, 3, kicks a ball as he plays soccer in a field next to his house in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Photographer: Siphiwe Sibeko