South Africa 2009 in pictures

Every day of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 promises to bring with it incredible scenes and imagery from South Africa, a football-loving nation currently under the magical spell of this prestigious tournament. From kids playing football in dusty backyards to the perfect fields of green on which their football heroes play, photographers from around the world have already begun chronicling the landmark tournament as the rainbow nation shines brighter and more colourfully than ever before.

South Africa's football-loving culture has certainly hit fever pitch. But do not just take our word for it, see it for yourself. is publishing the best pictures of the day, allowing the world to share in the best moments, from the pitch or beyond, that will be captured in South Africa as the ‘Festival of Champions' plays out from 14-28 June.

Keen to see more photos from South Africa 2009? Once the first match kicks-off, be sure to visit the FIFA Confederations Cup Fan Gallery, where the best photos taken of supporters inside the stadiums will be on display.