Next week on
© AFP gives you a preview of just some of the articles, interviews and features it will publish next week. 

One on one with Diego Maradona
The legendary No10 chats exclusively to about the pros and cons of being Diego Maradona, the hardships he has faced in his past and the rewards he is reaping at present, from being a grandfather to leading Argentina. The 48-year-old also discusses his team's South Africa 2010 qualification hopes, and desire to lift the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy and meet one of his own icons, Nelson Mandela.

Classic Football
Ahead of their latest encounter, profiles the fierce rivalry between Dutch giants Ajax and PSV, and also focuses on 12-time Swiss champions Basel and Korea Republic's three-time Asian Footballer of the Year Kim Joo-Sung. 

"Your tears of pain will one day be tears of joy," said Maradona to Australia captain Paul Wade, after Argentina edged the Socceroos to a place at USA 1994. We reflect on that memorable inter-continental play-off.

Spotlight on Namibia
The Brave Warriors climbed 12 places to joint-103rd on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. takes a look at their progress.  

What to Watch
Another set of South Africa 2010 qualifiers will unfold next week, and will be providing comprehensive coverage. Be sure to follow all the games on 12 August via the EMIRATES MatchCast.

On the club front, we will keep you up to date with all the news as a number of major European leagues will get underway.

Hidden gems: big competitions, bigger prizes
Answer one question correctly and you could win the latest FIFA World Cup Quiz's fantastic prize: a trip for two to South Africa 2010!

The McDonald's FIFA World Cup Predictor and Fantasy games will resume, while the third season of the FIFA World Leagues Predictor will kick off. Weekly prizes include a signed FIFA World Cup winner's jerseys, and the grand prize is a trip for two to the FIFA World Player Gala 2010.