In Image: In this photo taken on June 2, 2010 South African kids play soccer in an open field in Soweto, South Africa. This week South Africa will be the center of the world. A democracy for just 16 years, the country will be thrust, ready or not, into the global spotlight when the 2010 World Cup kicks off Friday, June 11, 2010. South Africans know, and even if they didn't they wouldn't take long to realize. You can't go 20 meters without being reminded that global sport's biggest event is in town. The country's colorful flag flies everywhere, outside apartment buildings, office blocks, and on countless cars.