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Christiano Rinaldo

International soccer star and sex symbol Christiano Rinaldo announced yesterday via Facebook that he is the proud father of a baby boy born to an American surrogate mother who has chosen to remain anonymous. He wrote:

“It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy. As agreed with the baby’s mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship.

“No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are.”

The Portugal team captain is currently dating Russian model Irina Shayk, who reacted on her Facebook page: “My boyfriend is now father of a boy.”

Irina Shayk

In the 91st minute of Team USA’s battle with Algeria, American star Landon Donovan scored the game’s only goal to put his squad into the Round of 16. Also advancing from Group C was England who beat Slovenia 1-0.

It was an incredibly dramatic game only to be capped off with the incredible goal in stoppage time after having a goal from Dempsey called off earlier in the match. The emotional roller coaster of a WC can be wrapped up in Donovan’s post-game tears: reporting:

Jozy Altidore missed the first part of the U.S. team’s training Tuesday because he was suffering from a stomach ailment, the team announced.

Altidore missed the stretch during the workout at Eersterust Stadium, where practice was moved because FIFA wanted to preserve the condition of the field as Loftus Versfeld, the site of Wednesday’s game. He joined his teammates on the field just before practice was closed to reporters.

“Jozy just wasn’t feeling well, but he’ll be fine for [Wednesday’s game versus Algeria],” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said later during a news conference at Loftus Versfeld.

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Facing a French team filled with turmoil, South Africa’s team took to the field to win 2-1 in what would be their final World Cup match in 2010. Despite ending with a win, Bafana Bafana became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stage as both Uruguay and Mexico advanced from the Group A bracket.

Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela scored first-half goals and French substitute Florent Malouda scored for in the 70th minute.

Despite disappointment in being knocked out, the Bafana Bafana team felt a deep sense of pride having won over a team ranked 9th in the world and runner-up in the previous World Cup.

The turmoil inside the French locker room hasn’t been a secret to anyone and looks to be the final match for manager and coach Raymond Domenech. French striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home after refusing to apologize for a curse-filled rant during halftime of the France-Mexico match last week and a fitness coach quit after an argument with capatin Patrice Evra caught on video: is reporting that the issue and shame for France grew to be so great that:

…French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on the eve of the match could inspire Les Bleus. Bachelot called an emergency meeting Monday to tell the players they had let the country down and had one last chance to redeem themselves.

It seems to have done little to curb the issues that have plagued the French national team since they arrived in South Africa. is reporting:

On Friday, the officiating at the FIFA World Cup came a bit more into focus.

A controversial call took a goal away from the United States late in their match against Slovenia. As a result, the American team had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Slovenia. The U.S. was denied a chance to become the first team ever to rally for a win after trailing a World Cup match 2-0.

Friday night, there was a report that referee Koman Coulibaly would not be used by FIFA for any more matches in the World Cup. Monday, FIFA indeed moved in that direction, keeping Coulibaly off its list of referees for upcoming matches.

The latest list covers matches being played Tuesday and Wednesday. Included in that is the next game for the U.S., which comes Wednesday against Algeria in Pretoria. The Americans can advance to the round of 16 with a win, or they can draw the match and get help from the other Group C match, which pits England against group leader Slovenia in Port Elizabeth.

Coulibaly is not on the list, as a referee or an assistant.

Moreover, FIFA looks to have assigned a highly-respected referee to the U.S.-Algeria match. Frank De Bleeckere of Belgium will work the next game for the Americans.

FIFA has come under fire during this World Cup for a number of controversial calls that have been made, including another one Monday that saw a Swiss player sent off with a red card against Chile. Brazilian star Kaka appeared to be on the wrong end of a bad call Sunday, getting his second yellow card of the World Cup — leaving him ineligible for Brazil’s match against Portugal Friday — on a call that looked to be marginal at best.

The call that went against the Americans in the 86th minute Friday may have cost them a win, but another controversial call by Coulibaly will carry effects over to Wednesday. Robbie Findley was given a yellow card erroneously for a handball in the first half, and he will have to miss that match against Algeria. It was his second yellow of the World Cup.

It was a thrilling game with some questionable calls. The refs weren’t exactly up to par with some spectators’ expectations:

Armani has released the first set of ads with their new spokesman, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates take the field on Tuesday at 10am (EST) vs. Ivory Coast in the 2010 World Cup.