How the world sees it: 12/06/2010

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Marca, Spain

'The team was greeted by sunshine as they touched down'

"The Spain team arrived in Johannesburg after a 10-hour flight. They are the last team to arrive in South Africa and were greeted by sunshine and some clouds as they touched down. The pilot announced: 'It is a pleasure to take the best squad of players in our history to a finals. Spain needs cheering up and you are capable of giving the people something to smile about.'"

The Australian, Australia

'The level of ambivalence left little to the imagination'

"In what amounted to a huge collective snub to the Socceroos, the level of ambivalence shown towards Australia by a nation of soccer snobs left little to the imagination in Germany's first press conference since arriving in South Africa on Monday."

Le Monde, France

'There are divisions in the squad'

"France can't be seen as anything but outsiders. [Raymond] Domenech is all about provocation and refusing to let anyone in. There are divisions in the squad: [Yoann] Gourcuff is supported by two or three people – but there are those who want to see the ball played forward faster. This team has a lot of convincing to do."

The Herald, Scotland

'Marooned in self-obsession'

"Welcome to life at camp England, where the focus of attention was rarely diverted from their favourite subject: themselves. While other nations discuss their opponents in detail, study their strengths and weaknesses, the England camp – and media – appears marooned in self-obsession."

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