Scoring and excitement are way up, players clearly are learning to control the infamous Jabulani ball, and this tournament has made a complete turnaround from boredom and ball juju to potentially epic, with the world's very best teams all coming through and some absolutely titanic matchups to come. So break out your calendars and your sharpies, and save these dates.
ROUND OF 16
Uruguay 2-1 South Korea
United States 1-2(aet) Ghana
Germany 4-1 England
Argentina 3-1 Mexico
Netherlands 2-0 Slovakia
Brasil 3-0 Chile
Tuesday June 29
Paraguay 0-0 Japan. Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties
Spain 1-0 Portugal
Friday July 2
7am Netherlands v Brasil. ESPN, Univision.
11.30am Uruguay v Ghana. ESPN, Univision.
Saturday July 3
7am Argentina v Germany. ABC, Univision.
11.30am Paraguay v Spain. ESPN, Univision.
Tuesday July 6
11.30am Netherlands-Brasil winner v Uruguay-Ghana winner. ESPN, Univision.
Wednesday July 7
11.30am Argentina-Germany winner v. Paraguay-Spain winner. ESPN, Univision.
2010 WORLD CUP FINAL
Sunday July 11