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Figure Of The Month – 61

61 – the number of years since the USA national team had played a match in the Cuban capital Havana The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying match was played on 6 September, and the visitors narrowly beat the hosts 1-0 (goalscorer: Clint Dempsey). In the run-up to the match, Sunil Gulati, the President of the US Soccer Federation, was at pains to talk about the match as if it were just like any other, but he could not conceal that it was a “historically unique situation”. Under American law, US citizens are forbidden from travelling to Cuba.