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Dr. Linda Goodyear attending her second World Cup

Dr. Linda Goodyear, a Conception Bay South dentist, loves to travel to exotic places as much as she loves soccer, so spending four weeks in South Africa makes perfect sense to her.

Goodyear, who left for Cape Town, South Africa via London, England Wednesday night, plans to take in as many games in the World Cup which opened Friday.

Dr. Linda Goodyear of Conception?Bay?South poses with a soccerball outside King George V field in St. Johns. Goodyear, a former varsity player with St.?Francix Xavier and now in the Paradise Ladies league, will be attending her second FIFA?World Cup of so

Dr. Linda Goodyear, a Conception Bay South dentist, loves to travel to exotic places as much as she loves soccer, so spending four weeks in South Africa makes perfect sense to her.

Goodyear, who left for Cape Town, South Africa via London, England Wednesday night, plans to take in as many games in the World Cup which opened Friday.

She made the decision to make the trip when when South Africa was awarded the tournament in May of 2004. There was talk some years before the official announcement that South Africa would get the 2010 bid after losing the 2006 World Cup by one vote to Germany.

"Once it was officially announced, it became the next thing to do on my bucket list," said Goodyear.

The chance to combine world travel with soccer is "killing two birds with one stone," according Goodyear, who has played the game since high school and currently competes in the Paradise ladies' league.

A native of Corner Brook who moved to St. John's 10 years ago, Goodyear played varsity soccer at St. Francis Xavier University.

"It's a great sport. I love it," said Goodyear.

She's loved the game enough to take in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, but she says the event in South Africa will be special for many reasons.

"It will be the first time the World Cup has been played in Africa, and it will be Nelson Mandela's last hurrah. I'm really looking forward to it.

"I'm really excited because I've never been to South Africa before. I don't have the whole trip mapped out, but there are some places and things I want to see.

"I have a safari booked and I'm going to check out some vineyards, national parks and spending time in Cape Town.

"It's going to be a big showcase for South Africa. There's always a great buzz in the host city at these events. The people are really up for it. It's a magical time."

Goodyear currently has tickets for two second-round games (at around $200 each), but she says she's willing to pay scalpers if needed to get tickets to as many games as she can.

"It will be more intense games after the first round," said Goodyear.

She will be one of 3.3 million people expected to watch the games live, while an estimated 26 billion people are expected to watch the World Cup on TV.

Goodyear has some experience picking up tickets from scalpers. She came up with scalped tickets for a couple of games when she was in Italy.

"I'm a pretty adventurous sort, so I'm hoping to come up with more tickets."

She's particulary looking forward to seeing Argentina in the tournament.

"I'm a big Argentina fan, and I'm interested in seeing how (Diego) Maradona is going to coach the team."

The controversial Maradona, one of the world's all-time greatest players, has been coming in for his share of criticism while at the helm of the Albicelestes (the light blues and whites.)

"Maradona is trying to sidestep a lot of the politics associated with the sport. It will be interesting to see if he can or can't do it in terms of having success as coach," noted Goodyear.

Goodyear, who takes a trip by herself every year and has been to such diverse locations as Haiti, South America, Egypt and Southeast Asia, isn't concerned about the possibility of violence during the World Cup.

"I was once at a soccer match in Peru and there were storm troopers lining the entire field," she noted, because the fans in that country have been known to get a little wild.

Goodyear obviously hopes Argentina will be in the final and if her favourites are involved, she plans to be on hand to see them play, even, she says with a laugh, "if I have to sneak in."

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University, Albicelestes

Geographic location: South Africa, Cape Town, Conception Bay London England Italy Germany Argentina Corner Brook St. John's Africa Haiti South America Egypt Southeast Asia Peru

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