9 of 36: FILE - The Feb. 13, 1990 file photo shows released ANC leader Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie giving the black power salute on entering Soweto's city soccer stadium,. A crowd of an estimated 120,000 people crammed the venue to hear him speak. On Sunday, before a global TV audience, Soccer City stadium will be the grand stage for a World Cup final. For many South Africans, the site has been hallowed ground for two decades _ not because of sports, but as a historic venue in the anti-apartheid struggle. In October 1989, with apartheid still in force, Soccer City's precursor stadium hosted an electrifying rally at which more than 70,000 blacks greeted newly freed leaders of the still-outlawed African National Congress _ most of its long-imprisoned hierarchy except Nelson Mandela. Less than four months later, an even bigger, more euphoric crowd overflowed FNB Stadium to welcome home Mandela himself, the paramount ANC leader, at last freed unconditionally by the white-minority government after 27 years in prison. (AP Photo) (AP Photo/ Anonymous)

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