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Artificial grass woven into real turf at WC

Artificial grass is teaming up with the natural stuff and taking root at the World Cup, blade by blade.

sports Updated: Jun 04, 2010 17:56 IST

Artificial grass is teaming up with the natural stuff and taking root at the World Cup, blade by blade. A generation after fully artificial surfaces outraged football fans and players around the world, this year's World Cup in South Africa will debut a surface with 20 million threads of synthetic grass fibers woven in between and beneath the natural grass.

The first World Cup test of the surface, which is already being used at some major stadia in Europe, will be on June 13 in Polokwane when Algeria plays Slovenia. The stadium in Nelspruit will also use the same type of turf.