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The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament. It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. As such, it matches the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations.
This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process. This decision left the Oceania Football Confederation as the only confederation yet to host the FIFA World Cup. Italy are the defending champions. The draw for the finals took place on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town.
After FIFA rejected its proposal to co-host the event with Libya, Tunisia withdrew from the bidding race on the May 8, 2004. During the morning of the vote on the May 15, 2004, the Libyan bid to host the World Cup was excluded as the national committee had confirmed it would not allow an Israeli team to participate in the Cup on its soil.
It was twenty-one minutes past noon (on May 15, 2004) both in Switzerland and South Africa when the envelope was opened, its contents withdrawn and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter's long-awaited words, barely audible above the noise, spoken. At 12:21 PM on May 15, 2004, history had been made; it was the time of Africa and South Africa to stage the FIFA World Cup. With 14 votes, South Africa was declared as winner after just one round of voting. In the secret vote, Morocco received 10 votes, while Egypt did not get any votes at all.
Sitting next to Mr Blatter, Nelson Mandela, who had spent 27 of his 85 years in prison under the apartheid regime, could not hold back his tears and they fell freely down his cheeks. Mandela, who had made the trip to Zurich despite not being in the best of health, hoisted the World Cup trophy. "I feel like a young man of 15," he said to laughter. But, typically, Mandela's first thought was for others - the people of Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia: "You must not be discouraged. It is no reflection of your efforts. Next time when you compete, you may be luckier." A message to the people back home? "South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal," he responded with a booming voice that sent a shiver down the spine, prompting one Egyptian journalist to stand up and say "We love you Nelson Mandela".
Only 32 teams can compete for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and we already know that one of those teams will be South Africa, as the host nation doesn't need to qualify. The journey for every other footballing nation began on November 25, 2007 when the preliminary draw for the 2010 World Cup took place in Durban, South Africa. The purpose of the draw was to fairly split the countries from the four regions, Asia, Africa, Europe and North, Central America and Caribbean, into competing qualifying groups for the 2010 World Cup.

Early highlight of the draw (February 8, 2010):
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana,
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
(By WC2010Mania, February 8, 2010 at

It has been a long and winding road to the 2010 World Cup, says Irvin Khoza, with the idea first discussed in 1994. It was a long, tough road but soon Africa will host its first World Cup. The journey to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ has been one long road filled with great expectations, heart-rending disappointments, and unprecedented joy not only for those people involved in bidding for the football tournament, but for South Africans at large.
Addressing about 400 people who had gathered at a City Press Soccer Forum at the Linder Auditorium at the University of the Witwatersrand's Education Campus on Thursday, 30 July, the chairman of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee South Africa (OC), Irvin Khoza, spoke about South Africa's efforts to host the World Cup, a dream that started way back in 1994.
At the time FIFA changed the staging of the World Cup and voted for the US to host it in 1994 - its hosting had been see-sawing between Europe and South America since 1930. The seed was planted by the then South African Football Association (SAFA) president Stix Morewa who, after returning from the 1994 World Cup, expressed South Africa's interest in hosting the World Cup in 2006 by writing to FIFA…..
In the later rounds of voting, the bid team heard that South Africa had beaten Brazil, Morocco and England, and was left fighting it out with Germany. Like a prophet of doom, Franz Beckenbauer, who led Germany's bid, hinted that his country would be successful to South Africa's team at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland…..
Throwing the country a lifeline, FIFA announced that it would rotate the tournament between football confederations. As a result, the next cup – in 2010 – would be held in Africa. Alongside South Africa, four other African countries submitted their bids to host the 2010 World Cup – Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco…..
As the day of the announcement of the winning bid to host the 2010 World Cup drew closer, and not wanting to take a chance, the bid committee invited Madiba, FW de Klerk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to accompany it to Zurich.
And then Blatter opened the envelope and announced that South Africa had won the bid, beating Morocco, which won 10 votes and Egypt which had gathered no votes.
(By: Ndaba Dlamini, Source: City of Joburg, 4th August 2009)

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At Mexico WC 1970 Adidas provided its first ever Fifa World Cup Ball. A ball that would become a classic for football aficionados all over the world. That mythic ball was the Telstar, a distinctive ball made of 32 white and black leather panels that made it the roundest ball of its time. The next Adidas ball was the Tango, first used in Argentina 1978 WC. Its design lasted for the next five FIFA World Cup. For South Africa’s 2010 World Cup, Adidas designed the ‘Jabulani’. Jabulani means joy, celebration in Zulu.
This is what Adidas say regarding the design:
The 11 colours that are present on the Jabulani pay tribute to both football and the country in which Africa’s first-ever FIFA World Cup will be held. They represent a colour for each team player, every official South African language and for each of the 11 South African communities that will welcome the world next year. The design celebrates two of the most important facets of the South African nation – diversity and harmony – as it is these principles that make it such a colourful and welcoming nation.
(WORLD CUP blog)
The new stadiums are the most spectacular in the world and they will collectively seat more than 570,000 people.....
Some R11.7-billion is being invested in the transport infrastructure programme to ensure the smooth movement of fans, teams and media. The 2010 FIFA World Cup transport projects are an integrated part of government’s overall investment in transport, which is revolutionising the transport system for the long-term benefit of commuters and the economy.
Roads, rail and bus-route upgrade will provide an integrated transport system. This includes innovations like Rapid Rail and bus rapid transit systems, which include special public transport lanes and interchange nodes for commuters to switch from one form of transport to another. The 2010 FIFA World Cup will pioneer the use of integrated electronic ticketing, which will see commuters using one ticket to access buses, trains and taxis.
The satellite teleport and telecommunications infrastructure for the World Cup will support transmission capacity of 40 gigabytes per second and will be used after 2010 to provide broadband services.
The International Broadcast Centre in Johannesburg will be the media nerve centre, receiving broadcast transmissions from the stadiums and distributing them across the globe.
The media nerve-centre includes a “farm” of satellite dishes covering an area of 5 000 m². The cumulative television audience for the 2010 event will reach about 26,9 billion.

Soccer City, Johannesburg:
Could be a spaceship from the South African sci-fi hit District 9, but is actually based on the African cooking pot known as the calabash, all the more spectacular at night. A true jewel in the crown and worthy host of the opening match and final. Construction major upgrade.
Capacity 88,460
First match 11 June, Group A, South Africa v Mexico
Still to do The half-paved approach to the stadium is a building site populated by men in orange bibs, cranes and piles of rubbish
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town:
Provincial premier Helen Zille feared that future generations would never forgive her if this locally resisted stadium spoiled the view of Table Mountain. Fortunately it’s a world class masterpiece, wrapped in noise-reducing cladding that blends exquisitely into its surroundings.
Construction new
Capacity 66,005
First match 11 June, Group A, Uruguay v France
Still to do Local transport is still being finalised
Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The sweeping silhouette of the Green Point stadium (above) has forever changed the face of the surrounding Green Point Common. Enwrapped by a façade of woven fibreglass, coated with Teflon, it will resemble a rose-coloured bowl floating on a base, when lit up at night. The architects have dubbed the stadium “the Diva of Cape Town”, reflecting the constantly changing moods of the city in varying weather conditions.
The roof: The design and construction of the roof is unique. Its basic structure resembled a bicycle wheel, open in the middle with 72 cables linking the outer and inner rings of the circle were slowly tightened to raise the roof from ground level to its present height.
Another first for the roof is the use of 16mm thick panels of glass to cover and protect the spectators from strong winds and rain. This will let in the light while the ceiling panels underneath – made of woven PVC fabric – will soften the noise from within.
The stadium bowl: For the eight World Cup matches to be played at the venue, the stadium will have a seating capacity of 68,000, including 13,000 temporary seats which will be removed afterwards. Features of the stadium are that it can be evacuated in 15 minutes and that all the spectators are close to the game.
Safety: Spectators will be protected by a state-of-the-art camera surveillance system which is monitored by police in the Venue Operations Centre inside the stadium, while pitch invasions are discouraged by a wide moat around the circumference. There is also a police station inside the building to deal with hooligans and other criminals.

Quick facts:
* 96,000 cubic metres of concrete were used
* The roof has a total weight of 4,700 tons
* Some 9,000 glass panels were used to cover 37,000 square metres of roof
* 500 toilets and 360 urinals
* 115 entry turnstiles
* 16 lifts
* More than 2,500 workers were employed on site during construction, and almost 1,200 artisans received training from the contractors.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:
England’s campaign will start in modest trapping that would feel intimate but for an athletics track. Most of the stands are relatively squat two-tier affairs. The neighbourhood is gritty shacks and fish and chips.
Construction minor upgrade
Capacity 44,530
First match 12 June, Group C, England v USA
Still to do The road from Sun City is potholed, but a local official has promised to resign if it’s not finished in time
Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth:
Set on the shores of a lake, another spectacular with a roof that looks like a sunflower - sort of - designed to resist high winds. The seats are bold red and orange, the pitch a vibrant green. Twelve Chinese workers installed up to 1,000 seats per day.
Construction new
Capacity 46,082
First match 12 June, Group B, South Korea v Greece
Still to do The city mayor says that some access roads are “75% there”, others “95%”. He’s still awaiting buses imported from Brazil
Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg:
The ’Touch Down Restaurant’ testifies that this is a rugby citadel, witness to the Springboks’ 1995 Mandela-inspired World Cup win. A new tier on the north stand has increased seating capacity. Functional rather than beautiful.
Construction minor upgrade
Capacity 61,639
First match 12 June, Group B, Argentina v Nigeria
Still to do The pitch looked sandy after hammering by rugby teams
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane:
The design is inspired by the locally famed baobab tree with giant “trunk” structures in each corner. The red, brown and orange seats form a pattern that resembles mountains and are nearly on top of the pitch. The dressing rooms contain mini football pitches.
Construction new
Capacity 45,264
First match 13 June, Group C, Algeria v Slovenia
Still to do Find a purpose once the World Cup is over
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban:
A cable car ascends to a viewing platform at the top of a 350m, German-built grad arch, 106m above the pitch. The arch is also open to walkers and bungee jumpers. A fibre-coated roof from Mexico covers 95% of spectators, while the seats are in blue, green, white and orange to represent the ocean and sunrise.
Construction new
Capacity 69,957
First match 13 June, Group D, Germany v Australia
Still to do New grass has to be laid for what will be the South African winter
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria:
One of the oldest stadiums in South Africa, used for major sporting events since 1903. Has undergone perennial upgrades since 1948 and been used for both football and rugby. Won’t win awards for architecture but has a compact feel despite its size.
Construction upgrade
Capacity 49,365
First match 13 June, Group D, Serbia v Ghana
Still to do Cultivating the pitch once the rugby players have gone
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein:
Conjured the best atmosphere on last week’s official tour with hundreds of football fans singing and dancing, though rugby posts were still in place. Upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 45,000 during refurbishments, spread over two efficient tiers.
Construction medium upgrade
Capacity 45,058
First match 14 June, Group E, Japan v Cameroon
Still to do Access roads need to be finished
Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit:
Striking for the 18 giant tension rods that resemble giraffe necks and the black and white seats striped like a zebra; this is, after all, Kruger Park country. Players should bring sunglasses for the lurid green and blue changing room interiors.
Construction new
Capacity 43,589
First match 16 June, Group H, Honduras v Chile
Still to do The pitch is still an arid dustbowl for birds after two failed attempts to grow quality grass
Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Law enforcement representatives of the 32 teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup gathered at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, to discuss security plans for the tournament. Also attending the meeting were representatives of Interpol, FIFA and the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC). South African National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele gave an overview of plans for national security, protection of teams, referees and spectators during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The meeting concluded with a press conference by FIFA President Joseph Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, LOC boss Danny Jordaan, and representatives of both the South African police and the other 31 participating countries.
(By: Nthambeleni Gabara, BuaNews, 4 March 2010)
South Africa meets Mexico in World Cup 2010 opener.....The battle will take place at Johannesburg, June 11, 2010 at 4pm on Soccer City. The 2010 Final Draw was done at the International Convention Centre of Cape Town. The 32 qualifying teams that will participate in the World Cup have been divided into eight groups and placed into four pots.....
After finally knowing who will open the game, the one who will break the ice is South Africa vs. Mexico. They will be drawing the first blood in the 2010 Soccer world cup. You might think that Mexico sounds like a small country but take note that they hosted the world cup in 1986. If there is anyone who might know what the South Africa team is thinking of playing against right now, it might just be the Mexico team. This Mexican team is currently rated number 15 on the FIFA ratings on the other hand, South Africa is rated 86th. South Africa did not play to earn their place but got it because they are the host. They lost against Iceland as well which puts at doubt on everyone’s mind on how they will fair against a much stronger team like Mexico.
Maybe with a lot more of cheering in Bafana, they could win against Mexico but you should consider that Mexico earned their way to be where they are now. While South Africa, if they did not host the 2010 World Cup, could not even be in game line up. South Africa started playing only in 1998 and has never been in the second round before. So if you study the stats you will see that it might be harder for South Africa than it looks. Whatever result it will make, this will be an interesting game.
The last time Mexico hosted the world cup was in 1986 and this country might look small compared to its rival USA in terms of politics and other issues. Everyone should look out for their accomplishment and output in World Cup 2010. Mexico won their fifth Gold Cup in July 2009 and totaled eighth CONCACAF Championship overall. Mexico won against the United States 5–0 in the finals after about 10 years of not even winning a game against the United States. On the 10th of October, 2009 Mexico qualified for a spot to the 2010 FIFA World Cup after it defeated El Salvador 4-1 in Estadio Azteca.
(By WC2010Mania, February 8, 2010 at
Without any doubts, the World Cup is the most prestigious football event any player can hope to participate in. Only being held every four years, it is a truly unique experience for both fans and players.....
Although every FIFA World Cup is bound to have its upsets, it appears to be a safe bet that the battle for the title will mainly concern the top-tier teams from Europe and South America. In particular Brazil and Argentina are facing a lot of pressure given their disappointing performances in the last World Cup. In fact, the Brazilian Seleção around Ronaldinho faced harsh critique at home after being eliminated in the quarterfinals by France in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Likewise, defending champions Italy as well as Spain, Portugal, England, Germany and the Netherlands can rightfully be considered championship contenders. Especially the Spanish team around Fernando Torres and Xavi is coming off a huge confidence boost after winning the Euro 2008 title. In contrast, host nation South Africa is hoping to play well in front of their home crowd, but unfortunately anything else than a group-stage knockout would be a big surprise.
(By WC2010Mania, World Cup 2010 FIFA Worldcup South Africa)

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