2010 World Cup Soccer Archive
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2010 World Cup Soccer Tournament Preview
Soccer World Cup is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world. The 2010 FIFA World Cup that takes place from Friday 11 June to Sunday 11 July 2010 will be no exception.
Fans from each team feverish believe in the success of their favorites, with the most vocal fans supporting teams like Brazil, Italy, Spain and Argentina. All of these teams are safely seated within the Top 10 in the FIFA / Coca-Cola World Rankings. As of now (August 2009), the unofficial favorites to qualify in each of the six groups are the following:
In the Africa Group, a total of 53 teams are competing for 5 + 1 places in 2010 (1 place allocated to host nation South Africa). The current favorites to compete in 2010 South Africa are Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
In the North, Central America and Caribbean Group, the region’s “big three” of the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica are firm favorites to take the top three positions. Leading the charge outside the big three is an impressive Honduras team, while El Salvador also cannot be discarded.
In Asia the favorites are Japan. They have been participants at every FIFA World Cup since France 1998, although the former Oceania nation Australia could still cause an upset. Korea Republic is Asia’s most frequent country to the World Cup and will be aiming for their seventh consecutive appearance.
In Europe, the teams are competing in 9 groups. Favorites in each group are Portugal, Greece (who will have to field off fierce competition from Switzerland), Czech Republic, Germany and Russia in Group 4, Spain and Turkey in Group 5 and England in Group 6 (although they will have to beat a very hungry Croatia). In Group 7 France are the favorites, with Italy and the Netherlands being the favorites in Group 8 and 9.
Since Australia's departure to the Asia Group, many believe that New Zealand’s time has come to qualify in the Oceania Group.
In the South America Group, the top 4 teams will qualify for the FIFA World Cup. The 5th placed team enters a home-and-away playoff with the 4th placed team from North, Central America & Caribbean. In this group, Argentina and Brazil (still the number one team in the FIFA / Coca-Cola World Rankings) are top of the favorites
World Cup Soccer 2010 (South Africa) Information:
The 19th FIFA World Cup is scheduled to occur between June 11, 2010 and July 11, 2010 in several cities in South Africa. This will be the first time that the international soccer tournament has been hosted by an African country. The tournament will take place in ten cities in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), the southernmost country on the African continent. Many of the stadiums needed for the event are currently under construction but Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg and Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the capital city of Pretoria are now being upgraded. Several of South Africa's most beautiful cities have been selected as locations for World Cup matches.
A total of two hundred teams are currently contending for a spot on the road to South Africa. Thirty one of the best teams in FIFA will compete. Only one team in the world has a guaranteed spot in this premiere world football event: that of the host country, South Africa. Preliminary phases of competition began in August, 2007 and will continue into the first part of 2010. The tournament has two parts, the qualification phase and the World Cup Finals. The Federation Intenationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is conducted every four years with its first year of play occurring in 1930. The FIFA Confederations Cup will also occur in South Africa in June 2009 as a precursor to the World Cup in 2010.
An estimated 714 million will be watching the 2010 finals. Brazil has won the World Cup 5 times and Italy has won a total of 4 times. Germany follows closely behind with 3 titles. England, Uruguay, France, and Argentina have also won World Cup honors. The Adidas Golden Shoe (or Golden Boot) is awarded to the top goal scorer in the Cup and the Adidas Golden Ball goes to the best player. These are just two of the awards that will be given after the world's ultimate soccer event in 2010.
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When the announcement was made that South Africa would host Soccer World Cup 2010, the news was met with raucous festivity and celebrations on the streets. Since then, the topic of Soccer World Cup dominates most news bulletins, decisions and discussions. Every person in the country is eagerly looking forward to this momentous event, and as the countdown begins in earnest, so the excitement grows. But it is not just a win for the country. With Soccer World Cup 2010 coming to South Africa, the hope and aspirations of a whole continent are now centered on the small country at its tip. Hosting the tournament is just as big a win for Africa than for South Africa.
The official slogan for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup is “Ke nato. Celebrate Africa’s Humanity”. Ke Nako means “it is time”. In essence the slogan is a call for all of humanity to celebrate its African origins in The Cradle of Humankind.
South Africa is a vibrant, unique and expressive country. Nothing embellishes this more than the recent vuvuzela debate. The vuvuzela is a brightly coloured, plastic horn-like instrument which is blown like a trumpet. During the recent Confederations Cup, FIFA received many complaints from broadcasters and players on the field because of the noise thousands of these horns produce in a stadium. After lengthy discussions, FIFA conceded that the vuvuzela and the makarapa can be wielded and worn inside stadiums during the 2010 World Cup.
The makarapa is another proudly South African soccer relic. It is a modified mine hard-hat, which a dedicated South African soccer supporter will spend hours individualizing and embellishing. It is often worn with other adornments such as giant sunglasses or mine boots, and creates a wonderfully energetic South African atmosphere during any soccer match.
South Africa has more than enough soccer stadiums to successfully host the tournament. Ten venues have been confirmed in nine cities across South Africa. The nine cities in which games will be played is the Mother City of Cape Town, the South Coast city of Durban, the City of Gold that is Johannesburg and Mangaung / Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg and Tshwane / Pretoria.
As with much of the infrastructure development, soccer stadiums in South Africa have received a massive facelift. Most notably is Soccer City in Johannesburg, which will now look like a traditional African cooking and drinking calabash. As the biggest stadium in Africa it will be the proud legacy of Soccer World Cup 2010 long after the event is over. This stadium in Johannesburg will hold the opening match as well as the finals.
Millions of dollars are currently being spent on upgrading and creating transport solutions. Much interest is centered around the revolutionary Gautrain system (from the words “Gauteng Train”) that connects Pretoria, O.R. Thambo International Airport, Sandton and Johannesburg. Roads, rail- and bus-routes are all being upgraded and integrated to provide a seamless transport system around Johannesburg in particular. The use of an electronic ticketing system will also be implemented to allow commuters to use one ticket for public transport.
Johannesburg is often called Egoli, or the City of Gold, because it developed out of the gold rush in the late 19th century. Today it is a vibrant, modern African city where traditional herbalist shops proudly stand their ground against massive modern steel and glass skyscrapers. The recent inner-city renewal drive had been extremely successful, with the inner city now becoming home to a new generation of slick executives and trendy city dwellers. It is a city alive with theatre, restaurants, hotels and party spots which spill over into the popular tourist hotspots of Rosebank and Sandton on its edges.
South Africans are known for their sunny smiles. From homely bed and breakfast establishments to five star hotels, a friendly South African smile will greet you whenever you check in. South Africans are warm and helpful and generally very interested in new people and cultures. As the melting pot of more than eleven official cultures and languages they have after all had more than enough practice!
To book accommodation over the internet or through travel agencies is easy and hassle-free. South Africa has more than 80 000 graded rooms at present (a lot more than the 55 000 graded rooms required by FIFA). But as with any mayor event, it is advisable to book well in advance to guarantee the most favorable lodgings and rates.
South Africa is a great value-for-money destination. The South African currency is Rand, which as of August 2009, trades at about R8.00 (eight Rand) to $1 or R11.00 (eleven Rand) to €1. Be sure to check the current exchange rate prior to travel, as it will fluctuate. Food and drinks at restaurants are generally affordable, come in large portions and offer good value. Food and drinks from supermarkets offer even better value.
Safety and security will be a mayor focus in the upcoming soccer World Cup 2010. South Africa is known for its recent rise in violent crime, so government and stakeholders have taken a no-tolerance approach to crime. Various anti-crime initiatives have been launched, with a massive investment made to boost South Africa’s crime-fighting infrastructure (including crowd-control and anti-terrorism measures). Experts from around the world are training the dedicated police force of 41,000 officers that will be deployed for the World Cup. Visitors are encouraged to make clear arrangements beforehand, to walk in groups and not to display obvious signs of wealth such as dangling cameras, cell phones and golden jewelry. Knowing where you are going and not being distracted by an open map will guarantee safer travel.
On the topic of maps: using a recent map of South Africa is crucial. Many street, city and place names have been changed to reflect the new democracy in the country. The roads in big cities have also changed drastically due to infrastructure upgrades. As such, older maps are no longer accurate. When changes in names are very recent, both the old and new names are given to avoid confusion.
Soccer World Cup 2010 happens in the South African winter. This means daytime temperatures are mild and temperate, although nighttimes can be cold. The northern parts of the country are usually dry during winter, with the more southern Cape region receiving winter rainfall. However, 2009 has been one of the wettest winters in years, with showers covering the country for days on-end. So taking raingear is advisable regardless of which part of the country you will be visiting. Some parts of South Africa are also classified as Malaria-areas. Luckily, malaria is more common in the summer, so when visiting the Kruger National Park in the winter the risk is greatly minimized. Before traveling, please check if specific inoculations are required.