Sunday, May 30, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup


2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country South Africa
Dates11 June – 11 July
Teams32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)10 (in 9 host cities)
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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 Olympicsas 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 beatMorocco 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. Italyare the defending champions. The draw for the finals took place on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town.

Host selection

Fans celebrating the forthcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa (Camps BayCape Town)
Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a policy to rotate the event among football confederations (which was later abandoned in October 2007). Five African nations placed bids to host the 2010 World Cup:
Following the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee not to allow co-hosted tournaments, Tunisia withdrew from the bidding process. The committee also decided not to consider Libya's solo bid as it no longer met all the stipulations laid down in the official List of Requirements.
After one round of voting, the winning bid was announced by FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a media conference on 15 May 2004 in Zürich. South Africa was awarded the rights to host the tournament, defeating Morocco and Egypt.[1]
Voting Results
 South Africa14
  •  Tunisia withdrew on 8 May 2004 after joint bidding was not allowed
  •  Libya bid was rejected: bid did not meet the list of requirements and joint bidding was not allowed
During 2006 and 2007, rumours circulated in various news sources that the 2010 World Cup could be moved to another country.[2][3] Some people, including Franz Beckenbauer, Horst R. Schmidt and, reportedly, some FIFA executives, expressed concern over the planning, organisation, and pace of South Africa's preparations.[2][4] However, FIFA officials repeatedly expressed their confidence in South Africa as host, stating that a contingency plan existed only to cover natural catastrophes, as had been in place at previous FIFA World Cups. [5]


As the host nation, South Africa qualified automatically for the tournament. Nonetheless South Africa participated in World Cup qualifiers because the CAF qualifiers also served as the qualifying tournament for the 2010 African Cup of Nations. They were the first host since 1934 to participate in preliminary qualifying. As happened in the previous tournament, the defending champions were not given an automatic berth, and Italy had to participate in qualification.
The qualification draw for the 2010 World Cup was held in Durban, South Africa, on 25 November 2007.

List of qualified teams

The following 32 teams qualified for the final tournament.

AFC (4)
CAF (6)

OFC (1)

UEFA (13)
     Countries qualified for World Cup     Country failed to qualify     Countries which did not enter World Cup     Country not a FIFA member
This is the first World Cup that does not include any teams that are qualifying for the first time, although two of the qualifiers (Slovakia and Serbia) have previously appeared only as parts of former competing nations. Slovakia was previously part of Czechoslovakia, and Serbia has competed as part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. In both cases FIFA considers these teams to have retained the earlier nations' records.
Controversy surrounded final qualification matches played between France and the Republic of Ireland,Costa Rica and Uruguay and Egypt and Algeria in November 2009.
In the second leg of the play-off between France and the Republic of Ireland, French captain Thierry Henry, unseen by the referee, illegally handled the ball in the lead up to the winning goal, which saw France make the final 32 teams ahead of Ireland. The incident caused widespread debate on how matches should be refereed at the highest level. FIFA rejected a request from the Football Association of Ireland to replay the match, [6] whilst a widely reported later request by Ireland to be included as an unprecedented 33rd World Cup entrant was later withdrawn.[7][8] Costa Rica complained over Uruguay's winning goal in the CONMEBOL–CONCACAF playoff[9] whilst Egypt and Algeria's final match was surrounded by reports of crowd trouble.
In response to the incidents during qualification, and to a match fixing controversy, on 2 December 2009 FIFA called for an extraordinary general meeting of their Executive Committee. After the meeting, FIFA announced that they would be setting up an inquiry into technology and extra officials in the game, but they did not announce the widely-expected move of fast-tracking the introduction of goal-line referee's assistants, already being trialled in the Europa League, and instead restated that the competition in South Africa would be officiated as before, with just one referee, two assistants, and a fourth official.[10] On the subject of fair play, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said:
I appeal to all the players and coaches to observe this fair play. In 2010 we want to prove that football is more than just kicking a ball but has social and cultural value...So we ask the players 'please observe fair play' so they will be an example to the rest of the world.
—FIFA President Sepp Blatter, [11]


In 2005, the organisers released a provisional list of twelve venues to be used for the World Cup:BloemfonteinCape TownDurbanJohannesburg(two venues), KimberleyNelspruitOrkney,PolokwanePort ElizabethPretoria, and Rustenburg. This was narrowed down to ten venues[12] which were officially announced by FIFA on 17 March 2006:
JohannesburgDurbanCape TownJohannesburgPretoria
Soccer CityMoses Mabhida Stadium[3]Cape Town Stadium[4]Ellis Park StadiumLoftus Versfeld Stadium
26°14′5.27″S27°58′56.47″E29°49′46″S 31°01′49″E33°54′12.46″S18°24′40.15″E26°11′51.07″S28°3′38.76″E25°45′12″S28°13′22″E
Capacity: 91,141Capacity: 70,000Capacity: 69,070Capacity: 62,567Capacity: 51,760
Inside Bowl of Soccer City Stadium.jpgDurban 21.08.2009 12-02-25.jpgCTSRW01.JPGView of Ellis Park.jpgLoftus Versfeld Stadium.jpg
Port ElizabethBloemfonteinPolokwaneRustenburgNelspruit
Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumFree State StadiumPeter Mokaba StadiumRoyal Bafokeng StadiumMbombela Stadium
33°56′16″S25°35′56″E29°07′02.25″S26°12′31.85″E23°55′29″S 29°28′08″E25°34′43″S27°09′39″E25°27′42″S30°55′47″E
Capacity: 48,000Capacity: 48,000Capacity: 46,000Capacity: 44,530Capacity: 43,589
Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth.jpgSouth Africa-Bloemfontein-Free State Stadium01.jpgEstadio Peter Mokaba.JPGRoyal Bafokeng Arial.jpgSeats and field of Mbombela Stadium.jpg
  • ^1 As Durban Stadium
  • ^2 As Green Point Stadium


The Lukasrand Tower in Pretoria sporting a football in anticipation of the world cup
Five new stadiums have been built for the tournament, and five of the existing venues are to be upgraded. Construction costs are expected to be R8.4bn.[13]
In addition to the stadiums being built and upgraded, South Africa is also planning to improve its current public transport infrastructure within the various cities, with projects such as the Gautrain and the new Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) titled Rea Vaya.[14] Danny Jordaan, the president of the 2010 World Cup organising committee, has said that he expects all stadiums for the tournament to be completed by October 2009.[15]
The country is also going to implement special measures to ensure the safety and security of local and international tourists attending the matches in accordance with standard FIFA requirements,[16] including a temporary restriction of flight operation in the airspace surrounding the stadiums.[17]
The readiness of this African nation to host one of the biggest events in a sports that is worshiped by millions has received positive response from FIFA. FIFA has rated the readiness of South Africa at eight on a scale of 10 [18] with the hope that they would be completely ready before the matches actually start.

Construction strike

70,000 construction workers[19] who were supposed to be working on the new stadiums walked off their jobs on 8 July 2009. The majority of the workers receive R2500 per month (about £192, 224 or$313), but the unions allege that some workers are grossly underpaid. A spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers said to the SABC that the "no work no pay" strike will go on until FIFA assesses penalties on the organisers. Other unions threatened to strike into 2011. The World Cup organising committee downplayed the strike and expressed confidence that the stadiums will be ready.[20][21][22]


Major road networks have been improved to cater for the expected influx of people coming to the country who will be traveling to and from the match stadiums. The Gautrain (underground rail network) will be complete in time for the opening game, but only limited lengths of the route.
Major metros have also updated their current public bus systems to cater for visitors. Websites such as Vaya Nathi have been created for host city visitors to view bus route information in host cities.

Final draw

The FIFA Organising Committee approved the procedure for the Final Draw on 2 December 2009. The seeding was based on the October 2009 FIFA World Ranking and seven squads joined hosts South Africa as seeded teams for the Final Draw. The committee also approved the composition of the other pots as well as the procedure for the final draw. Pot 2 was composed of teams from Asia, Oceania, and North and Central America and the Caribbean. Pot 3 included teams from Africa and South America. Pot 4 had the remaining European teams.
Hosts South Africa were automatically positioned as A1; the other seeded teams were drawn into the other groups B–H, but were always in position 1 of their group. Groups were drawn from A to H and the positions in the group were drawn for Pots 2 to 4. Geographical criteria also were respected, meaning that no two teams from the same confederation were drawn in the same group (except European teams, where a maximum of two will be in a group); i.e., South Africa cannot play the African teams from Pot 3 and Argentina and Brazil cannot be drawn against the three remaining South American teams. The first two African teams drawn from Pot 3 are placed with Argentina and Brazil. Similarly, hosts South Africa may not be paired with any of the other African nations (also placed in Pot 3).[23]
Pot 1 (Host & Top seven)Pot 2 (Asia, North America & Oceania)Pot 3 (Africa & South America)Pot 4 (Europe)
The group draw was staged in Cape Town, South Africa, at 19:00 (UTC+2) on 4 December 2009 at theCape Town International Convention Centre.[24] The ceremony was presented by South African actressCharlize Theron, assisted by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.[25] The balls were drawn byEnglish football star David Beckham and African sporting figures Haile GebreselassieJohn Smit,Makhaya NtiniMatthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu.[26]
Final Groups
Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
 South Africa Argentina England Germany
 Mexico Nigeria United States Australia
 Uruguay Korea Republic Algeria Serbia
 France Greece Slovenia Ghana
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
 Netherlands Italy Brazil Spain
 Denmark Paraguay Korea DPR Switzerland
 Japan New Zealand Côte d'Ivoire Honduras
 Cameroon Slovakia Portugal Chile


FIFA selected the following referees to officiate at the World Cup:[27]

Saudi Arabia Khalil Al Ghamdi
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
Malaysia Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh
Japan Yuichi Nishimura
Mali Koman Coulibaly
South Africa Jerome Damon
Seychelles Eddy Maillet
El Salvador Joel Aguilar
Mexico Benito Archundia
Guatemala Carlos Batres
Mexico Marco Antonio Rodríguez

Argentina Héctor Baldassi
Uruguay Jorge Larrionda
Chile Pablo Pozo
Colombia Óscar Ruiz
Brazil Carlos Simon
Uruguay Martín Vázquez
New Zealand Michael Hester
New Zealand Peter O'Leary
Portugal Olegário Benquerença
Switzerland Massimo Busacca
Belgium Frank De Bleeckere
Sweden Martin Hansson
Hungary Viktor Kassai
France Stephane Lannoy
Italy Roberto Rosetti
Germany Wolfgang Stark
Spain Alberto Undiano Mallenco
England Howard Webb


As with the 2006 tournament, each team's squad for the 2010 World Cup consists of 23 players. Each participating national association must confirm their final 23-player squad by 1 June 2010. Teams are permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game.[28]


]roup stage

In the following tables:
  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)
  • Pts = total points accumulated (teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and no points for a loss)
The teams placed first and second (shaded in green) qualified to the round of 16.

Tie-breaking criteria

For the World Cup tournament, FIFA uses the following criteria to rank teams in the Group Stage.[29]
  1. greatest number of points in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. greatest number of points in matches between tied teams;
  5. goal difference in matches between tied teams;
  6. greatest number of goals scored in matches between tied teams;
  7. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

Group A

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11 June 2010
South Africa Match 1 MexicoSoccer CityJohannesburg
Uruguay Match 2 FranceCape Town StadiumCape Town
16 June 2010
South Africa Match 17 UruguayLoftus Versfeld StadiumPretoria
17 June 2010
France Match 20 MexicoPeter Mokaba StadiumPolokwane
22 June 2010
Mexico Match 33 UruguayRoyal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg
France Match 34 South AfricaFree State StadiumBloemfonteint

Group B

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12 June 2010
Korea Republic Match 3 GreeceNelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth
Argentina Match 4 NigeriaEllis Park StadiumJohannesburg
17 June 2010
Argentina Match 18 Korea RepublicSoccer CityJohannesburg
Greece Match 19 NigeriaFree State StadiumBloemfontein
22 June 2010
Nigeria Match 35 Korea RepublicMoses Mabhida StadiumDurban
Greece Match 36 ArgentinaPeter Mokaba StadiumPolokwane

Group C

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12 June 2010
England Match 5 United StatesRoyal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg
13 June 2010
Algeria Match 6 SloveniaPeter Mokaba StadiumPolokwane
18 June 2010
Slovenia Match 22 United StatesEllis Park StadiumJohannesburg
England Match 23 AlgeriaCape Town StadiumCape Town
23 June 2010
Slovenia Match 37 EnglandNelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth
United States Match 38 AlgeriaLoftus Versfeld StadiumPretoria

Group D


13 June 2010
Serbia Match 7 GhanaLoftus Versfeld StadiumPretoria
Germany Match 8 AustraliaMoses Mabhida StadiumDurban
18 June 2010
Germany Match 21 SerbiaNelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth
19 June 2010
Ghana Match 25 AustraliaRoyal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg
23 June 2010
Ghana Match 39 GermanySoccer CityJohannesburg
Australia Match 40 SerbiaMbombela StadiumNelspruit

Group E


14 June 2010
Netherlands Match 9 DenmarkSoccer CityJohannesburg
Japan Match 10 CameroonFree State StadiumBloemfontein
19 June 2010
Netherlands Match 24 JapanMoses Mabhida StadiumDurban
Cameroon Match 26 DenmarkLoftus Versfeld StadiumPretoria
24 June 2010
Denmark Match 43 JapanRoyal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg
Cameroon Match 44 NetherlandsCape Town StadiumCape Town

Group F

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14 June 2010
Italy Match 11 ParaguayCape Town StadiumCape Town
15 June 2010
New Zealand Match 12 SlovakiaRoyal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg
20 June 2010
Slovakia Match 27 ParaguayFree State StadiumBloemfontein
Italy Match 28 New ZealandMbombela StadiumNelspruit
24 June 2010
Slovakia Match 41 ItalyEllis Park StadiumJohannesburg
Paraguay Match 42 New ZealandPeter Mokaba StadiumPolokwane

Group G

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 Côte d'Ivoire00000000

15 June 2010
Côte d'Ivoire Match 13 PortugalNelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth
Brazil Match 14 Korea DPREllis Park StadiumJohannesburg
20 June 2010
Brazil Match 29 Côte d'IvoireSoccer CityJohannesburg
21 June 2010
Portugal Match 30 Korea DPRCape Town StadiumCape Town
25 June 2010
Portugal Match 45 BrazilMoses Mabhida StadiumDurban
Korea DPR Match 46 Côte d'IvoireMbombela StadiumNelspruit

Group H


16 June 2010
Honduras Match 15 ChileMbombela StadiumNelspruit
Spain Match 16 SwitzerlandMoses Mabhida StadiumDurban
21 June 2010
Chile Match 31 SwitzerlandNelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth
Spain Match 32 HondurasEllis Park StadiumJohannesburg
25 June 2010
Chile Match 47 SpainLoftus Versfeld StadiumPretoria
Switzerland Match 48 HondurasFree State StadiumBloemfontein

Knockout stage

Round of 16


26 June – Port Elizabeth  

  Winners of Group A 

2 July – Johannesburg

  Runners-up of Group B  

  Winners of Match 49 

26 June – Rustenburg

   Winners of Match 50  

  Winners of Group C 

6 July – Cape Town

  Runners-up of Group D  

  Winners of Match 58 

28 June – Durban

   Winners of Match 57  

  Winners of Group E 

2 July – Port Elizabeth

  Runners-up of Group F  

  Winners of Match 53 

28 June –Johannesburg

   Winners of Match 54  

  Winners of Group G 

11 July –Johannesburg

  Runners-up of Group H  

  Winners of Match 61 

27 June –Johannesburg

   Winners of Match 62 

  Winners of Group B 

3 July – Cape Town

  Runners-up of Group A  

  Winners of Match 52 

27 June –Bloemfontein

   Winners of Match 51  

  Winners of Group D 

7 July – Durban

  Runners-up of Group C  

  Winners of Match 59 

29 June – Pretoria

   Winners of Match 60  Third place

  Winners of Group F 

3 July – Johannesburg
10 July – Port Elizabeth

  Runners-up of Group E  

  Winners of Match 55   Losers of Match 61 

29 June – Cape Town

   Winners of Match 56    Losers of Match 62 

  Winners of Group H 

  Runners-up of Group G  

Round of 16

26 June 2010
Winners of Group A Match 49 Runners-up of Group BNelson Mandela Bay Stadium,Port Elizabeth

26 June 2010
Winners of Group C Match 50 Runners-up of Group DRoyal Bafokeng Stadium,Rustenburg

27 June 2010
Winners of Group D Match 51 Runners-up of Group CFree State Stadium,Bloemfontein

27 June 2010
Winners of Group B Match 52 Runners-up of Group ASoccer CityJohannesburg

28 June 2010
Winners of Group E Match 53 Runners-up of Group FMoses Mabhida Stadium,Durban

28 June 2010
Winners of Group G Match 54 Runners-up of Group HEllis Park Stadium,Johannesburg

29 June 2010
Winners of Group F Match 55 Runners-up of Group ELoftus Versfeld Stadium,Pretoria

29 June 2010
Winners of Group H Match 56 Runners-up of Group GCape Town StadiumCape Town


2 July 2010
Winners of Match 53 Match 57 Winners of Match 54Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium,Port Elizabeth

2 July 2010
Winners of Match 49 Match 58 Winners of Match 50Soccer CityJohannesburg

3 July 2010
Winners of Match 52 Match 59 Winners of Match 51Cape Town StadiumCape Town

3 July 2010
Winners of Match 55 Match 60 Winners of Match 56Ellis Park Stadium,Johannesburg


6 July 2010
Winners of Match 58 Match 61 Winners of Match 57Cape Town StadiumCape Town

7 July 2010
Winners of Match 59 Match 62 Winners of Match 60Moses Mabhida Stadium,Durban

Third place play-off

10 July 2010
Losers of Match 61 Match 63 Losers of Match 62Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium,Port Elizabeth


11 July 2010
Winners of Match 61 Match 64 Winners of Match 62Soccer CityJohannesburg

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