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Fernando Torres

Paolo Maldini

Michael Ballack

Miroslav Klose



Michael Owen

Zinedine Zidane

Diego Maradona

Gheorghe Hagi

Fabio Cannavaro

Franz Beckenbauer

Johan Cruijff

Michel Platini

Roberto Baggio

Francesco Totti

Ryan Giggs

Park Ji-Sung


George Best

Bobby Moore

Samuel Eto'o

Luís Figo

Cesc Fàbregas

Eric Cantona

Stanley Matthews

Lionel Messi

George Weah


Gianfranco Zola

Didier Drogba

World Cup Football

2010 FIFA World Cup

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.

Host selection

Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a new 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:

  •  Egypt
  •  Libya /  Tunisia (co-hosting)
  •  Morocco
  •  South Africa

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
Country Votes
 South Africa 14
 Morocco 10
 Egypt 0
  •  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


As the host nation, South Africa qualifies automatically for the tournament. However, South Africa did participate in World Cup qualifiers because the CAF qualifiers also serve 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)
  •  Australia
  •  Japan
  •  Korea DPR
  •  Korea Republic
CAF (5+1)
  •  Algeria
  •  Cameroon
  •  Côte d'Ivoire
  •  Ghana
  •  Nigeria
  •  South Africa (hosts)
  •  Honduras
  •  Mexico
  •  United States
  •  Argentina
  •  Brazil
  •  Chile
  •  Paraguay
  •  Uruguay
OFC (1)
  •  New Zealand
UEFA (13)
  •  Denmark
  •  England
  •  France
  •  Germany
  •  Greece
  •  Italy
  •  Netherlands
  •  Portugal
  •  Serbia
  •  Slovakia
  •  Slovenia
  •  Spain
  •  Switzerland

This is the first World Cup with no debutant associations, although two of the qualifiers (Slovakia and Serbia) have previously appeared only as parts of former competing nations. In both cases FIFA considers these teams to have retained the earlier nations' records.

Qualification controversies

Controversy surrounded several of the final qualification matches 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 FIFA Fair Play, and how matches should be refereed at the highest level. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) requested a replay on grounds of fairness, but this was denied by FIFA under the Laws of the Game.[2] A widely reported later request by Ireland to be included as an unprecedented 33rd World Cup entrant was later withdrawn by the FAI, and dismissed by the FAI as peripheral to their other more substantial petitions for change in world football made to FIFA.[3][4]

Costa Rica also complained over Uruguay's winning goal in the CONMEBOL–CONCACAF playoff.[5]

There was crowd trouble around two matches between Egypt and Algeria, with the Algerian team bus stoned before the first in Cairo, and reports of Egyptian fans ambushed after the second in Khartoum, Sudan. Local media made lurid reports, and diplomatic relations between the countries nosedived.

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.[6] 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, [7]

Prize money and club payments

The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as $420 million, a 60 percent increase on the 2006 tournament.[8] Before the tournament, each participating team would receive $1 million, for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, teams exiting at the group stage would receive $8 million. Thereafter, the prize money would be distributed as follows:[8]

  • $9 million - Round of 16
  • $18 million - Quarter-finals
  • $20 million - Semi-finals
  • $24 million - Runners up
  • $30 million - Winners

In a first for the World Cup, there would also be payments made by FIFA to the domestic clubs of the players representing their national teams at the tournament. This would see a total of €26 million being paid to domestic clubs, amounting to just over €1,000 per player per day. [9]

This was the result of an agreement reached in 2008 between FIFA and European clubs to disband the G-14 and drop their claims for compensation dating back to 2005 over the financial cost of injuries sustained to their players while on international duty, such as that from Belgian club Charleroi S.C. for injury to Morroco's Abdelmajid Oulmers in a friendly game in 2004, and from English club Newcastle United for an injury to England's Michael Owen in the 2006 World Cup.[10][11][12]


The official mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is Zakumi (born 16 June 1994 (1994-06-16) (age 15)), an anthropomorphised leopard with green hair. His name comes from "ZA", the international abbreviation for South Africa, and "kumi", a word that means "ten" in various African languages.[13] The mascot's colours reflect those of the host nation's playing strip – yellow and green.

Zakumi's birthdate coincides with a day known and celebrated as Youth Day in South Africa and their second group match. The year 1994 marks the first non-racial nationwide elections in South Africa. He will turn 16 in 2010.[14]

The Zakumi's official motto is: "Zakumi's game is Fair Play." The motto was seen in the digital advertisement boards during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and it will also appear at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[14]

Match ball

The match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be named the "Jabulani", made by Adidas, which means "bringing joy to everyone" in isiZulu. The number eleven plays a prominent role in the new technologically advanced ball: it is the eleventh World Cup match ball made by the German sports equipment maker; it features eleven colours, one for each player on the pitch; and there are eleven official languages of South Africa. Also, the event will start on the eleventh day of June and end on the eleventh day of July.[15]

There have already been critics of the ball. FC Barcelona's goalkeeper, Víctor Valdés, said: "I'm scared about the ball, it's unpredictable".[16]


Five new stadiums have been built for the tournament (three new match venues and two new practice grounds), and five of the existing venues are to be upgraded. Construction costs are expected to be R8.4bn.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

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,[21] including a temporary restriction of flight operation in the airspace surrounding the stadiums.[22]

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 [23] with the hope that they would be completely ready before the matches actually start.

Construction strike

70,000 construction workers[24] 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 – some receiving as little as R40 (£3.11) a week. 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.[25][26][27]

Relocation rumours

During 2006 to 2007, rumours circulated in various news sources that the 2010 World Cup could be moved to another country.[32][33] 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.[32][34] However, FIFA officials repeatedly expressed their confidence in South Africa as host, and stated that the event will not be moved, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter re-iterating that "Plan A... Plan B... Plan C is that the 2010 World Cup will be staged in South Africa".[35][36] Blatter stated that there is a contingency plan to hold the World Cup elsewhere but only in the event of a natural catastrophe, and that the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany also had a similar contingency plan.[36][37][38]

Despite reassurances by FIFA that the event would only be moved in the case of natural catastrophe, rumours continued to circulate about possible relocation of the event.[39] These rumours were criticised by South Africa's Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi, saying that some have targeted the event to reflect their persistent negativity towards South Africa and Africa.[40]


As with many 'hallmark events' throughout the world,[41] the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been connected to evictions[42][43] which many claim are meant to 'beautify the city', impress visiting tourists, and hide shack dwellers. On 14 May 2009, Durban-based shack-dwellers took the KwaZulu-Natal government to court over their controversial Elimination and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Act, meant to eliminate slums in South Africa and put homeless shackdwellers in transit camps in time for the 2010 World Cup.[44][45] They have gained a lot of publicity for their efforts even in the international media.[46][47][48]

A Mbombela municipality administrator Jimmy Mohlala was killed after becoming a whistleblower on a land deal which saw 6,000 acres of land sold for one rand.[49]

The most prominent controversy surrounding preparations for the World Cup is the N2 Gateway housing project in Cape Town, which plans to remove over 20,000 residents from Joe Slovo Informal Settlement along the busy N2 Freeway and build rental flats and bond houses in its place in time for the 2010 World Cup.[50] The residents would be moved to the poverty stricken Delft township on the outskirts of the city and out of sight from the N2 Freeway.[51][52][53]

In July 2009, South Africa was hit with rolling protests by poor communities who demanded access to basic services, jobs, adequate housing and the democratisation of service delivery. These protests have been linked to the World Cup as protesters complain that public funds are being diverted away from social issues to build stadiums and upgrade airports.[54] [55] Fears have been expressed that the growing protests by shack dwellers could result in the tournament being disrupted.[56][57]

Tournament organiser Danny Jordaan dismissed concerns that the terrorist attack on the Togo national team which took place in Angola in January 2010, had any relevance to the security arrangements for the World Cup.[58]

South Africa and others have expressed concerns that the World Cup will stimulate and be a boon to the illicit sex trade.[59][60][61]

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 was 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).[62]

Pot 1 (Host & Top seven) Pot 2 (Asia, North America & Oceania) Pot 3 (Africa & South America) Pot 4 (Europe)
 South Africa
 Korea DPR
 Korea Republic
 United States
 New Zealand
 Côte d'Ivoire

The group draw was staged in Cape Town, South Africa, at 19:00 (UTC+2) on 4 December 2009 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.[63] The ceremony was presented by South African actress Charlize Theron, assisted by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.[64] The balls were drawn by English football star David Beckham and African sporting figures Haile Gebreselassie, John Smit, Makhaya Ntini, Matthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu.[65]


All times are South African Standard Time (UTC+2)

Group 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

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.[67]

  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 or play-off depending on time schedule.

Group A

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 June 2010
South Africa  Match 1  Mexico
Uruguay  Match 2  France
16 June 2010
South Africa  Match 17  Uruguay
17 June 2010
France  Match 20  Mexico
22 June 2010
Mexico  Match 33  Uruguay
France  Match 34  South Africa

Group B

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Korea Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 June 2010
Korea Republic  Match 3  Greece Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Argentina  Match 4  Nigeria Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
17 June 2010
Argentina  Match 18  Korea Republic Soccer City, Johannesburg
Greece  Match 19  Nigeria Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
22 June 2010
Nigeria  Match 35  Korea Republic Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Greece  Match 36  Argentina Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Group C

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 June 2010
England  Match 5  United States Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
13 June 2010
Algeria  Match 6  Slovenia Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
18 June 2010
Slovenia  Match 22  United States Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
England  Match 23  Algeria Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
23 June 2010
Slovenia  Match 37  England Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
United States  Match 38  Algeria Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Group D

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 June 2010
Serbia  Match 7  Ghana Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Germany  Match 8  Australia Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
18 June 2010
Germany  Match 21  Serbia Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
19 June 2010
Ghana  Match 25  Australia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
23 June 2010
Ghana  Match 39  Germany Soccer City, Johannesburg
Australia  Match 40  Serbia Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Group E

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 June 2010
Netherlands  Match 9  Denmark Soccer City, Johannesburg
Japan  Match 10  Cameroon Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
19 June 2010
Netherlands  Match 24  Japan Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Cameroon  Match 26  Denmark Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
24 June 2010
Denmark  Match 43  Japan Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Cameroon  Match 44  Netherlands Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Group F

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Paraguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 June 2010
Italy  Match 11  Paraguay Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
15 June 2010
New Zealand  Match 12  Slovakia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
20 June 2010
Slovakia  Match 27  Paraguay Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Italy  Match 28  New Zealand Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
24 June 2010
Slovakia  Match 41  Italy Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Paraguay  Match 42  New Zealand Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Group G

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Korea DPR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Côte d'Ivoire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 June 2010
Côte d'Ivoire  Match 13  Portugal Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Brazil  Match 14  Korea DPR Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
20 June 2010
Brazil  Match 29  Côte d'Ivoire Soccer City, Johannesburg
21 June 2010
Portugal  Match 30  Korea DPR Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
25 June 2010
Korea DPR  Match 45  Côte d'Ivoire Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Portugal  Match 46  Brazil Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Group H

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 June 2010
Honduras  Match 15  Chile Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Spain  Match 16  Switzerland Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
21 June 2010
Chile  Match 31  Switzerland Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Spain  Match 32  Honduras Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
25 June 2010
Chile  Match 47  Spain Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Switzerland  Match 48  Honduras Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Knockout stage

Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
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    

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