2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010
2010 FIFA World Cup official logo
Host country South Africa
Dates 11 June 11 July (31 days)
Teams 32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 10 (in 9 host cities)
Champions Spain (1st title)
Third place Germany
Fourth place Uruguay
Matches played 64
Goals scored 145 (2.27 per match)
Attendance 3,178,856 (49,670 per match)
Top scorer(s) Diego Forln
(5 goals each)
Best player Diego Forln
Best young player Thomas Mller
Best goalkeeper Iker Casillas
2010 FIFA World CupFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.
The matches were played in 10 stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These 16 teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.
In the final, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 10 after extra time, with Andrs Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title, becoming the eighth nation to win the tournament, and the first European nation to win the tournament outside its home continent. Host nation South Africa, 2006 champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were all eliminated in the first round of the tournament. It was the first time that the hosts were eliminated in the first round. New Zealand with their three draws were the only undefeated team in the tournament, but were also eliminated in the first round.
1 Host selection
2.1 List of qualified teams
3.1 Construction strike
4 Prize money
6 Final draw
9 Group stage
9.1 Group A
9.2 Group B
9.3 Group C
9.4 Group D
9.5 Group E
9.6 Group F
9.7 Group G
9.8 Group H
10 Knockout stage
10.1 Round of 16
10.4 Third-place play-off
11.4 All-Star Team
11.5 Post-tournament team ranking
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People watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup in
South Africa, with vuvuzelas.
12.2 Official song
12.3 Match ball
13 Event effects
14.3 Video games
14.4 FIFA Fan Fest
15 See also
17 External links
Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a short-lived policy, abandoned in 2007, to rotate the event among football confederations. Five African nations placed bids to host the 2010 World Cup: Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and a joint bid from Libya and Tunisia.
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.
The winning bid was announced by FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a media conference on 15 May 2004 in Zrich; in the first round of voting South Africa received 14 votes, Morocco received 10 votes and Egypt no votes. South Africa, which had narrowly failed to win the right to host
the 2006 event, was thus awarded the right to host the tournament. Having successfully campaigned for South Africa to be granted host status,
an emotional Nelson Mandela raised the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
During 2006 and 2007, rumours circulated in various news sources that the 2010 World Cup could be moved to another country. Franz Beckenbauer, Horst R. Schmidt and, reportedly, some FIFA executives, expressed concern over the planning, organisation, and pace of South
Africa's preparations. 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.
The qualification draw for the 2010 World Cup was held in Durban on 25 November 2007. As the host nation, South Africa qualified automatically for the tournament. As happened in the previous tournament, the defending champions were not given an automatic berth, and Italyhad to participate in qualification. With a pool of entrants comprising 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams at the time, the 2010 World Cup shares with the 2008 Summer Olympics the record for most competing nations in a sporting event.
Some controversies took place during the qualifications. In the second leg of the play-off between France and the Republic of Ireland, French captain Thierry Henry, unseen by the referee, handled the ball in the lead up to a late goal, which enabled France to qualify ahead of Ireland,
sparking widespread controversy and debate. FIFA rejected a request from the Football Association of Ireland to replay the match, and Ireland
later withdrew a request to be included as an unprecedented 33rd World Cup entrant. As a result, FIFA announced a review into the use of technology or extra officials at the highest level, but decided against the widely expected fast-tracking of goal-line referee's assistants for the
South African tournament.
Costa Rica complained over Uruguay's winning goal in the CONMEBOLCONCACAF
playoff, while Egypt and Algeria's November 2009 matches were surrounded by reports of crowd trouble. 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
Slovakia was making their first appearance as an independent nations but had previously been represented as part of Czechoslovakia team that last played in the 1990 tournament. North Korea qualified for the first time since 1966; Honduras and New Zealand were both making their first appearances since 1982, and Algeria were at the finals for the first time since the 1986 competition.
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Countries qualified for World Cup
Country failed to qualify
Countries that did not enter World Cup
Country not a FIFA member
Teams that failed to qualify for this tournament included Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Croatia, all of whom had qualified for the previous three finals; Sweden, Poland, and Ecuador, who had qualified for the previous two editions; and Euro 2008 semi-finalists Russia and Turkey.
List of qualified teams
The following 32 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings, qualified for the final tournament.
South Korea (47)
Ivory Coast (27)
Africa (83) (hosts)
Five new stadiums were built for the tournament, and five of the existing venues were upgraded. Construction costs were expected to be
R8.4 billion (just over US$1 billion or 950 million).
South Africa also improved its public transport infrastructure within the host cities, including Johannesburg's Gautrain and other metro systems,
and major road networks were improved. In March 2009, Danny Jordaan, the president of the 2010 World Cup organising committee, reported
that all stadiums for the tournament were on schedule to be completed within six months.
The country implemented special measures to ensure the safety and security of spectators in accordance with standard FIFA requirements,
including a temporary restriction of flight operation in the airspace surrounding the stadiums.
At a ceremony to mark 100 days before the event, FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the readiness of the country for the event.
On 8 July 2009, 70,000 construction workers who were working on the new stadiums walked off their jobs. The majority of the workers receive R2500 per month (about 192, 224 or US$313), but the unions alleged that some workers were grossly underpaid. A spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers said to the SABC that the "no work no pay" strike would go on until FIFA assessed penalties on the
organisers. Other unions threatened to strike into 2011. The strike was swiftly resolved and workers were back at work within a week of it
starting. There were no further strikes and all stadiums and construction projects were completed in time for the kick off.
The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as US$420 million (including payments of US$40 million to domestic
clubs), a 60 percent increase on the 2006 tournament. Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants received US$1 million for preparation
costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money was distributed as follows:
US$8 million To each team eliminated at the group stage (16 teams) ($8.65 million in 2014 US dollars)
US$9 million To each team eliminated in the round of 16 (8 teams) ($9.73 million in 2014 US dollars)
US$14 million To each team eliminated in the quarter-finals (4 teams) ($15.14 million in 2014 US dollars)
US$18 million Fourth placed team ($19.47 million in 2014 US dollars)
US$20 million Third placed team ($21.63 million in 2014 US dollars)
US$24 million Runner up ($25.96 million in 2014 US dollars)
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US$30 million Winner ($32.44 million in 2014 US dollars)
In a first for the World Cup, FIFA made payments to the domestic clubs of the players representing their national teams at the tournament. This saw a total of US$40 million paid to domestic clubs. This was the result of an agreement reached in 2008 between FIFA and European clubs to disband the G-14 group 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 Morocco'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.
In 2005, the organisers released a provisional list of 13 venues to be used for the World Cup: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg(two venues), Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Nelspruit, Orkney, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, and Rustenburg. This was narrowed down to the
ten venues that were officially announced by FIFA on 17 March 2006.
The altitude of several venues affected the motion of the ball and player performance, although FIFA's medical chief downplayed this
consideration. Six of the ten venues were over 1200m above sea level, with the two Johannesburg stadiums (Soccer City and Ellis Park) the
highest at approximately 1750m. The stadiums in order of altitude are: Soccer City and Ellis Park Stadium, 1753m; Royal Bafokeng Stadium, 1500m; Free State Stadium, 1400m; Peter Mokaba Stadium, 1310m; Loftus Versfeld Stadium, 1214m; Mbombela Stadium, 660m; Cape
Town Stadium, Moses Mabhida Stadium and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium near sea level.
Johannesburg Cape Town Durban Johannesburg
Soccer City1 Cape Town Stadium2 Moses Mabhida Stadium3 Ellis Park Stadium
26145.27S 275856.47E 335412.46S 182440.15E 294946S 310149E 261151.07S 28338.76E
Capacity: 84,490 Capacity: 64,100 Capacity: 62,760 Capacity: 55,686
2010 FIFA World Cup (South Africa)
Loftus Versfeld Stadium Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
254512S 281322E 335616S 253556E
Capacity: 42,858 Capacity: 42,486
Polokwane Nelspruit Bloemfontein Rustenburg
235529S 292808E 252742S 305547E 290702.25S 261231.85E 253443S 270939E
Peter Mokaba Stadium Mbombela Stadium Free State Stadium Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Capacity: 41,733 Capacity: 40,929 Capacity: 40,911 Capacity: 38,646
^1 As Soccer City
^2 As Green Point Stadium
^3 As Durban Stadium
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The Brazilian and North Korean
teams before their group stage match
The following stadiums were all upgraded to meet FIFA specifications:
Cecil Payne Stadium
HM Pitje Stadium
King Zwelithini Stadium
Olympia Park Stadium
Princess Magogo Stadium
Rabie Ridge Stadium
Seisa Ramabodu Stadium
Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
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. No two teams from the same confederation
were to be drawn in the same group, except allowing a maximum of two European teams in a group.
Pot 1 (Host & Top seven)Pot 2 (Asia, North America &
Oceania)Pot 3 (Africa & South America) Pot 4 (Europe)
North KoreaSouth KoreaHondurasMexicoUnited StatesNew Zealand