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 spec