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2010 World Cup
11th june - 11th july 2010
South Africa has hosted numerous major international events - but the Soccer World Cup was in a class of its own.
The eyes of millions of visitors and billions of TV viewers were focused on the southern tip of Africa.
In a press conference following Spain’s win, FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a ‘9/10’ pass mark in praise of the country’s hosting of the event, one of the greatest ever held he went on to say. With so much pre World Cup doubt that South Africa could pull off an event of this size in stature, the country has shown the world’s media and skeptics at large they were completely off the mark.
World Cup officials have been asked to ban the Vuvuzela, but they have said no because Africa is about music and that is what this noise maker is. - Well - first - it is a long stretch to call it music and secondly it is NOT a cultural thing! South Africans first became aware of this “noise maker” with the preparations for the games and “made in China” can hardly be attributed to anything culturally related
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Kings Park stadium in Durban will be rebuilt for the event, becoming a multi-sports facility. Stadium in Durban.
In the Western Cape, Cape Town’s Green Point stadium is now completed and becoming a "totally new" multi-purpose sports facility complete with a dome that can be opened and closed. The dome is necessary for Cape Town’s unpredictable weather.
SA SOCCER LEGENDS
Pule "Ace" Ntsoelengoe - Steve Mokone - Jomo Sono - Kaizer Motaung - Lucas Radebe - Doctor Khumalo
Football - or soccer, as we call it - is the most widely played sport in South Africa, with its traditional support base in the black community.
For many South Africans the country's proudest sporting moment came when we won the Africa Cup of Nations on home turf in 1996 - having failed even to qualify for the previous cup.
Soccer is intensely followed, and the quality of the local game keeps improving - as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs.
The national football team, Bafana Bafana - "The Boys" - may not have progressed beyond the first round of the 2002 World Cup, but five goals, one win, one draw and a 3-2 thriller against Spain did more than erase the disappointment of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali - it confirmed South Africa's arrival as a force in world football.
Local teams, organized in a national league plus a plethora of knock-out cups, are followed with the same passion as in many other countries, by paint-daubed, costumed, whistling and cheering fans. Mercifully, the country has been spared the spectre of football hooliganism.
Soccer was the first of the country's three major sports - the other two being cricket and rugby - to fully integrate. Today there is a good mix of players of all colors playing in the Premier Soccer League, the national team and other less glamorous sides.
There's probably no quicker way to "break the ice" with the South African man on the street than to demonstrate some knowledge of local soccer. To help you improve your conversational skills, here's a crash course on the country's most important teams and competitions.