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FIFA World Cup 2010

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

The following 32 teams qualified for the final tournament.

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.

Group A
Match Date - Time Venue
1 11/06 16:00 Johannesburg - JSC South Africa - Mexico
2 11/06 20:30 Cape Town Uruguay - France
17 16/06 20:30 Tshwane/Pretoria South Africa - Uruguay
18 17/06 20:30 Polokwane France - Mexico
33 22/06 16:00 Rustenburg Mexico - Uruguay
34 22/06 16:00 Mangaung / Bloemfontein France - South Africa

Group B
Match Date - Time Venue
3 12/06 16:00 Johannesburg - JEP Argentina - Nigeria
4 12/06 13:30 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Korea Republic - Greece
19 17/06 16:00 Mangaung / Bloemfontein Greece - Nigeria
20 17/06 13:30 Johannesburg - JSC Argentina - Korea Republic
35 22/06 20:30 Durban Nigeria - Korea Republic
36 22/06 20:30 Polokwane Greece - Argentina

Group C
Match Date - Time Venue
5 12/06 20:30 Rustenburg England - USA
6 13/06 13:30 Polokwane Algeria - Slovenia
22 18/06 16:00 Johannesburg - JEP Slovenia - USA
23 18/06 20:30 Cape Town England - Algeria
37 23/06 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Slovenia - England
38 23/06 16:00 Tshwane/Pretoria USA - Algeria

Group D
Match Date - Time Venue
7 13/06 20:30 Durban Germany - Australia
8 13/06 16:00 Tshwane/Pretoria Serbia - Ghana
21 18/06 13:30 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Germany - Serbia
24 19/06 16:00 Rustenburg Ghana - Australia
39 23/06 20:30 Johannesburg - JSC Ghana - Germany
40 23/06 20:30 Nelspruit Australia - Serbia

Group E
Match Date - Time Venue
9 14/06 13:30 Johannesburg - JSC Netherlands - Denmark
10 14/06 16:00 Mangaung / Bloemfontein Japan - Cameroon
25 19/06 13:30 Durban Netherlands - Japan
26 19/06 20:30 Tshwane/Pretoria Cameroon - Denmark
43 24/06 20:30 Rustenburg Denmark - Japan
44 24/06 20:30 Cape Town Cameroon - Netherlands

Group F
Match Date - Time Venue
11 14/06 20:30 Cape Town Italy - Paraguay
12 15/06 13:30 Rustenburg New Zealand - Slovakia
27 20/06 13:30 Mangaung / Bloemfontein Slovakia - Paraguay
28 20/06 16:00 Nelspruit Italy - New Zealand
41 24/06 16:00 Johannesburg - JEP Slovakia - Italy
42 24/06 16:00 Polokwane Paraguay - New Zealand

Group G
Match Date - Time Venue
13 15/06 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Côte d'Ivoire - Portugal
14 15/06 20:30 Johannesburg - JEP Brazil - Korea DPR
29 20/06 20:30 Johannesburg - JSC Brazil - Côte d'Ivoire
30 21/06 13:30 Cape Town Portugal - Korea DPR
45 25/06 16:00 Durban Portugal - Brazil
46 25/06 16:00 Nelspruit Korea DPR - Côte d'Ivoire

Group H
Match Date - Time Venue
15 16/06 13:30 Nelspruit Honduras - Chile
16 16/06 16:00 Durban Spain - Switzerland
31 21/06 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Chile - Switzerland
32 21/06 20:30 Johannesburg - JEP Spain - Honduras
47 25/06 20:30 Tshwane/Pretoria Chile - Spain
48 25/06 20:30 Mangaung / Bloemfontein Switzerland - Honduras

Round of 16
Match Date - Time Venue
49 26/06 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth 1A - 2B
50 26/06 20:30 Rustenburg 1C - 2D
51 27/06 16:00 Mangaung / Bloemfontein 1D - 2C
52 27/06 20:30 Johannesburg 1B - 2A
53 28/06 16:00 Durban 1E - 2F
54 28/06 20:30 Johannesburg 1G - 2H
55 29/06 16:00 Tshwane/Pretoria 1F - 2E
56 29/06 20:30 Cape Town 1H - 2G

Quarter-finals
Match Date - Time Venue
57 02/07 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth W53 - W54
58 02/07 20:30 Johannesburg W49 - W50
59 03/07 16:00 Cape Town W52 - W51
60 03/07 20:30 Johannesburg W55 - W56

Semi-finals
Match Date - Time Venue
61 06/07 20:30 Cape Town W58 - W57
62 07/07 20:30 Durban W59 - W60

Match for third place
Match Date - Time Venue
63 10/07 20:30 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth L61 - L62

Final
Match Date - Time Venue
64 11/07 20:30 Johannesburg W61 - W62

See you on The 2010 FIFA World Cup between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa...

More INFO @ 2010 FIFA World Cup Official site.

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As usual i won't give a shit about it, except if France makes it to the final which i seriously doubt.

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xD I will watch what I have time for...

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Diffecult to say who will win for now... xD

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Hope to see Italy repeat their success Smile

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Oh,no!!!!I'm crasy about football,and I've been waiting for this event for 4 years.But,our summer holiday begins on 13th July,World Cup will has finished!.........What a pity,oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!

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When the game is underway I'm sleeping or prepare for the exam!!SadAngry

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Slovenia win first match - Africa World Cup 2010 Laughing out loud

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Silvo Noise wrote:
Slovenia win first match - Africa World Cup 2010 Laughing out loud

yeah, only because Algeria drop the ball xD

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Haha yeah , lucky bastards ... but its ok , i had a bet on it , and money in the bank is never a bad thing Wink (Unless it was in Roskilde Bank)

Im watching most of the games

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i also watch as many as possible, even the small one.. they are crazy to..