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Soccer World Cup 2010
In less than 840 days time, 32 of the world’s top soccer teams will take part in the 2010 Federation Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA) soccer world cup, hosted in South Africa the first time the cup will be hosted by an African nation.
However, this is not about the Soccer world cup as such, but about the expected over one billion people expected to closely follow the progress of the 32 teams who will battle it out in a month long tournament.
First of all, South Africa is a big piece of real estate, and games will be staged all over the country to give a balanced exposure to all it’s inherent charms and possibilities.
When visiting South Africa, you will most probably land at Oliver Tambo International (formerly Jan Smuts Airport) in Johannesburg, where the games will be hosted at Ellis Park stadium. Johannesburg is the financial “engine room” of South Africa. It’s alive and vibrant, full of energy and drive. It is situated in the north of the country and is well known for mild, dry winters and long, hot summers.
From Johannesburg you can travel with the new Gau train to the city of Pretoria about half an hour further inland. Here the world cup will be hosted at Loftus Versfeldt; famous for great rugby games that took place here between various international teams through the years.
Moving further north will bring you to the town of Rustenburg where teams will compete in the Royal Bafokeng stadium. The area is famous for it’s platinum mines.
From there you can visit Nelspruit with its new Mbombela stadium. From here a visit to the famous Kruger National Park is just the proverbial stone’s throw away.
The Peter Mokaba stadium in the far north of the country, in Polokwane will most probably be your last stop in the upper regions of the country.
The next on the menu is the City of Bloemfontein with it’s famous Free State Stadium. Bloemfontein is centrally situated in the middle of the country, and is one of those places that just grow on you.
From there you will most probably fly to Durban in Kwa Zulu Natal and watch the games in the new Durban stadium. Durban is a coastal city, with a hot, humid sub tropical flavour, where the fun never stops.
Next along the coast will be Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth where the soccer tornament will be played in the beautiful Port Elizabeth stadium.
At last you will reach Cape Town called “the fairest Cape in all the world”
by Sir Francis Drake. Games are to take place in the newly constructed Green Point Stadium, built on the historic Green Point commons. If you act sensibly and avoid obvious dangerous places you should be safe. Obviously, a heavy police presence will be maintained at all venues.
Lastly, if you are still looking for a play to stay in South Africa during that time, please feel free to click on the link below, and have a look at the available accommodation.
FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa
Yes, sports fans its finally here again: the world cup is coming! That means a new World Cup game is coming too. If you love the beautiful game then you will love this FIFA World Cup 2010 video game review. FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa was just released for the Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, iPhone, and the PS3 as the official game for the South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010. While there are many soccer games, since this is a World Cup year I think that if you are going to get any soccer video game then FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa should be the game.
The crazy thing about FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa is that it features almost 200 teams, in fact it features 199 which is all but 5 members of FIFA. The teams that did not make it were teams that did not participate in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying rounds. All the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa venues will be included as well as one venue from each World Cup region.
The downside of this game is it is just a generic soccer game. If you already have a recent soccer game and don’t have much money or don’t like soccer that much, then even I have to admit that this game isn’t for you.
The graphics are amazing but nothing new. The music is new and very international with lots of music from around the world giving a truly international fill to FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa. I think the music is one thing that separates this game from other soccer games. While we are all really here for the soccer and not the music and the music will probably go unnoticed I still think it is a great addition and deserves to be mentioned. of course you will have online play which is a must these days.
Some differences between FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa and FIFA 10 is that the altitude will play a role in a teams stamina. Teams used to high elevations will play better then teams that are not used to it. This would be a little much for simple gamers and something I would expect for the hardcore fans but since this is a game that will be for hardcore soccer fans I think that it is actually an added bonus. Some tweaking has been done on penalty kicks and another interesting change from FIFA 10 is that they are reusing the scenario mode from the last World Cup game where you can play scenarios from previous World Cups.
All and all FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa is a good game if you like soccer games. Being the world’s favorite sport most people will love this game but being in America not so many Americans will be excited unfortunately.
Published by Chris Ware
Born in Anaheim California, moved to Northern California in High School. Attended many schools all over the US until finally finishing my bachelors degree. View profile
FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 countdown
With less than 200 days to go to kick off in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and with the draw for who will play who and where scheduled for December 4, soccer fever is mounting in South Africa.
Giant puppets dressed as footballers and dancers celebrated the 32 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying teams at a flag raising ceremony at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
Thirty two flags were raised, one to to represent each qualifying country. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
School children at a soccer coaching clinic near Cape Town this week celebrated 200 days to go before the kick off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Qualification matches for the 32 places in the 2010 FIFA World Cup the 19th FIFA World Cup tournament began on August 25, 2007. Final qualifying games were played on November 18, 2009. (Below right, Portuguese Football Federation players celebrate their November 18 1 0 victory over Bosnia, which qualified them for the 2010 tournament. AP Photo/Francisco Paraiso/FPF). South Africa, as host country, qualified automatically.
This is the first time that the tournament is being hosted by an African nation. Italy are the defending champions.
The draw for the finals who will play who, and where will take place on December 4, 2009 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The two plus years of individual tournaments, to shortlist the final 32 from the 204 teams that entered, were organized by the six FIFA confederations.
What are the confederations and what teams qualified?For more info and background, please see these stories: