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The c  
 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 ten 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 sixteen 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 1±0
after extra time, with Andrés Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title,
the first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent. Host
nation South Africa, 2006 world champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in
the first round of the tournament.

—Ê 1 Host selection
—Ê 2 Qualification
?Ê 2.1 List of qualified teams
—Ê 3 Preparations
?Ê 3.1 Construction strike
—Ê 4 Prize money
—Ê 5 Venues
—Ê 6 Final draw
—Ê 7 Referees
—Ê 8 Squads
—Ê 9 Group stage
?Ê 9.1 Group A
?Ê 9.2 Group B
?Ê 9.3 Group C
?Ê 9.4 Group D
?Ê 9.5 Group E
?Ê 9.6 Group F
?Ê 9.7 Group G
?Ê 9.8 Group H
—Ê 10 Knockout stage
?Ê 10.1 Round of 16
?Ê 10.2 Quarter-finals
?Ê 10.3 Semi-finals
?Ê 10.4 Third-place play-off
?Ê 10.5 Final
—Ê 11 Statistics
?Ê 11.1 Goalscorers
?Ê 11.2 Discipline
?Ê 11.3 Awards
?Ê 11.4 All-Star Team
?Ê 11.5 Post-tournament team ranking
—Ê 12 Symbols
?Ê 12.1 Mascot
?Ê 12.2 Official song
?Ê 12.3 Match ball
?Ê 12.4 Vuvuzelas
—Ê 13 Event effects
?Ê 13.1 Social
oÊ 13.1.1 Resettlement and eviction
oÊ 13.1.2 Economy
—Ê 14 Media
?Ê 14.1 Broadcasting
?Ê 14.2 Filming
?Ê 14.3 Video games
?Ê 14.4 FIFA Fan Fest
—Ê 15 See also
—Ê 16 References
—Ê 17 External links

Main article: FIFA World Cup hosts#2010 FIFA World Cup

People watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a short-lived policy, abandoned
in 2007,[3] 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 Zürich; 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.[4]

During 2006 and 2007, rumours circulated in various news sources that the 2010 World Cup
could be moved to another country.[5][6] Franz Beckenbauer, Horst R. Schmidt and, reportedly,
some FIFA executives, expressed concern over the planning, organisation, and pace of South
Africa's preparations.[5][7] 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.[8]

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
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 Italy had
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.

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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,[9] and Ireland later withdrew a request to be included
as an unprecedented 33rd World Cup entrant.[10][11] 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.[12]

Costa Rica complained over Uruguay's winning goal in the CONMEBOL±CONCACAF

playoff,[13] 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 wowerld.[14]

The 2010 tournament was the first World Cup not to feature any team making its debut
appearance (Slovakia had not previously appeared under that name, but is considered by FIFA to
be a continuation of the 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 was at the Finals for the first time since the 1986


The following 32 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings,[15] qualified for the final

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The Lukasrand Tower in Pretoria sporting a football in anticipation of the World Cup

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.).[16]

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.[17]
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

The country implemented special measures to ensure the safety and security of spectators in
accordance with standard FIFA requirements,[19] including a temporary restriction of flight
operation in the airspace surrounding the stadiums.[20]

At a ceremony to mark 100 days before the event, FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the
readiness of the country for the event.[21]

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On 8 July 2009, 70,000 construction workers[22] who were working on the new stadiums walked
off their jobs.[23] The majority of the workers receive R2500 per month (about £192, ¼224 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.[24][25] The strike was swiftly dealt with 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.[26]

The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as $420 million
(including payments of $40m to domestic clubs), a 60 percent increase on the 2006
tournament.[27] Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants receive $1 million for preparation
costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money would be distributed as follows:[27]

—Ê $8 million ± To each team exiting after the group stage (16 teams)
—Ê $9 million ± To each team exiting after the round of 16 (8 teams)
—Ê $14 million ± To each team exiting after the quarter-finals (4 teams)
—Ê $18 million ± Fourth placed team
—Ê $20 million ± Third placed team
—Ê $24 million ± Runner up
—Ê $30 million ± Winner

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 $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.[28][29][30]



In 2005, the organisers released a provisional list of thirteen 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[31] that were officially announced by FIFA on 17 March 2006.

The altitude of several venues affected the motion of the ball[32] and player performance,[33][34]
although FIFA's medical chief downplayed this consideration.[35] 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.[36][37] 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.[36][37]

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The following stadiums were all upgraded to meet FIFA specifications:

—Ê Cecil Payne Stadium[39] —Ê Princess Magogo Stadium

—Ê Dobsonville Stadium[39] —Ê Rabie Ridge Stadium[39]
—Ê Gelvandale Stadium[40] —Ê Rand Stadium[39]
—Ê Giant Stadium[41] —Ê Ruimsig Stadium[39]
—Ê HM Pitje Stadium[41] —Ê Seisa Ramabodu Stadium[42]
—Ê King Zwelithini Stadium —Ê Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
—Ê Olympia Park Stadium —Ê Super Stadium[41]
—Ê Orlando Stadium[39]
ee also: 2010 FIFA World Cup seeding

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.[43]

—Ê Pot 1 (Seeds: host & top seven):

—Ê South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Argentina, England

—Ê Pot 2 (Asia, North/Central America and Caribbean & Oceania):

—Ê Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Honduras, Mexico, United States,
New Zealand

—Ê Pot 3 (Africa & South America):

—Ê Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay

—Ê Pot 4 (Europe):

—Ê Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

The group draw was staged in Cape Town, South Africa, on 4 December 2009 at the Cape Town
International Convention Centre.[44] The ceremony was presented by South African actress
Charlize Theron, assisted by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.[45] The balls were drawn by
English football star David Beckham and African sporting figures Haile Gebrselassie, John Smit,
Makhaya Ntini, Matthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu.[46]

Main articles: 2010 FIFA World Cup officials and 2010 FIFA World Cup

FIFA's Referees' Committee selected 29 referees through its Refereeing Assistance Programme
to officiate at the World Cup: four from the AFC, three from the CAF, six from CONMEBOL,
four from CONCACAF, two from the OFC and ten from UEFA.[47] English referee Howard
Webb was chosen to referee the final, making him the first person to referee both the UEFA
Champions League final and the World Cup final in the same year.[48]


The Brazilian and North Korean teams before their group stage match
For more details on this topic, see 2010 FIFA World Cup squads.

As with the 2006 tournament, each team's squad for the 2010 World Cup consisted of 23 players.
Each participating national association had to confirm their final 23-player squad by 1 June
2010. Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time
up to 24 hours before their first game.[49]

Of the 736 players participating in the tournament, over half played their club football in five
European domestic leagues; those in England (117 players), Germany (84), Italy (80), Spain (59)
and France (46).[50] The English, German and Italian squads were made up of entirely home
based players, while only Nigeria had no players from clubs in their own league. In all, players
from 52 national leagues entered the tournament. FC Barcelona of Spain was the club
contributing the most players to the tournament, with 13 players of their side travelling, 7 with
the Spanish team, while another 7 clubs contributed 10 players or more.

In another first for South Africa 2010, one squad included three siblings. Jerry, Jhony and
Wilson Palacios made history thanks to their inclusion in Honduras¶ 23-man list.[51]

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The first round, or group stage, saw the thirty-two teams divided into eight groups of four teams.
Each group was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of
the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a
draw and none for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group qualified for the
Round of 16.

The South American teams performed strongly, with all five advancing to the knockout stages
(four as group winners). The overall performance of African teams on the first occasion that the
continent hosted the event was judged disappointing by observers such as Cameroon great Roger
Milla.[52] Of the six African nations only three won any matches, and only one (Ghana)
progressed out of the first round.

Only six out of thirteen UEFA teams progressed to the last sixteen, a record low since the round
of 16 was adopted in 1986.[51] Both of the finalists from the preceding tournament, France and
Italy, were eliminated in the initial stage of the competition, the first time this has happened at a
World Cup.[53] New Zealand ended the tournament as the only undefeated team after drawing
their three group matches, but they finished behind Paraguay and Slovakia and were eliminated.
Champion Runner- Third place Fourth Quarter-finals Group stage
up place Round of 16
Tie-breaking criteria

Teams were ranked on the following criteria:[54]

1. Greater number of points in all group matches

2. Goal difference in all group matches
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
4. Greatest number of points in matches between teams
5. Goal difference in matches between teams
6. Greatest number of goals scored in matches between teams
7. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee
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Teams that advanced to the round of 16


Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group A

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Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 0
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 1
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 í2 1
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 í3 
11 June 2010
South Africa 1±1 Mexico Soccer City, Johannesburg
Uruguay 0±0 France Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
16 June 2010
South Africa 0±3 Uruguay Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
17 June 2010
France 0±2 Mexico Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
22 June 2010
Mexico 0±1 Uruguay Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
France 1±2 South Africa Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group B

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Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 2
Korea Republic 3 1 1 1 5 6 í1 1
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 í3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 í2 

12 June 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port
Korea Republic 2±0 Greece
Argentina 1±0 Nigeria Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
17 June 2010
Argentina 4±1 Korea Republic Soccer City, Johannesburg
Greece 2±1 Nigeria Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
22 June 2010
Nigeria 2±2 Korea Republic Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Greece 0±2 Argentina Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane


Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C

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United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 4
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 1
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 í2 
12 June 2010
England 1±1 United States Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
13 June 2010
Algeria 0±1 Slovenia Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
18 June 2010
Slovenia 2±2 United States Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
England 0±0 Algeria Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
23 June 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port
Slovenia 0±1 England
United States 1±0 Algeria Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria


Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group D

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Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 5
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 1
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 í3 1
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 í1 3

13 June 2010
Serbia 0±1 Ghana Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Germany 4±0 Australia Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
18 June 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port
Germany 0±1 Serbia
19 June 2010
Ghana 1±1 Australia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
23 June 2010
Ghana 0±1 Germany Soccer City, Johannesburg
Australia 2±1 Serbia Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

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Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E

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Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 2
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 5
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 í3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 í3

14 June 2010
Netherlands 2±0 Denmark Soccer City, Johannesburg
Japan 1±0 Cameroon Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
19 June 2010
Netherlands 1±0 Japan Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Cameroon 1±2 Denmark Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
24 June 2010
Denmark 1±3 Japan Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Cameroon 1±2 Netherlands Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town


Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group F

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Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 í1 1
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 í1 c

14 June 2010
Italy 1±1 Paraguay Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
15 June 2010
New Zealand 1±1 Slovakia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
20 June 2010
Slovakia 0±2 Paraguay Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Italy 1±1 New Zealand Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
24 June 2010
Slovakia 3±2 Italy Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Paraguay 0±0 New Zealand Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

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Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group G

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Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 +7 4
Côte d'Ivoire 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 1
Korea DPR 3 0 0 3 1 12 í11

15 June 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port
Côte d'Ivoire 0±0 Portugal
Brazil 2±1 Korea DPR Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
20 June 2010
Brazil 3±1 Côte d'Ivoire Soccer City, Johannesburg
21 June 2010
Portugal 7±0 Korea DPR Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
25 June 2010
Portugal 0±0 Brazil Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Korea DPR 0±3 Côte d'Ivoire Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit


Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group H

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Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 5
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 5
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 í3 

16 June 2010
Honduras 0±1 Chile Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Spain 0±1 Switzerland Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
21 June 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port
Chile 1±0 Switzerland Elizabeth
Spain 2±0 Honduras Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
25 June 2010
Chile 1±2 Spain Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Switzerland 0±0 Honduras Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage
All times listed are outh African tandard Time (UTC+02)

The knockout stage comprised the sixteen teams that advanced from the group stage of the
tournament. There were four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams
entering that round. The successive rounds were the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and
the final. There was also a play-off to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the
knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes was followed by thirty minutes of extra time; if scores
were still level, there was a penalty shootout to determine who progressed to the next round.[55]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final

26 June ± Port

6 *  c 2 July ± Johannesburg

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(pen.) 1

26 June ± Rustenburg
6 July ± Cape Town

(a.e.t.) Uruguay 2

28 June ± Durban


2 July ± Port Elizabeth

Slovakia 1

28 June ±
Brazil 1
11 July ±
Chile 0 Johannesburg

27 June ± Netherlands 0


* 3 (a.e.t.)

3 July ± Cape Town

Mexico 1

Argentina 0
27 June ±
! 1
! 1
7 July ± Durban
England 1
Germany 0
29 June ± Pretoria
   Third place
(pen.) 4
10 July ± Port
3 July ± Johannesburg
Paraguay 0 Uruguay 2

29 June ± Cape Town

   ! 3


Portugal 0


In this round, each group winner (A-H) was paired against the runner-up from another group.

—Ê South American teams again performed strongly in the round of 16, with four teams
advancing to the quarter-finals including Brazil who defeated fellow South American
team Chile.
—Ê England's 4±1 loss to Germany was their worst ever defeat at a World Cup finals.
—Ê Ghana defeated the United States to become the third African team to reach the last eight
(after Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002).
—Ê Paraguay and Ghana reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

The round was marked by some controversial referees' calls, including:

—Ê A disallowed goal by England in their 4±1 loss against Germany, where the shot by Frank
Lampard was seen to cross the goal line when shown on television broadcast replays.
—Ê An allowed goal by Argentina in their 3±1 win over Mexico, where Argentine striker
Carlos Tévez was seen to be offside when shown on television broadcast replays, which
were shown inside the stadium shortly after the incident.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter took the unusual step of apologising to England and Mexico for the
decisions that went against them, saying "Yesterday I spoke to the two federations directly
concerned by referees' mistakes [...] I apologised to England and Mexico. The English said thank
you and accepted that you can win some and you lose some and the Mexicans bowed their head
and accepted it."[58] Blatter also promised to re-open the discussion regarding devices which
monitor possible goals and make that information immediately available to match officials,
saying "We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first
opportunity in July at the business meeting."[58] Blatter's call came less than four months after
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said the door was closed on goal-line technology and
video replays after a vote by the IFAB.[58]

26 June 2010 6 *   c7  *] ,  Nelson Mandela Bay

16:00 Suárez 8', 80' Report Lee Chung-Yong 68'
Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 30,597
Referee: Wolfgang Stark

26 June 2010 6

  7c ! Royal Bafokeng Stadium,
20:30 888 Rustenburg
Attendance: 34,976
Donovan 62' (pen.) Report Prince 5'
Referee: Viktor Kassai
Gyan 93'

27 June 2010 !  17  .* 

 Free State Stadium,
16:00 Klose 20' Report Upson 37'
Podolski 32'
Attendance: 40,510
Referee: Jorge Larrionda
Müller 67', 70'

27 June 2010 *  37   9 Soccer City, Johannesburg

20:30 Tévez 26', 52' Report Hernández 71'
Attendance: 84,377
Higua n 33'
Referee: Roberto Rosetti

28 June 2010 / 

  c7   :( Moses Mabhida Stadium,
16:00 Robben 18' Report Vittek 90+4' (pen.)
Sneijder 84'
Attendance: 61,962
Referee: Alberto Undiano
Mallenco (Spain)

28 June 2010 ")   37     Soccer City, Johannesburg

20:30 Juan 34' Report Attendance: 54,096

Lu s Fabiano 38' Referee: Howard Webb
Robinho 59' (England)

29 June 2010 '*   7  +  Loftus Versfeld Stadium,
16:00 888 Pretoria
Attendance: 36,742
Referee: Frank De
Bleeckere (Belgium)

Barreto 473 Endō

Barrios Hasebe
Riveros Komano
Valdez Honda

29 June 2010    7  ' *  Cape Town Stadium, Cape

20:30 Villa 63' Report Town
Attendance: 62,955
Referee: Héctor Baldassi


The three quarter-finals between European and South American teams all resulted in wins for
Europeans. Germany had a 4±0 victory over Argentina, Netherlands came from behind to beat
Brazil 2±1, while Spain reached the final four for the first time since 1950 after a 1±0 win over
Paraguay. Uruguay, the only South American team to reach the semi-finals, overcame Ghana in
a penalty shoot-out after a 1±1 draw in which Ghana missed a penalty at the end of extra time.

2 July 2010 / 

  c7  ")  Nelson Mandela Bay
16:00 Sneijder 53', 68' Report Robinho 10'
Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 40,186
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura

2 July 2010 6 *   7 ! Soccer City, Johannesburg

20:30 888 Attendance: 84,017
Referee: Olegário
Forlán 55' Report Muntari 45+2'
Benquerença (Portugal)

Forlán 17c Gyan

Victorino Appiah
Scotti Mensah
M. Pereira Adiyiah

3 July 2010 *  71  ! Cape Town Stadium, Cape

16:00 Report Müller 3'
Klose 68', 89'
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
Friedrich 74'

3 July 2010 '*   7    Ellis Park Stadium,

20:30 Report Villa 83'
Attendance: 55,359
Referee: Carlos Batres


The Netherlands qualified for the final for the third time with a 3±2 win over Uruguay. Spain
reached their first ever final with a 1±0 victory over Germany. As a result, it was the first World
Cup final not to include any of the four most successful nations: Brazil, Italy, Germany and

6 July 2010 6 *   c73 / 

 Cape Town Stadium, Cape
20:30 Forlán 41' Report Van Bronckhorst 18'
M. Pereira 90+2' Sneijder 70'
Attendance: 62,479
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
Robben 73'

7 July 2010 !  7   Moses Mabhida Stadium,

20:30 Report Puyol 73'
Attendance: 60,960
Referee: Viktor Kassai


Germany defeated Uruguay 3±2 to secure third place. Germany holds the record for most third
place finishes in the World Cup (4), while Uruguay holds the record for most fourth place
finishes (3).

10 July 2010 6 *   c73 ! Nelson Mandela Bay

20:30 Cavani 28' Report Müller 19'
Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Forlán 51' Jansen 56'
Attendance: 36,254
Khedira 82'
Referee: Benito Archundia


Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Final

The final was held on 11 July 2010 at Soccer City, Johannesburg. Spain defeated the Netherlands
1±0, with an extra time goal by Andrés Iniesta. Iniesta scored the latest winning goal in a FIFA
World Cup final (116').[60] The win gave Spain their first World Cup title, becoming the eighth
team to win it. This made them the first new winner without home advantage since Brazil in
1958,[61] and the first team to win the global showpiece having lost their opening game.[51]

A large number of fouls were committed in the final match. Fourteen yellow cards were handed
out, more than doubling the previous record for this fixture, set when Argentina and West
Germany shared six cards in 1986,[51] and John Heitinga of the Netherlands was sent off for
receiving a second yellow card. The Netherlands had chances to score, most notably in the 60th
minute when Arjen Robben was released by Wesley Sneijder to be one-on-one with Spain's
goalkeeper Iker Casillas, only for Casillas to save the shot with an outstretched leg. For Spain,
Sergio Ramos missed a free header from a corner kick when he was unmarked.[62] Iniesta finally
broke the deadlock in extra time, scoring a half-volleyed shot from a pass by Cesc Fabregas.[63]
This result marked the first time that two different teams from the same continent had become
world champions in succession, and saw Europe reaching ten World Cup titles, surpassing South
America's nine titles. Spain became the first team since West Germany in 1974 to win the World
Cup as European champions.

A closing ceremony was held before the final, featuring singer Shakira. Afterwards, the former
South African President Nelson Mandela made a brief appearance on the pitch, wheeled in by a

11 July 2010 / 

  7   Soccer City, Johannesburg
20:30 888 Attendance: 84,490
Referee: Howard Webb
Report Iniesta 116'

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup statistics


For the full list of goalscorers, see 2010 FIFA World Cup Goalscorers

South African winger Siphiwe Tshabalala was the first player to score a goal in the competition,
in their 1±1 draw against Mexico, the opening game of the tournament. Danish defender Daniel
Agger was credited with the first own goal of the tournament, in his side's 2±0 loss to the
Netherlands. Argentine striker Gonzalo Higua n was the only player to score a hat-trick in the
tournament, in Argentina's 4±1 win over South Korea. It was the 49th World Cup hat-trick in the
history of the tournament.

Spain had the fewest goals scored in the World Cup tournament for a champion, with eight.[51]
The previous record low was 11, by Brazil in 1994, England in 1966 and Italy in 1934. Spain had
the fewest goal scorers for a champion as well (3).[51] They also had the fewest goals conceded
for a champion (2), equal with Italy (2006) and France (1998). Spain's victory marked the first
time that a team won the World Cup without conceding a goal in the knockout stage.[60]

The four top scorers in the tournament had five goals each. All of the four top scorers also came
from the teams that finished in the top four, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, and Uruguay. The
Golden Boot went to Thomas Müller of Germany who had three assists, compared to one for the
three others. The Silver Boot went to David Villa of Spain, who played a total of 635 minutes,
and the Bronze Boot to Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, who played 652 minutes. Diego
Forlán of Uruguay had five goals and one assist in 654 minutes. A further three players scored
four goals.[65]

Only 145 goals were scored at South Africa 2010, the lowest of any FIFA World Cup since the
tournament switched to a 64-game format. This continued a downward trend since the first 64-
game finals were held 12 years earlier, with 171 goals at France 1998, 161 at Korea/Japan 2002
and 147 at Germany 2006.[51]

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record

28 players were suspended after being shown two consecutive yellow cards (13 players), a single
red card (8 players), or a yellow card followed by a red card (7 players).


—Ê Golden Ball: Diego Forlán (Uruguay)

—Ê Golden Boot: Thomas Müller (Germany)
—Ê Golden Glove: Iker Casillas (Spain)
—Ê Best Young Player: Thomas Müller (Germany)
—Ê FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Spain

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The All-Star Team was decided by an online public vote, in which people were invited to select a
team (in a 4±4±2 formation) and best coach. Voting was open until 23:59 on 11 July 2010,[66]
with entrants going into a draw to win a prize.

Six of the eleven players came from the Spanish team, as did the coach. The remainder of the
team included one Brazilian, two Germans, a Dutchman and a Uruguayan.[67][68]

—Ê Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain)

—Ê Defenders: Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol (Spain), Maicon (Brazil), Philipp
Lahm (Germany)
—Ê Midfielders: Andrés Iniesta and Xavi (Spain), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany),
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
—Ê Forwards: Diego Forlán (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain)
—Ê Coach: Vicente del Bosque (Spain)

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Shortly after the final, FIFA issued a final ranking of every team in the tournament. The ranking
was based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition. The final
ranking was as follows:[69]

1. Spain 9. Japan 17. Côte d'Ivoire 25. Greece

2. Netherlands 10. Chile 18. Slovenia 26. Italy

3. Germany 11. Portugal 19. Switzerland 27. Nigeria

4. Uruguay 12. United States 20. South Africa 28. Algeria

5. Argentina 13. England 21. Australia 29. France

6. Brazil 14. Mexico 22. New Zealand 30. Honduras

7. Ghana 15. Korea Republic 23. Serbia 31. Cameroon

8. Paraguay 16. Slovakia 24. Denmark 32. Korea DPR


Zakumi, the mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Main article: Zakumi

The official mascot for the 2010 World Cup was Zakumi, an anthropomorphised leopard with
green hair, presented on 22 September 2008. His name came from "ZA" (the international
abbreviation for South Africa) and the term kumi, which means "ten" in various African
languages.[70] The mascot's colours reflected those of the host nation's playing strip ± yellow and

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Main article: FIFA World Cup official songs

The official song of the 2010 World Cup "Waka Waka" was performed by the Colombian singer
Shakira and the band Freshlyground from South Africa, and is sung in both English and
Spanish.[71] The song is based on a traditional African soldiers' song, Zangalewa.[72] Shakira and
Freshlyground performed the song at the pre-tournament concert in Soweto on 10 June. It was
also sung at the opening ceremony on 11 June and at the closing ceremony on 11 July.

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Main article: Adidas Jabulani

Adidas Jo'bulani, the final-match ball

The match ball for the 2010 World Cup, manufactured by Adidas, is named the Jabulani, which
means "bringing joy to everyone" in Zulu. It is the eleventh World Cup match ball made by the
German sports equipment maker; it features eleven colours, representing each player of a team
on the pitch and the eleven official languages of South Africa.[73][74] A special match ball with
gold panels, called the Jo'bulani, was used at the final in Johannesburg.

The ball is constructed using a new design, consisting of eight thermally bonded, three-
dimensional panels. These are spherically moulded from ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and
thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU). The surface of the ball is textured with grooves, a
technology developed by Adidas called GripnGroove[75] that is intended to improve the ball's
aerodynamics. The design has received considerable academic input, being developed in
partnership with researchers from Loughborough University, United Kingdom.[76] The balls are
made in China, using latex bladders made in India, thermoplastic polyurethane-elastomer from
Taiwan, ethylene vinyl acetate, isotropic polyester/cotton fabric, and glue and ink from China.[77]

Some football stars have complained about the new ball, arguing that its movements are difficult
to predict.[78] Brazilian goalie Júlio César compared it to a "supermarket" ball that favored
strikers and worked against goalkeepers.[79] Argentinian coach Diego Maradona said "We won't
see any long passes in this World Cup because the ball doesn't fly straight."[80] However, a
number of Adidas-sponsored[81][82][83][84] players have responded favourably to the ball.

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A man sounding a vuvuzela

Main article: Vuvuzela

The 2010 finals amplified international public awareness of the vuvuzela, a long horn blown by
fans throughout matches.[85][86][87][88] Many World Cup competitors complained about the noise
caused by the vuvuzela horns, including France's Patrice Evra, who blamed the horns for the
team's poor performance.[89] Other critics include Lionel Messi, who complained that the sound
of the vuvuzelas hampers communication among players on the pitch,[90] and broadcasting
companies, which complained that commentators' voices were being drowned out by the

Others watching on television complained that the ambient audio feed from the stadium only
contains the sounds of the vuvuzelas and the natural sounds of people in the stands are drowned
out.[92][93] A spokesperson for ESPN and other networks said that they were taking steps to
minimise the ambient noise on their broadcasts.[94] The BBC also investigated the possibility of
offering broadcasts without vuvuzela noise.[95]

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup event effects


Tournament organiser Danny Jordaan dismissed concerns that the attack on the Togo national
team which took place in Angola in January 2010, had any relevance to the security
arrangements for the World Cup.[96] There were also reports of thefts against visitors to the
country for the World Cup. Tourists from China, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Japan and
Colombia had become victims of crime.[97] On 19 June after the match between England and
Algeria a fan was able to break through the FIFA-appointed security staff at Green Point stadium
and gain access to the England team dressing room. The breach took place shortly after Prince
William and Prince Harry had left the room. The trespasser was then released before he could be
handed over to the Police. The English FA lodged a formal complaint with FIFA and demanded
that security be increased.[98]


Police patrol Blikkiesdorp, a settlement for the evicted.

As with many 'hallmark events' throughout the world,[99] the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been
connected to evictions,[100][101][102][103][104] which many claim are meant to 'beautify the city',
impress visiting tourists, and hide shackdwellers. On 14 May 2009, the Durban-based shack-
dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo took the KwaZulu-Natal government to court over
their controversial Elimination and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Act, meant to
eliminate slums in South Africa and put homeless shackdwellers in transit camps in time for the
2010 World Cup.[105][106]

Another prominent controversy surrounding preparations for the World Cup is the N2 Gateway
housing project in Cape Town, which plans to remove over 20,000 residents from the Joe Slovo
Informal Settlement along the busy N2 Freeway and build rental flats and bond-houses in its
place in time for the 2010 World Cup.[107] NGOs, international human rights organisations, and
the Anti-Eviction Campaign have publicly criticised the conditions in Blikkiesdorp and said that
the camp has been used to accommodate poor families evicted to make way for the 2010 World

However some have argued that evictions are ordinarily common in South African and that in
the lead up to the tournament many evictions were erreonously ascribed to the World Cup.[111]


Some groups have experienced complications in regards to scheduled sporting events,

advertising, or broadcasting, as FIFA attempted to maximise control of media rights during the
Cup. Affected parties included an international rugby union Test match, a South African airline,
and some TV networks, all of whom were involved in various legal struggles with World Cup

During the tournament, group ticket-holders who did not utilise all their allotted tickets led to
some early-round matches having as many as 11,000 unoccupied seats.[115]



Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcasting rights

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was expected to be the most-watched television event in history.[116]
Hundreds of broadcasters, representing about 70 countries, transmitted the Cup to a TV audience
that FIFA officials expect to exceed a cumulative 26 billion people, an average of approximately
400 million viewers per match. FIFA estimated that around 700 million viewers would watch the
World Cup final.[117]

New forms of digital media have also allowed viewers to watch coverage through alternative
means. "With games airing live on cell phones and computers, the World Cup will get more
online coverage than any major sporting event yet," said Jake Coyle of the Associated Press.[118]

In the United States, ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 averaged a 2.1 rating, 2,288,000 households and
3,261,000 viewers for the 64 World Cup games. The rating was up 31 percent from a 1.6 in
2006, while households increased 32 percent from 1,735,000 and viewers rose from 2,316,000.
The increases had been higher while the US remained in the tournament. Through the first 50
games, the rating was up 48 percent, households increased 54 percent and viewers rose 60
percent. Univision averaged 2,624,000 viewers for the tournament, up 17 percent, and 1,625,000
households, an increase of 11 percent.[119] An executive of the Nielsen Company, a leading
audience research firm in the US, described the aggregate numbers for both networks' coverage
of the USA-Ghana match as "phenomenal".[120] Live World Cup streaming on
pulled in some of the largest audiences in history, as 7.4 million unique viewers tuned in for
matches. In total, generated 942 million minutes of viewing or more than two hours
per unique viewer. All 64 live matches were viewed by an average of 114,000 persons per
minute. Most impressive were the numbers for the Spain-Germany semifinal, which was viewed
by 355,000 people per minute, making it¶s largest average audience ever.[121]
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Sony technology was used to film the tournament. According to FIFA, up to 25 of the matches
would be captured using 3D cameras.[122] Footage was captured in 3D through Sony's proprietary
multi-image MPE-200 processors, housed in specially designed 3D outside broadcast trucks.[123]
It supplied its flagship HDC-1500 cameras as well as its new HDC-P1 unit, a compact, point-of-
view (POV)-type camera with 3, 2/3-inch CCD sensors.[124] The 3D games were produced for
FIFA by Host Broadcast Services.[125]


In PlayStation Home, Sony Group has released a virtual space based on the 2010 FIFA World
Cup in the Japanese version of Home on 3 December 2009. This virtual space is called the
"FevaArena" and is a virtual stadium of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, featuring different areas for
events, a FIFA mini-game, and a shop with FIFA related content.[126]

On 27 April 2010, EA Sports released the official 2010 World Cup video game.[127]


FIFA expanded the FIFA Fan Fest, hosting in Sydney, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and
Mexico City, as well as several venues around South Africa.[128] The Durban Fan Fest was the
most popular in South Africa during the tournament followed by the Cape Town Fan Fest.[129]

—Ê 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
—Ê 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
—Ê 2014 FIFA World Cup
—Ê Paul the Octopus
—Ê July 2010 Kampala attacks, a series of terrorist bombings in Kampala, Uganda timed to
coincide with the final match