South Africa 2010 World Cup Finals

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South Africa - Hosted the nineteenth World Cup, in 2010

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: South Africa 2010.

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We've had the Samba Show, Mexican Wave and Total Football, now get ready for the Soccer Safari in South Africa.

Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals tournament was held in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Preliminary Rounds - Qualifying For The 2010 World Cup Finals


World Cup History - South Africa 2010

World Cup Schedule.

32 Countries Competed at South Africa 2010

Algeria Algeria
Group C (0:1) (0:0) (0:1).

Argentina Argentina
Group B (1:0) (4:1) (2:0); Second Round (3:1); Quarter-finals (0:4).

Australia Australia
Group D (0:4) (1:1) (2:1).

Brazil Brazil
Group G (2:1) (3:1) (0:0); Second Round (3:0); Quarter-finals (1:2).

Cameroon Cameroon
Group E (0:1) (1:2) (1:2).

Chile Chile
Group H (1:0) (1:0) (1:2); Second Round (0:3).

C�te d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
Group G (0:0) (1:3) (3:0).

Denmark Denmark
Group E (0:2) (2:1) (1:3).

England England
Group C (1:1) (0:0) (1:0); Second Round (1:4).

France France
Group A (0:0) (0:2) (1:2).

Germany Germany
Group D (4:0) (0:1) (1:0); Second Round (4:1); Quarter-finals (4:0); Semi-finals (0:1); Third Place (3:2).

Ghana Ghana
Group D (1:0) (1:1) (0:1); Second Round (2:1 aet); Quarter-finals (1:1 aet 2:4 pens).

Greece Greece
Group B (0:2) 2:1) (0:2).

Holland Holland
Group E (2:0) (1:0) (2:1); Second Round (2:1); Quarter-finals (2:1); Semi-finals (3:2); Final (0:1).

Honduras Honduras
Group H (0:1) (0:2) (0:0).

Italy Italy
Group F (1:1) (1:1) (2:3).

Japan Japan
Group E (1:0) (0:1) (3:1); Second Round (0:0 aet) (3:5 pens).

Mexico Mexico
Group A (1:1) (2:0) (0:1); Second Round (1:3).

New Zealand New Zealand
Group F (1:1) (1:1) (0:0).

Nigeria Nigeria
Group B (0:1) (1:2) (2:2).

North Korea North Korea
Group G (1:2) (0:7) (0:3).

Paraguay Paraguay
Group F (1:1) (2:0) (0:0); Second Round (0:0 aet) (5:3 pens); Quarter-finals (0:1).

Portugal Portugal
Group G (0:0) (7:0) (0:0); Second Round (0:1).

Serbia Serbia
Group D (0:1) (1:0) (1:2).

Slovakia Slovakia
Group F (1:1) (0:2) (3:2); Second Round (1:2).

Slovenia Slovenia
Group C (1:0) (2:2) (0:1).

South Africa South Africa
Group A (1:1) (0:3) (2:1).

South Korea South Korea
Group B (2:0) (1:4) (2:2); Second Round (1:2).

Spain Spain
Group H (0:1) (2:0) (2:1); Second Round (1:0); Quarter-finals (1:0); Semi-finals (1:0); Final (1:0).

Switzerland Switzerland
Group H (1:0) (0:1) (0:0).

Uruguay Uruguay
Group A (0:0) (3:0) (1:0); Second Round (2:1); Quarter-finals (1:1 aet 4:2 pens); Semi-finals (2:3); Third Place (2:3).

Group C (1:1) (2:2) (1:0); Second Round (1:2 aet).

First Round - Group Stage

Group A

Group A Table

Friday, 11th June
Cape Town: Uruguay vs France (0:0)
Jo'burg Soccer City: South Africa vs Mexico (1:1)

Wednesday, 16th June
Pretoria: South Africa vs Uruguay (0:3)

Thursday, 17th June
Polokwane: France vs Mexico (0:2)

Tuesday, 22nd June
Bloemfontein: France vs South Africa (1:2)
Rustenburg: Mexico vs Uruguay (0:1)

Group B

Group B Table

Saturday, 12th June
Jo'burg Ellis Park: Argentina vs Nigeria (1:0)
Port Elizabeth: South Korea vs Greece (2:0)

Thursday, 17th June
Bloemfontein: Greece vs Nigeria (2:1)
Jo'burg Soccer City: Argentina vs South Korea (4:1)

Tuesday, 22nd June
Durban: Nigeria vs South Korea (2:2)
Polokwane: Greece vs Argentina (0:2)

Group C

Group C Table

Saturday, 12th June
Rustenburg: England vs USA (1:1)

Sunday, 13th June
Polokwane: Algeria vs Slovenia (0:1)

Friday, 18th June
Cape Town: England vs Algeria (0:0)
Jo'burg Ellis Park: Slovenia vs USA (2:2)

Wednesday, 23rd June
Port Elizabeth: Slovenia vs England (0:1)
Pretoria: USA vs Algeria (1:0)

Group D

Group D Table

Sunday, 13th June
Durban: Germany vs Australia (4:0)
Pretoria: Serbia vs Ghana (0:1)

Friday, 18th June
Port Elizabeth: Germany vs Serbia (0:1)

Saturday, 19th June
Rustenburg: Ghana vs Australia (1:1)

Wednesday, 23rd June
Jo'burg Soccer City: Ghana vs Germany (0:1)
Nelspruit: Australia vs Serbia (2:1)

Group E

Group E Table

Monday, 14th June
Bloemfontein: Japan vs Cameroon (1:0)
Jo'burg Soccer City: Holland vs Denmark (2:0)

Saturday, 19th June
Durban: Holland vs Japan (1:0)
Pretoria: Cameroon vs Denmark (1:2)

Thursday, 24th June
Cape Town: Cameroon vs Holland (1:2)
Rustenburg: Denmark vs Japan (1:3)

Group F

Group F Table

Monday, 14th June
Cape Town: Italy vs Paraguay (1:1)

Tuesday, 15th June
Rustenburg: New Zealand vs Slovakia (1:1)

Sunday, 20th June
Bloemfontein: Slovakia vs Paraguay (0:2)
Nelspruit: Italy vs New Zealand (1:1)

Thursday, 24th June
Jo'burg Ellis Park: Slovakia vs Italy (3:2)
Polokwane: Paraguay vs New Zealand (0:0)

Group G

Group G Table

Tuesday, 15th June
Jo'burg Ellis Park: Brazil vs North Korea (2:1)
Port Elizabeth: Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal (0:0)

Sunday, 20th June
Jo'burg Soccer City: Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire (3:1)

Monday, 21st June
Cape Town: Portugal vs North Korea (7:0)

Friday, 25th June
Durban: Portugal vs Brazil (0:0)
Nelspruit: North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire (0:3)

Group H

Group H Table

Wednesday, 16th June
Durban: Spain vs Switzerland (0:1)
Nelspruit: Honduras vs Chile (0:1)

Monday, 21st June
Jo'burg Ellis Park: Spain vs Honduras (2:0)
Port Elizabeth: Chile vs Switzerland (1:0)

Friday, 25th June
Bloemfontein: Switzerland vs Honduras (0:0)
Pretoria: Chile vs Spain (1:2)

Second Round - The Last 16

Saturday, 26th June
Port Elizabeth: Uruguay vs South Korea (2:1)
Rustenburg: USA vs Ghana (1:2 aet)

Sunday, 27th June
Bloemfontein: Germany vs England (4:1)
Jo'burg Soccer City: Argentina vs Mexico (3:1)

Monday, 28th June
Durban: Holland vs Slovakia (2:1)
Jo'burg Ellis Park: Brazil vs Chile (3:0)

Tuesday, 29th June
Cape Town: Spain vs Portugal (1:0)
Pretoria: Paraguay vs Japan (0:0 aet 5:3 pens)

Quarter-Finals - 2nd & 3rd of July, 2010

Four South American teams in the quarter-finals.

Friday, 2nd July

Holland vs Brazil
Port Elizabeth (2:1)

Uruguay vs Ghana
Jo'burg Soccer City
(1:1 aet 4:2 pens)

Saturday, 3rd July

Argentina vs Germany
Cape Town (0:4)

Paraguay vs Spain
Jo'burg Ellis Park (0:1)

Semi-Finals - 6th & 7th July, 2010

Tuesday, 6th July

Cape Town: Uruguay vs Holland (2:3)

Wednesday, 7th July

Durban: Germany vs Spain (0:1)

Third Place

Saturday, 10th July
Port Elizabeth: Uruguay vs Germany (2:3)

2010 World Cup Final
Sunday, 11th July:
Holland vs Spain
Johannesburg (Soccer City) - 0:1

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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