FIFA World Cup 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup took place in South Africa from June 11 to July 11, 2010. Thirty-two teams battled for the world title. Netherlands and Spain played in the final game with Spain winning in extra time, 1-0.

2,655 Questions

Who's the top goalscorer Romario Ronaldo or Pele?

ronaldo est meilleur que romario. Pele is the top scorer with 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil

What soccer player scored the fastest goal in world cup 2010?

It was the German Tomas mueller in three minutes, followed by steven Gerrard 4 minutes and A.Gyan in 5 minutes.

Overview of the 2010 FIFA World Cup?

IntroductionThe 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th World Cup held since 1930. It was hosted in South Africa and took place from June 11 to July 11. The tournament was won by Spain, who won for the first time. The silver medal was given to the Netherlands, runner-up for its third time. The bronze medal, along with third place, was given to Germany.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup marked the first time that a host country and a previous tournament's finalists could not advance to the Round of 16, with South Africa, France, and Italy all being eliminated in the Group Stage.

The World Cup also saw the return of the tradition of having an opening ceremony, following the cancellation of the 2006 one.

The official mascot is Zakumi, whose colors represent the team colors of South Africa.

The FIFA Executive Committee also selected Colombian singer, Shakira's, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" as the 2010 FIFA World Cup Official Theme Song and is sung in English and Spanish. The song is performed by Shakira and South Africa's own FreshlyGround. Shakira and FreshlyGround sang the song at both the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. The official anthem, "Sign of a Victory" by R. Kelly, is used for accompanying matches. "Game On", the official mascot song plays whenever Zakumi appears on the playing field. All three songs appear in Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album released on May 31.

Coca-Cola's selected anthem, "Wavin' Flag (Celebration Re-mix)" by K'naan, has also gained widespread notoriety, being sung in 6 different languages. The 2010 FIFA World Cup also holds the record among its predecessors for having the most theme songs (official and unofficial) at seven songs and one anthem.

The official match ball, manufactured by Adidas, was named the Jabulani meaning "bringing joy to everyone" in Zulu. Players have complained about the ball, which was made to fit the new specifications set by FIFA, stating that the movements of the ball are unpredictable. For the final match in Johannesburg, a special ball was made named the Jo'bulani.

Qualifying TeamsAs the hosts, South Africa was granted automatic qualification for the World Cup. 31 other nations qualified for a total of 32 competing teams. Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Korea Republic (South Korea)
  • Korea DPR (North Korea/The Democratic People's Republic of Korea)
Confederation of African Football (CAF)
  • Algeria
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • United States
South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Uruguay
  • Paraguay
Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
  • New Zealand
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
Prize MoneyThe total prize money given was confirmed by FIFA to be USD $420 million. Each team also receives $1 million before the tournament for preparation costs. Each team also receives money (USD) as they exit the tournament:
  • $8 million - to each team exiting after the Group Stage (16 teams)
  • $9 million - to each team exiting after the Round of 16 (8 teams)
  • $14 million - to each team exiting after the Quarter-finals (4 teams)
  • $18 million - to the team that receives fourth place
  • $20 million - to the team that receives third place
  • $24 million - to the runner-up team
  • $30 million - to the FIFA World Cup champion
VenuesTen stadiums were selected to host matches in nine South African cities. Two of those stadiums were in Johannesburg: Soccer City
  • City: Johannesburg
  • Capacity: 84,490
Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium)
  • City: Cape Town
  • Capacity: 64,100
Moses Mabhida Stadium (Durban Stadium)
  • City: Durban
  • Capacity: 62,760
Ellis Park Stadium
  • City: Johannesburg
  • Capacity: 55,686
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
  • City: Pretoria
  • Capacity: 42,858
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • City: Port Elizabeth
  • Capacity: 42,486
Peter Mokaba Stadium
  • City: Polokwane
  • Capacity: 41,733
Mbombela Stadium
  • City: Nelspruit
  • Capacity: 40,929
Free State Stadium
  • City: Bloemfontein
  • Capacity: 40,911
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • City: Rustenburg
  • Capacity: 38,646
  • Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
  • Jerome Damon (South Africa)
  • Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)
  • Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ravshon Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
  • Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)
  • Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
  • Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
  • Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
  • Martin Hansson (Sweden)
  • Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
  • Stéphane Lannoy (France)
  • Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
  • Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
  • Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
  • Howard Webb (England)
North, Central America and Caribbeans
  • Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
  • Benito Archundia (Mexico)
  • Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
  • Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico)
  • Michael Hester (New Zealand)
  • Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
South America
  • Héctor Baldassi (Argentina)
  • Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
  • Pablo Pozo (Chile)
  • Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)
  • Carlos Eugênio Simon (Brazil)
  • Martín Vázquez (Uruguay)
Group StageGroup A - (Uruguay, Mexico, South Africa, France)June 11
  • South Africa 1-1 Mexico
  • Uruguay 0-0 France

June 16

  • South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

June 17

  • France 0-2 Mexico

June 22

  • Mexico 0-1 Uruguay
  • France 1-2 South Africa

Results: Uruguay and Mexico advance to the Round of 16. South Africa and France are eliminated from the competition.

Group B - (Argentina, Korea Republic, Greece, Nigeria)June 12
  • Korea Republic 2-0 Greece
  • Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

June 17

  • Argentina 4-1 Korea Republic
  • Greece 2-1 Nigeria

June 22

  • Nigeria 2-2 Korea Republic
  • Greece 0-2 Argentina

Results: Argentina and Korea Republic advance to the Round of 16. Greece and Nigeria are eliminated from the competition.

Group C - (United States, England, Slovenia, Algeria)June 12
  • England 1-1 United States

June 13

  • Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

June 18

  • Slovenia 2-2 United States
  • England 0-0 Algeria

June 23

  • Slovenia 0-1 England
  • United States 1-0 Algeria

Results: The United States and England advance to the Round of 16. Slovenia and Algeria are eliminated from the competition.

Group D - (Germany, Ghana, Australia, Serbia)June 13
  • Serbia 0-1 Ghana
  • Germany 4-0 Australia

June 18

  • Germany 0-1 Serbia

June 19

  • Ghana 1-1 Australia

June 23

  • Ghana 0-1 Germany
  • Australia 2-1 Serbia

Results: Germany and Ghana advance to the Round of 16. Australia and Serbia are eliminated from the competition.

Group E - (Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Cameroon)June 14
  • Netherlands 2-0 Denmark
  • Japan 1-0 Cameroon

June 19

  • Netherlands 1-0 Japan
  • Cameroon 1-2 Denmark

June 24

  • Denmark 1-3 Japan
  • Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands

Results: The Netherlands and Japan advance to the Round of 16. Denmark and Cameroon are eliminated from the competition.

Group F - (Paraguay, Slovakia, New Zealand, Italy)June 14
  • Italy 1-1 Paraguay

June 15

  • New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia

June 20

  • Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay
  • Italy 1-1 New Zealand

June 24

  • Slovakia 3-2 Italy
  • Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand

Results: Paraguay and Slovakia advance to the Round of 16. New Zealand and Italy are eliminated from the competition.

Group G - (Brazil, Portugal, Côte d'Ivoire, Korea DPR)June 15
  • Côte d'Ivoire 0-0 Portugal
  • Brazil 2-1 Korea DPR

June 20

  • Brazil 3-1 Côte d'Ivoire

June 21

  • Portugal 7-0 Korea DPR

June 25

  • Portugal 0-0 Brazil
  • Korea DPR 0-3 Côte d'Ivoire

Results: Brazil and Portugal advance to the Round of 16. Côte d'Ivoire and Korea DPR are eliminated from the competition.

Group H - (Spain, Chile, Switzerland, Honduras)June 16
  • Honduras 0-1 Chile
  • Spain 0-1 Switzerland

June 21

  • Chile 1-0 Switzerland
  • Spain 2-0 Honduras

June 25

  • Chile 1-2 Spain
  • Switzerland 0-0 Honduras

Results: Spain and Chile advance to the Round of 16. Switzerland and Honduras are eliminated from the competition.

Knockout StageRound of 16June 26
  • Uruguay 2-1 Korea Republic
  • United States 1-2 Ghana (a.e.t.)

Results: Uruguay and Ghana advance to the Quarter-finals. The United States and Korea Republic are eliminated from the competition.

June 27

  • Germany 4-1 England
  • Argentina 3-1 Mexico

Results: Germany and Argentina advance to the Quarter-finals. England and Mexico are eliminated from the competition.

June 28

  • Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia
  • Brazil 3-0 Chile

Results: Netherlands and Brazil advance to the Quarter-finals. Slovakia and Chile are eliminated from the competition.

June 29

  • Paraguay 0-0 (5-3 pen.) Japan
  • Spain 1-0 Portugal

Results: Spain and Paraguay advance to the Quarter-finals. Japan and Portugal are eliminated from the competition.

Quarter-finalsJuly 2
  • Netherlands 2-1 Brazil
  • Uruguay 1-1 (4-2 pen.) Ghana

Results: Netherlands and Uruguay advance to the Semi-finals. Brazil and Ghana are eliminated from the competition.

July 3

  • Argentina 0-4 Germany
  • Paraguay 0-1 Spain

Results: Germany and Spain advance to the Semi-finals. Paraguay and Argentina are eliminated from the competition.

Semi-finalsJuly 6
  • Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands

July 7

  • Germany 0-1 Spain

Results: Spain and Netherlands advance to the Finals. Germany and Uruguay are eliminated from the competition for the FIFA World Cup. However, they still compete for third place.

Third Place MatchJuly 10 (20:30) Germany 3-2 Uruguay

Location: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Stadium

Attendance: 36,254

Head Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

Germany's Goalscorers: Thomas Müller - 19th minute, Marcell Jansen - 56th minute, Sami Khedira - 82nd minute

Uruguay's Goalscorers: Edinson Cavani - 28th minute, Diego Forlán - 51st minute

Yellow Cards: 4

  • Dennis Aogo - 5th minute (Germany)
  • Cacau - 7th minute (Germany)
  • Diego Pérez - 61st minute (Uruguay)
  • Arne Friedrich - 92nd minute (Germany)

Red Cards: None

Results: Germany is awarded the bronze medal. Uruguay is left in fourth place.

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

During the final match, a series of terrorist bombings occurred in Kampala, Uganda timed to coincide with the match, killing 74 and injuring 70 others. The bombings occurred near the 90th minute of the match, targeting crowds that were watching the match, in response to the Ugandan support for the African Union Mission to Somalia.

July 11 (20:30)

Netherlands 0-1 Spain (a.e.t)

Location: Soccer City, Johannesburg

Attendance: 84,490

Head Referee: Howard Webb (England)

Spain's Goalscorer: Andrés Iniesta

Yellow Cards: 14

  • Robin van Persie - 15th minute (Netherlands)
  • Carles Puyol - 16th minute (Spain)
  • Mark van Bommel - 22nd minute (Netherlands)
  • Sergio Ramos - 23rd minute (Spain)
  • Nigel de Jong - 28th minute (Netherlands)
  • Giovanni van Bronckhorst - 54th minute(Netherlands)
  • John Heitinga - 57th, 109th minute(Netherlands)
  • Joan Capdevila - 67th minute (Spain)
  • Arjen Robben - 84th minute (Netherlands)
  • Gregory van der Wiel - 111th minute (Netherlands)
  • Joris Mathijsen - 117th minute (Netherlands)
  • Andrés Iniesta - 118th minute (Spain)
  • Xavi - 121st minute (Spain)

Red Cards: 1

  • Player: John Heitinga (Netherlands)
  • Reason: Double yellow cards
  • Time: 109th minute

Results: Spain is crowned the 2010 FIFA World Cup champion, winning for the first time a FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands is declared runner-up and receives the silver medal. The final marked the third time the Netherlands was runner-up. A Netherlands-fan was quoted as saying: ...we now have to add 2010 to the list, along with 1974 and 1978. It truly is "Neverland" for the Netherlands.

AwardsGolden Boot Award
  • Thomas Müller (Germany)
Golden Ball Award
  • Diego Forlán (Uruguay)
Golden Glove Award
  • Iker Casillas (Spain)
Best Young Player Award
  • Thomas Müller (Germany)
FIFA Fair Play Trophy
  • Spain
Team RankingsFinalists1st - Spain

2nd - Netherlands

Semi-finalists3rd - Germany

4th - Uruguay

Quarter-finalists5th - Argentina

6th - Brazil

7th - Ghana

8th - Paraguay

Eliminated in the Round of 169th - Japan

10th - Chile

11th - Portugal

12th - United States

13th - England

14th - Mexico

15th - Korea Republic

16th - Slovakia

Eliminated in the Group Stage17th - Côte d'Ivoire

18th - Slovenia

19th - Switzerland

20th - South Africa

21st - Australia

22nd - New Zealand

23rd - Serbia

24th - Denmark

25th - Greece

26th - Italy

27th - Nigeria

28th - Algeria

29th - France

30th - Honduras

31st - Cameroon

32nd - Korea DPR

Additional InformationAs a first, Australia competed under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after switching from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006.

New Zealand was the only undefeated team in the World Cup. Having only played three matches, it tied all three, but was unable to advance to the Round of 16.

The tournament also produced an interesting record as the top four goalscorers were from each of the four highest placing countries: David Villa (Spain - champions), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands - runner-up), Thomas Müller (Germany - third place), and Diego Forlán (Uruguay - fourth place). All four players scored five goals each.

This World Cup brought Brazil's FIFA rating (based partly on performance in a previous World Cup and partly on performance on qualifications for the next World Cup) from 1st to 3rd.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup shares with the 2008 Summer Olympics the record for most competing nations in a sporting event. The tournament had an attendance of 3,178,856 total at its matches and accumulated 2.6 billion viewers worldwide.

The tournament also included its own oracle. Paul the Oracle Octopus from the Sea Life Centre in Germany was made internationally famous for predicting correctly 8 times out of 8 predictions. Paul correctly predicted all 7 of Germany's matches and the outcome of the final match between Spain and the Netherlands. Prior to each of those 8 matches, the keepers placed two boxes in front of Paul, each containing a mussel and labeled with the flag of the competing countries. Whichever box Paul ate out of was predicted to be the winner. Paul was an international star overnight in Spain and received death threats from the German public.

Major ControversiesKorea DPR (North Korea) was widely criticized with its decision to change the channels broadcasting the match between Korea DPR and Portugal. When the North Korean leaders realized that the Korea DPR team was going to lose to Portugal, they ordered the television companies broadcasting the match in North Korea to change the channels so that the public would not see its nation lose at such a landslide (7-0). The channels were changed after Portugal scored the fourth goal against Korea DPR.

The Netherlands' team received the most yellow cards at 22 and one red, while Spain won the FIFA Fair Play Trophy. This sparked outrage among Netherlands' supporters as they supposedly saw Spain's players faking most of the fouls made by Netherlands' players. The Netherlands team received 9 yellow cards in the final match while Spain received 5.

In the match of the United States and Slovenia in the Group Stage, the United States was trailing Slovenia 0-2. Against the odds, the United States caught up and leveled the game at 2-2. Near the matches end during a corner kick, a United States player was able to head the ball into the goal for the winning goal. The head referee, Koman Coulibaly, called an offsides, disallowing the goal without being able to produce an explanation for his decision. The replay cameras on the television broadcastings clearly showed that players were not offsides. It also showed that they were two Slovenian players illegally grabbing United States players. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. Enraged United States-supporters sent tapes of the match to the FIFA Executive Committee. After examining the tapes, they ruled that Coulibaly called a misjudgement. FIFA punished Coulibaly, preventing him from refereeing any future games.

In the match of Portugal and Spain in the Round of 16 while the game was tied at 0-0, Spanish striker David Villa scored Spain's only and winning goal from an offside move in the 63rd minute (0.22 meters according to ESPN axis). ESPN axis showed that the referee wasn't standing on the offside line and thus his vision was obscured by players between himself and Villa.

In the match of England and Germany in the Round of 16 while Germany lead 2-1, an English midfielder shot the ball and hit the crossbar and then the ground, before bouncing straight up which allowed German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to grab the ball. The head referee and assistants were unable to see the goal and disallowed it. England lost its chance to catch up to Germany and continued on to lose 4-1, its worst defeat in FIFA history. England-supporters protested to FIFA President Sepp Blatter to implement goal line technology to challenge on-field authority.

In the match of Argentina and Mexico in the Round of 16 while the game was tied at 0-0, an Argentinean player was able to score in an offsides positions. Head referee Roberto Rosetti allowed the goal enraging Mexican players and supporters. Argentina continued to win against Mexico in a 3-1 match.

In response to the mistakes for the England versus Germany match and Argentina versus Mexico match, FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologized to the English and Mexican Football Confederations for the referee misjudgments that went against them and promised to reopen discussions on implementing technology to aid in the judgment of match officials.

How many football teams did the legend Pele play for?

Pele played for two teams in his career, * [1956�1974] Santos FC, 1265 Appearances, 1124 Goals * [1975�1977] Cosmos, 111 Appearances, 65 Goals.

Where was the 2010 FIFA World Cup held?

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was hosted by South Africa.
The country that hosted the 2010 World Cup is South Africa.

Did SA benefit from 2010 FIFA World Cup?

It would have benefitted from investment in the country, gaining some infrastructure, and fans coming that spent money while there.

How does the world cup improve south Africa's economy?

As work was there in hotels , taxis airlines as well as locals got jobs to build the stadium.

Which was the only team not to lose a game at the World Cup Soccer 2010?

New Zealand was the only undefeated team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, having tied all three of its matches in the Group Stage, but unable to advance to the Round of 16.

Did the final of the 2010 World Cup go into overtime?

Yes, it went to what is properly known as extra-time, which is 30 extra minutes if the teams are level after the regulation 90 minutes. Andrés Iniesta scored the winning goal in the 116th minute to give Spain victory over the Netherlands by one goal to nil.

How many football teams are there in world?

There are a Total of 1,904,834 Football Teams in the World ( Does not include Reserve or Youth or Girls Football Teams )

Who scored most goals in football World Cup 2010 World Cup 2011?

The players to score the most goals in the 2010 world cup were Wesley Sneijder, David Villa, Tomas Muller and Diego Forlan, all scored five goals.

What impact did hosting the 2010 world cup have on unemployment in South Africa?

Hosting such a global event will put many South Africans back to work. It is also a chance for the country to be in the spotlight and boost its economy.

For a more in-depth look on the effect of hosting the World Cup, see the related article link below.

How many football teams are there?

There are 20 teams in the Barclays Premier League.

24 in the championship

24 league 1

24 league 2

so 52 overall

There are in total 210,867 teams registered in the U.K, This number applys to 2007.

This includes pub teams, Sunday league, etc.

How many football teams have indoor stadiums?

Eight teams have indoor stadiums - Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis, Arizona (retractable), Indianapolis and Houston (retractable). Dallas was a planned retractable dome that was never finished.

Who won the first FIFA World Cup?

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was won by Uruguay against Argentina in the finals (4-2). Uruguay was also the host country at the time. Additionally, Uruguay won the 1950 FIFA World Cup as well.

How many teams compete in the FIFA World Cup?

For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, there were 208countries competing for the final 32 spots in the World Cup.

The final 32 teams compete in the FIFA World Cup and are split into 8 groups of 4.

The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body.

How many Division 1-AA teams have beaten a Division 1-A team in football?

You'd actually be surprised how often this happens. I'm an alumni of the University of Delaware (1-AA), and for the second time in 4 years Delaware has defeated a division 1-A opponent (Navy, 2003 & 2007). There are a lot of 1-A programs that are absolutely terrible and play in terrible. When you take into account 2 of the marquee 1-AA over 1-A victories this year (Appalachian over Mich. and ND State over Minn.) you have 3 this year alone, and this is only what I know of off the top of my head, there is possibly more this season.