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2010 FIFA World Cup

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2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country  South Africa
Dates 11 June – 11 July
Teams 32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 10 (in 9 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 51
Goals scored 112 (2.2 per match)
Attendance 2,390,879 (46,880 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín
(4 goals)[1]
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The 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international association football tournament, being held in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July. It is the first time the finals of the tournament have been staged in an African host nation. South Africa were selected as hosts in May 2004 over Morocco and Egypt, following a bidding process open only to African nations. Held every four years since 1930, the previous World Cup finals were held in 2006 in Germany, while the next World Cup is due to be held in Brazil. With 204 initial entrants, the 2010 World Cup equals the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations.

The finals tournament sees 736 players representing 32 qualifying teams compete in games held in ten stadia across the country for the World Cup Trophy. The 32 qualifying teams were selected from a pool of entrants comprising 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams in a qualification process that began in August 2007.

The finals began on 11 June with the group stage, in which the 32 qualifying teams were reduced by half by playing in groups of four teams for points over three matches per team. The 16 remaining teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning on 26 June, which progresses as a single-elimination tournament. Ties after normal time are settled using extra time or a penalty shootout if necessary, up to and including the final match for the Cup, scheduled for 11 July at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. A match for third place is scheduled to be played the day before.

Controversial aspects of the tournament have included the use of the vuvuzela horn, the Adidas Jabulani ball, and the refereeing. The vuvuzela, favoured by South African football fans who see it as a unique part of their football culture, has been criticised by many visiting fans who were not accustomed to its loudness or unhappy at its effect on match atmosphere, and by television viewers. The ball has been criticised by a number of players for being unpredictable, but defended by FIFA and Adidas (who attributed criticism to either lack of practice or the altitude of some venues) as the most technically advanced World Cup ball to date. The tournament was also plagued by refereeing errors.

According to Federation International Football Ass. (FIFA), the INt’l governing body of soccer, more than 1 billion people worlwide will watch today’s final World Cup match. Any company can tap into the excitement with loggoed soccer balls from the inexpensive blow up balls, cinch bags to the regulation size balls.

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