World Cup Soccer
The World Cup Soccer will be held in South Africa, 2010. World Cup Soccer 2010 will be the 19th FIFA World Cup. The football tournament will take place from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The World Cup Soccer 2010 will be the apogee of a qualification process that began in August 2007 which involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. Five African nations including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and South Africa placed bids to host the 2010 World Cup. However, South Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a new policy to rotate the event between football confederations. The following article shares brief review about the upcoming events in World Cup Soccer.
The qualifying session for the upcoming World Cup Soccer 2010 was held in Durban, South Africa. As the host nation, South Africa automatically qualifies for the football tournament. However, South Africa participated in the World Cup Soccer since the CAF qualifiers serve as the qualifying tournament for the African Cup of Nations 2010. This is the first World Cup with no debutant associations, although two of the qualifiers Slovakia and Serbia, have previously appeared only as parts of former competing nations. In both cases FIFA considers these teams to have retained the earlier nations' records. Know more about World Cup soccer.
Thirty two teams will participate in the World Cup Soccer 2010, which includes Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Honduras, Mexico, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, New Zealand, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as $420 million, a 60 per cent increase on the 2006 tournament. Before the tournament, each participating team would receive $1 million, for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, teams exiting at the group stage would receive $8 million.
Zakumi, an anthropomorphized leopard with green hair is the official mascot of the upcoming World Cup Soccer 2010. The match ball will be named the ‘Jabulani’ made by Adidas. The venues in which the football tournament will be held are Durban, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Orkney, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pietersburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg. However, the host country is also going to implement special measures to ensure the safety and security of local and international tourists attending the matches in accordance with standard FIFA requirements.