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2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010
Tournament details
Host country South Africa
Dates 11 June – 11 July (31 days)
Teams 32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 10 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (1st title)
Runner-up  Netherlands
Third place  Germany
Fourth place  Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played 64
Goals scored 145 (2.27 per match)
Attendance 3,178,856 (49,670 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Diego Forlán
Germany Thomas Müller
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain David Villa
(5 goals each)
Best player Uruguay Diego Forlán
Best young player Germany Thomas Müller
Best goalkeeper Spain Iker Casillas
2006
2014

The 2010 World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship between 32 men's national football teams. It was held in South Africa from 11 June to 10 July 2010. In the host selection, only African countries may be selected as host of this tournament. In 2004 FIFA selected South Africa to become it the first African country hosted FIFA World Cup.

The matches were played in 10 stadiums in 9 cities around the country. The final was played at the Soccer City, Johannesburg All countries (except South Africa that qualified as host nation) took part in qualification tournament to qualify to the World Cup. In the first round all teams were divided to eight groups of four teams where team played with other three teams in group. Two best teams from each group qualify to knockout stage where teams need to win 3 matches to reach the final.

In the final Spain, the European champions, won the tournament. They defeated Netherlands 1-0 in extra time with Andrés Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute. Spain got their first World Cup title and they also became the first European team won the World Cup outside Europe. They also became the first team to win the World Cup after losing their first match. Host nation of this tournament South Africa, winner (Italy) and finalist (France) of previous World Cup were all failed the group stage. It was the first time when host nation was not qualified to knockout stage. New Zealand was only team that did not lose any matches but it also did not advance to knockout stage

Participants

Africa

Asia

Europe

North and Central America

Oceania

South America

Stadiums

In 2005, the organizers released a list of thirteen venues to be used for the World Cup. They were officially announced by FIFA on 17 March 2006:

Johannesburg Durban Cape Town Johannesburg Pretoria
Soccer City Moses Mabhida Stadium Cape Town Stadium Ellis Park Stadium Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Capacity: 94,900 Capacity: 70,000 Capacity: 69,070 Capacity: 62,567 Capacity: 51,760
Soccer City Moses Mabhida Stadium Cape Town Stadium Ellis Park Stadium Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Port Elizabeth Bloemfontein Polokwane Nelspruit Rustenburg
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Free State Stadium Peter Mokaba Stadium Mbombela Stadium Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Capacity: 48,000 Capacity: 48,000 Capacity: 46,000 Capacity: 43,500 Capacity: 42,000
Nelson Mandela Stadium Mbombela Stadium Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Man of the match

New for 2010 is the Budweiser Man of the Match award. Fans vote for the top player for each match in the World Cup tournament.

Group Stage

The first round was also called the Group stage. There were 32 teams in the first round of the World Cup. The teams were divided into eight groups with four teams in each group. The groups were named Group A through Group H.

Each team in a group played all the other teams in their group one time. That means there were six games in each group and 48 games in the first round. The top two teams from each group in this round advanced (were allowed to play) in the next round, named the Round of 16.

The FIFA uses the following method to rank teams in the first round.

  1. The highest number of points in the group matches.
  2. The goal difference in the group matches.
    • The goal difference is found by subtracting the number of goals against (GA) from the number of goals for (GF).
  3. The highest number of goals scored in the group matches.
  4. The highest number of points in the matches between the tied teams.
  5. The goal difference in the matches between the tied teams.
  6. The highest number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams.
  7. By the drawing of lots (a random selection) by the FIFA Organizing Committee.
Color key in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the Round of 16
Countries eliminated in this round

Legend:

  • P = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)
  • Pts = total points accumulated
    • teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss

All times are given in South African Standard time (UTC+2).

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
 France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
 Korea Republic 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
 Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
 Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
 Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
 Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -2 3

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Pos Team ITA PAR NZL SVK P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  Paraguay 1–1 0–0 2–0 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5 Advances to Round 2
2  Slovakia 3–2 0–2 1–1 3 1 1 1 4 5 –1 4 Advances to Round 2
3  New Zealand 1–1 0–0 1–1 3 0 3 0 2 2 ±0 3 Eliminated
4  Italy 1–1 1–1 2–3 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 2 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Monday, 14 June 20:30 Cape Town Stadium Italy 1–1 Paraguay 62,869 Paraguay Antolin Alcaraz
Tuesday, 15 June 13:30 Royal Bafokeng Stadium New Zealand 1–1 Slovakia 23,871 Slovakia Robert Vittek
Sunday, 20 June 13:30 Free State Stadium Slovakia 0–2 Paraguay 26,643 Paraguay Enrique Vera
Sunday, 20 June 16:00 Mbombela Stadium Italy 1–1 New Zealand 38,229 Italy Daniele De Rossi
Thursday, 24 June 16:00 Ellis Park Stadium Slovakia 3–2 Italy 53,412 Slovakia Robert Vittek
Thursday, 24 June 16:00 Peter Mokaba Stadium Paraguay 0–0 New Zealand 34,850 Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz

Group G

Pos Team BRA PRK CIV POR P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  Brazil 2–1 3–1 0–0 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Advances to Round 2
2  Portugal 0–0 7–0 0–0 3 1 2 0 7 0 +7 5 Advances to Round 2
3  Côte d'Ivoire 1–3 3–0 0–0 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4 Eliminated
4  Korea DPR 1–2 0–3 0–7 3 0 0 3 1 12 –11 0 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Tuesday, 15 June 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Côte d'Ivoire 0–0 Portugal 37,034 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Tuesday, 15 June 20:30 Ellis Park Stadium Brazil 2–1 Korea DPR 54,331 Brazil Maicon
Sunday, 20 June 20:30 Soccer City Brazil 3–1 Côte d'Ivoire 84,455 Brazil Luís Fabiano
Monday, 21 June 13:30 Cape Town Stadium Portugal 7–0 Korea DPR 63,644 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Friday, 25 June 16:00 Moses Mabhida Stadium Portugal 0–0 Brazil 62,712 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Friday, 25 June 16:00 Mbombela Stadium Korea DPR 0–3 Côte d'Ivoire 34,763 Côte d'Ivoire Didier Drogba

Group H

Pos Team ESP SUI HON CHI P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  Spain 0–1 2–0 2–1 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Advances to Round 2
2  Chile 1–2 1–0 1–0 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6 Advances to Round 2
3  Switzerland 1–0 0–0 0–1 3 1 1 1 1 1 ±0 4 Eliminated
4  Honduras 0–2 0–0 0–1 3 0 1 2 0 3 –3 1 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Wednesday, 16 June 13:30 Mbombela Stadium Honduras 0–1 Chile 32,664 Chile Jean Beausejour
Wednesday, 16 June 16:00 Moses Mabhida Stadium Spain 0–1 Switzerland 62,453 Switzerland Gelson Fernandes
Monday, 21 June 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Chile 1–0 Switzerland 34,872 Chile Mark Gonzalez
Monday, 21 June 20:30 Ellis Park Stadium Spain 2–0 Honduras 54,386 Spain David Villa
Friday, 25 June 20:30 Loftus Versfeld Stadium Chile 1–2 Spain 41,958 Spain Andrés Iniesta
Friday, 25 June 20:30 Free State Stadium Switzerland 0–0 Honduras 28,042 Honduras Noel Valladares

Knockout stage

The games starting with the second round are known as the knockout stage. These games can not end in a draw (tie). If a match (game) is tied at the end of 90 minutes (the regular game time limit), extra periods are added to the game. Two periods, each 15 minutes long, will be played. If the score is still tied after the two extra periods, the game will be decided by a penalty kick shootout.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
26 June – Port Elizabeth            
  Uruguay  2
2 July – Johannesburg
  Korea Republic  1  
  Uruguay (pen.)  1 (4)
26 June – Rustenburg
    Ghana  1 (2)  
  United States  1
6 July – Cape Town
  Ghana (aet)  2  
  Uruguay  2
28 June – Durban
    Netherlands  3  
  Netherlands  2
2 July – Port Elizabeth
  Slovakia  1  
  Netherlands  2
28 June – Johannesburg
    Brazil  1  
  Brazil  3
11 July – Johannesburg
  Chile  0  
  Netherlands  0
27 June – Johannesburg
    Spain (aet)  1


  Argentina  3
3 July – Cape Town
  Mexico  1  
  Argentina  0
27 June – Bloemfontein
    Germany  4  
  Germany  4
7 July – Durban
  England  1  
  Germany  0
29 June – Pretoria
    Spain  1


  Third place
  Paraguay (pen.)  0 (5)
3 July – Johannesburg 10 July – Port Elizabeth
  Japan  0 (3)  
  Paraguay  0   Uruguay  2
29 June – Cape Town
    Spain  1


    Germany  3
  Spain  1
  Portugal  0


 

Round of 16

26 June 2010
16:00
Uruguay Uruguay 2-1 South Korea South Korea Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Suárez Goal 8'80' Lee Chung-Yong Goal 68'

26 June 2010
20:30
United States United States 1-2
(a.e.t.)
Ghana Ghana Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Donovan Goal 62' (pen.) Prince Goal 5'
Gyan Goal 93'

27 June 2010
16:00
Germany Germany 4-1 England England Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Klose Goal 20'
Podolski Goal 32'
Müller Goal 67'70'
Upson Goal 37'

27 June 2010
20:30
Argentina Argentina 3-1 Mexico Mexico Soccer City, Johannesburg
Tévez Goal 26'52'
Higuaín Goal 33'
Chicharito Goal 71'

28 June 2010
16:00
Netherlands Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia Slovakia Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Robben Goal 18'
Sneijder Goal 84'
Vittek Goal 90+4' (pen.)

28 June 2010
20:30
Brazil Brazil 3-0 Chile Chile Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Juan Goal 35'
Luís Fabiano Goal 38'
Robinho Goal 59'

29 June 2010
16:00
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg 0-0
(a.e.t.)
Japan Japan Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
  Penalties  
Barreto Scored
Barrios Scored
Riveros Scored
Valdez Scored
Cardozo Scored
5-3 Scored Endō
Scored Hasebe
Missed Komano
Scored Honda

29 June 2010
20:30
Spain Spain 1-0 Portugal Portugal Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Villa Goal 63'

Quarter-finals

2 July 2010
16:00
Netherlands Netherlands 2-1 Brazil Brazil Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Sneijder Goal 53'68' Robinho Goal 10'

2 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay Uruguay 1-1
(a.e.t.)
Ghana Ghana Soccer City, Johannesburg
Forlán Goal 55' Muntari Goal 45+2'
  Penalties  
Forlán Scored
Victorino Scored
Scotti Scored
M. Pereira Missed
Abreu Scored
4-2 Scored Gyan
Scored Appiah
Missed Mensah
Missed Adiyiah

3 July 2010
16:00
Argentina Argentina 0-4 Germany Germany Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Müller Goal 3'
Klose Goal 68'89'
Friedrich Goal 74'

3 July 2010
20:30
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg 0-1 Spain Spain Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Villa Goal 83'

Semi-finals

6 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands Netherlands Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Forlán Goal 41'
M. Pereira Goal 90+2'
Van Bronckhorst Goal 18'
Sneijder Goal 70'
Robben Goal 73'

7 July 2010
20:30
Germany Germany 0-1 Spain Spain Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Puyol Goal 73'

Third-place match

10 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay Uruguay 2-3 Germany Germany Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Cavani Goal 28'
Forlán Goal 51'
Müller Goal 19'
Jansen Goal 56'
Khedira Goal 82'

Final

11 July 2010
20:30
Netherlands Netherlands 0-1
(a.e.t.)
Spain Spain Soccer City, Johannesburg
Iniesta Goal 116'


 2010 FIFA World Cup Winners 

Spain
1st title

Statistics

Goalscorers

5 goals

  • Spain David Villa
  • Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
  • Germany Thomas Müller
  • Uruguay Diego Forlán

4 goals

  • Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín
  • Slovakia Róbert Vittek
  • Germany Miroslav Klose

3 goals

  • Uruguay Luis Suárez
  • United States Landon Donovan
  • Ghana Asamoah Gyan
  • Brazil Luís Fabiano

2 goals

  • Brazil Elano
  • Brazil Robinho
  • Portugal Tiago
  • Nigeria Kalu Uche
  • South Korea Lee Jung-Soo
  • South Korea Lee Chung-Yong
  • Australia Brett Holman
  • Japan Keisuke Honda
  • Cameroon Samuel Eto'o
  • Germany Lukas Podolski
  • Argentina Carlos Tévez
  • Mexico Javier Hernández
  • Netherlands Arjen Robben
  • Spain Andrés Iniesta

1 goal

  • South Africa Siphiwe Tshabalala
  • South Africa Bongani Khumalo
  • South Africa Katlego Mphela
  • Mexico Rafael Márquez
  • Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco
  • South Korea Park Ji-Sung
  • South Korea Park Chu-Young
  • Argentina Gabriel Heinze
  • Argentina Martín Demichelis
  • Argentina Martín Palermo
  • England Steven Gerrard
  • England Jermain Defoe
  • England Matthew Upson
  • United States Clint Dempsey
  • United States Michael Bradley
  • Slovenia Robert Koren
  • Slovenia Valter Birsa
  • Slovenia Zlatan Ljubijankič
  • Germany Cacau
  • Germany Mesut Özil
  • Germany Arne Friedrich
  • Germany Marcell Jansen
  • Germany Sami Khedira
  • Netherlands Dirk Kuyt
  • Netherlands Robin van Persie
  • Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  • Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst
  • Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg Antolín Alcaraz
  • Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg Enrique Vera
  • Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg Cristian Riveros
  • Italy Daniele De Rossi
  • Italy Vincenzo Iaquinta
  • Italy Antonio Di Natale
  • Italy Fabio Quagliarella
  • New Zealand Winston Reid
  • New Zealand Shane Smeltz
  • Brazil Maicon
  • Brazil Juan
  • North Korea Ji Yun-Nam
  • Chile Jean Beauséjour
  • Chile Mark González
  • Chile Rodrigo Millar
  • Switzerland Gelson Fernandes
  • Uruguay Álvaro Pereira
  • Uruguay Maxi Pereira
  • Uruguay Edinson Cavani
  • Greece Dimitris Salpingidis
  • Greece Vasilis Torosidis
  • Serbia Milan Jovanović
  • Serbia Marko Pantelić
  • Australia Tim Cahill
  • Denmark Nicklas Bendtner
  • Denmark Dennis Rommedahl
  • Denmark John Dahl Tomasson
  • Côte d'Ivoire Didier Drogba
  • Côte d'Ivoire Yaya Touré
  • Côte d'Ivoire Romaric
  • Côte d'Ivoire Salomon Kalou
  • Portugal Raúl Meireles
  • Portugal Simão
  • Portugal Hugo Almeida
  • Portugal Liédson
  • Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • France Florent Malouda
  • Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni
  • Slovakia Kamil Kopúnek
  • Japan Yasuhito Endō
  • Japan Shinji Okazaki
  • Spain Carles Puyol
  • Ghana Kevin-Prince Boateng
  • Ghana Sulley Muntari

Own goals

Discipline

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).

Awards

  • Golden Ball: Uruguay Diego Forlán (Uruguay)
  • Golden Boot: Germany Thomas Müller (Germany)
  • Golden Glove: Spain Iker Casillas (Spain)
  • Best Young Player: Germany Thomas Müller (Germany)
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy:  Spain

All-Star Team

The Best 11 was decided by an online public vote, where 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, with submissions 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 comprised two Germans, one Brazilian, one Dutchman and a Uruguayan.


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