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2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa was the 19th edition of the worldwide tournament organised by FIFA for the national football associations. The World Cup that was all about Vuvuzelas, Jabulani, and a few sketchy decisions that led to the development of VAR was held in South Africa for a period of one month from 11th June to 11th July 2010.


The Spanish football team emerged as the 2010 world cup winner, winning their first ever World Cup title and asserting themselves in their golden phase when they won three major consecutive tournaments. However, the World Cup was not short of drama itself as Spain had survived a scare when they had lost to Switzerland in the first round, while winners and runners up of the last World Cup, Italy and France were knocked out in the first round itself.


Qualification Process


The 32 teams which qualified went under a qualification tournament under the six FIFA confederations - AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North and Central America, Caribbean), OFC (Oceania) and UEFA (Europe). The qualification tournament featured over 205 teams and took place in a span of two years..


Venue


The tournament took place in 10 stadiums in nine different cities. The stadiums are listed below:-


StadiumCityCapacity
Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg38,646
Free State StadiumBloemfontein 40,911
Mbombela StadiumNelspruit40,929
Peter Mokaba StadiumPolokwane41,733
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth42,486
Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria 42,858
Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban62,760
Cape Town Stadium Cape Town64,100
Ellis Park StadiumJohannesburg55,686
FNB StadiumJohannesburg84,490

Group Stages


Each of the groups of 2010 FIFA World Cup is given below and the teams who qualified are mentioned respectively.


Group A

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Uruguay3210407
Mexico3111324
South Africa (H)3111354
France3012141

Group B

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Argentina3300719
South Korea3111564
Greece3102253
Nigeria3012351

Group C

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
USA3120435
England3120215
Slovenia3111334
Algeria3012021

Group D

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Germany3201516
Ghana3111224
Australia3111364
Serbia3102233

Group E

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Netherlands3300519
Japan3201426
Denmark3102363
Cameroon3003250

Group F

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Paraguay3120315
Slovakia3111454
New Zealand3030223
Italy3021452

Group G

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Brazil3210527
Portugal3120705
Ivory Coast3111434
North Korea30031120

Group H

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGA Points
Spain3201426
Chile3201326
Switzerland3111114
Honduras3012031

Knockout Stages


Round of 16


The knockout stages featured 16 teams over four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the participants. The knockout stages were different from the group stages as they went into extra time and penalties if the game remained tied.


Asian teams were altogether knocked out in the Round of 16, as South Korea were defeated by Uruguay and Japan had a heartbreak when they lost to Paraguay on penalties. Ghana still held the hope for African fans as they defeated USA, while England were handed a hard defeat after Lampard’s goal was disallowed against Germany.


Netherlands defeated Slovakia, Brazil defeated their South American counterparts Chile, while Argentina defeating Mexico and Spain winning over their neighbours Portugal summed up the Round of 16.


Quarter-Finals


The quarterfinals was marred by the Hand of God incident, where Luis Suarez handled the ball on the goal line to keep it from crossing over. He was shown a red card, and Ghana were awarded a crucial penalty in the dying moments of the game in extra time with the teams tied. However, Asamoah Gyan missed his spot kick and Ghana eventually lost out in penalties. Netherlands defeated Brazil while Spain won over Paraguay. Germany trounced Argentina with a resounding victory over Argentina.


Semi-finals

In the semi-finals, Netherlands became the first finalists of the tournament with a close victory over Uruguay while Germany were defeated by Spain.


Final


The final between Spain and Netherlands was played at the Soccer City Stadium, in the biggest city of South Africa, Johannesburg. It was attended by nearly 84,500 people.


The 2010 world cup final was an extremely tense match as it remained goalless after the complete 90 minutes. Throughout the match, referee Howard Webb dished out as many 14 yellow cards, setting a new record for the most number of yellow cards in a World Cup final.


Netherlands’ John Heitinga was given the marching orders after he received his second yellow card. In his peak years, Iker Casillas pulled off an unbelievable save to deny Arjen Robben one-on-one while Sergio Ramos missed a header on the other side. The deadlock was finally broken by Andres Iniesta in the 116th minute, deep in extra time to win Spain it’s first World Cup.


The final score was a 1:0 victory to Spain after extra-time.


Individual Awards


Golden Ball: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

Golden Boot: Thomas Muller (Germany)

Golden Glove: Iker Casillas (Spain)

Best Young Player: Thomas Muller (Germany)


World Cup 2010 Top Scorers

PlayerTeamGoals (Penalty)
Thomas MullerGermany5 (0)
David Villa Spain5 (0)
Diego ForlanUruguay5 (1)
Wesley SneijderNetherlands5 (0)
Gonzalo HiguainArgentina4 (0)


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