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.
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..
The tournament took place in 10 stadiums in nine different cities. The stadiums are listed below:-
|Royal Bafokeng Stadium||Rustenburg||38,646|
|Free State Stadium||Bloemfontein ||40,911|
|Peter Mokaba Stadium||Polokwane||41,733|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ||Port Elizabeth||42,486|
|Loftus Versfeld Stadium ||Pretoria ||42,858|
|Moses Mabhida Stadium||Durban||62,760|
|Cape Town Stadium ||Cape Town||64,100|
|Ellis Park Stadium||Johannesburg||55,686|
Each of the groups of 2010 FIFA World Cup is given below and the teams who qualified are mentioned respectively.
|South Africa (H)||3||1||1||1||3||5||4|
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.
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.
In the semi-finals, Netherlands became the first finalists of the tournament with a close victory over Uruguay while Germany were defeated by Spain.
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.
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
|Thomas Muller||Germany||5 (0)|
|David Villa ||Spain||5 (0)|
|Diego Forlan||Uruguay||5 (1)|
|Wesley Sneijder||Netherlands||5 (0)|
|Gonzalo Higuain||Argentina||4 (0)|