2010 FIFA World Cup

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

The 2010 World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup. It was held in South Africa. It was the first time that an African country hosted the tournament. Spain won the tournament. They defeated Netherlands in the final. They became the first team to win the World Cup after losing their first match.[1]

Participants[change | change source]

Africa[change | change source]

Asia[change | change source]

Europe[change | change source]

North and Central America[change | change source]

Oceania[change | change source]

South America[change | change source]

Venues[change | change source]

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
26°14′5″S 27°58′56″E / 26.23472°S 27.98222°E / -26.23472; 27.98222 (Soccer City) 29°49′46″S 31°01′49″E / 29.82944°S 31.03028°E / -29.82944; 31.03028 (Moses Mabhida Stadium) 33°54′12″S 18°24′40″E / 33.90333°S 18.41111°E / -33.90333; 18.41111 (Cape Town Stadium) 26°11′51″S 28°3′39″E / 26.1975°S 28.06083°E / -26.1975; 28.06083 (Ellis Park Stadium) 25°45′12″S 28°13′22″E / 25.75333°S 28.22278°E / -25.75333; 28.22278 (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
33°56′16″S 25°35′56″E / 33.93778°S 25.59889°E / -33.93778; 25.59889 (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium) 29°07′02″S 26°12′32″E / 29.11722°S 26.20889°E / -29.11722; 26.20889 (Free State Stadium) 23°55′30″S 29°27′54″E / 23.925°S 29.465°E / -23.925; 29.465 (Peter Mokaba Stadium) 25°27′40″S 30°55′44″E / 25.46111°S 30.92889°E / -25.46111; 30.92889 (Mbombela Stadium) 25°34′43″S 27°9′39″E / 25.57861°S 27.16083°E / -25.57861; 27.16083 (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[change | change source]

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.

Results[change | change source]

Round 1[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

Pos Team RSA MEX URU FRA P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  URU 3–0 1–0 0–0 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7 Advances to Round 2
2  MEX 1–1 0–1 2–0 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4 Advances to Round 2
3  RSA 1–1 0–3 2–1 3 1 1 1 3 5 –2 4 Eliminated
4  FRA 1–2 0–2 0–0 3 0 1 2 1 4 –3 1 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Friday, 11 June 16:00 Soccer City South Africa 1–1 Mexico 84,490 South Africa Siphiwe Tshabalala
Friday, 11 June 20:30 Cape Town Stadium Uruguay 0–0 France 64,100 Uruguay Diego Forlán
Wednesday, 16 June 20:30 Loftus Versfeld Stadium South Africa 0–3 Uruguay 42,658 Uruguay Diego Forlán
Thursday, 17 June 20:30 Peter Mokaba Stadium France 0–2 Mexico 35,370 Mexico Javier Hernández
Tuesday, 22 June 16:00 Royal Bafokeng Stadium Mexico 0–1 Uruguay 33,425 Uruguay Luis Suarez
Tuesday, 22 June 16:00 Free State Stadium France 1–2 South Africa 39,415 South Africa Katlego Mphela

Group B[change | change source]

Pos Team KOR ARG NGA GRE P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  ARG 4–1 1–0 2–0 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advances to Round 2
2  KOR 1–4 2–2 2–0 3 1 1 1 5 6 –1 4 Advances to Round 2
3  GRE 0–2 0–2 2–1 3 1 0 2 2 5 –3 3 Eliminated
4  NGA 2–2 0–1 1–2 3 0 1 2 3 5 –2 1 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Saturday, 12 June 13:30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium South Korea 2–0 Greece 31,513 South Korea Park Ji-Sung
Saturday, 12 June 16:00 Ellis Park Stadium Argentina 1–0 Nigeria 55,686 Nigeria Vincent Enyeama
Thursday, 17 June 13:30 Soccer City Argentina 4–1 South Korea 82,174 Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín
Thursday, 17 June 16:00 Free State Stadium Greece 2–1 Nigeria 31,593 Nigeria Vincent Enyeama
Tuesday, 22 June 20:30 Moses Mabhida Stadium Nigeria 2–2 South Korea 61,874 South Korea Park Ji-Sung
Tuesday, 22 June 20:30 Peter Mokaba Stadium Greece 0–2 Argentina 38,891 Argentina Lionel Messi

Group C[change | change source]

Pos Team ENG USA ALG SVN P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  USA 1–1 1–0 2–2 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advances to Round 2
2  ENG 1–1 0–0 1–0 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advances to Round 2
3  SVN 0–1 2–2 1–0 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4 Eliminated
4  ALG 0–0 0–1 0–1 3 0 1 2 0 1 –1 1 Eliminated


Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Saturday, 12 June 20:30 Royal Bafokeng Stadium England 1–1 United States 38,646 United States Tim Howard
Sunday, 13 June 13:30 Peter Mokaba Stadium Algeria 0–1 Slovenia 30,325 Slovenia Robert Koren
Friday, 18 June 16:00 Ellis Park Stadium Slovenia 2–2 United States 45,573 United States Landon Donovan
Friday, 18 June 20:30 Cape Town Stadium England 0–0 Algeria 64,100 England Ashley Cole
Wednesday, 23 June 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Slovenia 0–1 England 36,893 England Jermain Defoe
Wednesday, 23 June 16:00 Loftus Versfeld Stadium United States 1–0 Algeria 35,827 United States Landon Donovan

Group D[change | change source]

Pos Team GER AUS SRB GHA P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  GER 4–0 0–1 1–0 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Advances to Round 2
2  GHA 0–1 1–1 1–0 3 1 1 1 2 2 ±0 4 Advances to Round 2
3  AUS 0–4 2–1 1–1 3 1 1 1 3 6 –3 4 Eliminated
4  SRB 1–0 1–2 0–1 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 3 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Sunday, 13 June 16:00 Loftus Versfeld Stadium Serbia 0–1 Ghana 38,833 Ghana Asamoah Gyan
Sunday, 13 June 20:30 Moses Mabhida Stadium Germany 4–0 Australia 62,660 Germany Lukas Podolski
Friday, 18 June 13:30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Germany 0–1 Serbia 38,294 Serbia Vladimir Stojkovic
Saturday, 19 June 16:00 Royal Bafokeng Stadium Ghana 1–1 Australia 34,812 Ghana Asamoah Gyan
Wednesday, 23 June 20:30 Soccer City Ghana 0–1 Germany 83,391 Germany Mesut Oezil
Wednesday, 23 June 20:30 Mbombela Stadium Australia 2–1 Serbia 37,836 Australia Tim Cahill

Group E[change | change source]

Pos Team NED DEN JPN CMR P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  NED 2–0 1–0 2–1 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Advances to Round 2
2  JPN 0–1 3–1 1–0 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Advances to Round 2
3  DEN 0–2 1–3 2–1 3 1 0 2 3 6 –3 3 Eliminated
4  CMR 1–2 1–2 0–1 3 0 0 3 2 5 –3 0 Eliminated

Schedule

Date Time Venue Results Attendance Man of the Match
Monday, 14 June 13:30 Soccer City Netherlands 2–0 Denmark 83,465 Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Monday, 14 June 16:00 Free State Stadium Japan 1–0 Cameroon 30,620 Japan Keisuke Honda
Saturday, 19 June 13:30 Moses Mabhida Stadium Netherlands 1–0 Japan 62,010 Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Saturday, 19 June 20:30 Loftus Versfeld Stadium Cameroon 1–2 Denmark 38,074 Denmark Daniel Agger
Thursday, 24 June 20:30 Royal Bafokeng Stadium Denmark 1–3 Japan 27,967 Japan Keisuke Honda
Thursday, 24 June 20:30 Cape Town Stadium Cameroon 1–2 Netherlands 63,093 Netherlands Robin van Persie

Group F[change | change source]

Pos Team ITA PAR NZL SVK P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  PAR 1–1 0–0 2–0 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5 Advances to Round 2
2  SVK 3–2 0–2 1–1 3 1 1 1 4 5 –1 4 Advances to Round 2
3  NZL 1–1 0–0 1–1 3 0 3 0 2 2 ±0 3 Eliminated
4  ITA 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[change | change source]

Pos Team BRA PRK CIV POR P W D L GF GA GD Pts Note
1  BRA 2–1 3–1 0–0 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Advances to Round 2
2  POR 0–0 7–0 0–0 3 1 2 0 7 0 +7 5 Advances to Round 2
3  CIV 1–3 3–0 0–0 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4 Eliminated
4  PRK 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[change | change source]

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

Round 2[change | change source]

Round 2 is also called the Round of 16. The top two teams from the first round will play in this round.

Knockout stage[change | change source]

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 16:00 – Port Elizabeth            
  Uruguay  2
2 July 20:30 – Johannesburg
  South Korea  1  
  Uruguay (penalty shootout)  1 (4)
26 June 20:30 – Rustenburg
    Ghana  1 (2)  
  USA  1
6 July 20:30 – Cape Town
  Ghana (extra time)  2  
  Uruguay  2
28 June 16:00 – Durban
    Netherlands  3  
  Netherlands  2
2 July 16:00 – Port Elizabeth
  Slovakia  1  
  Netherlands  2
28 June 20:30 – Johannesburg
    Brazil  1  
  Brazil  3
11 July 20:30 – Johannesburg
  Chile  0  
  Netherlands  0
27 June 20:30 – Johannesburg
    Spain (extra time)  1
  Argentina  3
3 July 16:00 – Cape Town
  Mexico  1  
  Argentina  0
27 June 16:00 – Bloemfontein
    Germany  4  
  Germany  4
7 July 20:30 – Durban
  ENG  1  
  Germany  0
29 June 16:00 – Pretoria
    Spain  1   Third place
  Paraguay (penalty shootout)  0 (5)
3 July 20:30 – Johannesburg 10 July 20:30 – Port Elizabeth
  Japan  0 (3)  
  Paraguay  0   Uruguay  2
29 June 20:30 – Cape Town
    Spain  1     Germany  3
  Spain  1
  Portugal  0  

Match statistics[change | change source]

Round of 16
Match Attendance Man of the Match
 Uruguay vs  South Korea 30,597 Uruguay Luis Suárez
 USA vs  Ghana 34,976 Ghana Andre Ayew
 Germany vs  ENG 40,510 Germany Thomas Müller
 Argentina vs  Mexico 84,377 Argentina Carlos Tévez
 Netherlands vs  Slovakia 61,962 Netherlands Arjen Robben
 Brazil vs  Chile 54,096 Brazil Robinho
 Paraguay vs  Japan 36,742 Japan Keisuke Honda
 Spain vs  Portugal 62,955 Spain Xavi
Quarter-finals
Match Attendance Man of the Match
 Netherlands vs  Brazil 40,186 Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
 Uruguay vs  Ghana 84,017 Uruguay Diego Forlán
 Argentina vs  Germany 64,100 Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
 Paraguay vs  Spain 55,359 Spain Andrés Iniesta
Semi-finals
Match Attendance Man of the Match
 Uruguay vs  Netherlands 62,479 Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
 Germany vs  Spain 60,960 Spain Xavi
Third place and Final
Match Attendance Man of the Match
 Uruguay vs  Germany 36,254 Germany Thomas Müller
 Netherlands vs  Spain 84,490 Spain Andrés Iniesta

Spain v Netherlands[change | change source]

 Spain won the championship. The game was two hours long, as it was 0–0 after 90 minutes. It was refereed by Howard Webb. The referee gave them an extra 30 minutes and Iniesta scored in the last 5 minutes.

Statistics[change | change source]

Goalscorers[change | change source]

South African winger Siphiwe Tshabalala was the first player to score a goal in the competition. He scored it in their 1–1 draw against Mexico. This was the opening game of the tournament. Danish defender Daniel Agger scored the first own goal of the tournament against Netherlands. Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín was the first player to score a hat-trick in the championships. It was the 49th World Cup hat-trick in the history of the tournament.

The four top scorers in the tournament had five goals each. Thomas Müller of Germany won the Golden Boot. He had three assists, while the others had one each. The Silver Boot went to David Villa of Spain, who played a total of 635 minutes; the Bronze Boot to Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, who played 652 minutes. Diego Forlán of Uruguay had five goals and one assist in 654 minutes. Three players scored four goals each.[2]

Discipline[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

All-Star Team[change | change source]

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,[3] 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.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)