The world is abuzz with news about the FIFA World Cup 2010 that is to be held in South Africa. The first match will be played tomorrow, June 11, with the host’s SOuth Africa taking on an experienced Mexican team.
According to estimates more than 400,000 international visitors will make their way in to the African nation this month to join in the festivities of the world cup. More than a million fans from the African countries will also make it to the country for the historic event.
The government has spent more than R 40 million (40 million rand) to develop the public transport infrastructure in the country. With 64 matches being held during the world cup there will be lots of travelling to do for all sports fans. 10 stadiums in different areas of the country will be the bustling hub of activity and to make sure people make it there on time there will be transportation and security available throughout according to reports.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament. It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national team.
As such, it matches the 2008 Summer Olynpics as the sports event with the most competing nations.
This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa defeated Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process. This decision left the Oceania Football Confederation as the only confederation yet to host the FIFA World Cup. Italy are the defending champions, after winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The draw for the finals took place on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town.