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South Africa is hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The tournament kicks off on the 11th of June this 12 months at Soccer Metropolis stadium in South Africa (86 days from now). The hosts will be playing in the opening match of the tournament. South Africa will be enjoying in it really is 3rd FIFA Planet Cup tournament in background. The region competed in the 1998 FIFA Entire world Cup in France and in the 2002 FIFA Globe Cup in Korea / Japan. On both occasions South Africa was knocked out in the 1st round of the respective competitions. South Africa also hosted the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and finished in 4th area, losing in the semi-finals against 5 instances FIFA Entire world Cup winners Brazil.
For people of you who really don’t know already, the South African national football group are nicknamed “Bafana Bafana”. South Africa is at present ranked at quantity 81 on the FIFA rankings. This is not the lowest that the region has been ranked on the FIFA rankings although. In 1993 (one 12 months after getting allowed to compete in worldwide soccer) South Africa was ranked at 109th on the FIFA Rankings. In 1996 (the very same year that South Africa won the African Cup of Nations) the nation was ranked at quantity 16, the highest it has at any time been on the FIFA rankings.
Carlos Alberto Parreira (from Brazil) is the existing head coach of the South African national football team. He took about coaching responsibilities from Joel Santana in 2009. Just before Joel Santana took more than coaching duties for the South African national football team, Carlos Alberto Parreira was the South African national football coach among 2007 and 2008. Parreira is renowned for becoming the coach behind Brazil’s 1994 FIFA Planet Cup victory in the United States. He also coached Brazil involving 2003 and 2006.
Aaron Mokoena is the latest captain of the South African National Football crew. He’s also the most capped player in South African football history. He’s played in 99 matches for South Africa (since 1999). He presently plays his expert club soccer for English football club Portsmouth. Prior to he moved to Portsmouth in 2009 he played club football for English club Blackburn Rovers in between 2005 and 2009. Before 2005 he played club football for Genk (in Belgium) and Ajax (in the Netherlands).
Benni McCarthy is the highest scoring South African footballer in history. He’s scored 32 ambitions in 78 matches for South Africa. McCarthy currently plays professional club football for West Ham United in England. Prior to shifting right here in 2010 he also played for Blackburn Rovers in England (among 2006 and 2010). Ahead of 2006 he played for Porto (in Portugal), Celta de Vigo (in Spain), Ajax (in the Netherlands) and Seven Stars (in Cape Town, South Africa).
South Africa will be enjoying in the three subsequent group matches in the 2010 FIFA Planet Cup:
* eleven June 2010 – South Africa vs Mexico @ Soccer Metropolis, Johannesburg – Kickoff at 16:00 * sixteen June 2010 – South Africa vs Uruguay @ Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria – Kickoff twenty:thirty * 22 June 2010 – South Africa vs France @ Totally free State Stadium – Kickoff at sixteen:00
Study our prior publish about the 2010 FIFA Globe Cup Match Schedule for data about the other 2010 FIFA Planet Cup matches please go to http://www.junkmail.co.za/weblog/.
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