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The 2010 World Cup gets closer….. 32 teams, concerts, expo’s and more!

The 32 teams that have qualified for the 2010 World Cup are: Portugal, France, Slovenia, Greece, Algeria, Uruguay, Japan, the Netherlands, North Korea, Australia, South Korea, the USA, Brazil, Ghana, England, Paraguay, Spain, Denmark, Ivory Coast, Chile, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Argentina, Switzerland, Honduras, Slovakia, Nigeria, Cameroon, New Zealand and South Africa.

The new Cape Town Stadium has been completed and handed over by the building contractors to the City of Cape Town, reports the Cape Argus. The R 4,5 billion stadium has had all its seats installed, the grass pitch has been grown from seeds planted 3 weeks ago, the outer facade has been re-cleaned and painted after the storms earlier this month dirtied some of the exterior, and the signage erected, all in time for the roof-wetting party.
The stadium allows spectators a good view onto the pitch. Spectators will not be more than 190 meters away from the soccer action. Two special VIP boxes are contained in the stadium – one for FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and the other one is speculated to be for President Jacob Zuma. Three events will be held at the Cape Town Stadium in the first half of next year, to test it before the 2010 World Cup.

Despite sales of 650 000 World Cup tickets in total to date, few of them have been sold to African soccer fans, with the exception of those in South Africa, report the Cape Times and Cape Argus. South Africans (350 000) have bought just more than half of all the World Cup tickets, followed by soccer fans from the USA (86 000), the UK (50 000), and Germany (25 000). Addressing Parliament earlier this month, World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan speculated that soccer fans from Africa were waiting for their teams to qualify before they bought tickets.

During the 2010 World Cup, the Global Icons Expo-Tainment Experience will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, for the duration of the World Cup, reports Southern African Tourism Update. The expo sees 24 countries exhibiting, a different country every day, reflecting that country’s “sights, sounds and flavours in one global village.

The company that organised Live Aid 1985 and Live Earth 2007 has been appointed by FIFA to organise a rock concert in the Orlando Stadium on the day before the start of the 2010 World Cup, i.e. on 10 June. Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room will produce the Official Kick-Off Celebration Concert, a 3-hour event featuring major international and African pop stars, together with special appearances by past and present football stars. The show will be broadcast around the world, and is expected to be the biggest entertainment event ever to be hosted in Africa. All proceeds after expenses will go to the FIFA 2010 World Cup “20 centers for 2010″ campaign. No details have been announced as to the stars that have been invited to perform. The concert organizer wants the concert to be an African music concert in the first instance. Beyonce, Jay-Z, and the Black Eyed Peas are some of the stars that will be invited.
The Western Cape province and the BBC have signed a deal, which allows the BBC to set up its broadcasting headquarters on top of the Somerset Hospital close to the new Cape Town stadium, and adjacent to the V & A Waterfront, reports the Cape Times. A special glass top roof will be constructed on top of the hospital building, allowing the BBC to broadcast the 2010 World Cup from Cape Town with a view of Table Mountain, and of the Cape Town Stadium. Soccer star Gary Lineker will be the BBC’s host for the soccer event. The studio will not interfere with the operation of the hospital.

3 comments to The 2010 World Cup gets closer….. 32 teams, concerts, expo’s and more!

  • Yesterday Netherlands won over Brazil, Uruguay win against Ghana. And today, Germany won against Argentina and Spain won over Paraguay. It is strange! And who will be the champion? What about Netherland.

    • admin

      Looks like it is going to be a very interesting week for the “World Cup of upsets”! It has certainly been great so far and the atmosphere in South Africa has been amazing!

  • Wow, Netherlands win over Uruguay, Spain beaten Germany. Wow! But who will be the champion? What about Spain.