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A World Cup of Firsts!

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was a first for Africa but this was to be the first for many firsts for this “World Cup of the People”! Just some of the other “firsts” included…….

  • Spain’s first ever time World Champions of course
  • Slovenia and Greece both picked up their maiden FIFA World Cup wins in South Africa
  • New Zealand won their first World Cup point and in their opening match against Slovakia
  • Japan also enjoyed a breakthrough win of sorts as their 2-1 victory against Cameroon constituted their first ever FIFA World Cup finals success away from home
  • Netherlands scored their first own goal on a global stage (oops!) but in a first for them and the World Cup as a whole, won each of their three group games
  • Didier Drogba became the first African player to score against Brazil
  • Michael Bradley became the first FIFA World Cup scorer to be coached by his father
  • Spain’s Iker Casillas became the first goalkeeper to stop penalties in two different FIFA World Cups.
  • Asamoah Gyan became, unfortunately for all him and all those rooting for baGhana baGhana as the last remaining African team in the tournament, the first player to miss spot-kicks in two World Cup Competitions
  • Chile won a game for the first time outside South America
  • Paraguay topped their group for the first time and went on to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at South Africa 2010
  • Italy exited the tournament without a single win to their name
  • At the quarter-final stage South American teams outnumbered their European counterparts by four to three, but the Old Continent came out on top in the end

And as for South Africa, they became the first FIFA World Cup host nation to be eliminated at the end of the group stage. Shame, bless!

But darn, we went out with a bang and we hosted the best World Cup to date! And we can’t ask for much more than that.

Everyone, that agrees, blow your vuvuzela!

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