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Sunday, July 4, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament Bracket: La Furia Roja Wins the World Cup

Image courtesy of FIFA.

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Iker Casillas raises the World Cup.

Elimination Round

Matches ending in draws after 120 minutes will be decided by penalty kicks.

Round of 16

26 June – Port Elizabeth

Uruguay 2

2 July – Johannesburg

Korea Republic 1

Uruguay (pen.) 1 (4)

26 June – Rustenburg

Ghana 1 (2)

United States 1

6 July – Cape Town

Ghana (a.e.t.) 2

Uruguay 2

28 June – Durban

Netherlands 3

Netherlands 2

2 July – Port Elizabeth

Slovakia 1

Netherlands 2

28 June – Johannesburg

Brazil 1

Brazil 3

11 July – Johannesburg

Chile 0

Netherlands 0

27 June – Johannesburg

Spain (a.e.t.) 1

Argentina 3

3 July – Cape Town

Mexico 1

Argentina 0

27 June – Bloemfontein

Germany 4

Germany 4

7 July – Durban

England 1

Germany 0

29 June – Pretoria

Spain 1
Third place

Paraguay (pen.) 0 (5)

3 July – Johannesburg
10 July – Port Elizabeth

Japan 0 (3)

Paraguay 0 Uruguay 2

29 June – Cape Town

Spain 1
Germany 3

Spain 1

Portugal 0

Chart courtesy of Wikipedia.

  • 145 total goals from 64 games = 2.27 per game
  • 31 games were decided by 1 goal.
To see a more detailed analysis of goal scoring by individuals and teams, please read my article at Soccerlens.

"The Cup that grips the world." Sports Illustrated, 1974.

Information About the Trophy

The FIFA World Cup trophy was designed by an Italian artist, Silvio Gazzaniga, in 1971, and was first presented at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. Here are a few comments from Maestro Gazzaniga:
"You said once that you wanted to bring together the athlete and the world in your trophy.

Yes, that's right. As this is the World Cup, it's only logical that the world should form part of the Trophy. Of course the world is spherical and, as such, very similar to a ball. The human figures that emerge from the base material extend upwards and support the world, which I also imagined as a ball.

You also said you wanted the Trophy to symbolise effort, harmony and peace. Can you tell us what you meant by that?

And dynamism too. The idea was to create something symbolising exertion, dynamism and the jubilation of an athlete in the moment of victory, with all the joy that contains. The seemingly irregular volumes are what give it its sense of dynamism, but in reality it has a harmonious energy of its own. The figures that emerge from the rough base material evoke a sense of jubilation in victory."
Source: FIFA.com, "The Sculptor of the Trophy."

Dimensions of the Trophy
"The trophy stands 36.5 centimetres (14.4 inches) tall and is made of 5 kg (11 lb) of 18 carat (75%) solid gold with a base (13 centimetres [5.1 inches] in diameter) containing two layers of malachite. Produced by Bertoni, Milano."
Source: Wikipedia, "FIFA World Cup Trophy."

Past Winners: The Magnificent Eight

Brasil: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002.
Italy: 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006.
Germany/West Germany: 1954, 1974, 1990.
Argentina: 1978, 1986.
Uruguay: 1930, 1950.
France: 1998.
England: 1966.
Spain: 2010. (First European team to win outside of Europe).
* Won as host.

Prize Money

According to the BBC World Service on 3 December 2009, the winner will receive US $30 million and the second place team will receive $24 million dollars. Each team received $1 million for expenses prior to the tournament and $9 million to appear in the group round phase.

Here is the financial breakdown:
  • $9 million - Round of 16
  • $18 million - Quarter-finals
  • $20 million - Semi-finals
  • $24 million - Runners up
  • $30 million - Winners
One&Only Cape Town: Lunch To Benefit The Mandela Children's Foundation
The Honorable Nelson Mandela,
former President of the
Republic of South Africa.

World Cup Draw

The seeded teams are highlighted.

Group A

A1: South Africa
A2: Mexico
A3: Uruguay
A4: France

Group B

B2: Nigeria
B3: Korea Republic
B4: Greece

Group C

C1: England
C3: Algeria
C4: Slovenia

Group D

D1: Germany
D2: Australia
D3: Serbia
D4: Ghana

Group E

E1: The Netherlands
E2: Denmark
E3: Japan
E4: Cameroon

Group F

F1: Italy
F2: Paraguay
F3: New Zealand
F4: Slovakia

Group G

G1: Brazil
G2: Korea DPR
G3: Cote d'Ivoire
G4: Portugal

Group H

H1: Spain
H2: Switzerland
H3: Honduras
H4: Chile

World Cup Fixtures
The Ten Venues
  • Nine cities will host the World Cup.
  • Five new stadiums (out of 10 stadia for the event) were built expressly for the competition.
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Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Bloemfontein: Free State Stadium. Capacity: 40,000.

Cape Town: Green Point Stadium. Capacity: 68,000.

Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium. Capacity: 70,000.

Johannesburg: Ellis Park. Capacity: 60,000.

Johannesburg: Soccer City. Capacity: 95,000. (World Cup final venue.)

Nelspruit: Mbombela Stadium. Capacity: 40,000.

Polokwane: Peter Mokaba Stadium. Capacity: 40,000.

Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Bay. Capacity: 50,000.

Pretoria: Loftus Versveld. Capacity: 45,000.

Rustenburg: Royal Bafokeng. Capacity: 45,000.

Stadium data courtesy of Greenlife Africa Safaris.

Altitude Issues
"Even so, places such as Johannesburg will present difficulties. It has two grounds. Ellis Park will be in use and eight games are to be staged at the Soccer City stadium, including the opening match and the final. At 1,750 metres, conditions will be gruelling for many sides. To a slightly lesser effect, similar factors will be at work in Pretoria, Rustenburg and Bloemfontein. England's headquarters may be in the last of those cities, at an altitude of 1,395 metres."
Source: The Guardian Football Blog, Oct. 7, 2009.

Suggested Reading
  • For a printable PDF chart of the World Cup Draw, please click here.

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