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2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
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Interesting Facts about FIFA

The grand FIFA World Cup is one of the major events for the enthusiasts of football and more than 32 million people from all across the world are expected to arrive here in South Africa. The 32 nations that are participating in this grand event have been divided into four groups.

Group A
  1. Netherlands
  2. Brazil
  3. Spain
  4. England
  5. South Africa
  6. Argentina
  7. Germany
  8. Italy
Group B
  1. Nigeria
  2. Cameroon
  3. Chile
  4. Paraguay
  5. Cote d'Ivoire
  6. Algeria
  7. Uruguay
  8. Ghana
Group C
  1. Korea DPR
  2. Australia
  3. Japan
  4. Honduras
  5. United States
  6. Korea Republic
  7. New Zealand
  8. Mexico
Group D
  1. Slovenia
  2. Denmark
  3. Greece
  4. France
  5. Portugal
  6. Serbia
  7. Switzerland
  8. Slovakia
Venues for the matches
  • Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Johannesburg: Ellis Park Stadium
  • Cape Town: Cape Town Stadium
  • Pretoria: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
  • Bloemfontein: Free State Stadium
  • Nelspruit: Mbombela Stadium
  • Polokwane: Peter Mokaba Stadium
  • Rustenburg: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Johannesburg: Soccer City
Facts & Figures
  • FIFA World Cup started in 1930 under the stewardship of International Federation of Association Football also called "Fédération Internationale de Football Association" which is the governing body. The headquarter is in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • The first FIFA World Cup was hosted by Uruguay in 1930. The first goal was scored by Frenchman Lucien Laurent in the 19th minute against Mexico on July 13, 1930.
  • The first international football game or match was between Scotland and England.
  • The red and yellow card system was not introduced until the 1970 World Cup. The first player to receive a red card was Chile's Carlos Caszely in 1974 in a match against West Germany in the 67th minute.
  • The youngest player to play in a World Cup match was Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside against Yugoslavia in 1982. He was 17 years old.
  • Roger Milla of Cameroon has been the oldest player to have participated in the World Cup game. He was 42 years and 39 days old when he played against Russia in World Cup USA 1994.
  • The highest attendance for one match was in the 1950 final. The official attendance was 199,854 for the match between Brazil and Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Hungary scored 27 goals in the 1954 World Cup.
  • Scotland holds the record with eight: 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998.
  • There are eight structured tournaments under Men's Tournaments and for women there are four.
  • Germany is the only country which has lost the most finals- in 1966, 1982 and 1986. Fortunately it has also won three 1954, 1974, 1990.
  • Brazil, Italy, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, England and France are the seven countries to be the proud winners of World Cup.
  • Brazil has been the only country with most appearances- all 19 from 1930 to 2010 and also winning 5, making it the most wins of the World Cup.
  • The defending champion is Italy (2006 World Cup Champion)
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