2010 FAQ: General

Q. What are the dates of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup? A. The 2010 Soccer World Cup will kick off on June 11 2009, with the World Cup final match scheduled for 11 July, 2009. Zakumi – and the rest of the South Africa – can’t wait!

Q. Ah, ok. But what are South Africa’s host cities for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup? A: There are nine Soccer World Cup host cities: Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Polokwane, and Rustenburg.

Q. And how many World Cup Soccer Stadiums are there? A. There will be ten 2010 soccer stadiums in South Africa – one per host city. Johannesburg however, has two 2010 stadiums: Soccer City and  Park.

Q. Which countries have qualified for the 2010 FIFA world cup? A. In total 32 countries have qualified for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. They are Ghana, Côte d’Ivoir, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR, Netherlands, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Mexico, USA, Honduras, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, ARgentina, Ururguay, and New Zealand.

Q. What is the match schedule for the group matches during the 2010 world cup? A. For a group match schedule for the 2010 football world cup in South Africa, please click here.

Q. In which groups have the qualified countries been divided? A. The countries that have qualified for the 2010 FIFA world cup – 32 in total – have been divided into 8 groups ( A to H).

  • GROUP A: South Africa / Mexico / Uruguay / France
  • GROUP B: Argentina / Nigeria / Korea Republic / Greece
  • GROUP C: England / USA / Algeria / Slovenia
  • GROUP D: Germany / Australia / Serbia  / Ghana
  • GROUP E: Netherlands / Denmark / Japan / Cameroon
  • GROUP F: Italy / Paraguay / New Zealand / Slovakia
  • GROUP G: Portugal / Cote d’Ivoire / Korea DPR / Brazil
  • GROUP H (Spain / Chile / Honduras / Switzerland

Q. Uhm, you mentioned Zakumi. Who is that? A. Zakumi is the official mascot for the 2010 World Cup Soccer. The Leopard with green hair was born on 16 July 1994, which coincided with Youth Day. This day is an annual commemoration of the 1976 Soweto uprising, during which students and learners where shot by the police while protesting against  Bantu education.  Furthermore, 1994 is the year South Africa became a democracy. The name ‘Zakumi’ comes from “ZA”, the international code for South Africa, and “Kumi”. This means ‘ten’ in Swahili and other African languages. The yellow and green colours of Zakumi’s represent the colours used in South African sport uniforms.

Q. What about crime and my safety during the Final Draw and the 2010 FIFA World Cup? A. I have dedicated a special FAQ section on the topic of crime and safety during 2010, which includes a list of tourist safety tips.  Please click here to read more!

Q. I am not sure how it works with tickets for the 2010 World Cup. What can you tell me? A. I have dedicated a special FAQ section on the topic of football tickets for the 2010 world cup. Please click here to learn more!

Q. What can yo tell me about the Final Draw of the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup? A. I have dedicated a special FAQ section on Final Draw. Please click here to learn more!

Q. What the heck is a Vuvuzela? A. A vuvuzela is a plastic device that makes a sound that can be compared to a trumpeting elephant.  While some people call it a music instrument, others see it plainly as a noisy nuisance that should be banned.

Q. I’m looking for special 2010 souvenirs. I heard about World Cup coins. Do they exist? A. Yes, they do. Please read this 2010 news article.

Q. I’m not sure when to book my accommodation for 2010. Can I  just wait until I’m in South Africa? A. You can, but I do not advise it. You will not be the only one traveling to South Africa for the World Cup in 2010. The authorities expect some 1.5 million foreign visitors! So book you accommodation as soon as you can, to prevent disappointment. The last thing you want to do in 2010 is to go from hotel to hotel, begging for a bed. I also suggest you read a few of my tips when it comes to finding accommodation for the 2010 FIFA world cup.

Q. I have heard South Africa has an accommodation shortage. Do I have to bring my tent? A. South Africa indeed seems to be short of accommodation, although the authorities deny this. What ever the case is: you will have to book early – as soon as possible after the Final Draw, because you will not be the only one. But have no fear: The South African government is looking at innovative ways to deal with the problem. One of the plans is to accommodate soccer fans in cruise liners.

Q. What will the weather be like in June – July 2010? A. I heard it is winter in South Africa! A. The Soccer World Cup will indeed take place during South Africa’s winter. Cape Town winters are usually wet, cloudy and relatively cold while the winters in Johannesburg consist of warm days and cold nights (during which it can freeze). You therefore might want to bring a couple of sweaters, jerseys and a winter / rain coat. South Africa’s coastal regions – including Durban and Port Elizabeth – are warmest in winter so summer clothes are a must bring. Winters in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo are sunny and warm,  with virtually no wind or rain.

© Miriam Mannak is a freelance journalist and photographer in Cape Town. All content on Twenty10soccerworldcup – text and photographs – are copyrighted. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Miriam Mannak and Twenty10soccerworldcup with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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