June 6, 2010

       The 2010 FIFA World cup which starts on June 11 will be FIFA's 19th Football world cup.The tournament take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa.In the history of the game this is the first time that a football world cup is held in African Continent.As the hosting nation South Africa got automatically qualified for the world cup...a strategy by FIFA to bring more crowd to matches supporting the local team.
   The qualification to FIFA 2010 saw various controversies which never surfaced before.In the play-off between France and the Republic of Ireland, French captain Thierry Henry,  illegally handled the ball in getting to the winning goal, France made into the final 32 teams ahead of Ireland.FIFA rejected a request from the Football Association of Ireland to replay the match and later Ireland requested to add it as 33rd team in the row of huge controversy ,But FIFA rejected it.

         The total prize money on offer for the entire  tournament was confirmed as $420 million, a 60 percent increase on the 2006 tournament from FIFA.Even before the tournament, each participating team receives $1 million, for preparation costs.When the tournament starts, teams exiting at the group stage would receive $8 million.

The prize money for winners would be distributed as follows:
$9 million - Round of 16, $18 million - Quarter-finals, $20 million - Semi-finals, $24 million - Runners up, $30 million - Cup Winners

         Sony technology will film the tournament in 3D and will be for the first time broadcasted in  3D  throughout the world .This World cup will be hosted with official playing ball named Jabulani: The official match ball manufactured by Adidas.
                           Final Groups  

Group A --- South Africa, Argentina, England ,Germany.

Group B --- Mexico, Nigeria, United States, Australia .

Group C --- Uruguay, Korea Republic ,Algeria, Serbia .

Group D --- France, Greece ,Slovenia, Ghana . 
Group E --- Netherlands, Italy, Brazil,Spain.

Group F --- Denmark ,Paraguay ,Korea DPR ,Switzerland.

Group G --- Japan ,New Zealand, Côte d'Ivoire ,Honduras.

Group H --- Cameroon, Slovakia ,Portugal, Chile.

   I hope Brazil wins this edition of cup in Africa....when everyone is tipped off Spain to win it ...which has the strongest team on paper ...But Argentina with the skill of Messi and  Diego Armando Maradona's experience i think stand a chance to top the table at end.

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faizal said...

Hope England will win at last ....ROONEY WILL ROCK

rahul arora said...

Even i hope that England would win.

raju said...

no england ,no brazil,no argentina....now its time for germany to rock

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