Facts About Why You Will Regret Missing the FIFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa
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Facts About Why You Will Regret Missing the FIFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa

World Cup Soccer! - There is such a zest for life! - things are so refreshing and new! South Africa – Nelson Mandela country – our icon of the Rainbow Nation, known affectionately as Madiba – the country is abuzz with an excitement that is almost tangible.

Nelson Mandela and flagThere is such a zest for life! - things are so refreshing and new! South Africa – Nelson Mandela country – our icon of the Rainbow Nation, known affectionately as Madiba – the country is abuzz with an excitement that is almost tangible.

Six years ago they actually said it would not happen. That was then. 2190 days later some mind boggling positive things have happened, inter alia:

TEN World Class Soccer Stadiums have either been built from scratch, or refurbished to meet with FIFA requirements.

Three World Class Air Terminal have been built or totally refurbished

A high speed, state-of-the-art Railway has been built, and has been licensed to go fully operational.

Rapid bus transport systems introduced and running in Johannesburg and Cape Town

Hotels, Guest Houses, Game ranches have been built or jacked up.

But for now, let us just focus on the stadiums:

Green Point Stadium - Cape Town   Green Point Stadium    

DurbanMoses Mabhida Stadium – Durban

Soccer City

Soccer City – Johannesburg (will host the opening & closing matches and ceremonies)

Ellis Park

Ellis Park Stadium – Johannesburg

Free State

Free State Stadium – Bloemfontein

Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – Port Elizabeth


Mbombela Stadium – Nelspruit

Royal Bafokeng

Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace – Rustenburg


Loftus Versveld Stadium – Pretoria

It is not surprising therefore that around the world, supporters are finalizing their plans to travel to Africa's first-ever FIFA World Cup.

You can even register to be a member of the FIFA Football Club: CLICK HERE so that you can connect with football fans across the world, and this will allow you to:

  • Make comments on breaking news, and read about football's biggest issues
  • Make friends in FIFA.com and message them directly
  • Personalize FIFA.com by selecting your favorite leagues and national teams
  • Create your own Avatar
  • Predict results, select your fantasy team, and challenge your friends
  • Join in the wealth of prizes and special offers
  • Change your personal space into the language of your choice, from English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

The King Shaka International Airport: CLICK HERE 


 The rapid bus transport system:


Oh, and whilst you are there, why don't you see if you can emulate local phenomenon – Diski Dancing, and why it is taking off:

ALL that is just for starters, because what is on offer in South Africa is so diverse, it is not surprising that so many people agree, once they have been there, that it is indeed a “World in One Country!”

Much more to follow, as we move along, including the wonderful wines, the range of cuisine not available anywhere on the globe, the wild life, the diversity of the plant and insect life....so please watch this space!

Photos by courtesy of www.fifa.com

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Comments (15)

great pics, I am not really a fan though

Ranked #2 in Africa

Thanks Carol - very difficult to format within a Factoidz page, so it looks a bit higgeldy-piggeldy - actually I am not a soccer fan myself...it is all about the other unusual stuff in SA - like the Diski Dance - have a look at that lower down the page, and then how the trains are running. I am trying to follow Sam Montana's SEO advice, and have broken away from that business series I was doing, as all the ratings from Factoidz "Search" are not coming up as I would like them to be. It is not as easy as it should be, and linking to Digg, etc is very time consuming, especially when one is running another business which pays the bills.

Greece will be there too! Let's hope that the miracle of Euro 2004 will be repeated!

Great article Colin and though I am not a fan of soccer/football this was very intersting and informative.I have to say my husband will love to read this article as he is football crazed.You have my vote and if I could about 1000 of his!

Ranked #2 in Africa

Hullo Tanya - thanks for your thumbs up, but I am not pleased with the final product in terms of my English usage and the layout - I am going to reduce the size of the pics to see if that works with the headings script, and I would like to give a lot more information about the unique SA experience.

thumbs up Colin

Ranked #2 in Africa

Thanks Carol!

Bravo. We are soccer fans - Italia! Gooooooaaaaaaaallllllllll!

Ranked #2 in Africa

Maria - you are a woman after my own heart, with the Latin passion of ITALIA - VIVA!!!

Colin: The excitement from opening exercises is coming through our TV and is abounding through our home! Anyone who can watch this should -- you will not see the likes of this again soon. AWESOME! Colin, are you one of that massive crowd? I can tell we will be watching a lot of TV this month! My Sicilian husband is an AVID fan and past coach of soccer. I'll be watching your spacel.......

I watched the first 5 matches but enough is enough, I just cant stand the racket any more. for me it has ruined the world cup.

Ranked #2 in Africa

Yes I agree - but what is surprising is that is reported that MANY European fans here for the event have bought these diabolical things and will be using them at THEIR matches.....perish the thought!

OH, no. They are awful! I agree with you, Johnny, it is ruining the games -- I only hope they don't extend to European matches like Colin says......where did it all begin?

Great article. Good to include videos as well.

Ranked #2 in Africa

Thanks Roland! - bit difficult to format properly in the page space