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5 Things to Say WOW about the 2010 FIFA World Cup

  • The host team automatically qualifies for the FIFA World Cup and        does not have to participate in the qualifying rounds. However, this   year’s host – South Africa – is the first host team since 1934 to participate in the World Cup qualifiers.
  • Zakumi – a leopard with green hair – is the official mascot of the 2010    FIFA World Cup.  ZA is the internationally used abbreviation for    South Africa. And ‘kumi’ means ’10’ in different African languages.
  • The match ball for the 2010 World Cup has been named Jabulani which means ‘bringing joy to everyone’ in the Zulu language.
  • The number 11 plays a fascinating role in this World Cup. The World Cup ball is the 11th World Cup match ball manufactured by Adidas.  The ball features 11 colours. There are 11 official languages in South Africa. And the World Cup will start on the 11th day of June and end on the 11th day of July!
  • This is the first time in its history that the FIFA World Cup will be held on African soil.
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Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Antonio Bullón, Consul General of Spain

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

My message is play with all your might and possibilities, keeping in mind that, as a sport, attitude is almost as important as results. I am delighted that this time Africa and South Africa are hosting this huge world event. Football is the most important sport globally and unites all continents and all social strata. Football World Cups are second only to Olympic Games in reaching the whole humanity. I really hope that it will bring a new way of looking at Africa.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Spain is presently European Football Champion and has won most of her international matches in the last few years. As much as football is an unpredictable sport, Spain can rightly pretend to be one of the favourite teams to win the World Cup.

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Spain, Brazil and Argentina.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Lionel Messi is one of the best football players at present and has the best chance of winning the Golden Boot award.

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Giampaolo Cutillo, Consul General of Italy

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

I wish that football always remains a universal instrument that helps to promote world peace and offers the opportunity to foster international competition and brotherhood and thereby a more united world. We wish South Africa the very best in its endeavour to promote economic growth and its image as host country around the world.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Italy is the defending World Cup Champion and will be under additional pressure to perform well. Although it is difficult to make history repeat itself, it would be wrong to undermine Italy’s chances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Italy is one of the traditional powers and often performs best when it really matters (the only country, except for Brazil, to win the World Cup at least four times) and will definitely be counted among the favourites.

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Argentina, Brazil and Italy.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Fernando Ras, Consul General of Argentina

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

I have one message to our players: play with that characteristic Argentine style that has made it famous so far – with skill and with love for the country that they represent.

It is marvelous that the World Cup will be taking place in South Africa for the first time since its inception. This bears witness to the importance of African football in the world, as well as to the level that it has reached.

How far do you think your team will advance?

I hope Argentina reaches the finals. The national team is a competitive one, comprised as it is of excellent sportsmen, most of whom play for some of the best football clubs in Europe.

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

I think that Argentina, Brazil and Spain could be amongst the three favourite teams to win the World Cup. However, I must mention that England is also poised to win. Along with Brazil, England is one of our traditional adversaries with whom the team has played some unforgettable matches.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

I hope that it is an Argentine player – perhaps it will be Messi, if I may say so!

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Fausto Godoy, Consul General of Brazil

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

My message to the team is the same that all Brazilians would propose: play fair, do your best, honour the sport of football and thrill the approximately 200 million Brazilians who will put all their hearts into this World Cup.

As for South Africa hosting the event, it is high time that the African continent comes into the limelight of sports. South Africa is a very important world player and the visibility it will receive during the World Cup will help to open even wider doors.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Hopefully, to the final match!

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Predictions are always dangerous as anything can happen. But I would venture to point out Brazil, Spain and England as favourites.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi.

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Francois Pujolas, Consul General of France

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

May the best team win! After the Rugby World Cup of 1995, we are happy to be back in South Africa for this major sports event.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Similar to where it had reached in 2006 but with a much happier outcome this time!

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

I have only one favourite and I don’t need to specify it (smiles).

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

There are many talented players. Football, like any other sports competition, is unpredictable. It is difficult to choose a favourite.

Thoughts on 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Walter Stechel, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

Despite having to deal with recent tragedies and unexpected injuries, I know the German team will unite and play to their fullest potential. I wish the team the best of success and join in with fans from across the globe who will cheer them on.

Similar to when Germany had the opportunity to showcase itself  to the world in 2006, I am sure that visitors will experience and explore the magnificence of  South Africa like never before.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Going by the “laws of nature“ in terms of Germany’s recent performances: 2006 FIFA World Cup – 3rd place, 2008 European Championship – 2nd Place, we should become World Cup Champions in 2010!

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Italy, as defending champions, should not be underestimated. Brazil is always counted among the favourites. And of course, Germany! One should not forget, however, the home-advantage for the participating African teams.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Either Lionel Messi or Arjen Robben, who had a fantastic season with Bayern Munich FC –  and keep an eye on Stefan Kiessling!