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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.

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.