Footy fans around the globe are just counting down days until the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off June 11 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Aside from the actual match-ups and display of the greatest football players, it is also the time to hang flags out of windows, wear bright jerseys with all pride, cease work on game days and drink down some booze while tuning to this spectacle which is believed to be the greatest sporting event in history.
THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD CUP
The world has witnessed dozens of World Cups since the event originated in the 30’s and its popularity has grown exponentially all the way to the present age.
Over a billion people are expected to follow a month long of football bliss between the world's top thirty two (32) soccer playing nations.
And this particular edition, the 2010 World Cup, is very momentous as this is the first time in the history that it will be held in the African continent.
The host nation, South Africa, has undergone great coup and pumped in billions in the infrastructures of new stadiums, renovations of the existing ones, improvement in the transport system, accommodations and the security in the nine cities across the land: Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Johannesburg.
RIVALRIES IN THE MAKING
The thirty two (32) qualified nations who will battle for the big cup, have been drawn down to the following groups:
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay and France,
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Republic of South Korea and Greece,
Group C: England, USA, Algeria and Slovenia,
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana,
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan and Cameroon,
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia,
Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire and Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras and Chile.
WORDS BY DAN DARANG
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