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South Africa to Host Fifa 2010 World Cup


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South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup?.

The announcement has just been made by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the World Trade Center in Zurich, Switzerland after a secret ballot of the 24-man Executive Committee of world football?s governing body.

South Africa becomes the first African nation to host the planet?s most popular sporting event.

Once Africa was chosen as the first to kick-off the continental rotation of the FIFA World Cup, its 52 associations were invited to submit bids. From October 2003 to the end of January 2004, FIFA?s inspection committee visited Egypt, Libya, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia to assess the merits of the five nations left in the race. Yesterday the delegations arrived in Zurich to make final presentations, attempting to convince Executive Committee members that their submission was the best. Last night, the 24 members retired to consider the proposals and once again this morning before a secret ballot was carried out to decide the chosen nation.

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Just heard this on the news, Why the hell are they planning 6 years in the future. Who knows what the worlds going to be like by then.

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to give the country which is hosting the world cup enough time to get the venues & infrastructure ready built/improved before the deadline

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They have to build stadiums/housing/.... That takes time. The infrastructure of almost every city isn't prepared for such an event.

Edit: Damn It. jymi beat me..

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Just heard this on the news, Why the hell are they planning 6 years in the future. Who knows what the worlds going to be like by then.

They do that so that the country can have time to plan things out. and even build or rebuild a new stadium...

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The high crime rate in South Africa will put a lot of people away from this event

don't worry about that, there will be enough security. good to hear that the world cup is coming to us though. (Y)

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yeah - about time an african country get to host the world cup...

i think there will be a lot of improved african teams because of this.

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yeah - about time an african country get to host the world cup...

i think there will be a lot of improved african teams because of this.

good point + south africa will be able to shine. :p

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