IntroductionThe 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th World Cup held since 1930. It was hosted in South Africa and took place from June 11 to July 11. The tournament was won by Spain, who won for the first time. The silver medal was given to the Netherlands, runner-up for its third time. The bronze medal, along with third place, was given to Germany. The 2010 FIFA World Cup marked the first time that a host country and a previous tournaments finalists could not advance to the Round of 16, with South Africa, France, and Italy all being eliminated in the Group Stage.The World Cup also saw the return of the tradition of having an opening ceremony, following the cancellation of the 2006 one.The official mascot is Zakumi, whose colors represent the team colors of South Africa.The FIFA Executive Committee also selected Colombian singer, Shakiras, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) as the 2010 FIFA World Cup Official Theme Song and is sung in English and Spanish. The song is performed by Shakira and South Africas own FreshlyGround. Shakira and FreshlyGround sang the song at both the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. The official anthem, Sign of a Victory by R. Kelly, is used for accompanying matches. Game On, the official mascot song plays whenever Zakumi appears on the playing field. All three songs appear in Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album released on May 31.Coca-Colas selected anthem, Wavin Flag (Celebration Re-mix) by Knaan, has also gained widespread notoriety, being sung in 6 different languages. The 2010 FIFA World Cup also holds the record among its predecessors for having the most theme songs (official and unofficial) at seven songs and one anthem.The official match ball, manufactured by Adidas, was named the Jabulani meaning bringing joy to everyone in Zulu. Players have complained about the ball, which was made to fit the new specifications set by FIFA, stating that the movements of the ball are unpredictable. For the final match in Johannesburg, a special ball was made named the Jobulani.Qualifying TeamsAs the hosts, South Africa was granted automatic qualification for the World Cup. 31 other nations qualified for a total of 32 competing teams. Asian Football Confederation (AFC)AustraliaJapanKorea Republic (South Korea)Korea DPR (North Korea/The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea)Confederation of African Football (CAF)AlgeriaCameroonCÃ´te dIvoire (Ivory Coast)GhanaNigeriaSouth AfricaConfederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)HondurasMexicoUnited StatesSouth American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)ArgentinaBrazilChileUruguayParaguayOceania Football Confederation (OFC)New ZealandUnion of European Football Associations (UEFA)DenmarkEnglandFranceGermanyGreeceItalyNetherlandsPortugalSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwitzerlandPrize MoneyThe total prize money given was confirmed by FIFA to be USD million. Each team also receives million before the tournament for preparation costs. Each team also receives money (USD) as they exit the tournament: million - to each team exiting after the Group Stage (16 teams) million - to each team exiting after the Round of 16 (8 teams) million - to each team exiting after the Quarter-finals (4 teams) million - to the team that receives fourth place million - to the team that receives third place million - to the runner-up team million - to the FIFA World Cup championVenuesTen stadiums were selected to host matches in nine South African cities. Two of those stadiums were in Johannesburg: Soccer CityCity: JohannesburgCapacity: 84,490Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium)City: Cape TownCapacity: 64,100Moses Mabhida Stadium (Durban Stadium)City: DurbanCapacity: 62,760Ellis Park StadiumCity: JohannesburgCapacity: 55,686Loftus Versfeld StadiumCity: PretoriaCapacity: 42,858Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumCity: Port ElizabethCapacity: 42,486Peter Mokaba StadiumCity: PolokwaneCapacity: 41,733Mbombela StadiumCity: NelspruitCapacity: 40,929Free State StadiumCity: BloemfonteinCapacity: 40,911Royal Bafokeng StadiumCity: RustenburgCapacity: 38,646RefereesAfricaKoman Coulibaly (Mali)Jerome Damon (South Africa)Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)AsiaKhalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)Ravshon Irmatov (Uzbekistan)Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)EuropeOlegÃ¡rio BenquerenÃ§a (Portugal)Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)Martin Hansson (Sweden)Viktor Kassai (Hungary)StÃphane Lannoy (France)Roberto Rosetti (Italy)Wolfgang Stark (Germany)Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)Howard Webb (England)North, Central America and CaribbeansJoel Aguilar (El Salvador)Benito Archundia (Mexico)Carlos Batres (Guatemala)Marco Antonio RodrÃguez (Mexico)OceaniaMichael Hester (New Zealand)Peter OLeary (New Zealand)South AmericaHÃctor Baldassi (Argentina)Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)Pablo Pozo (Chile)Ã“scar Ruiz (Colombia)Carlos EugÃªnio Simon (Brazil)MartÃn VÃ¡zquez (Uruguay)Group StageGroup A - (Uruguay, Mexico, South Africa, France)June 11 South Africa 1-1 MexicoUruguay 0-0 FranceJune 16South Africa 0-3 UruguayJune 17France 0-2 MexicoJune 22Mexico 0-1 UruguayFrance 1-2 South AfricaResults: Uruguay and Mexico advance to the Round of 16. South Africa and France are eliminated from the competition.Group B - (Argentina, Korea Republic, Greece, Nigeria)June 12 Korea Republic 2-0 GreeceArgentina 1-0 NigeriaJune 17Argentina 4-1 Korea RepublicGreece 2-1 NigeriaJune 22Nigeria 2-2 Korea RepublicGreece 0-2 ArgentinaResults: Argentina and Korea Republic advance to the Round of 16. Greece and Nigeria are eliminated from the competition.Group C - (United States, England, Slovenia, Algeria)June 12 England 1-1 United StatesJune 13Algeria 0-1 SloveniaJune 18Slovenia 2-2 United StatesEngland 0-0 AlgeriaJune 23Slovenia 0-1 EnglandUnited States 1-0 AlgeriaResults: The United States and England advance to the Round of 16. Slovenia and Algeria are eliminated from the competition.Group D - (Germany, Ghana, Australia, Serbia)June 13 Serbia 0-1 GhanaGermany 4-0 AustraliaJune 18Germany 0-1 SerbiaJune 19Ghana 1-1 AustraliaJune 23Ghana 0-1 GermanyAustralia 2-1 SerbiaResults: Germany and Ghana advance to the Round of 16. Australia and Serbia are eliminated from the competition.Group E - (Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Cameroon)June 14 Netherlands 2-0 DenmarkJapan 1-0 CameroonJune 19Netherlands 1-0 JapanCameroon 1-2 DenmarkJune 24Denmark 1-3 JapanCameroon 1-2 NetherlandsResults: The Netherlands and Japan advance to the Round of 16. Denmark and Cameroon are eliminated from the competition.Group F - (Paraguay, Slovakia, New Zealand, Italy)June 14 Italy 1-1 ParaguayJune 15New Zealand 1-1 SlovakiaJune 20Slovakia 0-2 ParaguayItaly 1-1 New ZealandJune 24Slovakia 3-2 ItalyParaguay 0-0 New ZealandResults: Paraguay and Slovakia advance to the Round of 16. New Zealand and Italy are eliminated from the competition.Group G - (Brazil, Portugal, CÃ´te dIvoire, Korea DPR)June 15 CÃ´te dIvoire 0-0 PortugalBrazil 2-1 Korea DPRJune 20Brazil 3-1 CÃ´te dIvoireJune 21Portugal 7-0 Korea DPRJune 25Portugal 0-0 BrazilKorea DPR 0-3 CÃ´te dIvoireResults: Brazil and Portugal advance to the Round of 16. CÃ´te dIvoire and Korea DPR are eliminated from the competition.Group H - (Spain, Chile, Switzerland, Honduras)June 16 Honduras 0-1 ChileSpain 0-1 SwitzerlandJune 21Chile 1-0 SwitzerlandSpain 2-0 HondurasJune 25Chile 1-2 SpainSwitzerland 0-0 HondurasResults: Spain and Chile advance to the Round of 16. Switzerland and Honduras are eliminated from the competition.Knockout StageRound of 16June 26 Uruguay 2-1 Korea RepublicUnited States 1-2 Ghana (a.e.t.)Results: Uruguay and Ghana advance to the Quarter-finals. The United States and Korea Republic are eliminated from the competition.June 27Germany 4-1 EnglandArgentina 3-1 MexicoResults: Germany and Argentina advance to the Quarter-finals. England and Mexico are eliminated from the competition.June 28Netherlands 2-1 SlovakiaBrazil 3-0 ChileResults: Netherlands and Brazil advance to the Quarter-finals. Slovakia and Chile are eliminated from the competition.June 29Paraguay 0-0 (5-3 pen.) JapanSpain 1-0 PortugalResults: Spain and Paraguay advance to the Quarter-finals. Japan and Portugal are eliminated from the competition.Quarter-finalsJuly 2 Netherlands 2-1 BrazilUruguay 1-1 (4-2 pen.) GhanaResults: Netherlands and Uruguay advance to the Semi-finals. Brazil and Ghana are eliminated from the competition.July 3Argentina 0-4 GermanyParaguay 0-1 SpainResults: Germany and Spain advance to the Semi-finals. Paraguay and Argentina are eliminated from the competition.Semi-finalsJuly 6 Uruguay 2-3 NetherlandsJuly 7Germany 0-1 SpainResults: Spain and Netherlands advance to the Finals. Germany and Uruguay are eliminated from the competition for the FIFA World Cup. However, they still compete for third place.Third Place MatchJuly 10 (20:30) Germany 3-2 UruguayLocation: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port StadiumAttendance: 36,254Head Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)Germanys Goalscorers: Thomas MÃ¼ller - 19th minute, Marcell Jansen - 56th minute, Sami Khedira - 82nd minuteUruguays Goalscorers: Edinson Cavani - 28th minute, Diego ForlÃ¡n - 51st minuteYellow Cards: 4Dennis Aogo - 5th minute (Germany)Cacau - 7th minute (Germany)Diego PÃrez - 61st minute (Uruguay)Arne Friedrich - 92nd minute (Germany)Red Cards: NoneResults: Germany is awarded the bronze medal. Uruguay is left in fourth place.Final MatchA closing ceremony was held before the final, featuring Colombian singer, Shakira. Afterwards, the former-South African President Nelson Mandela made a brief appearance on the pitch, wheeled in by a motorcart. During the final match, a series of terrorist bombings occurred in Kampala, Uganda timed to coincide with the match, killing 74 and injuring 70 others. The bombings occurred near the 90th minute of the match, targeting crowds that were watching the match, in response to the Ugandan support for the African Union Mission to Somalia.July 11 (20:30)Netherlands 0-1 Spain (a.e.t)Location: Soccer City, JohannesburgAttendance: 84,490Head Referee: Howard Webb (England)Spains Goalscorer: AndrÃs IniestaYellow Cards: 14Robin van Persie - 15th minute (Netherlands)Carles Puyol - 16th minute (Spain)Mark van Bommel - 22nd minute (Netherlands)Sergio Ramos - 23rd minute (Spain)Nigel de Jong - 28th minute (Netherlands)Giovanni van Bronckhorst - 54th minute(Netherlands)John Heitinga - 57th, 109th minute(Netherlands)Joan Capdevila - 67th minute (Spain)Arjen Robben - 84th minute (Netherlands)Gregory van der Wiel - 111th minute (Netherlands)Joris Mathijsen - 117th minute (Netherlands)AndrÃs Iniesta - 118th minute (Spain)Xavi - 121st minute (Spain)Red Cards: 1Player: John Heitinga (Netherlands)Reason: Double yellow cardsTime: 109th minuteResults: Spain is crowned the 2010 FIFA World Cup champion, winning for the first time a FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands is declared runner-up and receives the silver medal. The final marked the third time the Netherlands was runner-up. A Netherlands-fan was quoted as saying: ...we now have to add 2010 to the list, along with 1974 and 1978. It truly is Neverland for the Netherlands.AwardsGolden Boot AwardThomas MÃ¼ller (Germany)Golden Ball AwardDiego ForlÃ¡n (Uruguay)Golden Glove AwardIker Casillas (Spain)Best Young Player AwardThomas MÃ¼ller (Germany)FIFA Fair Play TrophySpainTeam RankingsFinalists1st - Spain 2nd - NetherlandsSemi-finalists3rd - Germany 4th - UruguayQuarter-finalists5th - Argentina 6th - Brazil7th - Ghana8th - ParaguayEliminated in the Round of 169th - Japan 10th - Chile11th - Portugal12th - United States13th - England14th - Mexico15th - Korea Republic16th - SlovakiaEliminated in the Group Stage17th - CÃ´te dIvoire 18th - Slovenia19th - Switzerland20th - South Africa21st - Australia22nd - New Zealand23rd - Serbia24th - Denmark25th - Greece26th - Italy27th - Nigeria28th - Algeria29th - France30th - Honduras31st - Cameroon32nd - Korea DPRAdditional InformationAs a first, Australia competed under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after switching from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. New Zealand was the only undefeated team in the World Cup. Having only played three matches, it tied all three, but was unable to advance to the Round of 16.The tournament also produced an interesting record as the top four goalscorers were from each of the four highest placing countries: David Villa (Spain - champions), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands - runner-up), Thomas MÃ¼ller (Germany - third place), and Diego ForlÃ¡n (Uruguay - fourth place). All four players scored five goals each.This World Cup brought Brazils FIFA rating (based partly on performance in a previous World Cup and partly on performance on qualifications for the next World Cup) from 1st to 3rd.The 2010 FIFA World Cup shares with the 2008 Summer Olympics the record for most competing nations in a sporting event. The tournament had an attendance of 3,178,856 total at its matches and accumulated 2.6 billion viewers worldwide.The tournament also included its own oracle. Paul the Oracle Octopus from the Sea Life Centre in Germany was made internationally famous for predicting correctly 8 times out of 8 predictions. Paul correctly predicted all 7 of Germanys matches and the outcome of the final match between Spain and the Netherlands. Prior to each of those 8 matches, the keepers placed two boxes in front of Paul, each containing a mussel and labeled with the flag of the competing countries. Whichever box Paul ate out of was predicted to be the winner. Paul was an international star overnight in Spain and received death threats from the German public.Major ControversiesKorea DPR (North Korea) was widely criticized with its decision to change the channels broadcasting the match between Korea DPR and Portugal. When the North Korean leaders realized that the Korea DPR team was going to lose to Portugal, they ordered the television companies broadcasting the match in North Korea to change the channels so that the public would not see its nation lose at such a landslide (7-0). The channels were changed after Portugal scored the fourth goal against Korea DPR. The Netherlands team received the most yellow cards at 22 and one red, while Spain won the FIFA Fair Play Trophy. This sparked outrage among Netherlands supporters as they supposedly saw Spains players faking most of the fouls made by Netherlands players. The Netherlands team received 9 yellow cards in the final match while Spain received 5.In the match of the United States and Slovenia in the Group Stage, the United States was trailing Slovenia 0-2. Against the odds, the United States caught up and leveled the game at 2-2. Near the matches end during a corner kick, a United States player was able to head the ball into the goal for the winning goal. The head referee, Koman Coulibaly, called an offsides, disallowing the goal without being able to produce an explanation for his decision. The replay cameras on the television broadcastings clearly showed that players were not offsides. It also showed that they were two Slovenian players illegally grabbing United States players. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. Enraged United States-supporters sent tapes of the match to the FIFA Executive Committee. After examining the tapes, they ruled that Coulibaly called a misjudgement. FIFA punished Coulibaly, preventing him from refereeing any future games.In the match of Portugal and Spain in the Round of 16 while the game was tied at 0-0, Spanish striker David Villa scored Spains only and winning goal from an offside move in the 63rd minute (0.22 meters according to ESPN axis). ESPN axis showed that the referee wasnt standing on the offside line and thus his vision was obscured by players between himself and Villa.In the match of England and Germany in the Round of 16 while Germany lead 2-1, an English midfielder shot the ball and hit the crossbar and then the ground, before bouncing straight up which allowed German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to grab the ball. The head referee and assistants were unable to see the goal and disallowed it. England lost its chance to catch up to Germany and continued on to lose 4-1, its worst defeat in FIFA history. England-supporters protested to FIFA President Sepp Blatter to implement goal line technology to challenge on-field authority.In the match of Argentina and Mexico in the Round of 16 while the game was tied at 0-0, an Argentinean player was able to score in an offsides positions. Head referee Roberto Rosetti allowed the goal enraging Mexican players and supporters. Argentina continued to win against Mexico in a 3-1 match.In response to the mistakes for the England versus Germany match and Argentina versus Mexico match, FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologized to the English and Mexican Football Confederations for the referee misjudgments that went against them and promised to reopen discussions on implementing technology to aid in the judgment of match officials.