The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa was always going to be special. For the first time the greatest sports show on earth would visit Africa and the best teams and most talented players would have a stage like never before on which to perform their magic.
This World Cup was a visual and audio extravaganza of passionate crowds in fantastic new stadiums in wonderful settings. That was the backdrop for a marvellous month that provided many surprise results as major nations found they were not up to African ‘big game’ standards.
England’s much fancied line-up struggled, Italy did not perform anything like World Cup holders and 2006 finalists France imploded in dramatic fashion.
There were heart stopping moments as Africa’s only remaining hope of success rested on a last ditch penalty and major upsets as both Argentina and Brazil were unceremoniously dumped out of the quarter-finals.
The tournament finally produced the world’s two most in-form teams as finalists with both Spain and the Netherlands moving confidently through the knock out stages. The 64th game was to be another knife-edge battle with a late, late deciding strike to win the coveted trophy and all that goes with it.
This official FIFA production charts all the games and all the goals. It also provides a chance to relive the whole final and enjoy extras that highlight the skills on display, the great goals, the pressure on the managers and the fun side of the 32 teams’ fans complete with their face-paint, flags and fancy dress.