World Cup Moments: First World Cup in Africa


In 2010 South Africa hosted the first World Cup on the African continent. FIFA had earlier announced that the 2010 tournament would be hosted by an African country and the final decision for voting was between Egypt, Morocco and South Africa.  The tournament kicked off on 11 June 2010 and was a resounding success.

South Africa built 5 new stadiums and upgraded 5 existing stadiums. The tournament travelled across 9 cities but, most matches were played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The 2010 Champions were Spain who beat Netherlands 1-0. Ghana was the best performing African team as they made it to the Quarterfinals where Uruguay won on a penalty shootout.

One of the main memories of this World Cup has got to be the sound of the Vuvuzela which can be heard on almost all footage from the matches.

Watch highlights of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa