Argentina vs Bolivia-2010 Soccer World Cup Qualifying Matches

Maradona Lost His 100% Record As Coach

Maradona Lost His 100% Record As Coach

Maradona Stabbed in the Heart!

Oh! Please, don’t take it literally but it would have been the experience for Maradona when his beloved country was stunned by Bolivia 6-1. Maradona would have never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would live on to watch this happening to him.

The awesome striker of 80’s who took his team to the Soccer World Cup Victory in 1986 ironically witnessed the most humiliating defeats in 60 Years at the hand of the Bolivians. It was just not that his team lost, he lost his 100% record too.

The only solace that the Argentine can afford to have is that they should have been at this altitude only for trekking rather than playing football. At such a high altitude of 3600 meters above sea level in the Bolivian Mountains, Diego Maradona was just present there to witness the great fall of his team from those great heights.

Bolivian Striker Joaquin Botero showed no mercy and scored a hat-trick as Marcelo Martins, Alex da Rosa and Didi Torrico also added to the misery of Argentina. Martins put Bolivia on course in just the 12th minute of the game. Argentina hit back in the 25th minute when Luis Gonzalez scored for the visitors but thereafter Argentina was on the field only to be crushed by the rampaging Bolivians who gave every penny back to their fans they had spent on soccer tickets.

Diego Maradona was the captain when he led his team to World Cup win over West Germany in 1986 and ironically he is the coach when his team suffered one of the most humiliating defeats. Breathless Maradona in his own words; “Every Bolivia goal was a stab in my heart.”

England vs Ukraine-2010 Soccer World Cup Qualifying Matches

What ASHES!

England Soccer Team

England Soccer Team

It doesn’t matter if it is not cricket. The Rivalry among these two high profile nations is just the same. As expected the Socceroos won the match against Uzbekistan 2-0. Australians have to wait just for a while before they secure their trip to South Africa. Mathematics some times work for you and some times spoils your party too. Bahrain has beaten Qatar 1-0 and they are too in the race, well…mathematically at least. So Australians will be waiting for another two months before they start packing for the trip. Even if Australia loses in Qatar in Doha on June 6, they have two games remaining against Bahrain and Japan to assure back to back appearances in the Soccer World Cup.

Meanwhile England have also all the plans of joining the Socceroos on the same bus to South Africa. And who talks about cricket here. Football pitch is going to decide who the Boss is. Peter Crouch and John Terry just kept England on the right track by beating Ukraine 2-1. But why do they always try so desperately to wake up only when hit hard. The match was a nail biting finish and Ukrainians had almost drawn the match. Perhaps this time Ukrainians were in a mood of presenting a gift for the English Team and thanks to their poor defending they managed to do it easily. It wasn’t a match you would buy soccer tickets for. England did not win the match but Ukraine has lost it. But who cares! At the end of the day, a win is a win and that’s what England has done five times out of five.

Australia vs Uzbekistan-2010 Soccer World Cup Qualifying Matches

Socceroos

Socceroos

Here Come the SOCCEROOS!

The Australian National Football Team nicknamed as the “Socceroos” is almost there. The Australian team could be the first team to qualify for the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa.
Since 2006 Soccer World Cup Australians are riding on a wave which perhaps will see them through as the first qualifying team for the 2010 World Cup. Apart from putting there act together it will be also some combination of stats which will help them in the cause.

It is just a matter of 3 points now and Australia could be the first team heading South Africa if Pim Verbeek’s side defeats Uzbekistan at ANZ Stadium tonight and expect Bahrain and Qatar to draw their qualifying matches in Manama 5 hours later. This combination of results will ensure that the Socceroos cannot get worst than the second position in their Asian Group A and therefore guaranteeing it to be the first team for the African Safari.

The tough job has been done and Socceroos will be relaxed this time. So for this match do you think they will go with 6 Strikers on the field? I guess you are asking too much for your soccer tickets. Well, Socceroos are not that relaxed. It won’t be a do or die match for the Australians but in no way it means that it would be any less exciting. Around 60, 000 spectators are expected to watch the grand spectacle as the grueling workouts of the team for the past 15 months lead them to the Grand Soccer Event.

2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP LOCATIONS-PORT ELIZABETH

PORT EIZABETH
The Friendly City as it has been nicknamed is all set to justify its name as the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup arrives on the land. The Windy City stretches 16 kilometers along Algoa Bay which is also one of the major seaports of South Africa.

Population – Approximately 1, 244,900
Area – 1, 845 Square Kilometers
Population Density – 813 Inhabitants per Square Kilometer

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Friendly City is approximately 770 kilometers from Cape Town and is situated in the Eastern Cape Province. Port Elizabeth offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun holiday destination including scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless water sport activities. It is a beautiful tourist destination and is famous for its Sunshine, Clean Sandy Beaches and Buzzing Night Life. Once you arrive here you will have plenty of options to choose for your entertainment. For the more adventurous people, they can go for Scuba-Diving and see shipwrecks, coral reefs and beautifully colored fishes in the warm waters and it has to be a must in yourPort Elizabeth 2010 Soccer World Cup Packages. People having interests in the wild life can go for a Safari experience. There is an exclusive private Shamwari Game Reserve, the home to Africa’s Big Five, just about 73 kilometers from the main city. You can always visit parks to have a good time with your family and friends. St. Georges Park is one of the largest (73 hectares) and major tourist attractions. Settlers Park is another option that you would like to pay a visit at least once which includes 54 hectares of cultivated and natural gardens in the valley of the Baakens River, with many native plants and flowers attracting many colorful birds.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUM
Port Elizabeth is looking forward to have a newly constructed stadium as the Soccer World Cup arrives in this beautiful port of South Africa. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will be one of the most high-tech and modern venues for the upcoming grand event. The stadium has a seating capacity of 49, 500 and will be hosting seven matches including one of the semifinals. The stadium is located approximately 2 kilometers from the cost or just a 15 minutes drive from the main city.

2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP LOCATIONS-PRETORIA

PRETORIA
The city of Jacarandas, as it is commonly known is all set to welcome its guests with its purple blossom bedecked trees from all over the world as the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup arrives.

Population – Approximately 2, 345,908
Area – 1,644 Square Kilometers
Population Density – 856 Inhabitants per Square Kilometer

Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria is a peaceful and quite city located in the Guateng Province and serves as the Executive Capital City of South Africa. It is approximately 50 kilometers to the north of Johannesburg.
There are many places in this beautiful city that would make your day. Transvaal Museum is a display of natural history and one of the significant places in Pretoria. People having interests in art and history can also have a memorable visit at Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum. Both these places are in the close proximity to the main city. National Zoological Gardens and Pretoria National Botanical Garden are one of those places which will give you beautiful moments no matter what your interests are. So guys, it is just a matter of time while you start getting ready for the Pretoria Soccer Trip.

Loftus versfeld Stadium

Loftus versfeld Stadium

LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUM
The Loftus Versfeld Stadium
is situated approximately 5 kilometers from the main city and will be hosting 1st and 2nd round matches during 2010 Soccer World Cup. It has a seating capacity of 51,762 and has undergone many renovations to meet FIFA’s stringent requirements. Four major stands have been completely rebuilt and the stadium can boast of providing the corporate level facilities too. The stadium is one of the most familiar landmarks of the city.

2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP LOCATIONS-JOHANNESBURG

JOHANNESBURG

Often called as Joburg, the heart of the country is one of the most busy and beautiful cities of South Africa. As the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010 arrives the picturesque backgrounds of the city will be more bustling with fun and frolic, day and night.

Population – Approximately 10, 267,700
Area – 1,645 Square Kilometers
Population Density – 2,364 Inhabitants per Square Kilometer

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

There are many places to visit for fans and tourists coming to South Africa the most prominent among them are: Museums to experience the past of the city and the country, one of the most popular venues equally liked by children and adults is the Zoo, when it was opened in 1904 it just had an odd mix of animals including a male lion, a female leopard, and a male baboon but at present you can enjoy watching lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, sable antelope, bat-eared foxes and polar bears among the 2, 070 animals, representing 365 different species.
People having different interests won’t be feeling as left behind as the city offers a range of happening nightclubs and cocktail bars with DJs spinning beats and without experiencing these special treats your Johannesburg Soccer Trip to this beautiful country cannot be complete.

THE STADIUMS
Three stadiums in Johannesburg that would be hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup matches include Soccer City Stadium, Ellis Park Stadium, Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

Soccer City Stadium

Soccer City Stadium

SOCCER CITY STADIUM
The stadium is just 8 kilometers from the main city Johannesburg and is considered as the flagship venue for the Football World Cup 2010 as the most awaited matches the opening match and the final will be played on this very ground. A total number of 94, 700 people will be enjoying the prestigious tournament as the event unfolds.

Ellis Park stadium

Ellis Park stadium

ELLIS PARK STADIUM
This is also one of the major venues in Johannesburg situated in Bertrams and will be hosting the semifinal match of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Ellis Park has undergone major changes for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. The West, South and North Stands have been revamped and a new roof has also been added. The stadium was inaugurated way back in 1928 and has a seating capacity of 59,611.

Royal bafokeng Sports Palace

Royal bafokeng Sports Palace

ROYAL BAFOKENG SPORTS PALACE
This stadium will be hosting first and second round matches for the Soccer World Cup 2010. It is situated in the North West Province of Johannesburg known as Rustenburg just about 170 Kilometers from the main city. Minor renovations have been made to meet the requirements of the event. The seating capacity has been increased to 42,000.

2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP LOCATIONS-CAPE TOWN

CAPE TOWN

As the Soccer World Cup 2010 is not too far now, the picturesque locations of the “Mother City” of South Africa is just getting ready to give you every reason to fall in love with it. The Western Cape is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Population – Approximately 3, 497,097
Area – 2,454 Square Kilometers
Population Density – 1,424 Inhabitants per Square Kilometer

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town boasts of adventurous days and a roaring night life. The iconic Table Mountain rises 1086 meters to give you some idea of what you are heading to. If that doesn’t impress you the legendary Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill, White Sandy Beaches will certainly do but make sure your Capetown Soccer Travel do include these awesome locations. Cape Town provides you with vast range of shopping opportunities as well and as you arrive here you can always hang around in Greenmarket, Square Flea Market, Fast food outlets and sophisticated Shopping Malls too.

Green Point Stadium

Green Point Stadium

GREEN POINT STADIUM
The Stadium is located in Green Point, close to the main city. This is a newly built stadium with a retractable roof having a seating capacity of 69,070 and has been especially built for realizing the dreams of maximum people of watching the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010 that would be arriving in the city.

The stadium will host:
•    6 First Round Matches
•    1 Second Round Match
•    1 Quarter Final
•    1 Semifinal