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2010 Soccer World Cup Teams – England

England Soccer Team

England Soccer Team

England Soccer

England may have won the Soccer World Cup only once but then only seven countries have managed to achieve that feat so far. England played its first international against Scotland on 30th November 1872, resulting in 0-0 draw. Since then England Soccer has come a long way.

England won its first and only Soccer World Cup on 30th July 1966 at Wembley Stadium, London. That is the day people buy England football tickets for. Around 98,000 people were present right there at the stadium to be the part of history when Bobby Moore’s team defeated West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final. Hurst and Peter were the goal scorers, the former scoring 3 of the 4 goals in total.

Since World Cup victory in 1966, major soccer events have proved to be a mixed bag for England. England has 12 World Cup participations to its credit i.e. in the year 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006 and seven appearances in the European Championship. The best they could achieve at this level of the game was the 3rd position in 1968.

David Beckham and Steven Gerrard are the top players of the current English team. Expected England Squad for the 2010 Soccer World Cup includes Paul Robinson, Micah Richards, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, David Beckham, Gerreth Barry, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen.

Trivia
Biggest Win: England thrashed Ireland 13-0 in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 18th February 1882.
Worst Defeat: Hungary defeated them 7-1 at Budapest, Hungary on 23rd May 1954.

2010 Soccer World Cup Qualifying Matches-South America

Soccer Fans

Soccer Fans

Who Takes the Hot Seat?

Two rounds of world cup qualifying matches in South America are over. No big surprises yet. Paraguay tops the group with 23 points; Brazil is second with 17 points, followed by Argentina with 16 points. These countries have always been there at the world cup. It is all about the hot seat now.

Hopes of Soccer fans from rest of the South America have not faded as yet. They all are prepared to book their soccer packages once their teams qualify. Mathematically all the teams are in a chance to qualify for the world cup. But at the moment Uruguay is just on the verge of edging out Ecuador. Uruguay is the front runner with 13 points but closely followed by Ecuador with 12 points and Colombia with 11 points.

Chile is also in contention but Ecuador is not the bad team either. Losing to Venezuela didn’t hurt their reputation but a disastrous show against Brazil must have been demoralizing.

Never mind there are still many games to go.

2010 Soccer World Cup Locations-Durban

Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa

DURBAN

Where the Earth and Ocean meet! How beautifully the Zulu name Thekweni describes this gorgeous subtropical city of South Africa. Durban is the gateway to KwaZulu Natal and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and South Africa’s world famous wild life parks.

Population – Approximately 3, 468,086
Area – 2,291 Square Kilometers
Population Density – 1,513 Inhabitants per Square Kilometer

Durban the city of beaches is the playground of South Africa, famous for beaches, one of the most loved tourist destinations and its carnival atmosphere is great for family holidays. Durban is also a deep sea harbour and international conferencing destination which makes this city both a bustling hive of activity for businessmen and tourist alike.
The city overlooks Golden Beach which is perhaps the single most culturally diverse spot in South Africa. The enthralling atmosphere rejuvenates the life to the core as you move along frolicking families, executives free for a change, teenagers in full swing and surfers running into the waves. Durban is just not all about the beach. South Africa’s only Surfing Museum is also situated here. It is a place for all. You can have a visit at the Bartle Arts Trust, the BAT Centre which is a place for local visual art and musical creativity and of course some good restaurants catering to the need of all and some coffee shops and pubs too. However, the most adventurous of you can enjoy thrilling trip to one of the most beautiful Nature Reserves of St. Lucia and Drakensberg and Game Reserves at Mkuze and HluhluweUmfolozi and the Wild Life in abundance. The Durban Soccer Packages won’t miss the stadiums but it’s better if few other enchanting places are also covered.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium

MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM
Moses Mabhida Stadium is one of the most beautiful and major venues for the upcoming grand event, the FIFA Soccer World Cup. The newly built stadium has been equipped with state of the art facilities with all the latest safety and security requirements. The stadium has the seating capacity of 70,000 and will be hosting five group games including one second round game, one quarter final and one semifinal match during the Football World Cup.

Abidjan Tragedy-2010 Soccer World Cup Qualifying Matches

Abidjan Tragedy

Abidjan Tragedy

GHOST of Soccer Comes Again!

The soccer is one of the most loved games on earth but ironically it is the game which has witnessed the most number of tragedies as well.
It was just another day or was it?! Not really, the ghost of soccer tragedies came back as perhaps it never left the stadiums. This time it was the turn of Abidjan, the city saw the death of 19 soccer fans and 132 injured in the crush at the national stadium. These are the official figures. Unfortunately, the real count could be higher. The incident occurred when a wall collapsed at the stadium shortly before Ivory Coast beat Malawi 5-0 in the Soccer World Cup Qualifying Match. The tragedy was caused by overcrowding. 50,000 people were packed in the 35,000 capacity stadium and police didn’t help the cause, it used tear gases which only added to the panic. Nobody knows what it would take to prevent these tragedies for happening time and again.

An inquiry has been opened into Sunday’s tragedy at the Felix Houphouet-Boigany Stadium but as far as people are concerned they are fed up of this soccer mourning every now and then. No lessons learnt! People come here for joy and saw tragedies happening and then they don’t go back home ever again. You will see bodies of 10 year old to 60 year old all over. Is this Soccer we live for? We are not buying soccer tickets but we are buying untimely and trageic death. We don’t want anybody to suffer. We don’t want our family members and friends to die. But anybody listening?! The worst part of it is in few days everything will be forgotten only to allow it to happen again at some other place at some other time. This Ghost will keep haunting the stadiums and as soccer loving people we should be mentally and physically prepared, it might happen to us sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile an emergency meeting has been called on the next day, presided over by Prime Minister Guillaume Soro. A Crisis Unit has been set up to deal with the tragedy.

It is important that such tragic happenings do not take place any more. Soccer is a beautiful game and it certainly deserves better.

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.

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.