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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.

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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.

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.”

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-The Mascot

The Number 19th Arrives – The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup begins on 11th June 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Cities which will be hosting the prestigious tournament would be Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg and make sure your travel packages do include at least one of these beautiful places.

Zakumi, The Mascot

Zakumi, The Mascot

The Mascot
Here is Zakumi, the entertainer of the 2010 Football Party to welcome guests from all over the world. As you touch the coastline of the beautiful South African country he would be there to take you dancing down to the stadiums and when you leave with the glorious memories of what you have witnessed, he would be there to sign you off as well.