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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.

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2010 Soccer World Cup-SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa 2010 Soccer World Cup

South Africa 2010 Soccer World Cup

South Africa Awaits!

It is time for 2010 Soccer World Cup but Soccer Fever has just started to build up. Soccer is in full swing as every day some dramatic things are happening. Argentina has been humbled by Bolivia recently and on the other part of the world Australians have started packing there bags also. I am pretty sure that this time around too Soccer World Cup would be a great spectacle to watch. I was never a great fan of this game. I didn’t saw the magician Pele but I have seen Maradona play and since then I have never missed any of the football matches during previous World Cups but have seen them on television only. Sometimes I did manage to get to the stadiums, thanks to my friends who always sponsored my soccer tickets. The thrill of watching football matches live in the stadium is such an adventurous experience in itself which is difficult to explain. You have to be there to experience it but yes getting to the stadium is another story.

The way soccer fans have been queuing up for the soccer tickets and soccer packages around the world is amazing. It seems the whole world is getting ready for an African Safari in South Africa and why not, it is a beautiful country, isn’t it! We all have loyalties to our teams but at least I am sure of one thing that even I spent way over for my World Cup Trip, I won’t be repenting. You must be quite aware of the MLS standings this season, few glorious matches have already been played and Soccer has  just started working on the mind and the way World Cup Qualifying Matches are going, I can assure you the stage has been set perfectly for the upcoming grand spectacle.

Soccer fans have started bidding for the 2010 World Cup as FIFA has received more than 1.6 million requests from 205 countries. Apparently 2010 Soccer World Cup is not that far as it seems. The tickets will be allocated in a lottery on April 15. Well I am going to stay away from this lottery stuff. Baring in mind the recent economic conditions and the rush that has already started building up I have decided to book my Soccer Tickets and Travel Packages with WorldFootballTravel.com for my most awaited Soccer Trip to the African Continent.

World Football Travel.com has added new Tickets and Travel Packages to suit the needs of soccer fans from all over the world. They are also providing some combo offers and I guess bulk tickets for the Soccer World Cup Matches would be even cheaper and affordable for every body coming from different cultural and financial backgrounds. I am not really worrying too much about my soccer tickets and travel packages. I know WFT for a long time. It is one of the best service providers for World Soccer Travel. No matter which country, which city and which stadium is hosting the football match, World Football Travel will take you their without any inconvenience. Not only tickets but also seating arrangements in the stadiums and accommodations in the respective cities are also managed by WFT. They have been doing it in the past for many years and for so many tournaments including English Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Cup, Manchester United Games, US Major League Soccer and many more.

So if you want a memorable soccer trip to this picturesque nation of Africa make sure you get in touch with WorldFootballTravel.com well in advance to book your Soccer Tickets and Travel Packages. And no more last minute hassles, missing tickets and bad accommodations only the thrill of 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
See you in South Africa!

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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-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-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.

2010 Soccer World Cup

Soccer World Cup Trophy

Soccer World Cup Trophy

Soccer World Cup, the most spectacular and greatest sporting extravaganza on the earth will come again toenthrall the world soccer fans, in 2010. Coming to the African Continent for the first time, the 2010 Soccer World Cup will take place in the picturesque country of South Africa.

A total of 200 teams have entered the race for one of the 31 places at the 2010 Soccer World Cup.  The preliminary phase, which began in the Oceania Zone back in August 2007, is now in full swing, with only the Host Nation guaranteed a berth in world football’s showpiece event.

The first whistle for the Soccer World Cup in South Africa will be blown on 11 June 2010. The games will be played at Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Polokwane and Nelspruit. The footballing world and soccer fans are already buzzing with excitement and have started booking their soccer packages as the world cup approaches nearer.

Here we will be tracking the news,  events, gossip and soccer mania of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.