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Book Hotel Early Tp Get Cheap Prices

Supporters travelling to South Africa later this year may be make alternative to use camp sites to the ever increasing price for a ever decreasing number of hotel rooms in the country.

Independent hotels are increasing their prices,one was cheap now is expensive, in some cases, every day and what you might get told today could change tomorrow. It is all about supply and demand and nobody can really be blamed. The message is, book early to avoid disappointment and get your rooms at a cheaper price.

If you don't book your hotels, there is every chance you will find yourself looking for a camp site and you probably won't be disappointed as they are getting built.

One is getting built in Johannesburg and will offer beds at £27 a night during the World Cup and there will likely be ones set up in all host cities.

The site in Johannesburg will be in the city's Waverley Park and hold up to 1,480 campers but supporters opting for the budget sleeping option are being warned to wrap up as night temperatures fall to freezing point in the middle of South Africa's winter.

Tent City boss Barry Mackay said: "We have heard from hundreds of fans who feel some of the hotel prices are just too high. Our tents are a cheaper alternative for fans."

"The idea is to get people from all countries together on one site during the event, which will really boost camaraderie," he said.

"We are warning fans that it will get chilly here in the winter. But we'll supply proper beds and bedding with blankets so they should be able to keep warm," Mackay added.

The message is, book your hotel early. If you don't, you will only have yourself to blame and you'll also need to be bringing a sleeping bag. 

source : worldcup2010


Johannesburg Stadium

Former known as FNB Stadium, Soccer City Stadium is the flagship of 2010 FIFA WORLDCUP where the opening and closing ceremony will be held. The design of the stadium was selected from a series of concept designs ranging from acknowledgement of Jo’burg’s disappearing mine dumps; the kgotla (defined by the tree) of the African city state; the African map as a horizontal representation, which included the roof as a desert plane supported on tropical trees set within the mineral wealth of Southern Africa; to a representation of the protea, our national flower.

The calabash, or African pot, was selected to a new grand design of the stadium. Upgrade the capacity from 80.000 seat to 94.700 seat and adding 99 more suite hospitality to bring to 184, 15.000 car parking available.

Ellis Park Stadium

Ellis Park Stadium is located in the centre of Johannesburg and has a brand new look that hosted many epic sporting events including the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup between Brazil and the United States. A sponsorship deal with the Coca-Cola Company, Ellis Park is also known as Coca-Cola Park. The soft drink company is also a major sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

The largest piece of construction has increased the seating capacity to 62,000. With state-of-the-art media facilities, team whirlpools, top-class VIP areas for dignitaries, accessibility for disabled fans, a new pitch and a top-notch audio-visual setup to keep the fans informed during the game, no one will be left disappointed.

Cape Town Stadium

Green Point Stadium


Green Point Stadium was an 18.000 seats stadium that was demolished in 2007 to make Cape Town Stadium for 2010 FIFA WORLDCUP. The facillities at this stadium include capacity 70.000 seats, 250 VIP suites, 4 televison studios, a police station, a medical centre, 1200 cars basement parking, and 16 lifts to access 15 floor on the arena.

Durban Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium is defining landmark of Durban. This great design of the stadium symbolising the unity of once-devided people, inspired by South African flag.
It is a world-class and multifunctional arena located in the heart of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium will be the jewel in the crown of the Kings Park Sporting precinct. The entire area will feature additional sporting arenas and facilities as well as restaurants, shops, play areas for children and a pedestrian walkway linking the stadium complex to the beach.

Port elizabeth Stadium

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, built on the shores of the North End Lake is the first football dedicated stadium in the city. The stadium, one of the newly-built stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, was completed a year prior to the commencement  of the world's greatest show on earth - a major milestone for the city.
Its extraordinary roof has been much commented upon. It comprises a complex, 36-girder steel super-structure, clad with aluminium and covered by a sheer all-weather membrane. The stadium consists of 6 levels in its West Stand, and 5 levels in the North, South and East Stands. It has capacity to seat 49 000 football/ soccer fans.

Bloemfontein Stadium

Free State Stadium

Free State improvement included the addition of 2 tier (increasing to 46.000 seats), installation of new turnstiles, floodlights, electronic scoreboards, sound systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), and Media faciliities.
Fact is, this stadium was on of the biggest tournament surprises when USA beat Spain in 2009 FIFA  Confederations Cup.

Rustenburg Stadium

Royal Bafokeng Stadium

This stadium named after Bafokeng Tribes who lived there won a legal battle that entitled them 20% of mining shares. Royal Bafokeng has also benefited from various infrastructure improvements, which include the upgrade of national and local roads to the venue, providing football supporters with ease of access.

Nelspruit Stadium

Mbombela Stadium

The Mbombela Stadium is one of the newly-built stadia for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and it takes its name from the local municipality which incorporates the city of Nelspruit. Mbombela is siSwati (one of the 11 official languages in South Africa) and literally means 'many people together in a small space.' The Mbombela stadium is a rounded, rectangular shaped stadium.

Pretoria Stadium

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

The stadium was named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, the founder of organized sports in Pretoria.Loftus Versfeld Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa. The seemingly stately city of Pretoria may be the political and diplomatic hub of Gauteng province, but its international community and multi-cultural student population share a common passion for sports and partying.

10 Tips to Buy World Cup Tickets

This article is about how you can arrange of buying tickets :

Tip 1: The big one: where to buy 2010 tickets: you need to arrange to tickets sale ohases that have been announced by FIFA, and to apply for them you can either visit any First National Bank branch in South Africa, or log onto the FIFA website.

Tip 2: Don't just buy tickets, know the lingo: Don’t know what a vuvuzela is? Don’t know what “laduuuma!” means? If you want to experience the real “Mzantsi” in 2010, best you find out right now by reading our conprehensive Guide to South African Local Lingo!

Tip 3: Surprise your friends with World Cup 2010 Tickets: They’ll make the perfect gift for anyone even vaguely interested in soccer. You can apply for a maximum four tickets per match for up to seven matches. So if you are feeling generous why not act quickly to secure the perfect gift and apply for FIFA 2010 World Cup tickets.

Tip 4: Wait for the final draw (at your own risk!): You can buy venue-specific or team-specific tickets from 20 February 2009, or wait until the third phase of ticket sales from 5 December 2009 until 22 January once you know where and when your team will  be playing. The final groups and match schedules will be will be revealed on 4 December in the final draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Tip 5: Get tickets for the right positions: Final seating plans are not yet known due to stadium construction not yet being complete, but in the meantime you can see how much the best seats in the house will cost by reading up on the 2010 ticket categories and prices.

Tip 6: Budgeting: buy the right tickets for the right price: Decide how much you’re willing to spend on 2010 tickets and then choose, for example, a number of first-round matches, or just the final, or a mix. You can compare ticket prices for the various matches and categories in our article on 2010 Ticket Prices .

Tip 7:  Get tickets for your favourite team: You will have to wait for the final draw in December 2009 to know when and where your favourite teams will be playing. You can apply for up to four team-specific ticket series of up to seven games for a chosen team. For more information read, FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualification and Groups.

Tip 8:  Get tickets in your cities of preference:  A great experience can be to stay in one host city and thus buy tickets for games only in that city. Check out the match dates per city in the 2010 World Cup Match Schedule.

Tip 9: Know when tickets for 2010 go on sale. Fans applying for a ticket in this first of five ticket-sale phases  will be entered into a draw. Within three days, they should be notified if they were successful. Find out more about hoe ticket sales work in our article on the ticket sales phases for 2010.

Tip 10: Put in your leave request early! The game schedule for each city has been finalised and you can now see which games are being played where. Orientate yourself with the 2010 World Cup game schedule.

Source : capetownmagazine

2010 FIFA Worldcup Host City (3)

Host City : Cape Town

'The Mother City' as it is known locally, is the most visited tourist destination in all of Africa. One would be hard pressed to find a reason not to fall in love with one of South Africa's most iconic city, Cape Town. Cape Town is our cosmopolitan centre, our first city of fashion, our hub of adventure, our culinary leader, the solid base for a rich and multi-stranded heritage, and the location of hallowed grounds of sport.
Located on the Cape Peninsula mountain range, at the heart of which is the iconic Table Mountain.

Cape Town will be represented by Green Point Stadium

Host City : Port Elizabeth/ Nelson Mandela Bay

Locals known as ' friendly city'. The sunshine coast, with its rugged unspoiled beaches and Hogsback, which is rumored to be the inspiration for the Lord of the Rings books, are all within a few hours drive from the city.

Port Elizabeth will be represented by Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Host City : Mangaung / Bloemfontein

At the heart of the Free State Province lies the artistic city of Mangaung/ Bloemfontein which is home to some of the country's most fanatical football supporters. The city's greatest asset is its people – diverse, friendly, down to earth and helpful. Mangaung/Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa. The Appeal Court,which is the highest court in South Africa, is also found in the city.

Bloemfontein will be represented by Free State Stadium

2010 FIFA Worldcup Host City (2)

Host City : Rustenburg

Rustenburg is in the centre of the savannah bushveld and it is known where Vredefort Dome, a meteorite impact site some 40km in diameter, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It serves rich and booming mineral platinum mining industry and a farming community that produces grain, tobacco, fruit and vegetables. It is home to one of the country's richest tribes, the Bafokeng Nation.

Rustenburg will be represented by Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Host City : Nelspruit

Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga Province.
it is the place world-famous Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route, Pilgrim’s Rest,Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, and Bourke's Luck Potholes. This city are one of the best tour and travelling area, peacefull places and awakening idea of Africa's Garden of Eden.

Nelspruit will be represented by Mbombela Stadium

Host City : Durban

Durban is Kwazulu-Natal province capital.
Durban is the most popular holiday spot and it's easy to see because it has miles and miles of soft sand, fantastic swimming beaches, great surfing and warm weather all year round. In terms of accommodation, there's everything from bed & breakfasts to world-class hotels.
It is bound to be a tourist hot spot during the tournament.  Durban offers up 320 days of sunshine per year. With fabulous beaches, natural attractions and lots of bars and restaurants, it’s also a great place for fun and entertainment.
Durban hosted group, quarter-final and semi-final games in the 1996 CAF Africa Cup of Nations. The city also hosted South Africa's game against England in 2003, which helped launch the country's bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. England won the encounter 2-1.

Durban will be represent by Moses Mabhida Stadium

2010 FIFA Worldcup Host City (1)

Host City : Johannesburg

Johannesburg that also known as Jozi is the largest city in South Africa. It is provincial capital of Gauteng and the wealthiest city in Africa. Football fans will find a rich selection of attractions and activities with superb wining and dining, championship golf courses, and, day or night, you'll always find a party in Jo'burg.

Johannesburg will be represented by 2 modern stadium, Soccer City and Ellis Park Stadium.

Host City : Polokwane / Pietersburg

Polokwane is situated as the capital of the Limpopo Province and is surrounded by three of South Africa's neighbours: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This is also the land of the upside down tree known as ‘Baobab', which is the biggest tree in Africa.

Polokwane will be represented by Peter Mokaba Stadium

Host City : Pretoria / Tshwane

Tshwane/Pretoria is the capital of South Africa. Many embassies thus call this city their home. The Union Buildings house the administration of the country and have also been the setting for all the presidential inaugurations of Nelson Mandela,Thabo Mbeki and the incumbent South African president, Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria will be represented by Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Buy Tickets According Categories

Ticket Categories

Tickets are available in four different categories:

Seats for Category 1 tickets are generally located alongside the pitch.

Seats for Category 2 tickets are generally located adjacent to Category 1, in the corners

Seats for Category 3 tickets are generally located adjacent to Category 2 behind the goals or in the corners

Seats for Category 4 tickets are generally located behind the goals.
Each stadium is configured differently, therefore the general rules should not be considered definitive in each circumstance. 

Ticket Restrictions (Household Rules)
Category 4 tickets are reserved exclusively for residents of the Republic of South Africa. Applications for Category 4 tickets by people living outside of South Africa will not be accepted. 

Each household may apply for a maximum of 4 tickets per match and for up to a maximum of 7 matches. Each household may apply for a maximum of 4 TST Series for the team of your choice. 

All tickets ordered for a given match must be for the same ticket category, but you can order different categories for different matches. 

It is not possible to apply for tickets to more than one match on the same day.

source : FIFA

World Cup Tickets Sales

In order to makesure a fair  allocation of
buy tickets and in order to provide as many interested persons as possible with tickets, the procedure for ticket allocation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ has been divided into five phases.  Between the individual phases no applications can be submitted. The dates given below are all subject to possible change without prior notice.

First Phases      : 20 February 2009 to 31 March 2009
Second Phases : 04 May 2009 to 20 November 2009
Third Phases    : 05 December 2009 to 22 January 2010
Fourth Phases  : 09 February 2010 to 07 April 2010
Last Phases      : 15 April 2010 to 11 July 2010

Ticket applications will be processed on a
first come first served basis, however Ticket transactions will be conducted immediately at the point of sale.


Tour Operator Officially Approved by FIFA for Distributing FIFA WORLDCUP 2010 Tickets

If you want to take a tour during the FIFA WORLDCUP2010 in South Africa, FIFA has announced and approve a large number of tour/ travel packages.

Those tour include a inclusive
travels and hotel accomodation in South Africa with a ticket of your favourite national team. They also provide and make sure that you are transferred to and from FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 stadiums.

Below are official listed TOUR OPERATOR FOR FIFA WORLDCUP 2010 that have been approved by FIFA. Check this out :

www.emirates.com - accomodate you to South Africa from Angola, Argentine, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Boznia Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hongkong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Morroco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Srilanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria,Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, USA, and Yemen.

Argentine :
mundoreps, tije, and rotamund
Belgium : suseia
China : csig158
Chile : mundotour and tije
Costarica : viajescolon
Denmark : myplanet 
Greece : greecetravel
Honduras : travelmarketing and viajescolon
Israel : isstasport
Japan : knt, nta, nishitetsutravel, and jtbcorp
Netherlands : thomascook, oranjereisbureau, and kras
New Zealand : williment
Portugal : cosmosviagen and abreu
Russian Federal : sportih and roza-v

Spain :

Sweden :

Switzerland :
tracelclub, tui, and stohler

Thailand :

United Arab Emirates :

United Kingdom :
thomascook, thomsonsport, keithprowse, and bacsport

Uruguay :


First Come First Serve For Worldcup Tickets

After three of five ticketing sales phases for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, two-thirds of the available tickets have been sold.

The third ticketing sales phase, which will conclude with a random draw for oversubscribed matches on 1 February, saw a total of 1,206,865 applications received from 192 countries. Six matches are currently oversubscribed (in all categories), among them the semi-finals and the final. In total, 55 matches are oversubscribed in at least one category.

There was huge interest from South African residents, who accounted for 79 per cent of the total applications received (958,381) in this phase. This represents an increase of 24.9 per cent in applications from South African residents in the third sales phase when compared to the earlier ticketing stages.
Apart from the host country, the USA led the ticketing standings for the third phase with 50,217 applications, followed by the UK (41,529), Australia (15,523), Mexico (14,804), Germany (14,647) and Brazil (10,767). Increased interest was also noted in the neighbouring countries of South Africa – Botswana leading with 2,519 ticket applications, followed by Mozambique (1,795) and Namibia (1,191).

The next ticketing sales phase will start on 9 February 2010 and end on 7 April 2010. During these 58 days, more than 400,000 tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis via www.fifa.com/2010 or in FNB branches (in South Africa only).

From 15 April 2010 onwards, ticketing centres will be open in each host city (with two in Johannesburg) where fans will be able to buy tickets over the counter and also collect their confirmed tickets.
To further enhance the service, ticketing call centres will be open during the fourth sales phase – both internationally and in the host country. The call centres will assist fans with enquiries and applications. The hotline number for international customers is 0041445832010, and for domestic customers 0831232010.
For residents of the host country, the allocation of category 4 tickets (the most affordable, for South African residents only – starting from USD 20/ZAR 140) will, as planned, increase significantly.


FIFA Appointed 30 Referees from 28 countries

The FIFA Referees Committee, meeting in Zurich on 5 February 2010 under the chairmanship of Ángel María Villar Llona (Spain) has appointed 30 referees representing 28 different countries for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

FIFA has appointed three major agenda for The Trios in order to preparation of Worldcup Match that would be held on next June 2010, that is :
  • Latest technology has been implemented in the preparation of the referees both within practical training, and interactive sessions, whilst performances at respective FIFA competitions were also analysed and evaluated.
  • Theoretical tests undertaken exclusively in English - which has been the lingua franca for FIFA’s referees for many years – to ensure appropriate knowledge of the Laws of the Game, the regulations for FIFA competitions and the directives of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) were also a regular feature during the last three years.
  • Participate in a training seminar next month (March 2010).

Note :

Among Referees, Simon Eugenio Carlos, nearly 45 years old, is the oldest referee on FIFA WORLDCUP 2010 and this is his third record in a row since FIFA WORLDCUP 2002. Meanwhile the youngest participants was Joel Antonio Aguilar Chicas from El Salvador, 31 years old.

Source : fifa, nytimes, goal

FIFA WORLDCUP 2010 in South Africa

FIFA WORLDCUP have been a major football (soccer) tournament around the world, this held will be the 19th Worldcup. FIFA has announced that the scheduled take place from 11 June to 11 July 2010 in South Africa.

The event involved 32 national teams from 6 confederations, 9 host city and 10 stadium that well-prepared for the match.

Now, this is the contestant of
19th FIFA WORLDCUP 2010 :
  1. AFC (4) : Japan, Australia, South Korea and North Korea
  2. UEFA (13) : Denmark, England, France, Italy (defending champion of Worldcup 2006), Germany, Greece, Netherland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland
  3. CAF (6) : South Africa (host), Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria and Ghana
  4. CONCACAF (3) : United States of America, Mexico and Honduras
  5. CONMEBOL (5) : Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay
  6. OFC (1) : New Zealand