FIFA World Cup 2010

Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 in the final of the 19th FIFA World Cup 2010 and became the new world champions. The winning goal was scored by Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta four minutes before the end of the extra time. Andres Iniesta was declared as the Man of the Match in the final.

Created On: Oct 13, 2010 18:13 IST

Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 in the final of the 19th FIFA World Cup 2010 and became the new world champions. The winning goal was scored by Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta four minutes before the end of the extra time. Andres Iniesta was declared as the Man of the Match in the final. No goals were scored during the regular 90 minutes play which made the match a little tiresome and dull to watch. Germany defeated Uruguay to bag the third position in the tournament.
The 19th FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2010 marked the world championship for international association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. South Africa is the first African country to host FIFA World Cup. The matches were played in 10 stadiums across nine host cities. The final was played at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. Waka Waka (This time for Africa), composed by Shakira was announced the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Zakumi was the official mascot for the World Cup. World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 competition, was the first World Cup mascot. Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 to win their maiden FIFA World Cup. After West Germany, Spain became the first country to follow up their victory of the European Championship with the World Cup victory. Spain is also the first European country to win the Cup in a foreign continent/outside the host country. This is Netherland’s third time loss in the finals. The Dutch had reached the finals earlier in 1974 and 1978 when they were defeated by West Germany and Argentina respectively.
Craig Johnston, former Liverpool midfielder, designer of the Predator football boot and all-round football technology guru accused Fifa of using the infamous Jabulani ball in the World Cup. According to him the use of the ball resulted in a lot of missed goals in this World Cup. There has been discontentment over refereeing issues this World Cup. The most significant being the refereeing error over Frank Lampard's goal in the England against Germany match in the knockout round.
The FIFA World Cup is being played since 1930 with a gap of 4 years between the tournaments. The 19 tournaments that were contested were won by eight different national teams. Spain became the eighth team to win the championship. Brazil won the World Cup a record five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. Brazil is followed by Italy and Germany who won the titles 4 and 3 times respectively. African country Uruguay won the championship twice in 1930 and 1950. Argentina also won the Cup twice. The next World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will be held in Brazil.
There has been discontentment over refereeing issues this World Cup. The most significant being the refereeing error over Frank Lampard's goal in the England against Germany match in the knockout round.
The FIFA World Cup 2010 Opening Ceremony was held at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on 11 June 2010. In the inaugral ceremony the official song was sung by Shakira who was accompanied by the African band 'Freshlyground'. The tournament ended with a grand ceremony where Shakira repeated her performance.  Fireworks illuminated the skies as the tournament came to an end on 11 July 2010.
Teams that qualified to the Quarter Finals- Argentina, Ghana, Paraguay, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Uruguay
Teams in the Semi Finals- Netherlands, Uruguay, Germany, Spain
Winner: Spain
2nd position: Netherlands
3rd Position: Germany
4th Position: Uruguay
Golden Shoe award 2010- Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Thomas Mueller of Germany won The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award 2010. David Villa, Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlan were the others who had scored 5 goals each in the tornament. But Thomas Mueller was awarded the Golden Boot award as his goals were made by himself whereas in case of the others, the goals were all supporting goals. In the sense that their pass had led to the goal. 
The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award is awarded to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. It was introduced at the 1930 FIFA World Cup. Miroslav Klose of Germany won the award in 2006 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA Fair Play Award
Spain won the The FIFA Fair Play Trophy 2010. The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is awarded to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. It includes a it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure. Peru was the first nation to win the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.
Best Young Player Award
Thomas Mueller of Germany won the Best Young Player award 2010. The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and Lukas Podolski of Germany won the award in 2006.
Golden Ball award
Diego Forlan of Uruguay won the Golden Ball award 2010.  Golden Ball award is awarded to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals. Zinedine Zidane of France was the winner of the Golden Ball award in 2006.
Golden Glove award
Iker Casillas of Spain won The Golden Glove Award 2010. The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Till 2006 the award was called the Yashin Award in honourof the late goalkeeper Lev Yashin (USSR). The award was first introduced/ awarded in 1994. Gianluigi Buffon of Italy was awarded this award in the last FIFA World Cup in 2006.
World Cup & South Africa
The successful hosting of an international sport event of the stature of the FIFA World Cup undoubtedly established the country's ability to organise a mega sporting event.  The World Cup acted as  brand South Africa’s most striking endorsement and raised the countr’s image in the international forum. The Rainbow Nation can now use the event in favour of its geopolitical standing and assume a significant role in the world stage. South Africa proved itself capable of handling major challenges and can now use the experience to lure investors to the country.
FIFA: The International Federation of Association Football commonly known as FIFA is the international governing body of association football. FIFA was founded in Paris on 21 May 1904 with the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland as its founding members. Its headquarters are located in Zürich, Switzerland, and its current president is Sepp Blatter. The first president of FIFA was Robert Guérin.

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