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2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup
2010 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
NameFIFA World Cup
Host countriesSouth Africa
Dates11 June 11 July (31 days)
Teams32
Confederations6
Venue10
Final positions
ChampionsSpain (1 title)
Runner-upNetherlands
Third placeGermany
Fourth placeUruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored145
Attendance 
Top scorerUY Diego Forlán
DE Thomas Müller
NL Wesley Sneijder
ES David Villa
(5 goals)
Best playerUY Diego Forlán
Timeline season
Previous2006
Next2014

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

The matches were played in ten stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.

In the final, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1 0 after extra time, with Andrés Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title, the first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent. Host nation South Africa, 2006 world champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in the first round of the tournament. It was the first time that the hosts were eliminated in the first round.


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