Remember 2010

Date: Jun 11, 2020

Remember the moment Africa stood up, and raised their hand to be counted in the global footballing history.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup and the first to be held on the African continent. In 2004, South Africa received the winning bid over Egypt and Morocco, to be the first African nation to host the tournament.

Campaigning for South Africa to be granted host status, Nelson Mandela had previously spoken of the importance of football in his life, stating that while incarcerated in Robben Island prison playing football "made us feel alive and triumphant despite the situation we found ourselves in". With South Africa winning their bid, an emotional Mandela raised the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

The competition was held in South Africa from the 11th of June to the 11th of July 2010. Matches were played across 10 stadiums in the country, with the opening ceremony and final being played at the FNB Stadium.

This year, 2020 marks a decade since the competition was hosted on African soil.



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