The 2010 World Cup was hosted by South Africa after the bidding process was open only to African Nations for the tournament after Fifa made a decision to rotate the host nations between different confederations each tournament.
An emotional Nelson Mandela raised the Fifa World Cup trophy when Sepp Blatter announced the country as winning bidders on 15th May 2004 in Zurich, having beat of bids from Northern African countries Morocco and Egypt.
South Africa automatically qualified for the competition but failed to progress from their group, although they picked up 4 points from three games beating France and drawing with Mexico.
The final was held in the 84,490 Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg with Spain defeating Netherlands 1 nil after extra time with Andres Iniesta scoring the winner in the 116th minute.
The final was controversial after the large number of yellow cards received by both sides, with 14 yellow cards handed out in total, with English referee Howard Webb failing to send of Nigel de Jong for a dangerous challenge on Spain’s Xabi Alonso.
|Cape Town||Cape Town Stadium||64,100|
|Durban||Moses Mabhida Stadium||62,760|
|Johannesburg||Ellis Park Stadium||55,686|
|Pretoria||Loftus Versfeld Stadium||42,858|
|Polokwane||Peter Mokaba Stadium||41,733|
|Bloemfontein||Free State Stadium||40,911|
|Rustenburg||Royal Bafokeng Stadium||38,646|
|Port Elizabeth||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium||42,486|