World Cup Football 2010 - South Africa

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Spain are crowned champions

The first world cup to be held in Africa has been a roaring success (and that's not just the noise of the vuvuzelas). After some tentative performances in the early group matches the tournament really came alive, and the knockout phase was as exciting as ever. While special mentions must go to Ghana for carrying the African flag into the quarter-finals, Uruguay for rekindling memories of 1930 and 1950 and going farther than any other American side and also to the Netherlands for not having an almighty team bust-up this time around, Spain are worthy winners and have become the first team to win the World Cup after losing their first match.

See you in 2014 in Rio!

Coverage

All of the BBC's allocated matches were shown on BBC1. The channels showing the matches allocated to ITV were decided as the tournament progressed and were shown on either ITV1 or ITV4.

All matches had radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra.

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2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Official Book

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