World Cup Football 2010 - South Africa

Tweet this!

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!


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.

Latest News From FIFA - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ - News

  • Low: World Cup win hard to follow

    Germany coach Joachim Low said on Thursday he expects the next few months to be "incredibly hard" after their FIFA World Cup triumph in Brazil last July.

  • Low: Youth coaches create world champions
    Technical analysis of the World Cup in Brazil was the focal point of the FIFA/UEFA Conference for National Coaches and Technical Directors, which took place in St. Petersburg.
  • Pinto, the man who made Costa Rica fly

    Former Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto speaks exclusively to about his 2014 FIFA World Cup™ experience with Los Ticos, his goalkeeping hero Keylor Navas and his own future.

  • European coaches to recap Brazil 2014's technical legacy in Russia
    After a successful first conference in Panama last week, FIFA and UEFA will conduct a technical conference in Saint Petersburg for European Member Associations to discuss and dissect the technical side of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
  • Panama conference hails best World Cup football ever
    Representatives from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL member associations met in Panama and concurred that Brazil 2014 was an overwhelming success.
  • Coaches reflect on Brazil 2014

    FIFA invited coaches and directors of football from the member associations of the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL zones to Panama for a two-day conference, and was on hand to speak with several coaches from Brazil 2014.

  • FIFA starts post-2014 World Cup Conferences in Panama
    The first of a series of four 2014 FIFA World Cup technical conferences is set to be opened on Thursday by the Presidents of CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and Panama's Football Federation, along with FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.
  • Panini winners revealed!
    It is time to announce the lucky 250 Club members who won prizes for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Panini Online Sticker album!
  • Mauro Silva: Dunga overcomes adversity
    Having been invited by Dunga to link-up with the Brazil squad for the friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador in September, Mauro Silva insists that A Seleção can learn a lot from history.
  • English clubs welcome Brazil 2014 stars previews the English Premier League season by looking at five big names from Brazil 2014 who line up for new sides in England's top flight for the 2014/15 season, with Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Louis van Gaal all featuring.

  • FIFA TSG publishes World Cup report, conferences to start in Panama
    Almost a month after the epic 2014 FIFA World Cup Final at the Maracana, the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has published its report with the main findings and comprehensive statistics of the 64-match analysis.
  • Klose: A No11’s career in 11 numbers
    Miroslav Klose retired from international football on Monday and we look back at the legendary German No11’s career in 11 numbers.
  • Two weeks left to collect them all!

    Have you still not completed your Panini Online Sticker Album, featuring all the stars of Brazil 2014? It is time to get a move on: you only have until 31 August! There are great prizes at stake, too.

  • Klose ends international career on top
    Germany striker Miroslav Klose has brought his international career to an end as a FIFA World Cup winner and the highest scorer in the tournament's history.
  • Rodriguez: It’s a dream come true
    After picking up his adidas Golden Boot from Brazil 2014, Colombia's James Rodriguez spoke with on being crowned top scorer, his volley against Uruguay and reaching the quarter-finals.
  • Volunteer reflects on 'amazing' experience
    The 2014 World Cup was hailed as one of the most entertaining in the tournament’s history, and Kiana Meyer was right in the thick of the action. Speaking to, the volunteer worker talked candidly about the “most intense month” of her life.
  • James receives his adidas Golden Boot
    The leading goalscorer at Brazil 2014, Colombia star James Rodriguez was presented with the adidas Golden Boot at a special ceremony in Madrid.
  • Matchball awarded to adidas Golden Ball Predictor winner

    One lucky Club member has claimed an actual match ball used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.  

  • Update on FIFA Disciplinary Committee decisions on World Cup cases
    Remaining disciplinary cases relating to incidents that took place during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ have been decided on by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and duly communicated to the relevant parties. 
  • Electronic Equipment Donation Project is another World Cup legacy
    FIFA and LOC initiative will donate some of the state of the art equipment used at the World Cup - such as televisions, computers, projectors, mobile phones and printers - to 91 public schools and NGOs.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Official Book


Football kit from Kitbag

Flags courtesy of ITA's Flags of All Countries used with permission.