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The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

The 19th FIFA World Cup will be held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11, 2010. The World Cup is a premier international football / soccer tournament.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams.

This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process.

Italy as the defending champions, and South Africa as a host nation are automatically qualified. The rest 30 countries qualified after beating their regional competitors.

World_Cup_2010_FIFA_South _Africa

The total 32 countries participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup are:

AFC (4)
CAF (6)
OFC (1)
UEFA (13)

Just look at the list of countries allowed to qualify! Does that look fair to you? Look how many countries are allowed to qualify from Europe, and compare that to Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Europe is allowed to send 13 countries to the World Cup despite there are only 50 countries in Europe  (including the breakaway states of the USSR, and The Former Yugoslavia).

Africa is allowed to send only 5 countries despite there are more than 54 countries in Africa. Until about 20 years ago, Africa was allowed to send only one country to the World Cup! Go figure! Then, that number grew to 2, then to 3 over the years. I think, this is the first time that 5 African nations were allowed in addition to the host country. I only wish that Yidneqachew Tessema was alive to see the increased participation of African countries!

I personally believe that qualification must be based on the number of countries in the region, and population of the region, not just based where there is money and sponsorship. For example, if the number is set to 10% of the countries, then Europe and Africa will have only 5 teams each to qualify – then, that will be a fair representation. Such fair distribution of representation will truly give opportunity to more countries to show their skills and that way, the world will truly know which countryhas the best team.

I love soccer very much, but I hate FIFA. Why such discrepancies? I believe, these discrepancies have been in the works since day one at FIFA – it is all about money – not about the sport.

Even more shocking is that, FIFA purposely groups the teams in such a way that most European teams go to the quarter final. FIFA puts the European teams in all of the 8 groups (Group A to Group H) with at least one weaker team so that the chance of winning is increased for the European teams. The good thing is that there are only 8 groups. I will not be surprised if the number of groups gets increased from 8 to 13 in the future just to place 1 European team in each group!

Here are the 2010 FIFA World Cup grouping:

Group A

South Africa




Group B



Korea Republic


Group C


United States



Group D





Group E





Group F



New Zealand


Group G


Korea DPR

Côte d’Ivoire


Group H





Most people don’t realize the hidden blazen agenda of FIFA and just get carried away with a winning European team and wonder how Europeans are so good in soccer. If one knows about probability, it won’t take a long to figure it out that most of the European teams will pass at least the first round.

I am saddened by the fact that Canada did not make the list this time. With the government now prepared to support athletes more than ever after the success of the 2010 Winter Olympic games, Canada might qualify for the 2014 world cup.

Ethiopia has never qualified for the world cup. There were times, Ethiopia came close to qualifying, but again the FIFA in Africa also has a hidden agenda with their trick in grouping for the qualifying games. Also, Ethiopian soccer players fled the country due to political problems when the country had a great chance of qualifying in the 1980’s. It will take years for the country to develop a team of skilled players and I do not expect Ethiopia to qualify for the World Cup any time soon.

Do you agree or is it just me? Please comment.

Additional Resouces about FIFA 2010 World Cup:


South Africa Info

South African Government Info

My next blog entry will be on Thursday June 3, 2010.
Mullkam Samint!


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