2010 World Cup South Africa – The Group Stages

With less than 100 days to the biggest international tournament in world football, to say that the opening games of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are eagerly awaited does a disservice to the growing excitement of football fans throughout the world! South Africa is the first southern hemisphere country to host the tournament since Argentina in 1978. All eyes will be focussed on the always-colourful opening ceremony, and the first game between host nation South Africa and a skilful Mexico side. Read on for more…

A total of 32 national teams have qualified for the FIFA tournament. The draw was made for the 8 groups of 4 teams on Friday December 4th 2009 at the splendid Cape Town Convention Centre. The draw certainly threw up some wonderful and evocative pairings, as we shall see now! 2 teams qualify from each group to reach the last 16 of eight knock out pairings.

Group A
This group features: South Africa, Uruguay, France and Mexico

Game meetings:

South Africa v Mexico 11th June (Soccer City, Johannesburg)
France v Uruguay 11th June  (Cape Town Stadium)

South Africa v Uruguay 16th June (Lotus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria)
Mexico v France 17th June (Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane)

Mexico v Uruguay 22nd June (Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg)
South Africa v France 22nd June (The Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein)

Predicted to Qualify: France & Mexico

Group B
This group features: Argentina, Nigeria, Greece and South Korea

Game meetings:

South Korea v Greece 12th June (Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth)
Argentina v Nigeria 12th June (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

Argentina v South Korea 17th June (Soccer City, Johannesburg)
Greece v Nigeria 17th June (Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein)

Nigeria v South Korea 22nd June (Mabhida Stadium, Durban)
Argentina v Greece 22nd June (Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane)

Predicted to Qualify: Argentina and Greece.

Group C
This group features: England, USA, Slovenia and Algeria

Game meetings:

USA v England 12th June (Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg)
Algeria v Slovenia 13th June (Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane)

Slovenia v USA 18th June (Ellis Stadium, Johannesburg)
England v Algeria 18th June (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Slovenia v England 23rd June (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth)
USA v Algeria 23rd June (Lotus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria)

Predicted to qualify: USA and England.

Group D
This group features: Germany, Serbia, Ghana and Australia

Game meetings:

Serbia v Ghana, 13th June (Pretoria)
Germany v Australia 13th June (Durban)

Germany v Serbia 18th June (Port Elizabeth)
Australia v Ghana 19th June (Rustenberg)

Ghana v Germany 23rd June (Johannesberg)
Australia v Serbia 23rd June (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)

Predicted to qualify: Ghana and Germany

Group E
This group features: Holland, Denmark, Japan and Cameroon

Game meetings:

Holland v Denmark 14th June (Johannesburg)
Cameroon v Japan 14th June (Bloemfontein)

Japan v Holland 19th June (Durban)
Denmark v Cameroon 19th June (Pretoria)

Denmark v Japan 24th June (Rustenberg)
Cameroon v Holland 24th June (Cape Town)

Predicted to qualify: Cameroon and Holland

Group F
This group features: Slovakia, Italy, Paraguay and New Zealand

Game meetings:

Italy v Paraguay 14th June (Cape Town)
Slovakia v New Zealand 15h June (Rustenberg)

Slovakia v Paraguay 20th June (Bloemfontein)
New Zealand v Italy 20h June (Nelspruit)

Italy v Slovakia 24th June (Johannesburg)
Paraguay v New Zealand 24th June (Polokwane)

Predicted to qualify: Italy and Slovakia

Group G
This group features: Brazil, Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea

Game meetings:

Portugal v Ivory Coast, 15th June (Port Elizabeth)
North Korea v Brazil 15th June (Johannesburg)

Brazil v Ivory Coast 20th June (Johannesburg)
Portugal v North Korea 21st June (Cape Town)
Ivory Coast v North Korea 25th June (Nelspruit)
Brazil v Portugal 25th June (Durban)

Predicted to qualify: Brazil and Portugal

Group G
This group features: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras and Chile.

Game meetings:

Honduras v Chile 16th June (Nelspruit)
Switzerland v Spain 16th June (Durban)

Chile v Switzerland 21st June (Port Elizabeth)
Spain v Honduras 21st June (Johannesburg)

Spain v Chile 25th June (Pretoria)
Switzerland v Honduras 25th June (Bloemfontein)

Predicted to qualify: Spain and Chile.

Read our next World Cup 2010 blog for information on the round of last 16 teams!

Hope you are looking forward to the 2010 South Africa World Cup as much as we are! Obviously you are specifically travelling to the tournament to support your home nation, but with such a long haul destination you are bound to have some time to visit the wonderful South African attractions in the locality that you are staying in! The best way to discover the beauty of South Africa is to secure a top quality car rental so visit our Car Hire Cape Town page.

For more information on South Africa, check out our South Africa Travel Blogs page.

Has your nation’s football team qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? What are your thoughts on the upcoming 2010 World Cup group stages? If you have travel information relating to South Africa or thoughts on the tournament itself please let your fellow readers know. As always, we appreciate your comments.