As the world awaits the Fifa World Cup 2010 with bated breath, none could be more excited than the host nation, South Africa. With this being the first FIFA World Cup that would be held in an African nation, it’s actually the whole continent which hopes for a stupendous performance from the South Africans. In what had been an all African bidding process, South Africa had won the rights for the most coveted international tournament in the world from Morocco and Egypt. The tournament as has been expected has been generating a lot of hype and people from all over the world are pouring into the African nation to get a glimpse of the present day legends of football.
On its part, South Africa, too has left no stone unturned in making this Cup an event to remember for times to come. There has been the construction of five new stadiums especially for the purpose of the competition. Apart from this, there are five other existing venues which would be upgraded and the cost for all the ten stadiums stands at a staggering figure of 48 billion Rouble. In addition to the stadiums, the country has been trying to improve its notorious public transport system as well which has been known to be conspicuous. Some of the steps in this direction include the Gautrain and the Bus Rapid Transit System.
Although the Copa de Mundo is going to showcase some of the best in the world of football, there would be some of the biggies who would be missing the show due to injuries. Some of the names that are expected to brighten up the tournament with their presence and eclectic and blazing performances include Brazil’s Kaka, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and the latest sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.
The world cup too has started seeing commercialisation to the full extent with there being dedicated space for the world cup video game on their official site. From an official song to specific balls, the event has been made as exclusive as possible by the concerned authorities. The FIFA federation too has been quite happy with the performance and preparations of South Africa and their contention can be seen from the fact that they have rated their preparations up to date as 8 on a scale of 10. They expect that whatever is left, would be completed before the world cup commences. And that is what everyone else is waiting for too, the commencement.