The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) would like to welcome France, Uruguay, Korea Republic and Mexico who arrived in the country today (5 June) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
“It is interesting that the three other teams in Bafana Bafana’s group all landed today. We would like to extend a warm welcome to France, Mexico and Uruguay who, even though they are up against the home team, will definitely find themselves very welcome in South Africa. As previous hosts of the FIFA World Cup and managing to get as far as the Semi Finals, Korea Republic is an inspiration to South Africa and it is an honour to have them in the country,” said Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee, Dr Danny Jordaan.
“This the third time I have been in South Africa, the players have long been preparing for the finals and they are happy to be here in South Africa to play at this World Cup. I hope they will be able to show what they are capable of and leave a giant footstep of Korean football at this tournament.”
“The atmosphere within the group is good, they are training in a joyful mood and they are eagerly looking forward to playing in the finals. The morale is very high,” said Korea Republic coach Huh Jung-Moo.
Korea Republic will open their tournament in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth against Greece on 12 June. They will then make the trip to Johannesburg to play Argentina at Soccer City Stadium on 17 June. Their final group match will be in Durban against Nigeria on 22 June.
“It's an immense joy to finally be where the World Cup is going to be played. Of course I dream about winning the cup, but speculating about the subject makes no sense. We will know our real level on the 11th of June, when we face France,” said the Uruguay national coach, Oscar Washington Tabarez.
Uruguay will kick off their campaign in Cape Town against former World Champions, France on 11 June. From there, they will travel to Tshwane/ Pretoria to play South Africa at the Loftus Versveld Stadium on 16 June. They will then move to Rustenburg to play Mexico on 22 June.
France will kick off their tournament in Cape Town against Uruguay on 11 June. From there, they will take the long journey to Polokwane to play Mexico on 17 June. France will then travel to Mangaung/ Bloemfontein to face hosts, South Africa, in their final group match on 22 June.
Mexico will kick off their tournament against hosts South Africa at Soccer City Stadium on 11 June. They will then move to Polokwane to face France on 17 June. Their final group match will be against Uruguay in Rustenburg on 22 June.