The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) would like to welcome Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Chile and New Zealand who arrived in the country today (6 June) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome the six teams that arrived in South Africa today. With the football stars now arriving in the country, we are really starting to feel the excitement. The World Cup has well and truly landed,” said Chief Executive Officer of the OC, Dr Danny Jordaan.
“We had a great trip, got some good rest and couldn’t have asked for a better weather. Now, two years after having started our hard work, here we are as one of the 32 nations playing in the greatest tournament of all."
"We want to enjoy this World Cup as much as we can and now we have all of our attention focused on Ivory Coast. Our players are ready to ‘eat grass’ in order to succeed,” said Portugal’s coach, Carlos Queiroz.
Portugal play their opening game against Cote d'Ivoire in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth on 15 June. They then switch to Cape Town to play against Korea DPR on 21 June, ending their group matches in Durban to take on the Brazil on 25 June.
Greece will open their tournament against Korea Republic in Nelson Mandela Bay/ Port Elizabeth on 12 June before travelling to Mangaung/Bloemfontein to face the Super Eagles of Nigeria on 17 June. From there they will then make the trip to Polokwane to play Argentina in the final group match on 22 June.
Japan will play their first game against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Mangaung/ Bloemfontein on14 June before making the journey to Durban to play Netherlands on 19 June. They will then move from Durban to Rustenburg to play their last group match against Denmark on 24 June.
Netherlands will play their opening fixture against Denmark at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on 14 June. From there, they travel to Durban to face Japan on 19 June, then moving to Cape Town to face Cameroon on 24 June.
Chile begin the tournament in Nelspruit against Honduras on 16 June, moving to Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth to take on Switzerland 21 June. Chile will move to Tshwane/Pretoria to take on Spain in their final group game on 25 June.
New Zealand will open their tournament against Slovakia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 15 June. They will then travel to Nelspruit to face Italy on 20 June. They will then travel to Polokwane to play Paraguay in their final group match on 24 June.