The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) would like to welcome Germany, Ghana, New Zealand, Algeria and Slovenia who landed in South Africa today (7 June) ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Today’s arrivals brings the total number of 2010 FIFA World Cup teams in South Africa to 24, including South Africa as the home team.
“It is with pleasure that we welcome the five teams that arrived today to South Africa. With the majority of the participants now in the country we are one step closer to kickoff on 11 June,” said Chief Executive Officer of the OC, Dr Danny Jordaan.
“It was a great welcome (when we arrived), it shows the joy and the excitement with which the South Africans are waiting for the World Cup. And, it shows that they will do anything for their guests from around the world,” said German coach Joachim Low.
Germany will open their campaign in Durban against Australia on 13 June. They will then travel to Nelson Mandela Bay/ Port Elizabeth to face Serbia on 18 June, ending the opening round of matches against Ghana at Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium on 23 June.
Ghana will kick off their FIFA World Cup™ in Tshwane/ Pretoria against Serbia on 13 June before making the journey to Rustenburg to face Australia on 19 June. They will then play Germany at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium on 23 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 world champions, Italy on 20 June, ending their opening round games in Polokwane, playing Paraguay on 24 June.
Algeria will play their opening game in Polokwane against Slovenia on 13 June. From there, they travel to Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium to face England on 18 June. Algeria will then to face the USA in Tshwane/ Pretoria in their final group match on 23 June.
Slovenia's tournament will begin in Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium against Algeria on 13 June. They will then travel to the city of Johannesburg to play USA at Ellis Park Stadium on 18 June. Slovenia will then travel from Johannesburg to Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth to face England in their final group match on 23 June.