Archive for May, 2010

Jabulani – The awful world cup ball

May 31, 2010

Goal keepers on their way to the 2010 world cup finals have been lining up to condem the new Adidas, Jabulani, football for the world cup finals;

  • Spain’s goal keeper, Iker Casillas Fernández, one of the world’s best, has described the Jabulani as ‘appalling’
  • Gianluigi Buffon, the Italy keeper, says “It’s sad that an event as important as the World Cup has such a rotten ball”
  • Brazil goal keeper, Julio Cesar, said the Jabulani as a ‘supermarket ball’
  • Chile’s Claudio Bravo has openly said that Fifa had introduced a ball that was ‘made to prejudice goalkeepers’
  • One of Englands potential keepers, Joe Hart, said ‘balls have been doing anything but staying in my gloves’

Many people think that Fifa made the balls light weight in order to encourage long range goal attempts and to increase movement of the ball in the air – unfortunately such light balls are actually tougher to control and are very unpredictable for forwards and strikers!

The Fifa approved world cup ball, the Jabulani, which means ‘to celebrate’ in Zulu, was designed and constructed by a group of boffins at Loughborough University – a UK sports focused university.

This should ensure an interesting world cup!

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Cape Town has the best pitch

May 27, 2010

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke says Cape Town Stadium has the best pitch of all the 2010 soccer World Cup venues. Jermoe was talking at the ceremonial handover of the 68,000 seater stadium to Fifa ahead of the start of 2010 World Cup.

Cape Town Stadium Green Grass

Cape Town Stadium Grass

He was quoted as saying “It’s definitely the best pitch we have during all this World Cup, if you compare with all the other stadiums.. I’m sorry for the other stadiums, but it’s a fact.”

This comes after Fifa told all stadiums back in November 2009 that the grass that was being grown in South Africa, a local African kikuyu grass, was not green enough for television. Instead all stadiums had to replace the kikuyu grass with a European ryegrass.

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2010 World Cup Tickets Remaining – 14 days to go

May 27, 2010

There is potentially one chance left to get world cup tickets as on Friday 28th May at 09:00am 160,000 tickets will be made available to the public.

World Cup Tickets

Of the 160,000 tickets;

  • 34,000 are available in category 4 – the most affordable for South African residents only
  • 28,000 are available in category 3
  • 23,000 are available in category 2
  • 75,000 are available in category 1

For the world cup final, to be held in Soccer City in Johanesberg on July 11th, there are only 800 tickets left.

In order to get a golden ticket you can purchase a number of ways; FIFA.com, Call Centre, Ticketing Centres, FNB Branches and Shoprite/Checkers

This is thought to be the last mass release of world cup tickets from Fifa as they report that 96% of the total 2,88 million purchasable tickets have now been sold.

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SA Navy to defend Cape Town during World Cup

May 25, 2010

In order to protect the coastal city of Cape Town during the 2010 World Cup the South African navy have positioned themselves in Table Bay, the main entry point to the V&A Waterfront and home to much of Cape Towns World Cup activities.

Sally de Beer, a national police spokeswoman, said “SA Navy vessels were already on their way to strategic points, including off Cape Town in Table Bay, where they would be stationed to protect Cape Town from potential water-borne attacks.”

A Joint Operations Centre (JOC) is due to take control of all security, medical emergencies and responses to natural disasters on Thursday 3rd June seven days before the world cup kicks off. The police and the SA National Defence Force’s regional commanders will direct their officers from the JOC at the Harrington Street headquarters in Cape Towns city business district.

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2010 World Cup Time Differences – 17 days to go

May 24, 2010

Time Differences for the 2010 world cup in South Africa

South Africa is located in the South African Standard Time Zone (SAST) and is 2 hours before Greenwich Mean Time (+2GMT). South Africa does not employ Daylight Saving Time (DST).

2010 world cup for european countries and cities;

  • Austria = 0
  • Bulgaria = 0
  • Croatia = 0
  • Czech Republic = 0
  • Denmark = 0
  • England = -1
  • France = 0
  • Germany = 0
  • Greece = +1
  • Holland = 0
  • Italy = 0
  • Ireland = -1
  • Latvia = +1
  • Portugal = +1
  • Russia = +2
  • Reykjavik = – 2
  • Scotland = -1
  • Spain = 0
  • Sweden = 0
  • Switzerland = 0
  • Ukraine = +1

2010 World Cup time differences for the USA;

  • Las Vegas = – 9
  • Los Angeles = – 9
  • New York = – 6
  • Orlando = – 6
  • Philadelphia = – 6

2010 World Cup time differences for Canada;

  • Montreal = – 6
  • Ottawa = – 6
  • Toronto = – 6
  • Winnipeg = – 7
  • Vancouver = – 9

2010 World Cup time differences for the rest of the world;

  • Acra = – 2
  • Angola = – 1
  • Argentina = – 5
  • Auckland = + 10
  • Beijing = + 6
  • Cairo = + 1
  • Costa Rica = – 8
  • Djibouti = + 1
  • Geneva = 0
  • Ghana = – 2
  • Hanoi = + 5
  • Hong Kong = + 6
  • Iran = + 1.5
  • Jakarta = + 5
  • Japan = + 7
  • Korea = + 7
  • Kyev = + 1
  • Lisbon = – 1
  • Lome = -2
  • Luanda = – 1
  • Malaysia = + 6
  • Mexico = – 7
  • Moscow = + 2
  • New Delhi = + 3.5
  • Paraguay = – 6
  • Perth = + 6
  • Port of Spain = – 6
  • Rio de Janeiro = – 5
  • Saudi Arabia = + 1
  • Seoul = + 7
  • Shanghai = +6
  • Singapore = + 6
  • Sydney = + 8
  • Tbilisi = + 2
  • Thailand = + 5
  • Tunisia = 0
  • Vienna = 0
  • Wellington = + 10
  • Yamoussoukro = – 2

2010 World Cup News – 18 Days To Go

May 23, 2010

There are only 18 days left to the kick off of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when South Africa will play Meixco in the opening game on the 11th June in Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Here is a round up of the latest world cup news;

Soccer City stadium opens
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/10142089.stm

Last Chance for English heros
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=1215885/index.html#last+chance+golden+generation

How dangerous is South Africa for world cup visitors
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8668615.stm

Michael Ballack out of World Cup
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article7128662.ece

Lionel Messi will play in the World Cup
http://www.skysports.com/football/world-cup-2010/story/0,27032,12026_6166937,00.html

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Cape Town World Cup Rentals

May 21, 2010

If you are still looking for rental accommodation in Cape Town during the world cup then why not consider these luxurious holiday rentals;

The first is in Bantry Bay. Bantry Bay exudes natural beauty, because it is located just below Lions Head you have stunning mountain views to one side, while still being able to look out over the ocean on the other side. It is also very close to town, the Waterfront and the new Cape Town stadium.

Bantry Paradise – Bantry Bay

Combined with brand new finishes to the highest international standards, including 5 luxuri-ous en-suite bedrooms & a study, large swimming pool, private gym, massage room and security, this very exclusive Villa offers luxury living and privacy in the most beautiful location in Cape Town!

The next two properties are both in Clifton. Clifton is best known for its 4 beaches known as 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th. Clifton has the right combination of sandy white beaches, serene mountain views and trendy hot spots close by for watching the sun go down over cocktails.

The Castle – Clifton

Dunveaden House – Clifton

For more amazing luxurious rentals in Cape Town then head to CapeTown365.com

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Cape Town Stadium Facts

May 20, 2010
Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium Facts

  • 96 000m3 of concrete were used to build Cape Town Stadium.
  • The roof weighs 4 700 tons
  • Some 9 000 glass panels were used to cover 37 000m2 of roof
  • There are 500 toilets and 360 urinals
  • The stadium has 115 entry turnstiles
  • There are 16 lifts in the building
  • More than 2 500 workers were employed on site during construction
  • The stadium was openend on 14 December 2009
  • To contruct the stadium it cost R4.4 billion ($600 million)
  • The monthly electric bill for the stadium is R350 000, excluding VAT
  • A new road was openend to service the stadium, Granger Bay Boulevard
  • The stadiums coordinates are 33°54′12.46″S 18°24′40.15″E
  • 3 architects were used in designing and building the stadium GMP Architects, Louis Karol Architects, Point Architects
  • The operator of the stadium is SAIL/Stade de France
  • The owner of the Cape Town stadium is the City of Cape Town

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Cape Town World Cup Safety

May 19, 2010

Alot of people traveling to South Africa and Cape Town for the world cup are worried about crime and being safe. Here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe enjoyable stay during the World Cup, most of the tips will be Cape Town focused but are applicable for the whole of South Africa.

  • Ensure that when driving you have a current road map book
  • Ensure you know the number of a tow service if you break down or are involved in an accident
  • Ensure you have enough petrol to complete your journey safely
  • If you are out late at night in an area that you are not familiar with be vigilant coming to and from your car/transport
  • Try not leave your camera hanging around your neck for too long – if you wont be using it for a while put it away in its protective case
  • If you are approached by a street beggar or a street seller and you do not wish to give money then politely say no and wave them on – if they persist then say no a little firmer, that usually does the trick
  • Do not travel into townships unless it is part of a guided tour with a reputable company
  • Never travel with more money than is necessary – leave all unneeded valuables in your hotel safe
  • When at cash points do not let anyone else ‘help’ you – be vigilant of people behind and around you
  • At traffic lights be vigilant of cars around you and people at the side of the roads
  • When traveling to and from World Cup games in Cape Town only use official transport and get out of the car/taxi/bus at designated stops

Emergency Numbers;

  • Any Emergency – from Telkom landline 107
  • Any Emergency – from Cellphone 112
  • Ambulance 10177
  • Automobile Association Rescue 080 001 0101
  • Fire – Residential & Mountain 021 535 1100
  • Flying Squad – Police 10111
  • Lifeline 021 461 1111
  • Mountain Rescue 021 948 9900
  • Sea Rescue – NSRI 021 449 3500
  • Tourist Assistance – Police 021 418 2852

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V & A Waterfront ready for 2010 World Cup

May 16, 2010

The V & A Waterfront is geraring up for a 30 day party as it puts on special events during the 2010 World Cup – on match days in Cape Town the party will crank up another notch.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain from the Waterfront

David Green, Chief Executive Officer at the V&A Waterfront says,

As one of Cape Town’s best-known tourism jewels, and a neighbour to the Cape Town Stadium, the V&A Waterfront is a prime catchment area for locals and visitors in search of the football experience that will thrill the Mother City during June and July. We’ve partnered with some big brands in football such as Coca-Cola, adidas and MTN to ensure an interactive offering which is tailored for fans in search of World Cup celebrations in a safe and secure environment. And, as a hub for celebrations all year round, welcoming on average 1, 7 million visitors every month, and more than 160 000 every New Year’s Eve without incident, we are fully equipped and ready to host the influx of visitors during the World Cup period.

The Waterfront will be split up into 4 fan zones;

  • Eagles’ Nest and Lions’ Den – Breakwater Parking Rooftop
  • MTN Fan Zone
  • Quay 4 (Market Plaza) Spectator Zone
  • Hyundai Spectator Zone

Each of the 4 zones will offer football fans the chance to watch all games live, eat great food, drink great beer and wine, listen to live music, buy local food and drinks and have the chance to take part in interactive Football games!

For more information on how to get there and what you can expect head on over to the dedicated Waterfront 2010 website (http://2010.waterfront.co.za/).

Be sure to take special notice of the car parking restrictions and pedestrian routes as the Waterfront is expecting thousands of extra visitors during this time (http://2010.waterfront.co.za/Parking.aspx)

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