The waiting is almost over. The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ begins tomorrow. June 11th 2010 will go down in history. For the first time, the greates event in sports history will touch ground in unfamiliar territory. Once again The World Cup in South Africa is a testimony that football is one of the most important games in the World.
The tournament hosts take on Group A rivals Mexico in the magnificent surroundings of Soccer City in Johannesburg, the first match to be staged at this impressive arena.
Though this is new territory for the South Africans, the Mexicans have had the honour of opening up the competition on four previous occasions (1930, 1950, 1958 and 1970) although they failed to win any of those games. Mexico has held the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.
As for the first day, Uruguay is the silent favorite in this group. Although France can bring their A game and assure their place to the next round. Mexico is not being considered to break through to the next round. But trust me, you will be surprised at the end.
South Africa-Mexico, Group A, Johannesburg, Friday 11 June, 16.00 (local time)
The Bafana Bafana have never won a FIFA World Cup finals match and go into the game with the weight of a nation’s expectations on their shoulders. Hopes have been buoyed by an unbeaten run of 13 games under Carlos Parreira, including notable wins over Colombia and Denmark. Led by the in-form duo of Steven Pienaar and Katlego Mphela, the hosts have not looked stronger in recent years.
If their impressive 2-1 warm-up defeat of world champions Italy is anything to go by, the dynamic Mexicans are sure to provide the home favourites with a stern test. El Tricolor offer up a compelling blend of youth and experience, with the likes of Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela dovetailing to perfection with old hands such as Gerardo Torrado, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Rafael Marquez. On this form, they might just break their Opening Match hoodoo.
WATCH OUT!!! VAMOS Mexico…