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Hosts of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa was banned from international football by FIFA from 1966 to 1990. After the ban was lifted, their first ever World Cup appearance came in 1998 where they made their exit after they failed to progress to the next round. Their result in their next two appearances wasn’t much different either, they failed to go beyond the first round in 2002 and 2010.

Their biggest international success came when they took the trophy home in the 1996 African Cup of Nations. They were runners up in 1998 and third position holders in 2000. Also, they secured fourth place in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Brighton are chasing South African ace Percy Tau

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According to reports, Brighton are keen on signing Mamelodi Sundowns striker Percy Tau. Tau was the joint top-scorer in South Africa's Absa Premiership last season...

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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2016’s last international break provided the setting for the most recent stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches...

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy

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FIFA opted for a newfangled, alternative selection to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. No other continent other than Africa would have been contemplated...

Development of African Football: How is Europe & Asia Helping?

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Despite remaining only a minority in European football, African footballers have impacted the game in our continent in a way which exceeds merely providing...
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Soccerlens has teamed up with Puma to give away three African Cup of Nations replica home shirts for answering one simple question. See details inside.
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Capturing the nature of the African Cup of Nations

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The African Cup of Nations has kicked off and the title is being contested among 16 nations. Puma tries to capture the nature of the event with videos and interviews.

World Focus: South African Premier Soccer League

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After the passion and enthusiasm shown by South African natives in the recent World Cup, this year's ADSA Premier Soccer League is bound to...

Tottenham signing Bongani Khumalo aims for starting berth

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Bongani Khumalo, a South African international and 23 year old central defender, has signed £1.5m to move to Tottenham in the January transfer window...

FIFA Finally Break In The Battle Over Goal-Line Technology

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It would finally appear that FIFA, an organisation which prides itself on it's self-preserving atavism and sub-glacial rates of progression, have finally accepted that...

South Africa May Be Bullied Out Of ‘Bafana Bafana’ Nickname

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Due to an ongoing copyright dispute, the South African national football team may be forced to drop the Bafana Bafana (which translates as 'the...

World Cup News: Spain Are The Campeones Del Mundo!

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Good morning everyone and welcome to the daily World Cup column on Soccerlens. Spain are deserved campeones del mundo, Andres Iniesta is officially better than...

Mandela Family Unhappy With FIFA Pressure

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After speculation to the contrary, South African icon Nelson Mandela did attend the World Cup final last night. However, it would appear...

World Cup 2010……What A Load Of Balls!

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So here we are....2 weeks and 48 games into South Africa 2010 and if I had to sum up the World Cup so far...

World Cup Podcast: Foreign gaffers, Uruguay’s prospects and Yakubu howler

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Join Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg for a brand new episode of the pint size World Cup podcast.The talismanic two heap praise on Uruguay and...

World Cup News: Fabio Capello Isn’t Crazy!

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Good morning everybody and welcome once more to the daily World Cup column on Soccerlens. England take on Group C leaders Slovenia (that just doesn't...

South Africa 2 France 1 – So long Bafana Bafana, good riddance to Les...

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In a sentence Despite a flying start and a one man advantage, South Africa fail to get the goals necessary to progress. Electrifying before a...

France 1-2 South Africa – Video Highlights

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France 1-2 South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup 22 June 2010 South Africa would fail to qualify for the knockout stage but did end their 2010 World...

Zizou-zela – Vuvuzela meets Zinedine Zidane

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Rants about Vuvuzela being a pain in the... ears has been on since the Confederations Cup last year. It annoyed me in the beginning...

World Cup News: The Vuvuzela Backlash Begins!

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Good morning, and may I once again welcome you all to the daily World Cup column on Soccerlens. Yesterday we saw the first proper shocker...

South Africa 0-3 Uruguay – Video Highlights

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South Africa 0-3 Uruguay 2010 FIFA World Cup 16 June 2010 Uruguay would get a crucial win with a strong performance from striker Diego Forlan as South...

Thousands March In Durban To Protest FIFA’s World Cup Excess

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Thousands of people have marched through Durban today in protest of the South African government's lavish spending on securing, preparing for and then hosting...

South Africa 1-1 Mexico – Video Highlights – 11 June 2010

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South Africa 1-1 Mexico FIFA 2010 World Cup 11 June 2010 South Africa would be denied an opening match victory by the post. It was a match largely dominated by...

World Cup: The Unusual Suspects?

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As the World Cup countdown ticks down to just four days, the media have typically focused on nations in the upper echelons of world football. Those...

World Cup Preview Part 1: Rooney’s Metatarsal, Dunga’s Demise and French Revolution!

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Now I can point to endless articles I have written on here that have been so on the money, in terms of their predictions/forecasts,...

Who will be the top African nation?

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It is only in recent times that African nations have risen to prominence on football’s World stage, most notably thorough their performances at the...

2010 World Cup build-up – ESPN’s 32 epic works of art

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ESPN is playing the lead role in 2010 World Cup coverage worldwide even leaving the host nation's TV channel way behind. The top commentators...

South Africa 2010 World Cup Squad

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South Africa Coach:  Carlos Alberto Parreira No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Itumeleng Khune 20 June 1987 (aged 22) 25 Kaizer Chiefs GK Moeneeb Josephs 19 May 1980 (aged 30) 16 Orlando Pirates GK Shu-Aib Walters 26 December 1981 (aged...

Group A will be the tightest group this summer

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Much interest is always taken in Group A. Not necessarily because it offers much excitement, but because it offers us the opening game, which...

Why Africa Keeps Appointing European Coaches

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A Brazilian, a Frenchman, a Serbian, two Swedes and, finally, an Algerian. At the 2010 World Cup – the pan-African showcase – there will be...