South Africa

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.

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...

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...