South Africa wins the 2010 bid to host the Soccer World Cup

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Joseph "Sepp" Blatter

Saturday, 15 May 2004

On 15 May 2004, the president of the Federation of International Football Association's (FIFA), Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, announced that South Africa would host the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The announcement was made in Zurich, where South Africa was represented by a delegation that included Nelson Mandela and Head of the Local Organizing Committee, Danny Jordan.

South Africa beat Morocco by four votes to win the bid. The victory was a morale booster, as South Africa had previously lost the bid to Germany by a single vote in 2000.  

References:
• Local Organising Committee. (2004) Madiba welcomes World Cup trophy. [Online]. Available at: www.sa2010.gov.za [Accessed 07 May, 2010]
•  FIFA.com. (2004). Host nation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.  [Online]. Available at: www.fifa.com [Accessed 07 May, 2010]
•  BBC Sport. (2004). SA wins 2010 vote. [Online]. Available at: news.bbc.co.uk [Accessed 07 May, 2010]

Last updated : 16-May-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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