Gearing up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Next June, South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  A total of 204 teams are competing for the top 32 qualifying bids.  The tournament will be held in several venues throughout South Africa including:

-Johannesburg
-Soccer City and Ellis Park
-Nelspruit
-Mbombela
-Rustenburg
-Royal Bafokeng
-Mangaung/Bloemfontein
-Free State
-Cape Town
-Green Point
-Durban
-Durban
-Polokwane
-Peter Mokaba
-Tshwane/Pretoria
-Loftus Versfeld
-Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
-Nelson Mandela Bay facility

The qualifying games have been an excellent showcase for soccer skills, athleticism and teamwork.  You may be wondering how many teams from each region can qualify for the trip to South Africa.  Below is the current status of the qualifying bids:

Africa
53 teams with 5 +1 bids
Cote d’Ivoire (CIV)
Ghana (GHA)

Asia
43 teams with 4.5 bids
Australia (AUS)
Korea DPR (PRK)
Japan (JPN)
Korea Republic (KOR)

Europe
53 team with 13 bids
Denmark (DEN)
Germany (GER)
Netherlands (NED)
Slovakia (SVK)
Switzerland (SUI)
England (ENG)
Italy (ITA)
Serbia (SRB)
Spain (ESP)

North, Central American and Caribbean
35 teams with 3.5 bids
Honduras (HON)
USA (USA)
Mexico (MEX)

Oceania
10 teams with .5 bids

South America
10 teams with 4.5 bids
Argentina (ARG)
Chile (CHI)
Brazil (BRA)
Paraguay (PAR)

*As the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Cup, South Africa automatically qualifies for the tournament.  South Africa (RSA)

It should be an exciting year for Soccer.  Stay tuned.

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