Joy, pride and smiles: How the 2010 World Cup broke records

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Bafana Bafana celebrates after Siphiwe Tshabalala scored in the second half during the 2010 World Cup opening game against Mexico in FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press
Bafana Bafana celebrates after Siphiwe Tshabalala scored in the second half during the 2010 World Cup opening game against Mexico in FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press

It has been 10 years since it was “time for Africa”, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup remains a watershed of African excellence and achievement the continent continues to be proud of.

The tournament, held from June 11 to July 11, attracted a total of 3 178 856 spectators to the 64 games at 10 stadiums in nine host cities across the country.

The tournament was broadcast globally, including in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, and the final between Spain and the Netherlands was watched by more than 900 million people.

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