The 2010 South Africa World Cup (highlights, politics, lessons for Brazil)

By Christopher Nam, Ramsey Al-Khalil, Halsey Friedel, Sanket Prabhu, and Jordan Cirocco

This page delves into the top stories from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, offering highlights and providing lessons for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

LUIS SUAREZ VS. GHANA STORY

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FRENCH IMPLOSION

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In this section, we have a historical review of all of the aspects leading up to the French’s disastrous 2010 World Cup. Furthermore, we look into the potential factors caused this melt down and what things to avoid to prevent it from happening again, not only for France but for any potential World Cup Team.

THE TECHNOLOGY DEBATE

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This section discusses the influence of the 2010 World Cup on the decision to implement Goal Line Technology for the 2014 World Cup. The page offers a historical context of FIFA’s stance on the debate leading up to the “perfect storm” of referee mistakes that forced FIFA to reopen the debate for Goal Line Technology.

SPAIN: 2010 WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS

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In this page, we analyze the entire journey of Spain’s first World Cup title, from their qualification campaign to the political and economic effects that Spain experienced after such a monumental win.  We also provide some commentary on how the lessons learned in 2010 can be applied to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

SOCIAL ISSUES IN THE 2010 SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP

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Here, we discuss the buildup to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa through social and economic lenses. Included is a survey of the tournament’s effects on unemployment, relocation, xenophobia, and other issues in the hostnation.

VUVUZELA, JABULANI, CAXIROLA, & BRAZUCA

Vuvuzela

In this section, we consider the introduction, lifetime, and aftermath of the vuvuzela and Jabulani during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Using these events as examples, we offer our thoughts on the roles the caxirola and Brazuca will play this summer in Brazil.

7 thoughts on “The 2010 South Africa World Cup (highlights, politics, lessons for Brazil)

  1. Julianna Miller

    I found this page to be very interesting, especially now going into the World Cup in Brazil, four years later. I think I would agree with Vinay, in that it could also be interesting to discuss the relocation topic, especially since that was also the case for many civilians, and Indigenous groups in Brazil for the upcoming World Cup as well.

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  2. Vinay Kumar

    This is a great summary of the 2010 World Cup so far. An interesting topic that I thought might be relevant to the relocation/forced removing of people for the World Cup was the use of “Blikkiesdorp” in Cape Town. This was effectively a tin-can shanty town that was used to move all of the poor/homeless people from sight during the World Cup. There are more examples of similar relocation areas in Durban and Johannesburg as well. A lot of South Africans still resent the way the government moved people around during the World Cup so could be a relevant topic to follow up on.

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