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Dan Walker | 13:00 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

World Cup blog 1: Cape Town

My World Cup warm-up has been an interesting one: last Wednesday I was sitting on a stool with Rio Ferdinand in London talking to him about captaining England.

The event at Niketown ended with the crowd giving a rapturous send off to Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney - the other two popped in for the grand finale.

Rio spoke with real understanding about how Theo Walcott would be missing out on the World Cup and as he left (just after I had awkwardly spat some flapjack on his tracksuit) he said 'see you in six weeks'.

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Rio Ferdinand could not have envisaged the injury that would end his World Cup captaincy of England

Less than 48 hours later he - just like Walcott - was getting used to the idea of spending the summer watching his country rather than playing for them.

I am also carrying a knee injury - a grade-three tear of my medial collateral ligament. Thankfully it didn't stop me boarding a plan for South Africa this week.

The highlights of the 10-hour flight were witnessing Garth Crooks spill an entire cup of tea on his ivory shorts and watching Denzel Washington's antics in the post-apocalyptic movie The Book of Eli.

I spent quite a bit of the flight reading the BBC World Cup 'bible' - a staggering tome put together by a group of statistical legends.

It's essential for all commentators, pundits, presenters and reporters but sadly not available to buy. Its near 500 pages will tell you everything from the goal tally of Uruguay's Luis Suarez to the name of the Nigerian president! If you're interested, it's Goodluck Jonathan.

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This book is absolutely vital for commentators at the World Cup

Talking of stats... I have given the one about Suarez scoring 49 goals for Ajax this season to both Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon. They are now involved in a battle to see who can use it first during our coverage of France v Uruguay on Friday so keep an eye on them.

When we touched down in South Africa we received the vuvuzela welcome. The hotel receptionist told me that the instrument was originally used to scare off baboons but was so loud it actually killed some of them!

It sounds a bit like the noise who would expect an elephant to make if you had it in a really tight headlock. They'll be plenty from the squealing pachyderm throughout the summer because everyone in South Africa seems to have one.

I am only in Cape Town until the weekend because the BBC bus leaves early Saturday morning. I have now met all the bus brothers and I can't wait to hop on and bring you some fascinating stories from all over South Africa.

My first job on arrival was to get Fifa accreditation. I think they are having a problem with their printers because my head looks a lot wider than normal. I'll take it though because my cranium normally looks like a bit like a cashew nut in real life - thin at the front and getting wider as you approach the rear.

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The accreditation centre is around the corner from the BBC Cape Town studio on top of the Somerset Hospital and the view of Table Mountain in the background is a bit special.

Just below the studio is the media centre where much of the hard work is done. I will give you a little look around later this week which also gives me some time to sort out the biscuit collection. Of all the beauties they could have gone for they've opted for lemon puffs! What a disappointment. I consider it my mission to service my colleagues with some fig rolls before the bus leaves Cape Town.

Despite the biscuit news, I can't wait for the World Cup to start. There will be so many compelling stories to tell from a complicated but fascinating country. I shall try and keep you up to date through this blog and if there's anything you'd particularly like to see then bung it down below.

If you want to know more about BBC Sport's World Cup bus then follow me at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Any chance you could put that World Cup guide up as a prize after you've finished using it for the twitter Thursday quiz?

  • Comment number 2.

    wooh second

    just did my world cup predictions...no african team past the group stage, england to be knocked out by brazil in semi's...who'd have thought

  • Comment number 3.

    Good to see you've already hit the supermarket hard - I take it you've remedied the biscuit situation with a few Rand well spent?

    Kudos to you for taking on this epic journey - it must be hard to be away from family and friends for six weeks, but what an opportunity to see sights that most of us stuck back in Blighty must only dream of. Take care out there, and if a jellyfish stings you, make sure you pee on it. AFTER YOU'VE DROPKICKED IT IN REVENGE.

    @ #2 23_Carra_Gauld - I've done the predictor too, and have pretty much the same results. Although I did somehow have the Final being won by Kaiserslautern of Germany after an extra-time goal by Dean Windass. I think it might be broken.

  • Comment number 4.

    Dan, Dan the blogg- Man! You're back.

    Good to read your blogg again, usual mix of football insights and self depreciation.
    My sympathies with the torn cartilage, I tore mine and had the medial cartilage removed when I was 16. Now, I can feel the consequences of 24 years without a medial meniscus! I'm not on any prescription meds which keeps my health insurer happy. I'm not ready for a knee replacement yet.

    Being a Welshie living in the USA I am going to shout for the USA this world cup.I will do my utmost to watch Eng vs USA live. USA willfall by the way side in the group stages and England will get booted out in the quarters, all because they passed over Arsenal's Theo W.

    Dan any predictions on who will sign Joe Cole? Arsenal might be a bit cautious after saga with his name sake Cashley Hole. And if his agents want to be firm about his wages, well the Gunner's pay structure is not going to help. Man City will get him I reckon.

  • Comment number 5.

    One other thing,
    Are you able in this public forum to say how you damaged your knee?

  • Comment number 6.

    Looking forward to the blogs. I like your 'behind the scenes' take on things. The 500-page tome looks a bit excessive. Is it possible to have too much information?

  • Comment number 7.

    Great to see you back blogging Dan - gives us a taste of the human side of the journo teams' exploits in S.A....lots of witty humour and funny tales of daily shenanigans - plus all the proper 'foody' news..poor old Garth with his tea heh - never could hold onto a cup ;)

    Great story about the vuvuzela and the baboons - maybe James Pearce could use one where he's staying? That hospital the studio's built on top of looks a bit spooky to me, bet your glad you'll be on the bus most of the time? What's the first game you are going to - we might be able to provide you with aome facts not in that amazing book of delights you've all been given?

    - Lefter Kucukandonyadis (W.C. player with longest name ever)

  • Comment number 8.

    shame he was daftly banned for last wc, who knows eh, thanks FA

  • Comment number 9.

    Actually I am the W.C player with the longest name, coming on in the 84th minute of Portugal vs Netherlands in 2006.

    - Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.

  • Comment number 10.

    Good blog as always Dan. Usually a lurker but thought I'd crawl out of the woodwork :)

    Will you be posting your Oceans 11 footie squad anywhere from the Twitter competition? Can't seem to find all 3 squads...

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  • Comment number 13.

    Great blog. Garth Brooks spilling an entire cup of tea on himself sounds ample enough entertainment for any journey. Although i have heard good things about the Book of Eli. Booked seven days off work just to get into the swing of things so will have plenty of time to sample your antics on the BBC bus.
    Less than 2 days and counting!! Can't wait!!

    http://www.tobymeyjes.co.uk/

  • Comment number 14.

    Great stuff as per usual Dan.

    Looking forward to hearing about all the culinary delights South Africa has to offer!

    I can't believe Capello didn't pick you for his 23 man squad. Did he not see the now famous overhead kick?

    One quick World Cup quiz question for everyone:

    In the past 40 years, England have only progressed further than Germany in 1 competition (World Cup and European Cup). Which competition?

    Taribo West

  • Comment number 15.

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  • Comment number 16.

    @14 WorldCupWillie has to be Euro 2004, no?

  • Comment number 17.

    Dan,

    great to see your blog survived the 'great' sense of humour cull...

    The stat book sounds awesome. It's just a shame it won't become public domain!

    On the subject of the Suarez stat, it'd be great if there could be another song lyric sweepstake - or even something like the Glenn Hoddle Situation game (that got me through a GCSE RE exam...)

    Get the biscuits sorted out. What's the food situation there like? (I know there's great food in ZA, but are there decent biscuits?)

    Roger Milla

  • Comment number 18.

    Evening all. Just returned from a BBC team meal. There was a quiz on the table and one of the questions was a beauty... Which club side provided the most squad members to England at the 1990 world cup? I shall leave it with you.

    Anyway, thanks for the comments so far. I know the website is s bit blogtastic at the moment so i didn't expect much activity.

    Sadly manu4life69 (1) I would get slayed if the book was given away... they are like gold dust.

    Thanks sausagearms (3) for the jellyfish advice and in answer to your question blaenorynclwyd (4) the injury came as the result of a brutal tackle in a game of church football 6 weeks ago!

    JoC (7) Portugal v Ivory Coast is the first game I'm going to but I'm trying to wedge in as many as possible.

    Brede_butter_pudding (9) good wc knowledge there and a big welcome to CheshireBluebird (10) who has left his lurking position to show his face. 

    Kid86 (16) Book of Eli was ok. 7 out of 10 but then don't listen to me... Crocodile Dundee is in my top 10!

    Paul Faithfull (17) what is this cull of which you speak? On the biscuits... never had them before but I'm starting to have a lot of time for the Romany Cream. Anyone ever been down that road?

    Right off to bed because we are filming early in the morn. Still a little miffed that I lost a tight game of squares to Colin Murray tonight.

    See you soon.

    Robert Jarni

  • Comment number 19.

    Dan -

    Please try and get some footage of a small local bar with small local people watching England, and their views about how bad we are.

    Stay Lucky,

    Liam

  • Comment number 20.

    "the injury came as the result of a brutal tackle in a game of church football 6 weeks ago!"


    ...were you trying to get on the end of a cross at the time? :)

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  • Comment number 22.

    It's too early in the morning, I thought split tea was some african potion you would be drinking, but then realised I just can't read before drinking coffee.

  • Comment number 23.

    OH and +1 to the peeing, but not on the jelly fish, on the sting!

  • Comment number 24.

    The 500 page tome really disappoints, but does not suprise me... I did some work at old trafford once and found some commentators crib sheets with all these facts about players...
    I assume the majority of journalists, commentators and pundits are well compensated for their work, so it grates that rather than spend time researching players and teams themselves, they let some statiticians do all the hard yards for them...
    I find it sloppy, Im really passionate about football and like to think i could do a job with the knowledge ive aquired, not just reel off bullet points from a booklet or crib sheet...

  • Comment number 25.

    Surely the team that provided the most England squad members for Italia 90 was Glasgow Rangers. A fact that is etched on my mind as it won me 8 pints in our local pub quiz.

    If only my school had offered similar motivation, I may not now have a job that means I spend 90% of my day reading football websites for lack of anything else to do.

  • Comment number 26.

    24. At 09:35am on 10 Jun 2010, PepeXabiBarnes wrote:
    The 500 page tome really disappoints, but does not suprise me... I did some work at old trafford once and found some commentators crib sheets with all these facts about players...
    I assume the majority of journalists, commentators and pundits are well compensated for their work, so it grates that rather than spend time researching players and teams themselves, they let some statiticians do all the hard yards for them...
    I find it sloppy, Im really passionate about football and like to think i could do a job with the knowledge ive aquired, not just reel off bullet points from a booklet or crib sheet...
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Right so, with out looking it all up, give us the low down on the Japan V Cameroon match would you? Who plays in midfield ? What sort of scoring record have their strikers? Or perhaps you would fancy Nigeria V Greece?

  • Comment number 27.

    #18 Dan wrote: Portugal v Ivory Coast is the first game I'm going to but I'm trying to wedge in as many as possible.

    First 'Group of Death' match-up in the 'Friendly City' Port Elizabeth - where the Portugese were the very first European visitors back in the 15C and where the local rugby team are called The Mighty Elephants..- so I reckon the Portugese will turn up early on scoring a quick goal then soon fade away after being trampled over and roughed up by an Ivorian stampede. Result 1-3 ;)

    (Sing now)..Back home, they'll be thinking about us...When we are far away...

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi, maybe you could ask about how many fans will return to watch the World Cup when/if its held in England in 2018 !! Tell them to bring their wooly jumpers !!! And Umbrellas !

  • Comment number 29.

    I hope the TV companies do NOT turn down the Vuvuzela.

    It could create the best atmosphere at any World Cup since Argentina in '78!!!



  • Comment number 30.

    i think footballers are payed to much to do nothing expect to kick a ball along

  • Comment number 31.

    good blog Dan was really looking forward to the start of your blogs after the termination of QOTW and Robbo. I am from Sunderland but currently live in Port Elizabeth. My first game is also Portugal and Ivory Coast i will be the guy behind the goal in a Sunderland shirt.

    As for the Romany creams i believe that the Vanilla fudge is by far the best they have to offer. have you tried a Bar One yet, seemed to me when i first had one that it was just a poor mans Mars Bar what are your thoughts on this?

    look forward to your next blog

  • Comment number 32.

    23_Carra_Gauld you obviouosly don't follow the African cup of nations.

  • Comment number 33.

    Re #18 : "the injury came as the result of a brutal tackle in a game of church football 6 weeks ago!"
    Those occasions can be the dirtiest sporting events known to man. University footie & rugby proved to be more saintly than many 'church' matches.

    I hope you do not have to wait that long for surgery. I assume they will shave or trim the torn meniscus??? It's not a massive op, but it is significant enough.
    Does the BEEB have its own health care plans / policies (you are a national treasure after all ;-] and the license fee is so high it must be used for something constructive)
    or,
    will you have to wait an age like the rest of the commoners in poor Blighty.
    Finally petition on quite a different matter, IF YOU GO ON SAFARI PLEASE WOULD YOU WRITE A BLOG ON IT.

  • Comment number 34.

    Dan,
    Is there a parallel "Journalists-World Cup" organised in SA ?

    If not, then now's your chance to do so.
    There are some (very sick) people who might pay money to watch a video of sports-journalists kicking seven shades of !@#$% out of each other in defence of national honour.

  • Comment number 35.

    Lemon puffs... I'd forgotten just how good they are. Must track some down.

    Hold on, what a great excuse to get out to SA.... I'm packing now!

  • Comment number 36.

    I agree that Glasgow Rangers appear to be the club side that provided most member of the England team back in Italia '90.

    A well known confectioner of Dairy Milk sell some interesting variations in South Africa that are well worth trying out. If you are feeling a little braver, you might want to try out biltong. A meatier substitute for chewing gum...

    Baron Greenback

  • Comment number 37.

    Liverpool , Glasgow rangers, and Nottingham forest all had 3 players in the squad. Which makes it a bum question, unless the site I took this from is wrong...


    1 Shilton, Peter L. 40 G 118 74GA Derby County FC 7 7 0 0 720 6GA 0
    2 Stevens, M. Gary 27 RB 39 0 Glasgow Rangers FC, Scotland 2 2 0 0 180 0 0
    3 Pearce, Stuart 28 LB 24 1 Nottingham Forest FC 6 6 0 0 630 0 1C
    4 Webb, Neil J. 26 M 19 2 Manchester United FC 1 0 1 0 18 0 0
    5 Walker, Desmond S. 24 CD 18 0 Nottingham Forest FC 7 7 0 0 720 0 0
    6 Butcher, Terence I. 31 CD 72 3 Rangers FC, Scotland 5 5 0 2 444 0 0
    7 Robson, Bryan 33 M 85 26 Manchester United FC 2 2 0 1 155 0 0
    8 Waddle, Christopher R. 29 F 52 6 Olympique de Marseille, France 7 6 1 2 614 0 0
    9 Beardsley, Peter A. 29 F 40 7 Liverpool FC 5 3 2 1 361 0 1C
    10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 F 51 31 Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 7 0 1 713 4 0
    11 Barnes, John C. B. 26 F 53 10 Liverpool FC 5 5 0 2 390 0 0
    Before World Cup Finals At World Cup Finals
    No. Player Age Pos App G Club App St Sub On Sub Off Min Gls Disc
    12 Parker, Paul A. 26 RB 5 0 Queens Park Rangers FC 6 6 0 0 630 0 1C
    13 Woods, Christopher C.E. 30 G 16 _GA Glasgow Rangers FC, Scotland -
    14 Wright, Mark 26 CD 24 0 Derby County FC 6 6 0 1 612 1 0
    15 Dorigo, Anthony R. 24 LB 3 0 Chelsea FC 1 1 0 0 90 0 0
    16 McMahon, Stephen 28 M 12 0 Liverpool FC 4 3 1 2 255 0 1C
    17 Platt, David A. 24 M 5 0 Aston Villa FC 6 3 3 0 406 3 0
    18 Hodge, Stephen B. 27 M 22 0 Nottingham Forest FC -
    19 Gascoigne, Paul J. 23 M 11 2 Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 6 0 0 630 0 2C-S
    20 Steven, Trevor M. 26 M 26 3 Glasgow Rangers FC, Scotland 3 1 2 0 186 0 0
    21 Bull, Stephen G. 25 F 7 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 1 3 1 166 0 0
    22 Seaman, David A. 26 G 3 _GA Arsenal FC -
    Beasant, David J. 31 G 2 0 Chelsea FC

  • Comment number 38.

    No No No....this is all wrong. When in Rome (or is that Romany) do as the Saffas.....

    Try Lemon Creams (Bakers Biscuits) you twist the 2 pieces off to reveal the synthetic but strangely addictive lemon cream therein...kind of like an emerging market Oreo but with flavour.

    Dunking options: Marie Biscuits, Bakers tennis biscuits and you must dunk the Ouma rusks (numerous flavours)

    Romany creams are the standard bearer as are Bakers (yes them again) 'eet sum mor' shortbread.

    What can I say...I'm a fat Saffa.

    Then at any supermarket (Pick n Pay, Shoprite etc) or bakery get melktert (milk tart) and Koeksusters (a kind of nuclear powered yum yum with the benefits of cholestrol speedballing to boot)

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Dan
    If you do as 36 suggests with biltong make sure you have something to hand to take the taste away. It has to be the most foul substance known to man. I tried many exotic (to me) things like Ostrich, Kudu and my favourite Warthog when out there last year but biltong is surely for tourists only. You can't take it back once you're home. Give it as a gift but don't expect a Christmas card!

  • Comment number 40.

    I've just read you've hit the Romany Creams hard. My sister went to S.A. two years and swore by them. She came back with loads. Luckily one of my colleagues is from S.A. and gets them sent over. Also on Bakers Biscuits get the Blue Label Marie's they're a better version of the classic rich tea.

    Pineapple Fanta is a nice choice of soft drink. Also there is there is a chocolate bar similar to a Lion bar it comes in a yellow wrapper.

    All I can say is over the last year I have become well educated in South African biscuits and soft drinks. There's no shame in it

  • Comment number 41.

    Re#37

    Check the clubs of Woods, Stevens, Butcher and Steven and then count how many of them there are. I believe you will find they all played for Rangers and there are 4 of them. This is a classic pub quiz question.

    Another tricky one is name two players who have a goals to games ratio of better than a goal a game for England since the millenium.

  • Comment number 42.

    Evening all. Just sitting in the BBC media centre. Went for a spot of lunch with Mr M Keown today. The good news is that all the BBC pundits are doing the same as the rest of us… discussing who to play where in the England team.

    Right - to your comments.

    Freddie (21) I should bring you up to date with some biscuit news very early. Fresh supplies have arrived in the cupboards and the disappointing Lemon Puffs have since been joined by the previously unheralded Romany Creams.

    Induna (38) and Jamin82 (40) are also clearly a big fans. The Blue Label Marie's also sound like winners.

    Collie21 (23) thanks for the jelly fish clarification… very handy.

    PepeXabiBarnes (24) You have got the wrong end of the stick there chief. The book is merely a back up. As a former commentator myself I can tell you that there is plenty of unseen work that goes on. Steve Wilson has spent over a month preparing his notes for the 14 teams he will be covering. Each team takes more than a day to research.

    Thefrogstar (34) I am sure there will be a game somewhere but my comedy knee rules me out. Believe me you do not want to see a journalists game of football… it would be the slowest and possibly dullest game in history.

    The answer to the quiz question is Rangers. If you look at Collie21's list (37) you will find Butcher, Woods, G Stevens and T Steven. That is 4 to Forest's 3.

    BlueBlueWhite (39) I have developed a taste for biltong actually… goes very well with the Romany Cream!

    Thanks for all the comments. Much appreciated. I am not sure how much I will be able to respond once I'm on the bus but be assured that I will read them all and get back to you when I can.

    Make sure you have a look on the website tomorrow by the way because our Football Focus on BBC World is the firts programme coming from the studio on top of the hospital.

    See you soon.

    Robert Prosinecki

  • Comment number 43.

    So, this World Cup is set to be lethal to baboons. I feel this could be more of a problem than we anticipate.

  • Comment number 44.

    Us sophisticated management consultants (one up from lawyers on the shark-o-meter) have a technical phrase for those of us who dont co-operate.....it's called "yer off the bus"

    I do hope that given us Saffa's proclivity for driving like a John Coltrane solo (lots of improvisation and sheets of sound) and indeed parking by ear, that you stay on the bus which in turn stays on the road. Please ensure both your fore and aft gunners are primed for any wild drivers (underground camshafts and double divorce pipes)

    Meanwhile in a word, ok three...Sandton yesterday, Amazing!

  • Comment number 45.

    Oh, and your 43, when is a Dan Walker a Robert Prosinecki? Have you gone native?

  • Comment number 46.

    Just spreading the love big man.

    Walter Samuel

  • Comment number 47.

    so the vuvuzela emits 127 decibels and a ref's whistle 121.... so that's alright then, not much difference except that there's only one ref... 95000 of these horns at the final times 127 equals 12 million decibels. among other things this will cause little green men on mars to say to one another, did you hear a noise, I'm sure I heard a noise, lets check it out....

  • Comment number 48.

    @ Number 32 Jydeda - African Cup of Nations is much different to the WC...i think african teams will really struggle against south american and european teams
    if an african team gets into knockout stages i will eat my hat

  • Comment number 49.

    Good to have you back as I've missed the blogs.

    I snapped by MCL playing rugby when I was 18. I don't remember it hurting when I did it, just the weirdest sensation something tearing and my knee being pulled apart. I had surgery on Friday 13th then after a few weeks in plaster I was sent to a beautiful young physio called Ruth, who smiled sweetly as she put me through agony. Sorry Dan, but getting the movement back in your knee is going to be painful.

  • Comment number 50.

    Hi Dan, just dug a twenty year old video cassette of a BBC recording broadcast on Christmas Day 1990 from out of the attic, showing highlights of Italia 90 with uncle Des presenting, just to wet the appetite. Brilliant, cried again. No more tears lads. In our lifetime please !!! Icky from Preston.

  • Comment number 51.

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  • Comment number 52.

    What sort of lemons puffs were they?

    I used to love lemon puffs. It's all Jacobs round where I live. Jacobs Jacobs Jacobs.

    I think they're changed the recipe, because they taste of bland cardboard.

    All the best everyone

    Rodders XXX

  • Comment number 53.

    I wish there was another World Cup this summer! I wanna get my Vuvuzela out!

  • Comment number 54.

    This summer is going to be so dull - I might even have to start watching Ladies football!

    Hopefully Llanelli will start their pre-season early otherwise I'll be out of my mind!

  • Comment number 55.

    I travelled to the world cup and the sound of the horns where more atmosphere building than annoying.

    Although the sound of them kind of rattled through my head while trying to cover an editorial for a football news site.

    The decision to move and ban this is a step closer to banning fans with replica shirts... They are designed to show support, whats the problem with that?

  • Comment number 56.

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  • Comment number 57.

    Its not quite the same as buying replica shirts - they don't make a disastrously loud noise!

  • Comment number 58.

    Come on England - lets absolutely do the Swiss!

    http://www.didierandnicholas.com

  • Comment number 59.

    I believe that South Africa grabbed their chance to shine as host nation with both hands and the world took notice of the success of the biggest sporting event on the planet! The 2010 World Cup experience was very exciting! South Africa made the entire African continent proud and proved the critics wrong concerning their ability to host the world. This is what South Africa and the South African people have done -- welcomed the world brilliantly and they were proud hosts who aimed to show every visitor a good time! I think, the future looks bright for South Africa and the country is now on the world map for given the world a unique and wholly pleasing tournament. This country has so much to offer and I hope that it continues on the path of achieving its full potential.

  • Comment number 60.

    The World Cup was a real success.

    With all the pre-tournament worries about crime and fans being scared away, its surprising that nothing much happened (or got reported). All I can remember (and I was in JoBurg) was a great tournament with passionate fans.

  • Comment number 61.

    It's a real shame that we never got to see (and probably never will see) Gareth Bale on the World Cup stage.

    In a similar way to Giggs, even though he has lit up the world stage with Tottenham (smashing three past European Champions Inter), he will probably never get to the World Cup, and even if he does, Wales will hardly be favourites to prgoress from the group stages... :(

 

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