World Cup 2010: Johannesburg: South Africa vs. Mexico

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With the world cup right around the corner there is excitement in the air in streets of South Africa. Being the host nation for the FIFA 2010 world cup, they get to play the opening game and kick off a month long festival of football. The first match will be played on the 11th of June between South Africa and Mexico. This match will begin once the opening ceremony which will feature a concert with stars like Shakira and the Black Eyed Peas. Then there will be appearances from past and present football legends. Once all that is out the way, the football begins. Lets take a look at the two teams who kick of this tournament.

Mexico and South Africa are two very contrasting teams. The Mexican team undoubtedly has the advantage of playing in more world cups that South Africa. They also have most of their players playing in European leagues representing top clubs. Players like Rafael Marquez and Jonathan dos Santos represent Barcelona FC which is arguably the best football club in European football. Although most Mexican footballers prefer Spain for domestic football there are a few players like Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela who represent English football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC. With the recent signing of Javier Hernandez by Manchester United it just goes to show that the Mexican football team is all about flair. So cheer them at the world cup by getting yourself a Mexico futbol jersey.

The South Africans on the other hand are the underdogs for this game. They may not have the flair that the Mexicans have, but they have the necessary work rate and physical presence on the pitch to cause the Mexicans problems. The South African team has played the Mexicans on two previous occasions where they lost 4-2 in the year 2000 and won 2-1 in 2005. So they can never be underestimated. The South African team consists of just a handful of players who play in top European leagues. Among them Steven Pienaar is undoubtedly the player to watch out for. He has had a great season with English football club Everton FC and is among the most wanted players in the English Premier league. Apart from him Benni McCarthy is one more player who could do well for South Africa. On his day he could cause problems to any defense. The biggest advantage that the South African team would have is the support from their home crowd. So get yourself the South African football jersey and cheer them to glory.

As the world cup approaches a lot of soccer fans have got themselves soccer gear like soccer jerseys and the official world cup Adidas South Africa soccer shoes. So get ready to embrace this great sporting event which is right around the corner.

Cheers

Guest Blogger: Anil

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