Friday, June 11, 2010

Never in the history of the World Cup has a home team failed to qualify for the second round

Bafana are the second-lowest ranked nation in the 2010 tournament behind North Korea.

SHOOT: No pressure.
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Johannesburg - Carlos Alberto Parreira has warned Bafana Bafana of the threat posed by what he describes as "the most daring team" at the Soccer World Cup ahead of their clash with Mexico at Soccer City on Friday.
The two countries kick off the 19th edition of the finals and first ever on the African continent in Johannesburg with plenty of expectation on the host nation.
After facing the Mexicans, the hosts must still battle former world champions Uruguay and France in their bid to qualify from Group A.
"In this country football has been sleeping for many years, then suddenly there was a ray of hope with a good performance of the team, the good preparation, the World Cup coming here for the first time and then we had to understand the feelings of the people.
"It's important that this will not contaminate us, in a good sense that is, because we like what we saw. Off course you have to like this kind of support."
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