Wednesday, March 31, 2010

(Green Point Stadium)= Cape Town Stadium, South Africa

Wow, isn't this simply one of the most artistic football venues in South Africa??

The newly-built Green Point Stadium is situated in one of the much sought-after areas in the city of Cape Town, and is one of the two semi-final venues for the FIFA World Cup™.

This multi-purpose venue is also going to be used to stage major events and concerts.
Can you just crazy fans will be a stone's throw from the ocean AND the UNESCO world heritage site of the mountains of Cape Town will also provide the backdrop for matches.
The new stadium has been partly built on land that was previously used as a golf course.

You simply have to check this out:
GreenPoint Stadium.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums in South Africa.

Here is a quick update of what the inside of the stadiums look like .......

Soccer City near Soweto, Johannesburg

Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban

Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane

Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth

and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit-

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa

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  • Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban

    Key Matches and Dates:
    • Monday, 28 June 2010 - Round of 16
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - Semi Final

    First Round Matches at Moses Mabhida Stadium:
    • Saturday 13 June 2010 - Germany vs Australia
    • Wednesday 16 June 2010 - Spain vs Switzerland
    • Saturday 19 June 2010 - Netherlands vs Japan
    • Tuesday 22 June 2010 - Nigeria vs Uraguay
    • Friday 25 June 2010 - Portugal vs Brazil

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Vuvuzela: SA football's beautiful noise

    What's plastic, a metre long, brightly coloured and sounds like an elephant?

    It's the vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and it's come to symbolise the sport in my country.

    It's an instrument, but not always a musical one!!
    Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is
    Up close it's an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry!

    And when there's action near the goal mouth, those bees go really crazy.

    I must say that to get that sound out requires lip flexibility and lung strength - in short, a fair amount of technique.

    Be sure to get in some practice before attending a South African football match, or the sound you produce may cause some amusement in the seats around you!!!

    I was told "Put your lips inside the mouthpiece and almost make a 'farting' sound.
    Relax your cheeks and let your lips vibrate inside the mouthpiece. As soon as you get that trumpeting sound, blow harder until you reach a ridiculously loud 'boogying blast'."

    What should it sound like? Try this .wav file from

    The ancestor of the vuvuzela is said to be the kudu horn - ixilongo in isiXhosa, mhalamhala in Tshivenda - blown to summon African villagers to meetings. Later versions were made of tin.

    The trumpet became so popular at football matches in the late 1990s that a company, Masincedane Sport, was formed in 2001 to mass-produce it. Made of plastic, they come in a variety of colours - black or white for fans of Orlando Pirates, yellow for Kaizer Chiefs, and so on - with little drawings on the side warning against blowing in the ear!

    There's uncertainty on the origin of the word "vuvuzela".
    Some say it comes from the isiZulu for - wait for it - "making noise".
    Others say it's from township slang related to the word "shower", because it "showers people with music" - or, more prosaically, looks a little like a shower head.

    The announcement, on 15 May 2004, that South Africa would host the 2010 Fifa World Cup gave the vuvuzela a huge boost, to say the least - some 20 000 were sold on the day by enterprising street vendors.

    It's a noisy thing, so there's no surprise some don't like it...someone even described it as "an instrument of hell".

    Vuvezalas are bound to play an integral part in South Africa's 2010 celebrations, and World Cup visitors are sure to go home with a vuvuzela or two tucked in their luggage - and a little ringing in their ears ...

    Saturday, March 6, 2010

    Meenakshi Amman Temple, India

    Sita says that no text can do justice to the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai down south....

     You simply have to witness it for yourself