S TA R S

World Cup
Africa’s first World Cup team was fielded by Egypt in 1934, but it was 36 years and seven tournaments later before Morocco started the continent’s unbroken run of appearances. Cameroon’s Roger Milla became the first African to star in a World Cup, leading the Indomitable Lions to the 1990 quarterfinals. The only other African team to go as deep in the tournament was Senegal’s 2002 squad. The 2010 World Cup will showcase a quartet of talented African footballers led by Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu, each playing in his third tournament.

A F R I CA’S

Samuel Eto’o

CAMEROON 1998 • 2002 • 2010
In 1998, 17-year-old Samuel Eto’o became one of the youngest players in tournament history; his first cup goal, in 2002, was a game-winner against Saudi Arabia in group play

Nwankwo Kanu
NIGERIA 1998 • 2002 • 2010
As captain of the 2010 Nigerian team, Kanu will be appearing in his third World Cup; in 1996, he played on the Nigerian squad that won gold at the Atlanta Olympics

Didier Drogba

Algiers Rabat MOROCCO
Canary Islands

Tunis TUNISIA Mediterranean Sea

IVORY COAST 2006 • 2010
A two-time African footballer of the year, Drogba scored Ivory Coast’s first ever World Cup goal in 2006; he scored 6 goals in 5 matches to help his team qualify for the 2010 cup

World Cup countries
Cairo EGYPT

ALGERIA

LIBYA

Michael Essien
GHANA 2006 • 2010

WESTERN SAHARA

Thirteen African nations have fielded squads in soccer’s premier competition; including this year’s tournament, Cameroon has played in six World Cups, followed by Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia with four trips each

FIFA 100

MAURITANIA Essien played on Ghana’s 2006 squad, the only African nation to reach the round of 16 in that World Cup, and is SENEGAL a key member of the Dakar 2010 squad GAMBIA

NIGER MALI CHAD SUDAN BENIN ERITREA

World Cup countries
Red Sea

Qualified for 2010 WC

Jay-Jay Okocha
NIGERIA 1994 • 1998 • 2002
Okocha’s play was key to Nigeria securing its first World Cup appearance in 1994; returning in ’98, Nigeria again reached the round of 16; Okocha captained an ’02 squad that failed to advance out of the first round

Rabah Madjer
Madjer played on Algeria’s national team for 14 years; he scored the first goal in Algeria’s 2-1 win over Germany in the 1982 World Cup

ALGERIA 1982 • 1986

GUINEABISSAU

GUINEA SIERRA LEONE IVORY COAST

BURKINA FASO GHANA

DJIBOUTI NIGERIA Abuja CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ETHIOPIA SOMALIA
200 km

TOGO Lome LIBERIA Yamoussoukro Accra

CAMEROON

Yaoundé EQUATORIAL GUINEA CONGO

South African venues
2010 WORLD CUP
NAMIBIA

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE BOTSWANA

GABON

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO** RWANDA

UGANDA
Lake Victoria

KENYA

200 mi.

EQUATOR

BURUNDI Polokwane Rustenburg Kinshasa
Lake Tanganyika

Indian Ocean

Milla’s four goals and his impromptu dances made him a star in the 1990 World Cup; appearing in the 1994 World Cup at age 42, Milla became the tournament’s oldest player and also the oldest player to score a goal in cup play

Roger Milla
FIFA 100
Milla was one of five Africans* named to the FIFA 100 list of “greatest living footballers”

Existing stadiums New stadiums 5

TANZANIA

Inside the ball
Inner shell 3D panels Bladder

CAMEROON 1990 • 1994
FIFA 100 FIFA 100
GHANA One of Africa’s greatest and most honored footballers, Pele played in 73 matches for the Black Stars and is known as Ghana’s greatest player
SENEGAL SOUTH AFRICA TOGO

8
Nelspruit

Luanda ANGOLA

9
100 km

Pretoria

6

Lake Malawi

Three greats George Weah who missed L I BERIA out on the Selected as Africa’s “Player of the Century” by sports World Cup journalists around the globe,
IVORY COAST MOROCCO NIGERIA

Abedi Pele

Weah is the only African to be named World FIFA player (’95)

EGYPT Bibo was voted the second-best CAF footballer of the past 50 years; he led Egypt’s national team in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games
TUNISIA ZAIRE**

Mahmoud ‘Bibo’ El Khatib

100 mi.

Johannesburg
Upington

2 10

SWAZILAND ZAMBIA

MALAWI MOZAMBIQUE MADAGASCAR

Largest stadium: 94,500

Atlantic Ocean

Springbok

3
Bloemfontein

LESOTHO

1

Durban NAMIBIA

ZIMBABWE BOTSWANA Pretoria Atlantic Ocean Johannesburg LESOTHO SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town
Cape of Good Hope

World Cup timeline
Since 1970, at least one African nation has qualified in each World Cup. A record six teams will play in this year’s event (see map). Here’s how African squads have fared in past World Cups. 1st Round
WIN DRAW LOSS © 2010 MCT

African nations in the World Cup: 1934 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006

ALGERIA

ANGOLA

CAMEROON

EGYPT

GHANA

SOUTH AFRICA
4 7
Cape Town
Cape of Good Hope

Indian Ocean

Port Elizabeth

SWAZILAND

Round of 16 Quarterfinals

1 2 3 4
Graphic: Wm Pitzer * The fifth footballer on the FIFA 100 is Senegal’s El Hadji Diouf

Durban Stadium Ellis Park Stadium Free State Stadium Green Point Stadium

5 6

Loftus Versfeld Stadium Mbombela Stadium

7 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 8 Peter Mokaba Stadium 9 Royal Bafokeng Stadium 10 Soccer City

Source: Confederation of African Football (CAF), Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), World Factbook

** Zaire appeared in the 1974 World Cup; today, the nation is known as the Democratic Republic of The Congo

The official soccer ball created for the South African World Cup; “Jabulani” means “to celebrate” in Zulu, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages

2010 World Cup ball

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