South africa vs mexico-count down starts for fifa wc 2010 final

South Africa Vs Mexico-Count down starts for FIFA WC 2010 final

As South Africa is the host country, they must gather a huge supporter in their matches. But they have not so good record in the football history. Even in the opening match against Mexico they are surely underdog.Nevertheless, you should remember that the team’s best achievement was winning the African Cup of Nations at home in 1996. So at home they may be a hunting tiger! The main problem of their poor performance lies in the magical wheel chair of their coach. Sven-G?ran Eriksson, Carlos Alberto Pereira, Joel Santana, and at last again Carlos Alberto Pereira became coaches only in last two years. Now come to Mexico. They have been playing WC consecutively since 1994. So they must be ahead mentally of the Bafana Bafana (the nick name of SAFA meaning The Boys). Along with Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain Mexico was one of eight seeded teams in the first round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This was the second time a non-hosting CONCACAF nation was seeded. In this world Cup, Mexico is going to face Uruguay and France apart from South Africa.

A comparative study

comparative Fields

South Africa


Current FIFA ranking



Highest FIFA ranking

16 (August 1996)

4 ( May-June 2006)

Current Elo ranking



Highest Elo ranking

21 (September 1996)

6 (June 2005)

Biggest win

South Africa 8-0 Australia

Mexico 13-0 Bahamas

World Cup Appearances

2 times (First in 1998)

13 times (First in 1930)


Not appeared

Appeared 18 times & won 8 times

African Nations Cup

Appeared 7 times & won once in 1996

Not appeared

Confederations Cup

Appeared 2 times & 4th place in 2009

Appeared 5 times & won once

Friendly matches victory

Over Senegal & Angola

Over Italy, Gambia, Chile, Thailand, Colombia & Denmark

Friendly matches loses

against Netherlands & England


From the above comparison I would like to give Mexico 80% marks and South Africa 65% marks. What about you?

Let’s guess the result of this opening game. I think the result will be Mexico 2-2 South Africa! What do you think?

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