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2010 FIFA World Cup official logo Tournament details Host country South Africa Dates 11 June – 11 July Teams 32 (from 6 confederations) Venue(s) 10 (in 9 host cities) Final positions Champions Spain (1st title) Runner-up Netherlands Third place Germany Fourth place Uruguay Tournament statistics Matches played 64 Goals scored 145 (2.27 per match) Attendance 3,178,856 (49,670 per match) Top scorer(s) Germany Thomas Müller Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Spain David Villa Uruguay Diego Forlán (5 goals) Best player Uruguay Diego Forlán ← 2006 2014 → v • d • e
The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for international association football teams held every four years. Spain won the tournament, which took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.
The matches were played in ten stadia in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final match.
In the final match, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, with Andrés Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title. Host nation South Africa, along with 2006 world champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.
The 2010 finals marked the first time a European nation had won the tournament outside its home continent, as well as the first time that two different teams from the same continent had become world champions in succession. With a pool of entrants comprising 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams at the time, the 2010 World Cup shares with the 2008 Summer Olympics the record for most competing nations in a sporting even