South Africans will be cheering loud for Bafana Bafana
Football fanatics around the globe have been e-mailing BBC News, telling us how they are preparing for the 2010 World Cup.
Thursday, 11 June marks exactly one year until the tournament kicks off in South Africa.
Fans in the host nation are preparing to welcome thousands of supporters from around the globe, many of whom are already saving their cents to make the epic journey to Cape Town or Jo'burg.
Here are some of your comments:
Am I up for 2010? I'm 110% up for 2010. When i see the changes done and efforts made by construction workers to see that everything is geared up for 2010, it makes me feel proud. I've already bought tickets. I will make sure that i apply for a month's leave. As for parties, recession can wait. I'm going to have the mother of all parties whether my team succeeds or not. After all it's all about enjoying the beautiful game and learning more about different cultures. To everyone coming to SA, let's make a date of seeing each other in June. Enjoy.
Mabatho, Joburg, South Africa
World Cup fever has already gripped South Africa
I've been counting down the days ever since I got my tickets. The trip has become the centre of my existence...bit of a sad life eh :)
Nanditha, Bangalore, India
I live in Green Point, Cape Town, about a kilometre from the Green Point Stadium. I was initially opposed to having the stadium here, but over the past year I have changed my mind after seeing how this area is being upgraded and improved. I think the stadium itself is really beautiful and am sure it will become a showpiece for the city.
Mona, Cape Town, South Africa
I recently attended the South Africa vs. Poland game at the newly upgraded Orlando Stadium in Soweto. I was so amazed at the quality of the facility, not to mention the great and friendly atmosphere that the supporters expressed to all attending international fans. I can only imagine how much better it would be to attend the actual 2010 events come June next year! I believe it will be the best World Cup Ever! I can't wait...
The Green Point stadium, in Cape Town, sits in the shadow of Table Mountain
I will be making my second trip to a World Cup (the first being Germany) now that Australia have qualified again. A good 20 people I know will also be making the trip across the Indian Ocean and we know we'll have pubs and living rooms full of the Green and Gold army following the games back home Australia wide. Should I buying a house instead of going to South Africa? Yes. Should I be investing for the future? Yes. Will I be glad I went with memories to last a life time? Absolutely!
Dennis, Perth, Australia
As a Cardiff and Wales fan, alas i don't get the opportunity to follow my country in a World Cup - but i'll be there in a years time as i was in '94, '98 and '06 to enjoy the biggest party in the world with footer fans from around the globe !
Barrie, Pontypridd, Wales
I am an international student in the U.S. from Kenya. I am a football fan and very very excited about the World Cup being held for the first time in Africa. My fellow Kenyans are very proud and we are all very optimistic to the extent that I am hoping for an African country to take the the cup. I am saving up in order to attend the World Cup next year.
Alia, Lakewood, CO, USA
The home support is formidable
I can't wait, I was in SA four weeks ago and I have seen the preparations and it's very impressive. I have organised my accommodation already and the next thing is to buy the tickets. I saw the stadium at the Royal Bafokeng village and it's perfect. Go Africa go!
Stewart, Leeds, United Kingdom
You all would find it strange to hear this that 2010 is eagerly awaited in India too. Foreigners have a misconception that football has no existence in a cricket-mad country like mine. But the youth in India lover football and manchester united more than other sports. We keep alarms of 0050 hrs to watch champions league matches at night, sometimes without telling our parents! We sometimes even cry when ManU loses to Barca in a UCL final or when England even fails to qualify for the Euro or crashes out of an event because of Portugal. Believe it or not, we are mad here of soccer, awaiting june 2010 for the finals and I strongly declare that when England would win the Fifa world cup in 2010 the joy would be equal to that of India winning the ICC cricket world cup...
Rewant, Ujjain, India
I was in South Africa in February and i was caught up with the world cup frenzy. Much as i and a lot of football loving nigerians would love to be in South Africa live for the world cup (epecially if the Eagles of Nigeria qualify) the kill joy would however be the South African High commission in Nigeria. The place is rowdy and over-run by visa touts. The chances are that genuine fans will never get visas. This can be corrected before the world cup if the south African Government can check the monumentous fraud going on at the Lagos high commission. Till then, it is adios to World cup 2010
Enenmor, Lagos, Nigeria
South Africa's city skylines have been transformed by the World Cup
I live in Malawi, just next door to South Africa. As at the moment I do not intend to go to the World Cup next year because of the security situation in South Africa. My wife just want let me go there...it is an unfortunate reality that the security situation in that country is casting a dark cloud on what is supposed to be a festive period.
Temwa, Lilongwe, Malawi
Since it was announced that my city will also host some matches, albeit only a few group game, we have since seen a lot of development in our city. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is almost complete, Savannah Mall is being extended, major routes to the stadium are being upgraded, guest houses are sprawling up everywhere in the townships. I think the 2010 FIFA world cup will leave behind a great legacy for the football loving nation... I can't wait for next year..
I'm already planning to spend the first three weeks of the competition out of the country, just to get away from the crowds & the histeria. I firmly believe the World Cup is good for our country, but I want to avoid it all.
David, Johannesburg, South Africa
Are you in South Africa? Do you live in a city that will be hosting World Cup matches? What changes have you noticed in your community? Are you planning to set up a new business in time for the World Cup? Or are you thinking of hosting a party? Send us your comments.
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