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  S Africa will host 2010 World Cup
Updated 15 May 2004, 12.20
Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela with the World Cup trophy
South Africa has been chosen by international footie organisation Fifa to host the 2010 World Cup.

The country got more votes than rivals Morocco and Egypt. The result was announced by Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Saturday morning.

South Africans cheered and jumped for joy when they heard the news.

The event will be the biggest they have ever staged and promises to make tonnes of cash for the country. The next World Cup is in Germany in 2006.

Sepp Blatter announces the result
Sepp Blatter announces the result

The last footie World Cup was held in Japan and South Korea in 2002. The winners were Brazil.

Euro 2004

Meanwhile, loads of European nations are counting down to the start of the Euro 2004 championships next month.

England are among the teams who have qualified for the competition, being held in Portugal.

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