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South Africa Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

South Africa star player, Lucas Radebe
World Cup record:
 1998   First round
 2002   First round

Did you know?
There are many players who complain about fixture congestion and the fact that international matches add to the problem. South Africa’s stars may have a case, having played almost 50 Fifa members from all six Fifa regions during the last decade.

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Jomo Sono
Lucas Radebe
South Africa’s World Cup exit was one of the more heartbreaking sights at this year’s tournament.

Despite trailing 3-2 against Spain in the deciding group match, they were less than 10 minutes from reaching the second round, but Paraguay’s 3-1 win over Slovenia sent the Africans out.

Coach Jomo Sono had his team playing some decent football against Spain and qualification would have come as little surprise after beating Slovenia and drawing with Paraguay.

Two errors by goalkeeper Andre Arendse in the final game proved to be the difference between success and failure.

But they can take heart from this performance, as can Lucas Radebe who came back and showed his defensive class after a long time on the sidelines.

South Africa had hoped to be staging the 2006 finals. If they are named as hosts for 2010, there could be a lot of money on them to emulate the form that home sides always seem to show at the World Cup.

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Group B: v Paraguay 2-2; v Slovenia 1-0; v Spain 2-3.



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