Another Record for FC Barcelona Players in South Africa!

Posted: June 5, 2010 in Sports

By Weam Al Dakheel

Africa WC

14 – The number of FC Barcelona players that will be representing their countries at the World Cup.
Barça has sent off 14 players to South Africa – which is the most number by any club in all leagues. The next closest is Chelsea with 13 players.

Some of Barca's Players in the World Cup 2010

To know who is actually participating in the world cup, here is the list of Barcelona’s players:
Barcelona’s players that will be in South Africa are: Victor Valdes, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Sergi Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa for Spain; Eric Abidal and Thierry Henry for France; Rafa Marquez for Mexico; Yaya Toure for the Ivory Coast; Dani Alves for Brazil; and Leo Messi for Argentina.

World Cup Groups:

Match Schedule


This is the first time that an African country will host the global Championship, and worldwide fans are already looking forward to this big football event! I just want to be there in 2010 if not then 2014 and see how all the 64 matches are played by the 32 international teams with MESSI centering his magic in Africa!!

Nelson Mandela, Africa's Liberator

Last Ticket Sales (Source FIFA official Website)

World Cup Tickets

From Friday, 28 May at 9.00am, there will be around 90,000 additional tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ available for public sale across all 64 matches, including the Final, the Opening Game and the two Semi-Finals. In total there are about 160,000 tickets still available for the public via the current sales channels (, Call Centre, Ticketing Centres, FNB Branches and Shoprite/Checkers).

34,000 of these tickets are available in category 4 (the most affordable for South African residents only), 28,000 in category 3, 23,000 in category 2 and 75,000 in category 1. “For the Final there are only about 800 tickets left, but for other matches it’s up to a few thousands”, explained FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

So far 96% of the total of 2,88 million purchasable tickets have been sold. The additional 90,000 tickets for public sale have become available following the finalisation of seating arrangements at all FIFA World Cup™ match venues, after the final stadium inspections have been completed, and further adjustments of different ticket allocations.

WC 2010

So, who do you think will be make a big buzz in South Africa World Cup? Will Messi rise above Maradona’s coaching confusion, and shut up Argentinean journalists and haters? Will Villa explode his excitement as a BARCA player for next season? Will Xavi get the recognition he deserves as FIFA world player before finishing his career? Will Yaya give Guardiola a surprise, and convince BARCA that he is the right defensive midfielder in Camp Nou? Will Henry make his last World Cup as the icing on top of his career, and forget Irish people their bitterness about that dratted hand with good football?

Share your predictions, explanations, fears, wishes, judgements and facts in the comment box!

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  2. newritings says:

    I loved this post. can we use it on the FC barcelona supporters club in south africa¿?
    hassen Lorgat

  3. Hi Hassen
    Thank you for leaving your comment, and your offer to add my page to your supporting club of FC Barcelona in South Africa:) It is my pleasure to share my writings with all Barcelona fans around the world.
    I will blindly accept your request. This is the least I can do to demonstrate my highly recognition to the African community that loves football:-)

  4. newritings says:

    HI Colleague. I am pleased to announce that we are now an officially recognised Penya, supporters club of FC Barcelona in South Africa. We are one of only four such clubs on the African continent, and as indicated we loved your article. The reasons for loving FCB is obvious: the club is involved in communities and steeped in a history of struggle. much love and solidarity. Hassen Lorgat (chair of Mzansi Penya Barcelonista)

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