The FIFA world cup in South Africa has come and gone. South Africans were good hosts, and they made the continent proud. FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, described the quintessence of the tournament;
"It was a World Cup on a new continent with a new culture and therefore it must be analysed on different levels, but if you look at the enthusiasm in Africa and also the repercussion in the world, if you look to the television audiences around the world, if you look to the fan-fests everywhere in the world then I have to say it was a special World Cup. All these fan-fests were not only because it was football but specifically because it comes from Africa. I cannot make a ranking of the World Cup but it was a very attractive World Cup and for me it was also a very emotional World Cup."
Nelson Mandela, the South African icon, briefly bade farewell to millions of spectators world wide at the closing ceremony. It was a priceless moment!
The Guardian gave 10 compelling reasons to remember the tournament in South Africa.
Forget the Kung fu fighting that plagued the final between Spain and Holland. Spain was the better team, and rightly so.