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Man, talk about a nation getting "kicked around" big time lately on many issues, especially the international ones. It has nothing to do with SA 2010 here, but I guess it will be a matter of time, if this nation will even be in the next World Cup. Remember, it was in Germany 2006:

Link: BBC: Iran Hit With International Ban

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Man, talk about a nation getting "kicked around" big time lately on many issues, especially the international ones. It has nothing to do with SA 2010 here, but I guess it will be a matter of time, if this nation will even be in the next World Cup. Remember, it was in Germany 2006:

Link: BBC: Iran Hit With International Ban

Well, that's very sad for the Iranian footballers. But the Iranian government should ask itself whether it's FIFA's or its own behaviour which is "completely illegitimate". The Iranian Football Association has agreed on the FIFA statutes which prohibit a governmental interference with the matters of the Football Association. So the government has to respect that. If it doesn't, it's good that FIFA acts as consequently as it does in this case.

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A pity for Iran _ just laast week they leap-frogged Australia inn the FIFA rankings to become the highest-ranked Asian team.

How long is the ban for? It seems to be similar to what Kenya has also beeen subjected to.

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A pity for Iran _ just laast week they leap-frogged Australia inn the FIFA rankings to become the highest-ranked Asian team.

How long is the ban for? It seems to be similar to what Kenya has also beeen subjected to.

Unless the scenarios surrounding such allegations in that article are dealt with, it could be indefinite.

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27 Nov 2006 : 2010 - here we come!

The Mother City wants to be the Party Capital of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament, and is pro-actively preparing for this great event.

Speaking at a business breakfast organised by the Blaauwberg & West Coast Chamber of Trade & Industry recently, the liaison officer of the City for 2010, Pieter Cronjé, said: "This will be a uniquewindow of opportunity for Cape Town, South Africa and the continent, and it is a fait accompli with mutual commitment from FIFA and the South African Government."

Cronjé said the main goal for Cape Town is to establish sustainable upgraded infrastructure and facilities, create economic opportunities, and promote the city as a desirable destination for travellors and investors. "The scope is enormous and can create a provisional income of more than US$ 3 billion plus investment in soccer development. The ten venues and 9 host cities can expect at least 500 000 visitors, and run-up events and opportunities wil l be vast: from base camps for the teams to training venues, and facilities for the influx of supporters from all over the world."

Cronjé presented the plans and amazing graphic impressions of the 2010 Green Point stadium. He gave the assurance that the stadium will be world-class, FIFA compliant, sustainable and not excessive . "The total cost will be R2,49 billion, of which the City of Cape Town will contribute R400 million, and Provincial Government just over R100 million. National Treasury has been requested to contribute R2 billion . He emphasised that this was stadium specific, and not discretionary funding which could be utilised for other purposes.

The joint City/Province business plan has three strategic pillars:

· compliance with FIFA requirements for hosting the games

· optimizing the developme ntal impact and leaving a legacy

· maximising promotional, positioning opportunities: leverage

· The three key work streams are Transport, Safety and Security and Public

Viewing Areas where large groupings can assemble to watch the tournament on big screen television. The whole Western Cape will be included in the plans and public viewing areas, supported by substantial amounts from City/Province operational budgets

Transport

The FIFA World Cup event has succeeded in speeding up much-needed transport improvements for the Mother City, including:

· R1.9 billion jointly provided by all three spheres of government to improve Cape Town's transport infrastructure

· Major investment in the rail system - rail transport also planned from Airport to Cape Town CBD

· Development, enhancement of strategic transport corridors and major routes

· Restructuring road-based public transport services into unified, integrated public transport services

· Investment in long distance public transport facilities

· Investment in Non-motorised transport facilities (NMT)

· Intelligent Trans port Systems and Travel Demand Management

· Stadium Precinct Infrastructure and inner city distribution system

· Comprehensive overall operational management of the support systems including safety and security

· Airport to City Link.

Investment in the metropolitan area will be enormous:

· R1.2 Billion to ACSA for Cape Town International Airport upgrades

· R1.2 Billion to SARCC for new and refurbished rail rolling stock

· R420 Million to SARCC for station and signalling upgrades

· R7 Billion investment in the V&A waterfront, plus 2010 related investment

· Six new approved new hotels to be constructed

· Release of developable land to raise finance

· Upgraded IT&T infrastructure if Cape Town hosts the International Broadcast Centre

The Process is progressing well, according to Cronjé: "The des ign has been completed, the construction pre-qualification done, and we are hoping to appoint the contractor by mid December, so that construction can start during January 2007, in order to achieve completion by July 1909."

He pointed out that this year's tournament in Germany resulted in 194 nations participating, 64 sold-out games, 32 teams, 3,36 million spectators in 12 stadiums, 18,4 million spectators at Fan Fests in 12 host cities, an average of 2 240 hotel rooms per team per night, 25 000 hospitality workers, an estimated 25-30 billion cumulative TV audience in 240 countries, and 18 000 plus media representatives. A similar scope could be awaiting South Africa.

Cape Town Tourism has also established a strategic plan with the focus on 2010, according to Arno Vorster, chairman of Cape Town Tourism, and Executive Council member of the Blaauwberg & West Coast Chamber. "We are planning a Travel Centre in collaboration with the airport authorities - for local and international visitors," said Vorster. "The future of tourism lies in partnerships between the private sector and public sector to ensure that every day of the year will have lots to offer."

The Cape Summer Show was also highlighted by the Managing Director Danie Roos. "It will take place from 14 to 23 December this year at the Killarney Race Track, and will provide exposure and entertainment for visitors and exhibitors. We intend to make this an annual event, and we are also planning a "Cape Winter Show" on 22 and 23 June 2007 together with the Blaauwberg & West Coast Chamber.

"in order to achieve competion by July 2009

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A pity for Iran _ just laast week they leap-frogged Australia inn the FIFA rankings to become the highest-ranked Asian team.

How long is the ban for? It seems to be similar to what Kenya has also beeen subjected to.

They withdrawing from the Asian Games Football Tournament

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They withdrawing from the Asian Games Football Tournament

Actually, a compromise has been reached and they will play in the Asian Games, though FIFA will reapply the ban after December 5 if Iran doesn't act on their complaints.

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Sepp Blatter on 2010:

"Maybe it won't be as good as Germany 2006, but it will have its own special flavour"...thanks a lot

Yes, but we all know that this is typical for Blatter: The one day he is a fervent supporter of a World Cup in South Africa, the other day he expresses his serious concerns about the preparations of the tournament and another day he pays such a poisoned compliment. You simply can't take that guy seriously, no matter in which context. So relax -- it isn't Sepp Blatter who decides about the success of a tournament but the organisers, the supporters and the players.

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Sepp Blatter on 2010:

"Maybe it won't be as good as Germany 2006, but it will have its own special flavour"...thanks a lot

That is a major pimp slap.

That is a major pimp slap.

Oh, and welcome to GB, Scotguy.

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Surely it will not be long untill Australia launches a World Cup bid themselves as the sport is growing there due to their success in Germany 2006

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Wow! All in one day!! I am impressed. Of course, a lot of the players would be dead by June 12th.

:D Well, that's efficiency at its best, isn't it? Total exhaustment within only one day.

No, luckily we'll have four weeks instead of just one day of hopefully fine football. At July 11, 2010 we'll hopefully see a German team captain (whoever that may be) raising the cup into the nightly skies of Johannesburg!

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No, luckily we'll have four weeks instead of just one day of hopefully fine football. At July 11, 2010 we'll hopefully see a German team captain (whoever that may be) raising the cup into the nightly skies of Johannesburg!

My, aren't you a dreamer? :rolleyes:

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My, aren't you a dreamer? :rolleyes:

I'm not surprised that you couldn't get away without such a comment. And I'm also eagerly awaiting your rationale why Germany shall not get the World Cup in 2010 (although then, they won't be the tournament's host anymore).

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