Mandisa Dona Marasha, Ambassador of South Africa    




It has been a long and winding road to the 2010 World Cup, with the idea first discussed in 1994. Since 1930 the World Cup had see-sawed between Europe and South America, but in 1994 FIFA changed the staging of the World Cup and voted for the US to host the world's most prestigious event. Preparations began in earnest in 1996 to bid for the tournament a decade later, but South Africa lost out to Germany. Bitterly disappointed, the South Afri-can Organizing Committee, sought consolation from Nelson Mandela who promptly told them "to go and fight back", which is precisely what they did, and the rest is history.
The 32 teams have qualified; the Final Draw, determining groups and match orders, took place on 4 December 2009 and it also became known in which cities the teams will be playing in their group matches (each team plays 3 matches in 3 different stadiums to qualify for the next round of 16); the teams have all chosen their base camps for their group matches and the time has now arrived for the greatest event on earth.
World Cup matches will be played in 9 South African ci-ties at 10 different stadiums, which are ready and amongst the best in the world

Cape Town (Green Point Stadium - host stadium for Semi-Final on 6 July)
Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium - host stadium for Semi-Final on 7 July)
Johannesburg (Ellis Park Stadium) (Soccer City Stadium- host stadium for Opening and Final Matches respectively on 11 June and 11 July)
Mangaung/Bloemfontein (Free State Stadium)
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium)
Nelspruit (Mbomela Stadium)
Polowkane (Peter Mokaba Stadium)
Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
Tshwane/Pretoria (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)

The FIFA Confederations Cup in June 2009, played in 4 of the host cities, proved to be a tremendous success, but at the same time it was also a very important "practise run" for the World Cup from which many lessons were learned.
Ticketing for the World Cup games has taken place in phases. Anyone interested can visit www.fifa.com for tickets. Several Tour Oper-ators are organizing package tours for the World Cup, which includes tickets to games.
Fan Parks will be set up in all 9 South African host cities, allowing millions of people who do not have tickets for attending matches, to view the World Cup broadcast on giant screens. This idea was first launched by FIFA in 2006 in Germany, under the name of FAN FESTS. Besides the local Fan Fests, there will also be Fan Fests in 7 international cities: Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney.

A wide range of Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs), Guest Houses, Game Lodges and Apartments in all categories is available for the visitor intending to go to South Africa in 2010. Official accommodation can be booked on line through 2010 FIFA World Cup Accommodation Office operated by MATCH Event Services (Pty) Ltd on www.fifa.com, or by searching the internet for non-official accommodation (establishments who have not signed up with MATCH) or through any reliable travel agent.

In a similar to Athens 2004 Olympic Games style, large cruise ships are to be docked in South African harbours to be used for accommodation, particularly for the increased needs of the quarter, semi and final games, with some of them offering a truly five star service.

Distances between host cities can easily be viewed on www.fifa.com, which indicates the travelling time by road
as well as by air.
The Official Mascot is "ZAKUMI", an adorable Leopard, whose name derives from "ZA" standing for "South Africa" and "KUMI", which translates into "10" in various languages across Africa.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will introduce the world to the "Vuvuzela" and "Makarapa". The Vuvuzela is a plastic trumpet and blown by fans at soccer matches in South Africa, bringing a lively atmosphere to the stadium. Vuvuzelas come in all colours and are even beautified with thousands of coloured beads.

The Makarapa is a soccer helmet (such as the hard hats worn by the mine workers in South Africa) and decorated with the most unbelievable icons imaginable! (Visit
vuvuzela.com and makarapa.co.za just to get an idea of what is in store for the World Cup!) This could very well be the noisiest World Cup ever!


- ΙΩΣΗΦ ΙΩΣΗΦ, Πρέσβυς της Κύπρου στην Ελλάδα

- Δρ. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Επίτ. Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic
- MACIEJ KRYCH, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland


- ΑΛΕΞΑΝΤΕΡ ΧΟΜΕΝΚΟ, Διευθυντής Ρωσικού Πολιτιστικού και Επιστημονικού Κέντρου

- ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΓΕΡΟΥΛΑΝΟΣ, Υπουργός Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού

- ΑΙΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗ ΤΖΙΤΖΙΚΩΣΤΑ,  Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Εθνικής Επιτροπής για την UNESCO
- TOM NORRING,  Ambassador of Denmark in Greece

- ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Ιατρός Πλαστικός Χειρουργός, Επίτιμος Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- Ε. ΚΟΖΑΚΟΥ-ΜΑΡΚΟΥΛΗ, Υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας

- ΑΝΝΑ ΖΩΗΡΟΥ, Σύμβουλος ΛΑΟΣ σε θέματα Οικονομικών & Διεθνών Σχέσεων

- ΠΑΡΗ ΡΑΠΤΗ ΛΥΡΑ, Ιατρός Ενδοκρινολόγος - Διαβητολόγος

- ΠΕΤΡΟΣ ΛΕΩΤΣΑΚΟΣ,  Δημοσιογράφος, τραπεζικός συνάκτης

- ΝΙΚΟΣ Γ. ΣΥΚΑΣ, Σύμβουλος Στρατηγικής & Επικοινωνίας


- ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ. ΛΑΜΠΡΙΝΙΔΗΣ, Υπουργός Εξωτερικών - Ομιλία στο ΥΠΕΞ στις 28/7/2011
- SVERRE STUB, Ambassador of Norway
- MEHDI HONARDOOST, Ambassador of Iran

- DRAGAN ZUPANJEVAC, Ambassador of Serbia

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine

STEPHEN G. MILLER, Επίτιμος Καθηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου Berkley, Καλιφόρνια, ΗΠA

- ΝΤΕΪΒΙΝΤ  ΛΑΝΤΣΜΑΝ, Πρέσβυς της Μ. Βρετανίας στην Ελλάδα

- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ, Εκδότης του περιοδικού "Politistiki Diplomatia"

- ΠΑΝΟΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΟΥ, Χρηματιστηριακός τεχνικός αναλυτής διευθυντής GSTA/ EKTA

- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ Εκδότης του περιοδικού 'Politistiki Diplomatia'
ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΖΟΓΛΟΥ, CICA, M.S, B.A(Honours),  Σύμβουλος  Πληροφορικής και Συγγραφέας

- JOZSEF TOTH, Ambassador of Hungary 


- JAN VODERADSKY, Ambassador of Slovakia
- MANDISA DONA MARASHA, Ambassador of South Africa    

- ΙΕΡΟΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Εκπρόσωπος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Ελλάδα

- ΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΑΡΔΑΛΙΑΣ, Δήμαρχος Βύρωνα
- MΕHDI HONARDOOST,  Αmbassador of Iran to Grecce

- ΧΑΪΔΕΥΤΟΣ ΚΟΜΝΗΝΟΣ, Πρόεδρος της Ομοσπονδίας Ελληνικών Κοινοτήτων Σουηδίας

- VILI SHEFKI MINAROLLI, Αmbassador of Albania to Greece
- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ, Εκδότης του περιοδικού 'Politistiki Diplomatia'
- SINE RIISAGER, The Danish Institute

Special Olympics
ΚΩΣΤΑΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, Πρόεδρος Ομοσπονδίας Γερμανικών Κοινοτήτων - Ταμίας ΣΑΕ

- ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Αναλυτής, ΜΑ σε Διεθνείς Σχέσεις

- ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ ΑΜΠΑΤΖΗΣ, Πρόξενος της Γερμανίας στην Πάτρα

- ΜΑΡΙΝΑ ΔΟΥΛΑΜΗ, Επίτιμος Προξένος της Γαλλίας στην Αλεξανδρούπολη

- EUSEBI AYENSA, Instituto Cervantes de Atenas

- CAPOCCI, Προέδρος του Ελληνο-Ιταλικού Επιμελητηρίου


- ΕΥΔΟΞΙΑ ΠΑΝΤΑ, Πρόεδρος Ομοσπονδίας Ελλήνων Βελγίου

- ΗΡΑ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ, Director of Cultural Affairs of the Hellenic American Union

- VALERIY TSYBUCKΗ, Ambassador of Ukraine to Greece

- HAKAN MALMQVIST, Ambassador of Sweden to Greece


- To άσβεστο 'ΟΧΙ' των Ελλήνων
- Ν.Δ.: Διάσπαση ή Εσωστρέφεια;

- ΠΟΛΥ ΒΛΑΧΟΥ, Διευθύντρια Πολιτιστικού Οργανισμού Ηλιούπολης
- ΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΑΡΔΑΛΙΑΣ, Δήμαρχος Βύρωνα