28 June 2010
“There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond the level of past World Cups,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said at the halfway mark of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. “South Africa will become the ‘plan B’ of any future World Cup.”
Addressing a media briefing at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Saturday, Valcke was full of praise for the tournament’s organisation.
“We are beyond all expectations. We are beyond international visitor figures and we are beyond ticketing sales of Germany 2006. If on 11 July we are at the same level as today, I would say it’s a perfect World Cup.”
Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said South Africa was 50 percent through the tournament, “but we have 100 percent achieved our objectives to demonstrate a country that has the capability to deliver this event.”
Jordaan said the World Cup has been an important event for South Africans and visitors alike.
“It has been a journey of discovery and rediscovery not only for the visitors but for our people as well. Many South Africans have discovered a new South Africa,” said Jordaan, who also reflected on the global party the World Cup has become.
“We are the proud hosts of a wonderful event as people come together around the tournament and we see how people are celebrating Africa’s World Cup – not only in this country, but around the world in the Fan Fests in Japan, Germany, Brazil and many more. That is a joy for us to see.”
A total of 2 284 796 people attended the 48 matches of the World Cup group stages inside the stadiums, at an average of 47 600 people per game. A further 1 489 525 people visited the FIFA Fan Fests in South Africa and 1 439 711 the international Fan Fests being held in six cities around the world.