Condition: 8/10 Excellent. 'Climacool' motif near the lower hem has faded
Size: Adult's Medium
Chest Measurement: 39-41 Inches / 99-103 CM
Colour: Yellow, green trim
Seasons: 2009/2010 & 2010/2011
Official Adidas South Africa home football shirt from the 2009/10 international season.
Condition of this original football jersey is 8/10 - Excellent. 'Climacool' motif near the lower hem has faded (see photos).
South Africa played the first game, which opened the World Cup 2010 Football tournament with a 1–1 draw against Mexico after taking the lead through a wonderful long-range Siphiwe Tshabalala strike. Katlego Mphela would hit the post late into the game as South Africa, buoyed by a frenzied home crowd, so very nearly opened the tournament with a win. A heavy 3–0 defeat in the second group game against Uruguay and a Mexican win over France left South Africa with a mountain to climb in order to progress beyond the group stage.
For the deciding match against France, Parreira would discard his previous tactics of a defensive-minded five-man midfield and a lone forward in favour of a more attacking formation utilising two forwards, as up until the France game South Africa had focused more on not losing than they did on trying to win, but the heavy defeat against Uruguay coupled with Mexico's victory over France had now left them with a goal difference of negative three that needed to be overcome in order for them to progress.
For the second World Cup in a row South Africa finished level on points with second place but were eliminated, this time on goal difference while it had been on goals scored in 2002. Elimination in the group stage made South Africa the first hosts to fail to progress beyond the first round of a World Cup.
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