Friday, June 11, 2010

旅遊南非洲 (八) : 2010年的世界盃足球賽 ∕ Travel to South Africa (Part 8): FIFA 2010 World Cup Football

攝影圖片 Photo credit: 這些照片是我旅遊南非開普敦 Cape Town 時拍攝的,最頂照片是桌山 Table Mountain,當時世界盃足球體育場 Green Point Stadium 正在興建中。

今年2010年的世界盃足球賽,我除了繼續替意大利隊打氣之外,心裏对南非隊也保留了精神上的支持,雖然後者得勝的机会甚微,但我覺得南非國家受儘種族戰爭蹂躝,未來政治路途仍是崎嶇,人民是非常需要一個團結「彩虹國」Rainbow Country 各色人種的机会。



Related articles: (source: Reuters Fri, 11 Jun 17:49:00 2010)

Cape Town's Green Point hungry for the limelight

Noisy fans streamed to Green Point stadium on Friday as night fell over Cape Town, with dazzling yellow South Africa shirts outnumbering the sky blue of Uruguay and dark blue of France.

South Africa's "Mother City" was hungry for the limelight after the 2010 World Cup got off to a glittering start in Johannesburg's Soccer City with an opening celebration and a 1-1 draw for the hosts with Mexico.

French fans were somewhat thin on the ground in Cape Town but the local Congolese community turned out in force to help boost the numbers.

"Of course I'm an African so I'll also support the hosts, but my first team has to be France. It's the same for all us from French-speaking Africa," said Richard Loemba, a 30-year-old student from Brazzaville.

Scepticism at home about the chances of the France team, 1998 winners and runners-up in 2006, was reflected in the demeanour of some of the fans.

"I think our chances are pretty slim," said 40-year-old David Rauzet, from Paris, combining the soccer with a holiday around South Africa with his father and uncle.

Asked where all the French fans were, his father Alain, 66, answered: "In France."

Most fans sported thick clothing under their soccer shirts as the temperature dropped after a day of brilliant sunshine.

The 70,000 capacity stadium, which boasts a spectacular location between the mountains and the sea, glowed a graceful, dim white.

"I read that only 4,000 French fans came over so those of us that are here will have to make more noise," said Julien Damon, a 26-year-old student from St Etienne, who works in South Africa.

There were surprisingly few vuvuzelas among the supporters of both France and Uruguay, given the way vuvuzela fever has seized the country.

"It is too difficult to play. I tried, but I can't do it," said Sergio Fernandez, a 36-year-old office employee from Colonia, Uruguay, who said he would stay in South Africa as long as his team did.

"We won the World Cup twice so our chances are good," he said. Reminded that Uruguay's last victory came in 1950, he smiled. "Then it is time for us again then."

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