Pakistan Cricket Team – A Look at the Batsmen for the World Cup Squad

The world cup tournament is soon to begin. Squads have been announced. Fans wait in anticipation of what is to come next. In this article the prospects of the Pakistani team will be discussed. This article will discuss the potential of the batsmen. The possible batsmen in the playing 11 will be M.Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Younis Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Shahid Afridi and Sarfraz Ahmed.

In the above list only Ahmed Shahzad, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed are reliable batsmen. M.Hafeez was selected to ‘bat’ but has ever since failed to be reliable. He has rather become a bowler. Currently, he doesn’t deserve to be a part of this team. In my opinion Sarfraz should open the batting with Ahmed Shahzad. Younis Khan is reliable but his strike rate is very low sometimes. Especially if wickets fall early it becomes very difficult for Younus Khan to make runs. Misbah is very effective indeed but he will probably be coming very late in the innings. I doubt he would be able to deliver match winning innings. Sarfraz Ahmed is classy but given his position he really can not deliver at all. Shahid Afridi is not a batsman and almost usually gets out early. He is someone who shouldn’t even be in this list. Sohaib Maqsood is a good prospect but not reliable. He has the problem of being inconsistent and has a lack of temperament. He plays reckless shots consistently. In my opinion this batting order has numerous chemistry problems too.

In my opinion the batting order must have been this way. Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shahzad must’ve opened the innings followed by Fawal Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Misbah ul Haq and then Abdul Razzaq. Unfortunately Abdul Razzaq has not been included in the squad which is a pity. If such a squad would have been chosen then Pakistan’s batting line up would have been strengthened greatly. Fawad Alam is a very good batsman and his recent performances have been very good. Abdul Razzaq is an exceptional all-rounder and he should have been in the squad. It is a pity that very talented players have not been included. Hammad Azam could also have been included.

A very good team combination could have been made. Unfortunately, the team selection is very poor. The batting is not very strong yet Pakistan can win the upcoming world cup. The bowlers of the Pakistani team will have to play a key role.

World Cup Goalkeepers – Dragoslav Jevric

Dragoslav Jevric played his debut match for Serbia & Montenegro against Mexico in 2002 at the age of 28 years. But it was in the qualifying matches for World Cup 2006 that he made his name. Of the ten matches in which Jevric kept the goal, Serbia & Montenegro did not concede even one goal in nine matches. Much of the credit for this accrued to Jevric.

His fans hailed him as an impregnable wall. They forgot the errors he used to make in the past, and lauded him for the outstanding saves he made in the qualifying matches. The Serbia & Montenegro team too recognized his skills under the bars. It was on account of his feats that the country was able to qualify for World Cup ahead of Spain.

Today, this 1974 born goalkeeper is Serbia & Montenegro’s number one goalkeeper, known for his goal stopping abilities. He has a large following across the country, and is quite popular among footballers.

In 2005, the 1.87 meteres tall Jevric joined Ankaraspor, a Turkish club, and has been keeping the goal for them. But he is understood to be looking for a bigger stage. His good performances in World Cup 2006 should surely bring him to the notice of leading European clubs.

When Soccer Came to Brazil

The history of Brazilian soccer is a disorganized one and it comes as no surprise that its origins has many a version! This British sport is said to have arrived in Brazil during the end of the nineteenth century.

One version of the advent of soccer in Brazil claims it all started with the arrival of British and Dutch sailors to the country. The locals learned the routes of the game from these sailors on the beaches of the north eastern coastline. Another version gives credit to a certain Mr. Hugh as the 'father of Brazilian soccer'. It sees Mr. Hugh was the first person to teach the game to the workers of the São Paulo Railway back in 1882. Yet another version prefers a Mr. John as the first coach of soccer, who taught the skills to a team of Leopoldina Railway workers sometimes in 1875.

Now, if that's not confusing, what is it? Well, there's one more version that most people espouse as the 'true story'. According to this popular version, Brazilian soccer owes Charles William Miller for bringing the game to the country. Born in Brazil in the year 1874, Charles left for England for his studies at the age of 10. It was there that he was first came in contact with the sport. Charlie was a natural and soon became a deft dribbler and a free kick and header specialist. An accomplished striker, he won school honors that cave him entry into Southampton Club, and later, the Hampshire County team.

On his return to Brazil in 1894, he bought with him some soccer gear, a rule book and his skill. He formed the first Brazilian football club, the Sao Paolo Athletic Club (SPAC), and even came up with a few new rules! SPAC went on to win the first three championships with Mr. Miller at the helm. His football skills were far superior than his team mates and the 'Chaleira' – a football move invented by him saw him flick the ball with his heel – was named in honor of him. This move is still used by the legends of Brazilian football! The greatest names of the game, Pele, Socrates and Rivelino owe a lot to this pioneer of Brazilian football …

The first official match in Brazil was played in São Paulo back in 1894. Charles Miller had invited the English football teams from Southampton and the Corinthians Club to play against SPAC and other local teams. Charles had so much respect for the Corinthians sense of fair play, he even named a local team after them! And with that, one of Brazil's most popular club was born … It went on to become Brazilian Champion in the year 2005 and had some of the best players Brazil has seen on its roster.

In 1988, SPAC commemorated its centenary with a match against the English Corinthians! The final match had legends like Socrates and Rivelino on the local Corinthian side playing against their English العربية. The local team was leading 1: 0, when Socrates, in the spirit of Corinthian fairness, agreed to change his soccer jersey to play for the English team!

Well, those were the early years of Brazil's love affair with football. It went on to make history as five time World Cup champion and is the only country to have qualified for all 17 World Cups in the tournament's history! Until 2002, Brazil had lost only one World Cup qualifier in 70 years of playing! With its elegant dribbling, lightening speed passes and precision scoring, Brazilian Futebol has been likened to ballet dancing, and more recently, to the rhythmic samba!

2011 Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be the 10th World Cup. Prior to the 2011 Cup, 9 tournaments have been organized by ICC. This time matches will be played between Feb 19, 2011 – April 2, 2011 in India, Bangladesh & Srilanka.

Australia have emerged winner on the most occasions – 4. Closely following is West Indies, who won the inaugural and the very next title. All the Indian Subcontinent teams – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won only once.

Australia won in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. West Indies won on 1975 (the first WC) and 1979. India won in 1983, Pakistan won in 1992 and Sri Lanka won in 1996.

Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues includes: Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mohali, Chennai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Colombo, Dhaka, Chittagong. And new venues like Pallekelle and Hambantota – both being in Sri Lanka.

World Cup 2011 teams: This Time 14 Teams are participating, divided in two Groups as follows:

Group A – Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya.

Group B – India, South Africa, England, Bangladesh, West Indies, Netherlands and Ireland.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Schedule: Sat Feb 19 – 08:30 GMT – 14:00 IST – India v Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sun Feb 20 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Kenya v New Zealand at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk, Chennai

Sun Feb 20 – 09:00 GMT – 14:30 IST – Sri Lanka v Canada at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Mon Feb 21 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Australia v Zimbabwe at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Tue Feb 22 – 09:00 GMT – 14:30 IST – England v Netherlands at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Wed Feb 23 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Kenya v Pakistan at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Thu Feb 24 – 09:00 – 14:30 – South Africa v West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Fri Feb 25 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Australia v New Zealand at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Fri Feb 25 – 08:30 – 14:00 – Bangladesh v Ireland at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sat Feb 26 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Sun Feb 27 – 09:00 – 14:30 – India v England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Mon

Feb 28 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Canada v Zimbabwe at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Mon Feb 28 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Netherlands v West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Tue Mar 1 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Sri Lanka v Kenya at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Wed Mar 2 – 09:00 – 14:30 – England v Ireland at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Thu Mar 3 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Netherlands v South Africa at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Wed Mar 30 09:00 – 14:30 – Semi Final – TBC v TBC at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Sat Apr 2 09:00 GMT – 14:30 IST – Final – TBC v TBC at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Lionel Messi the Successor of Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario city on June 24, 1987. He started playing football at the age of five for Grandoli, a club coached by his father. Messi switched to Newell's Old Boys in 1995. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Every month Messi required treatment for the illness that cost over 500 Pounds. River Plate showed interest in Messi's progress, but did not have enough money to pay for his treatment. FC Barcelona was made aware of Messi talent. After watching him play, Barcelona signed him and offer to pay for the medical bills if he was willing to move to Spain.

Messi is a player with exceptional quality. He is highly creative, and has the skills to take on defenders with ease. He is a versatile left-footed player who can play either in the middle or on either wing, or even as a center forward. Messi makes up for the lack of height with his speed and agility. His sudden changes in pace make him a true problem for the defenders. In addition, his accurate powerful shot make him truly unique in free kick and corner situations. He has drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, and indeed Maradona himself named Messi his "successor".

In club football, Messi made his debut against Espanyol on October 16, 2004, becoming the third-youngest player ever to play for FC Barcelona and the youngest club player who played in La Liga at that time (a record broken by team mate Bojan Krkic in September 2007). He scored his first senior goal against Albacete Balompié on May 1, 2005. Messi was 17 years, 10 months and 7 days old at that time, becoming the youngest player to ever score in a La Liga game for FC Barcelona until 2007 when Bojan Krkic broke this record.

Messi won the Under 20 World Cup in Holland with Argentina. He was crowned the leading goalscorer and voted best player in the tournament. Aged 18 years, he had become one of the hottest properties in the world game. Shortly after, he made his first full international appearance in a friendly against Hungary. In 2005, José Pekerman called Messi up to the senior Argentine national team. He made his debut on August 17, 2005 against Hungary. He was sent off in the 63rd minute, just 40 seconds after he came in as a substitute. The referee found Messi to have elbowed defender Vilmos Vanczák, who was tugging Messi's shirt. He left the pitch disappointed and in tears.

Since then, Lionel Messi has developed into a more complete and mature player. There are still many years left in his career. Everyone is waiting for him to emulate Diego Maradona success by guiding Argentina to win the World Cup again.

FIFA World Cup – Interesting Facts!

1930

Did you know- Uruguayan squad, the host country’s team,claimed the first-ever Men’s World Cup title over Argentina, 4-2.

1934

Did you know- At the II World Cup, Italy, host country, became the first European squad to win a global tournament. The subsequent tournaments were held as follows: 1938 in Paris (France, Europe), 1950 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, Latin America), 1958 in Stockholm (Sweden, Europe), 1962 in Santiago (Chile, Latin America), 1966 in London (England, Europe), 1970 in Mexico City (Mexico, Latin America), 1974 in Munich (West Germany, Europe), 1978 in Buenos Aires (Argentina, South America), 1982 in Barcelona (Spain, Europe), 1986 in Mexico City (Mexico, North America), 1990 in Rome (Italy, Europe), 1994 in Los Angeles (USA, North America), 1998 in Paris (France, Europe), 2002 in Seoul and Tokyo (South Korea & Japan, Asia), 2006 in Munich (Germany, Europe).

1950

Did you know- Bolivia competed in 1950 but not again until 1994 in the United States of America.

1974

Did you know- For the first time, West Germany hosted the global tournament in July 1974. Historically Germany had been competitive in soccer. Under the leadership Franz («Kaiser») Beckenbauer, the host country-which never finished below sixth place since 1954– won the X FIFA World Tournament. Outside of the Berlin Olympics (1936) and the Munich Games (1972), this event was the largest ever held in Germany.

1978

Did you know- Tunisia (Africa) placed ninth at the 1978 FIFA World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1982

Did you know- At the 1982 FIFA World Tournament in Madrid (Spain), New Zealand, a rugby-loving nation, had the worst result for its region -Oceania- in World Cup’s history. Unfortunately NZ placed 23rd. For the country, it was its first appearance in the universal event.

1990

Did you know- At the 1990 FIFA World Championship in Europe,Cameroon’s football player Roger Milla, one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most respected footballers in the 20th century, helped his team towards eighth position, the best result ever for an African country in soccer history.

2002- 2010

Did you know- Brazil -one of the world’s biggest democracies– has historically been competitive in football since the 1950s.The soccer players from Brazil have conquered five out of eighteen tournaments: Sweden’58, Chile’62, Mexico’70, USA’94 and South Korea & Japan’02. In 1950 and 1998, Brazil was runner-up. By 2010, the Latin American nation is attempting to become the first country to win six World Cup titles in football history.

2010

Did you know- The 19th global tournament will be held in South Africa, one of the youngest members of the FIFA. It’ll be the largest event ever held in Africa. There’s only event that rivals the FIFA World Cup: the Summer Olympics.

Cricket World Cup Teams Have Many Things To Prove

It is the participating cricket world cup teams that make the event all the more interesting for fans. Well, if their favorite team is not participating in the tournament their levels of interest in the tournament will be low. In the world cup, which will be held in West Indies, all the test playing nations are participating along with some teams that are not very well established in the cricket world. Cricket world cup teams are doing all that they can to try to win the title. After all, this is the only tournament that can give a team the official title of being the world champions. That is not all, that team will continue to be the World Champions for another four years, and till the next world cup is held after another four years.

Among all the world cup teams which are participating, Australia is considered to be the favorites to win the title once again. However, due to the recent reverses suffered by the team at the hand of some other cricket world teams like England and New Zealand have thrown the competition wide open. Now the talk in cricketing circles is that any cricket world cup team can win the trophy and this is mainly due to the reversals suffered by favorites Australia in their run up to the world cup. Cricket is an unpredictable game and no cricket world cup teams or any other team can actually say that they will win a certain tournament.

Each cricket world cup team has players with different types of strengths and weaknesses. So based on these factors and certain other factors teams are making preparations for the big tournament. Cricket world cup team understand that they will be up against the best players of the world and that is why they must give more then hundred percent on the field if they want to help their team win the world cup. Cricket world cup teams are adopting different types of strategies through which they can come to discover the flaws that their team has and work on ways and means to improve on these faults. So it is up to the coach and the other support staff of the team to ensure that their players are fit and performing to their best levels.

Watching recorded video clippings is one way through which cricket world cup teams can improve their performance levels. The entire team can sit together and go through the video clippings of the recorded matches and find out the strengths and weakness of the opposing cricket world cup teams that are participating. The team can build their strategy around these factors and suitable exploit all the weaknesses of the team. After all, every cricket world cup team is taking part in the event in order to defeat other teams and win the cricket world cup.

Other than making all these strategies, cricket world cup team must ensue that they do not suffer from injuries in the run up to the world cup. The teams must do all that they can possibly do to keep their players in great shape during the entire tournament.

Denis Law Was the King of Stretford End

The great Denis Law was born in Aberdeen on the 24th February 1940 and he began his soccer career as a wee boy playing for Aberdeen Lads Club. When Law left the Granite City to join the once great Huddersfield Town, he was only 15 years old and and it did not take him long to make his debt debut for his native Scotland against Wales in 1958.

The legendary Sir Matt Busby reputedly wanted the promising Denis Law to play for Manchester United but was turned down by the Terriers. Bill Shankly, who was the manager at Huddersfield Town at the time, then tried to take Law with him to Liverpool. However, the Liverpudlians didn't have the money to take the prolific marksman out of Yorkshire. Instead, the vastly talented Leeds Road youngster went to Manchester City when the Maine Road club paid a then British record transfer fee of £ 55,000 for him in March 1960. After a rather disappointing spell with famous Italian club Turin, he returned to Lancashire finally signing up for Busby's Manchester United in 1962. Denis Law opened the 1963-64 season on a bright note and was deservedly picked out to play for a Rest of the World side against England at Wembley. As a Manchester United player, the Scottish international won every major domestic honor, despite injury kept him out of the European Cup Final against Benfica at Wembley in 1968.

Denis Law returned to his old club Manchester City in 1973, and retired from football in 1974 after playing his last match in the World Cup in West Germany. During his 585 matches for his clubs, he managed to score a massive 300 goals. He also scored a total of 30 goals for Scotland in 55 matches. In 1964, Law was voted European Footballer of the Year as the only Scotsman to this day. Always in the best of spirits, Denis Law was no doubt one of the greatest entertainers ever watched on the British soccer scene. He was not only a Danny Kaye look alike, he also closely resembled the American comedian when performing some of his antics on and off the football pitch.

Javier Chicharito Hernandez – The Little Pea

Javier Hernandez Balcazar, was born on June 1, 1988 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, better known as "Chicharito" (little pea) is a Mexican Soccer player who plays as a striker and is one of the great promises of Mexican soccer.

The nickname "Chicharito" was given by his father, Javier Hernndez Gutirrez, was nicknamed "pea", due to its low stature and green eyes; and thus "Chicharito" is the "little pea." Hernndez Gutirrez, participating in the World Cup 1986 in Mexico. Chicharitos maternal grandfather is the great player Tomas Balcazar, who scored in the 1954 World Cup against France and led his team Chivas del Guadalajara to 8 Championships in 10 years. Chicharito joined in the youth squad of Guadalajara at only 9 years old. Chicharito has been playing with the youth squad of Chivas, through affiliates such as Chivas Coras de Tepic in 2005 and the Sports Club Tapatio.

Chicharito made his professional debut on September 9, 2006 in a 4-0 Chivas Necaxa game, scoring the last goal in the 83rd minute; he only played 5 minutes that game. That was his only goal in 8 games between 2006 and 2007. He also played 6 games between 2007 and 2008 with Chivas, without scoring.

In 2008, Javier played 7 games, without any goal, however in the Clausura 2009 season Chicharito scored 4 goals in 15 games with Chivas. It was not until the Apertura 2009 when the "Chicharito" began to excel for Chivas, finishing as the third top scorer, having scored 11 goals in 17 games, becoming a permanent starter.

In the Bicentennial 2010 season, Javier became the star striker for Chivas. Javier started the tournament scoring 2 goals in each of the first 3 games of the tournament, to Toluca, to Tigers, and to Estudiantes (basically Club Tecos). The latter was one of the best games of Chicharito for Guadalajara; Chivas was losing 2-0 with 20 minutes left in the game, Chicharito brave an assist for a goal and went on to score 2 goals himself.

After having scored goals against Queretaro and Atlante, Chicharito did not score a goal for 5 games, although still the top scorer of the tournament, with 8 goals. It was not until game 11 when he scored again, scoring a goal in his team's defeat 2-1 at Monterrey.

Heir to the glories of Thomas Balcazar and Javier Hernandez, former stars in Guadalajara and Mexico. "Chicharito" is the Mexican soccer star that the Mexicans fans have been waiting for. His great performance with Guadalajara drew the attention of several European clubs, including PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands, VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Valencia CF in Spain. However, on April 8, 2010, Javier signed a 5 year contract with Manchester United of England.

The official Manchester United website announced the news on the hiring of Hernandez and manager Alex Ferguson spoke about: "I am guided to reach an agreement with Chivas to take the young striker who so far has a prolific career for both club and country. be a great addition to our team and look forward to welcoming our Mexican player for the first time in the summer.

We are also excited to play our first game in Mexico, opening the new stadium's Chivas in July, "he said.

For now, Hernandez Balcazar would become the third-best priced Mexican player in Europe. According to the company Transmarker, responsible for reviewing the movements of players and their market value, the top valued are: Rafael Mrquez (Barcelona), Andres Guardado (Deportivo Coruna), worth 12 million euros (16 million dollars.)

Javier Hernandez, with nearly 10 million dollars puts him over Carlos Vela (Arsenal), who is priced at five million euros.

On July 30, 2010 Manchester United play Chivas in the engagement match for stadium Omnilife. Chicharito played the first half with Chivas and the second with Manchester. Chicharito scored the first ever goal in that stadium against Manchester United. The score remained 3-2 in favor of Guadalajara.

Chicharito with the Mexican National Team

U-17

In the selection of Mexico Sub-17, had a chance to contest the World Cup FIFA U-17, 2005 in Peru, but an injury sidelined him from competition and was replaced by Enrique Esqueda. Although rumors remain that coach Jesus Ramirez left him out for other reasons.

U-20

He was part of the squad that played in the World Cup FIFA U-20, 2007 in Canada. In the first game of the Mexican national team against Gambia on July 2, 2007, Javier became the 85th minute exchange by Giovani dos Santos, contributing to the final 3-0 at minute 89. He also played against New Zealand and Congo. Accumulated only one goal in 5 games with the U-20.

First Team

On September 30, 2009, Javier made his debut with the Mexican national team to Colombia. Although his team was defeated 2-1, Javier gave an assist to Paul Aguilar for the only Mexican goal.

Chicharito's second match was against Bolivia on February 24, 2010, he scored two goals., Undoably the Chicharito was doing things right which would ever get him a spot on the World Cup team.

His third goal for "El Tri" was March 3, 2010 against New Zealand, where he scored the first goal of the game at minute 53. His fourth goal for the Mexican squad was on March 17, 2010 against North Korea, having scored at 68th minute goal that save the victory to Mexico 2-1.

On March 30, 2010, the National team coach Javier Aguirre, I include "Chicharito" Hernandez in the list of players named to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

On June 18, 2010, Chicharito Hernandez scored his first ever World Cup goal against France, just as his grandfather did 50 years before.

On June 27, 2010 in the second round match Argentina vs Mexico, Chicharito scored the only goal for Mexico in a 3-1 loss to Argentina.

MANCHESTER UNITED

A month after his participation in the 2010 World Cup on 28 July, the Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez played his first game as a Manchester United player, coming in as a sub on the second half and scoring a beautiful goal against the MLS All -Stars. The game ended 5-2 in favor if Manchester United.

The Mexican player made his official debut with the "Red Devils" at minute 61, when he replaced the Portuguese Nani.

On August 8, 2010, Javier, the "Chicharito" Hernandez scored his first goal for Manchester United in an official competition. Hernandez entered on the 76th minute, to score a goal that bounced off his face. Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-1, thus achieving the Community Shield. There is a lot of potential for this player and there is no doubt that we will hear a lot more from "Chicharito".

FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa – Scaffold and Formwork Contractors

The FIFA World Cup 2010 Football Tournament (Soccer World Cup to South Africans) is a mere 20 months away and South Africa is truly abuzz with preparations. There is an enormous amount of pressure on South Africa to execute a successful and memorable tournament and work has begun in full force to ensure that the tournament is fault-free.

Construction and Scaffolding is Key

The construction sector is booming and reaping the benefits of these preparations as stadiums are built along with new roads and freeways. Buildings, suburbs and districts are being renovated to create an attractive, first-world image of South Africa to visiting foreigners and television audiences from around the world.

Scaffolding is imperative to the preparatory processes as scaffolding is required for not only various formwork and construction projects, but also to provide safe and easy access for renovations and restorations.

Roads

The influx of people into South Africa for the World Cup, and especially into the main cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, requires that many infrastructure upgrades be made in these cities. The Department of Transport has been given a budget of R92-billion to bring the standard of the roads up to a level where they can cope with the enormous influx of traffic.

In Cape Town, the freeway system has always been relatively small and unable to cope with the volume of everyday traffic in and out of town. Roads are being widened to cope with the increased traffic that 2010 will bring. Many other cities are expanding their road infrastructure and repairing problems such as potholes. Scaffolding is used to build these new roads and complete the necessary formwork for the new infrastructure.

Buildings and Structures

In 2010 host cities, hotels are being built, old buildings are being restored to their former attractiveness and ‘bad’ areas are being cleaned up. The older buildings that are being restored are a mixture of high-rise blocks and smaller structures and scaffolding is needed to complete all of these adjustments and new structures.

Scaffolding is needed in the restoration process to allow workers access to high and difficult places to reach, whilst maintaining the safety of the workmen and bystanders.

Airports

One of the major construction projects taking place to accommodate the World Cup in 2010 is the expansion of South Africa’s main airports. Over R5.2-billion has been invested in developing South Africa’s airports to world-class standards. Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg have seen the majority of expansions, especially Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport which has benefitted from a R1.6-billion investment to develop the central terminal.

The terminal is linked to the Gautrain, a high speed train which will travel from OR Tambo Airport to Johannesburg.

Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg airports have had their existing parking facilities upgraded to large, multi-story parkades to allow sufficient parking for the influx of visitors. R132-million has been budgeted for refurbishments at national airports which will provide temporary facilities during the tournament.

Stadiums

There are five stadiums which are being constructed from new, adding to the stadiums already existing in South Africa. Green Point Stadium in the Western Cape (the previous Green Point Stadium was demolished in 2007), the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex, the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban are under construction currently to be finished for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The FNB Stadium, Ellis Park in Johannesburg and Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane, along with the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in North West and Vodacom Park in Mangaung (Bloemfontein) are in the process of being upgraded to increase capacity and improve facilities.

These stadiums require enormous engineering feats and advanced use of scaffolding and formwork to ensure that the structures are completed on time and in good quality to achieve the maximum success for South Africa in hosting the tournament.

The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. All eyes will be on South Africa to perform not only on the field, but also as a host country. With current construction underway, scaffolding is helping engineers and contractors to achieve top results in less time, with less man power but with the maximum safety available.