Fifa World Cup 2010

Caroline Cassidy

The World Cup 2010 kick offs on June 11th with South Africa taking on Mexico in Group A. The host nation will be anxious to make a winning start and give their fans something to cheer about as they begin their campaign. It's the first time the tournament has been held in Africa and the hosts will be hoping for plenty of support. The games will be staged at 10 venues in South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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The fancied teams are Spain, European Champions and Brazil, five time winners of the World Cup. The others, including holders Italy, will be looking to upset the form book in what promises to be a nail biting World Cup.

Some of the very best players in the world will be on show like Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi. Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba will also be fighting and scrapping for centre stage. The defenders trying to stop the goal scorers are the likes of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and John Terry.

The 23 man England World Cup Squad has already been announced with some surprises, including the omission of Theo Walcott. Will 2010 be England's year? The expectation levels are as high as ever with England supporters and there will be 150,000 English fans in South Africa who believe the wait may finally be over. 2010 will see England field one of the strongest squads they have ever had and the support will be as big as ever.

TV coverage has been shared between the two main terrestrial channels, the BBC and ITV. ITV1 will screen England's first two World Cup group games, against the USA and Algeria, with the BBC airing the first two knockout matches. The BBC will also show the third group game against Slovenia, on Wednesday 23 June.