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10 venues to host 2010 World Cup



GENEVA: FIFA, the world soccer's governing body, on Friday named 10 venues that will host matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

South Africa's World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) said last week that a 68,000-capacity all-weather arena, Green Point stadium, would be built in Cape Town; and that the 2010 World Cup final would be held at a refurbished FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The rest of the stadiums are: Ellis Park, Johannesburg; Loftus rersfeld, Pretoria; Royal Bafokeng, Rustenburg; Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein; Kings Park, Durban; Peter Mokaba, Polokwane; Mbombela, Nelspruit; and Nelson Mandela Metro, Port Elizabeth.

FIFA also confirmed the breakdown of qualifying places for the men's and women's tournaments at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Of the 16 teams participating in the men's tournament, four berths will go to the Asian federation with China as host automatically guaranteed a place.

UEFA members will also get four places, while Africa and the CONCACAF are ensured of three each, South America two and Oceania the final place. Xinhua