#TBT: The 2010 Fifa World Cup

Five years ago today SA opened its doors to 373,000 tourists & hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

South Africa's midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala (L) runs with the ball to score the opening goal during their Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. South Africa and Mexico play in the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE

JOHANNESBURG - Five years ago today South Africa and the rest of the world were glued to Soccer City as the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off.

The event, the first on the African continent, gave the country the opportunity to prove that a third world country could host the tournament as successfully as any European nation.

Five days before kickoff, 97 percent of tickets were sold, which was on par with past world cups, and better than Fifa apparently expected to sell in Africa.

While a projected 373,000 foreign tourists came to our shores, the world cup gave an audience of one billion people an opportunity to see South Africa.

Together, the 10 stadiums hosted 64 matches and seated more than 570,000 people during the course of tournament.

For Bafana Bafana, it was their third showing at the sporting spectacle after appearing in the 1998 and 2002 editions.

They opened their campaign against Mexico in Johannesburg, who could forget that moment of magic from Siphiwe Tshabalala.


On this day 5 years ago, Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first 2010 World Cup goal in style. pic.twitter.com/NBJc8NBfVF

They moved on to Uruguay in Pretoria and what proved to be their final game against France in the Free State.

Meanwhile, some South Africans have shared their favourite #ThrowbackThursday 2010 Fifa World Cup moments on social media.

Today 5 years ago was the kick off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and what a day it was that opening goal. #ThrowbackThursday

On this day 11 June 2010, #Tshabala scored a cracker of an opening World Cup goal. #ThrowbackThursday #football pic.twitter.com/HgDyQCsSWd

On this day in 2010 the FIFA World Cup was staged in Africa for the first time.

#ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/Qjd3wHl7y9

#ThrowBackThursday: With football legend Bobby Charlton at the Fifa 2010 World Cup we 'allegedly' paid $10m for. #TBT pic.twitter.com/oulZwcO2ls

#Misc // #ThrowbackThursday to the famous World Cup of 2010 where South Africa celebrated scoring in memorable style https://t.co/3FLG6lOLZw