South Africa is a sports crazy nation and sport is a big news in South Africa both on newspapers and media
The most celebrated sports in SA being soccer, rugby and cricket.
International matches and big local matches are well worth seeing live, not only to watch the game but also to catch the vibe – experience the zeal and absolute dedication of fans.
When it comes to Soccer / Football, this is the most popular game and is starting to attract serious money. It used to be the Cinderella sport in the bad old days of Apartheid and reflects the country’s history and the struggle for democracy.
South Africa built 5 new stadiums which were dedicated to football for the 2010 FIFA World Cup – a jubilant first for South Africa and Africa as whole.
Gauteng is the spirit and core of South African football and all the big clubs share the same grounds, which has created quite a different fan culture to that of devotees in Europe. The big teams from Soweto are Kaiser Chiefs and Orlando Pirates whose spirited games can be hot-blooded and usually have the nation gripped. Soweto football crowds are normally good-humoured and festive so joining them is quite conceivable and fun
The professional season in South Africa is between August and May with teams participating in the Premier Soccer League and a few other competitions.
The Chiefs and the Pirates have a nationwide following and their contests are a colourful climax of the Premier Soccer League’s matches. Contributing to the jovial atmosphere of football games are the unique sounds of the Vuvuzela, a plastic horn along with singing and countless other homemade instruments.
South Africa’s national squad, affectionately nicknamed Bafana Bafana qualified for the 1998 and 2002 World Cup Finals and will have the privilege of competing in the 2010 World Cup on home soil.