World Cup Fever is heating up! Here’s a quick update on around it.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee South Africa (OC) welcomed Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Chile and New Zealand who arrived in South Africa 6 June for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Portugal plays their opening game against Cote d’Ivoire in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth on 15 June.
Greece will open their tournament against Korea Republic in Nelson Mandela Bay/ Port Elizabeth on 12 June.
Japan will play their first game against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on 14 June.
Netherlands will play their opening fixture against Denmark at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on 14 June.
Chile begins the tournament in Nelspruit against Honduras on 16 June, moving to Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth to take on Switzerland on 21 June.

New Zealand will open their tournament against Slovakia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 15 June.

World Cup has £6.2bn insurance, says Lloyd’s

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa has been insured for more than £6.2bn ($9bn), according to Lloyd’s of London, the world’s biggest insurance market.

Football world governing body Fifa, national teams, broadcasters and other firms with a stake in the tournament’s success have all taken out policies.

Stadiums and training venues for the World Cup matches are covered to the tune of £3.2bn, underwriters say.

But other business opportunities linked to the event account for another £3bn.

“Competitions, offers, prizes, sponsorship, broadcast rights – it’s impossible to know how many there are, but all companies with these financial implications need coverage,” said Chris Nash, active underwriter at Sportscover.

Important Info
World Cup 2010 Dates – 11th June to 11th July 2010
Opening & final Match – in Johannesburg
Other Hosting cities – Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenberg.

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