Goodbye 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa 再见南非世界杯

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is now just a memory. The world’s most watchable game has made history at the beginning as the first finals hosted in Africa soil and gave us a stack of memories to hold on to. And if you’re already suffering withdrawal symptoms, you’ll be pleased to know there’s only 1,432 days until the next event kicks-off in Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil. I am sure most of us had leak of sleep during the tournament for a month and now it is the time for recovery.

Spain have won the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa final, defeating Netherlands 1-0 with a wonderful goal from Andres Iniesta deep into extra-time. Spain created history at the Soccer City, Johannesburg to clinch their first ever World Cup on 11 July 2010 and becoming the eighth team to win football's ultimate glory.

 Spain captain, Iker Casillas holds up the World Cup aloft after their victory.

Also a first, both teams from the previous final in 2006 failed to advance from the first round, as Italy and France crashed out in dramatic fashion. Fancied Brazil and Argentina were also eliminated earlier than many expected, as Uruguay and three European sides made up the last four.

Meanwhile, my favourite team, Germany took third place at the World Cup for the second tournament in a row on Saturday, 10th July with an exciting 3-2 victory over Uruguay. In its last three World Cup tournaments, Germany was runner-up in 2002 and third in 2006 at home ground.

My favourite team, Germany ended with third placing after beating Uruguay 3-2.

Soccer City witnessed a spectacular closing ceremony prior to the World Cup final.

Lasers light & fireworks display during the closing ceremony.

A projection of participating flags & Shakira performs her 'Waka Waka'.

Lights forming the words 'Thank you' in different languages. Viva Espana.

Official logo of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.





2010 FIFA World Cup Official Anthem 2010年南非世界杯主题曲


Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) is a song by world-famous Colombian Latin America singer Shakira. It features South African band Freshlyground. The song was officially chosen as the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with its Spanish language version. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) is the name of the new football anthem, and with its rhythmical African sounds, the song represents the vitality and energy of the host continent. South African guitars back up the Afro-Colombian rhythm and Soca beat. The chorus is similar to that of a popular Cameroon song made famous by Golden Voices in particular.

The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion. It represents the four-week festival of football in South Africa and an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about. Nothing represents the joy of football better than music, especially when it is a song so full of energy and dynamism like Waka Waka.

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) 是哥伦比亚的著名拉丁歌手夏奇拉(Shakira)与南非本土组合 Freshlyground 所演唱的歌曲是以英语及西班牙语版本,同时被选为2010年南非世界杯官方的主题曲。Waka Waka 是非洲斯瓦西里语中的一个动词,意思是:火焰,热烈的燃烧,闪耀等,在东非诸国通用,同时也是非盟及多国的官方用语。也如其歌名一样,具有浓郁的非洲特色,除了典型非洲手节奏的运用,还在歌曲背景中加入了南非极富韵律的吉他独奏。歌曲表达了世界杯是一项世界同欢的赛事,它将不同国家,种族,以及不同地域的人们紧紧联系到一起,宣扬人类之间友谊、关爱的精神。

在这首歌的MV中,还有许多球星参与其中,包括以往世界杯比赛的精彩场景镜头。歌曲舞蹈动作也经过精心的编辑,热情奔放动作开放,体现出浓厚的非洲风格,突显了非洲舞蹈的艺术感染力。在舞蹈中有几段双手合十欢快舞动肢体的动作,当唱到 Waka Waka 的旋律,配合非洲踩踏舞步和歌曲的明快节奏跳出,动作简单但令人印象深刻。这些原始而自然的舞蹈动作贯穿整首歌曲,成为歌曲最标志性的动作。让我们一起视听《哇咔哇咔》,共享世界杯带来的激情与欢乐。

Coca-Cola 2010 World Cup Celebration Mix 2010 可口可乐世界杯宣传主题歌


This song was chosen as an official song of Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa. The English version was released as Wavin' Flag (The Celebration Mix) by Somali-born, Canadian-based hip hop artist K'naan and many other bilingual and country-specific versions have been released and many times with amended English language lyrics and often with different musical arrangements.

K'naan has specially recorded a version of the song for the tournament. The remix of Wavin' Flag is part of Coca-Cola's global integrated marketing campaign "inspired by the joyous dance celebrations familiar to Africa". The track will be used as the music element throughout the entire campaign including as the soundtrack on all global Coca-Cola TV commercials for the football tournament. Many people misunderstood and confused but this song is not an official anthem for 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Wavin' Flag (The Celebration Mix) is a recast version of a track off K'naan's set Troubadour. Although featuring many elements of the original song, it includes most notably a new pre-chorus that sets the uplifting, unified tone of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, turning the song into one that is more open, more inviting, more celebratory. I personally enjoy listerning to this song rather than 2010 FIFA World Cup official anthem due to its dynamic drum play. Let's watch how it goes!

2010年南非世界杯足球赛开锣在即,全世界球迷的热情也已开始燃起。世界杯足球赛是一个全球体育盛事,全世界球迷当然更是会参与其中展示热情。歌星K’naan是一位才华横溢的南非本土音乐人,他为2010年可口可乐南非世界杯足球赛创作的宣传主题曲决战之歌《Wavin' Flag》已经在南非广为传唱。

为世界杯足球赛加油鼓劲,也为世界球迷向世界杯致敬,著名词作者李焯雄为《Wavin' Flag》填写了中文歌词,由华语乐坛歌神之尊的张学友,中国内地乐坛人气天后实力唱将张靓颖及原唱南非天王K’naan三人联袂合唱演绎这首令人振奋的可口可乐中文版南非世界杯宣传主题曲决战之歌《旗开得胜》。