This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 12 °C Wednesday 23 May, 2018

37 World Cup memories we won’t forget from South Africa 2010

The vuvuzelas, Lampard’s ghost goal, Paul the Octopus… oh, and that little Suarez incident. It’s all in here.

1. Ireland were there… oh no, wait, we weren’t. Thanks, Thierry.

Source: Sky Sports

2. It gave us two of the all-time great World Cup anthems

The official song — Shakira’s Waka Waka.

Source: shakiraVEVO/YouTube

And the unofficial one — K’naan’s Waving Flag.

Source: ItalianHeatTV/YouTube

3. Before the first ball was kicked, there was controversy

The Jabulani, which cost a few quid to develop, was slammed as a beach ball.

Source: Mike Egerton

4. Siphiwe Tshabalala got the tournament off to a stonking start

Source: MaorMizrahi/YouTube

5. And we fell in love with the hosts as they celebrated – Bafana Bafana, baby!

6. Just leave the vuvuzelas at home the next time, please

Source: AP/Press Association Images

7. ITV cut to an ad break and missed England’s first goal of the tournament

Source: 5tark3y/YouTube

8. Unfortunately for Rob Green, they didn’t miss his absolute howler

Source: fundistraction/YouTube

9. Maicon re-wrote the laws of geometry to score against North Korea

Source: WorldCupReview/YouTube

10. Favourites Spain lost their opening game to Switzerland

Gelson Fernandes’ goal was one of only two that the miserly Spanish defence conceded in the entire tournament

Source: TheGcz4ever/YouTube

11. Rooney gave the England fans a piece of his mind

Source: GoalOfTheDay/YouTube

12. Kader Keita took himself off Kaka’s Christmas card list

Source: Jason Southard/YouTube

13. There was mutiny in the French camp (what’s new?)

Nicolas Anelka was sent home for aiming some choice language at coach Raymond Domenech — and then in protest, his team-mates refused to train.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

14. Ronaldo fluked one in Portugal’s 7-0 win over North Korea

But at least he had the decency to celebrate with a smile, rather than by ripping his shirt off.

15. Yakubu took his place in the World Cup hall of shame with this miss

“Unmissable,” said Alan Hansen. “The worst miss I’ve ever seen,” said Alan Shearer.

Source: staticiation1989/YouTube

16. Emmanuel Eboue revealed that he apparently speaks Korean

17. A psychic octopus looked into the future

Source: AP/Press Association Images

18. England crashed out against Germany — but all anyone wanted to talk about was Lampard’s ghost goal

Looks over the line to me.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Source: ClassicEngland/YouTube

19. Don’t forget that Mesut Özil made Gareth Barry look like an old man too

Source: Kuckus Mumu/YouTube

20. In fact, Özil was pure class for the entire tournament

Source: raveesh jaggi/YouTube

21. Carlos Tevez scored this scandalously offside goal against Mexico in the last 16

Source: worldcup2010net/YouTube

22. And then a few minutes later, Gabi Heinze gave the camera man a puck

Watch where you’re walking, Gabi!

23. Luis Suarez cheated tournament darlings Ghana out of a place in the semis…

Source: AP/Press Association Images

24. And cried as he went off the pitch…

25. But Asamoah Gyan whacked his penalty off the crossbar…

26. An entire continent wept…

Source: AP/Press Association Images

27. And Suarez celebrated like nobody’s business as Uruguay went through in the shootout

Source: AP/Press Association Images

28. After ripping England to shreds, Germany did the same to Argentina in the quarters

Source: globalsoccernews/YouTube

29. But Jogi Löw’s men found one team too good — Spain

Carles Puyol headed them out of the tournament in the semis.

Source: Fullgoals/YouTube

30. Nelson Mandela took his seat for the World Cup final between Spain and Holland

Source: Luca Bruno

31. Somehow, Howard Webb didn’t think that Nigel de Jong deserved a red card for this “tackle” on Xabi Alonso

Source: AP/Press Association Images

32. Arjen Robben must still have nightmares about this moment

Source: Arash Borhani/YouTube

33. Andres Iniesta kept a cool head

Source: Neda Azadi/YouTube

34. And celebrated with a touching tribute to Espanyol captain Dani Jarque who died suddenly in 2009

His t-shirt read “Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros” (Dani Jarque, always with us)

Source: AP/Press Association Images

35. Iker Casillas stopped by for a post-match interview with girlfriend Sara Carbonero

“O madre mia,” indeed, Sara.

Source: Orfanakis96/YouTube

36. Manchester United reject Diego Forlan won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player

Source: AP/Press Association Images

37. And at long last, Spain were the champions of the world

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Check out the rest of our World Cup memories series here >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Niall Kelly

Read next: