He 2010 South Africa World Cup will remain for posterity for Spanish football. It was then, a decade ago, when our collective game surpassed any barrier, establishing itself in a new sphere, linking the European Championship and the World Cup (and what was to come). But ten years have passed since then and the memory is weak, it only houses the great moments, the great details.
Everyone remembers the goal of Andres Iniesta in the final to Holland, the kick he gave De jong to Xabi Alonso, any of the several stops Iker Casillas, the head of Carles Puyol to knock down Germany or the important goals of the Guaje Villa that made way in the worst moments, as before Paraguay. Football endures, but there are many more details that are forgotten, sheltered in memory waiting that something allows them to be remembered again.
The Zakumi Leopard
The Zakumi leopard? Who? The leopard Zakumi was the official mascot of the South Africa World Cup 2010 and that practically nobody remembers. The animal, anthropomorphic in presence, had the green hair and he was dressed in pants of the same color and a white shirt. Your name, Za-Kumi, on the one hand it made reference to the ISO code of South Africa (ZA) and, on the other hand, to the meaning of kumi, which means ten in some of the languages of the African country.
Do you remember the octopus Paul? That mollusk that predicted what was going to happen in each tie he was one of the most famous characters in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In fact, some remember him as the mascot of that tournament to the detriment of the aforementioned Zakumi. Despite the fact that he already began to predict results for the German team in the Euro 2008, where he failed twice (against Croatia and in the final against Spain), in the World Cup he did not miss any of his predictions: including the final to the satisfaction of La Roja.
Iker and Sara’s kiss
It is difficult not to remember it because of the television impact it caused at that time. Sara Carbonero, at that time a reporter for Telecinco, and Iker Casillas, world champion a few minutes ago, they kissed openly and with great passion live before the eyes of the millions of spectators who crowded euphorically in front of their televisions celebrating the World Cup. That went around the world and it was no wonder.
The vuvuzelas they are remembered more by our eardrums than by our brains. The incessant sound made by those long trumpets was yet another icon of that South Africa World Cup in which Spain kingdom. Its sound was so annoying that players, coaches and even television networks requested their ban During the World Cup, something that did not happen. It was rare not to see a South African dressed in his best vuvuzela.
It wasn’t as iconic as it was Adidas Feernova of the 2002 World Cup, but the Adidas Jabulani was the ball used for that 2010 appointment in South Africa. With a white background and details with triangular shapes and dark and gold colors, the Jabulani It was one of the most criticized official spheres remembered in a World Cup event. Iker Casillas he came to declare in his day that it was like « A beach ball », a counterpart of his like Gianluigi Buffon said about him it was « a shame ». He did not make many friends in South Africa.