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World Cup stadium guide

A guide to South Africa's World Cup stadiums, and when United's men could play there...

Soccer City, capacity 94,700
South African’s £198m World Cup centrepiece will host eight games, including the final. It’s designed to resemble a ‘calabash’ (an African pot), alluding to the country’s melting-pot of cultures. The structure sits on a podium, ‘the pit of fire’, which makes it look like the place is ablaze.
Red watch Chicharito will play for Mexico against the hosts in the tournament curtain-raiser
Ellis Park Stadium, capacity 62,000
The country’s best-known rugby stadium is where the Springboks famously beat New Zealand to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup in front of Nelson Mandela.
The city South Africa’s largest city and its footballing capital. The country’s two biggest teams, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, play in Soweto, the township central to the anti-apartheid movement.
Fact! Johannesburg is notoriously chilly on a winter’s evening. Perfect, then, Wazza and co are walking out for a World Cup final…
United link… Former Reds keeper Gary Bailey grew up in Johannesburg and played for both Wits and Kaizer Chiefs.

Cape Town
Green Point Stadium, capacity 68,000
Arguably the most beautifully located football ground in the world; right next to the Atlantic Ocean, with Table Mountain looming behind.
Red watch Rooney sets his sights on Algeria in England’s Group C match-up
The city South Africa’s primary tourist destination. There’s Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) the V&A waterfront and world-class hotels, restaurants, nightlife, scenery and nature.
Fact! The stadium’s amazing 4,500 tonne roof was manufactured in Kuwait and took nearly a year to attach.
United link… Quinton Fortune was born in Cape Town, but never played for a club in his homeland, moving to England and Spurs aged 11.

Free State Stadium, capacity 45,058
The home of Bloemfontein Celtic is a ‘proper’ football ground: its fans are famous for generating an unbeatable atmosphere. Expect dancing, chanting and unparalleled levels of vuvuzela-parping.

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