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Gallery: Most Iconic Images Of The 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off exactly 10 years ago, so we thought we would take you on a trip down memory lane to have a look at the most iconic images from the first ever World Cup on African soil.

Click through the gallery above to see the most iconic images of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa!

Bafana Bafana's Siphiwe Tshabalala famously scored the opening strike of Africa's first-ever World Cup, with images of his superb strike and the team's celebrations going around the world at the time.

Sadly, South Africa's tournament ended after three games, making them the first hosts to be knocked out at the group stage.

Later in the tournament, Ghana became the first African nation to reach the quarter-finals, but their tournament ended in heartbreak after Luis Suarez famously denied them a 120th minute winner with a goalline clearance with his hand, with the Black Stars then going on to lose the subsequent penalty shoutout.

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Spain, meanwhile, reached their first-ever World Cup final and lifted the trophy for the first time, defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in extra-time to making it a third final defeat for the Dutchmen.

Ahead of the final, former South Africa president Nelson Mandela had everyone at the arena on their feet when he made his final public appearance at a packed Soccer City stadium – you can relive more of the truly great memories from the World Cup on home soil in the gallery above!

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What is the fondest memory you have of the 2010 World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.  

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