Johannesburg / Soweto, Gauteng Province
Stadium: Soccer City & Ellis Park
Johannesburg is the financial centre of South Africa, indeed arguably of the whole African continent and is responsible for 12% of the country’s GDP. It is also high up – 1753m to be precise which is higher than many European ski resorts.
Johannesburg has always had a reputation for being a crime hotspot, however this hasn’t affected the number of flights to Johannesburg, and like all big cities, it pays to keep your wits about you. Johannesburg was a centre for the anti-apartheid movement and to understand more about the struggle, visit the Apartheid Museum. If that whets your appetite, you can travel to Soweto, and see the former home of one of the architects of equality in the country, Nelson Mandela.
On a lighter note, do some serious spending in Sandton Towers shopping mall or the Rosebank Craft and Arts Market before heading to the trendy areas of Parktown and Norwood to choose from the numerous high-end restaurants which line the streets.
A trip to Johannesburg is always going to be one of contrasts, and since the World Cup Final, is due to be held in Soccer City in Soweto, the South African organisers, are clearly keen to showcase the area.
Ellis Park Matches:
Argentina v Nigeria | Sat 12 June
Brazil v North Korea | Tue 15 June
Slovenia v USA | Fri 18 June
Spain v Honduras | Mon 21 June
Slovakia v Italy | Thur 24 June
Last 16 Match 7 | Mon 28 June
Quarter Final D | Sat 3 July
Semi Final 1 | Tue 6 July
Soccer City Matches:
South Afica v Mexico | Fri 11 June
Netherlands v Denmark | Mon 14 June
Argentina v South Korea | Thu 17 June
Brazil v Ivory Coast | Sun 20 June
Ghana v Germany | Wed 23 June
Last 16 Match 2 | Sun 27 June
Quarter Final A | Fri 2 July
Final | Sun 11 July
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