The Great World Cup Goals, #21: Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) vs Mexico, 2010 (Video)

Chris Wright

5th, June 2014


By Chris Wright

Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa - Group A - South Africa v Mexico - Soccer City Stadium

Bringing back horrible memories of those f**king vuvuzelas making the entire 2010 tournament sound like a colony of wasps had set up base camp inside your cranium, here’s Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cracking opening goal against Mexico at Bafana Bafana’s home World Cup – an emphatic strike in the purest sense of the word, followed by that brilliant little group celebration…

A year or so after the World Cup, Tshabalala was linked with a move to Nottingham Forest following a trial at the City Ground.

However, seeing as though the club shop was and is still recovering from the great Van Hooijdonk-induced vowel drought of ’98, the transfer was nixed on safety grounds.

South Africa WCup Tshabalala's Boots

Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa - Group A - South Africa v Mexico - Soccer City Stadium

More in the series…

#1 – Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) vs Mexico, 2006
#2 – Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi Arabia) vs Belgium, 1994

#3 – Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland) vs Uruguay, 2010
#4 – Pierre Njanka-Beyaka, (Cameroon) vs Austria, 1998
#5 – Nelinho (Brazil) vs Italy, 1978
#6 – David Platt (England) vs Belgium, 1990
#7 – Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) vs Germany, 2006
#8 – Javier Zanetti (Argentina) vs England, 1998
#9 – Manuel Negrete (Mexico) vs Bulgaria, 1986
#10 – Emmanuel Sanon (Haiti) vs Italy, 1974
#11 – Josimar (Brazil) vs Northern Ireland, 1986

#12 – Maicon (Brazil) vs North Korea, 2010
#13 – Dennis Bergkamp (Holland) vs Argentina, 1998
#14 – Dragan Stojkovic (Yugoslavia) vs Spain, 1990
#15 – Chiqui Arce (Paraguay) vs South Africa, 2002
#16 – Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina) vs Serbia & Montenegro, 2006

#17 – Gheorghe Hagi (Romania) vs Colombia, 1994
#18 – Hans Krankl (Austria) vs West Germany, 1978
#19 – Sunday Oliseh (Nigeria) vs Spain, 1998
#20 – Dinko Dermendjiev (Bulgaria) vs Peru, 1970

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  1. Soccer Steve says:

    It kinds of drones its way into a blur and you don’t really notice it but then the video ends and you realize how much better everything is without that noise. Like plucking a splinter out of your thumb.

  2. Ron says:

    Great goal, so-so celebration.

    Yep, kind of like Steve…I didn’t mind the noise of those dumb things all that much. Noises usually perturb me, but for some reason those didn’t bother me that much or ruin the play either.

  3. Lady B says:

    I work within walking distance of Loftus Versfeld stadium, the NOISE in the city from those damned vuvuzelas! And it got 10 times worse on matchdays :/ Went to Chile vs Spain, my ears were buzzing for 3 days afterwards. Urgh

    • QMario says:

      hahah yeah, same match, same problem! This goal gave me chills all over again, I really wish bafana was at least an okay team :(

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