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2010 World Cup Officials


When it won selection in 2010, Qatar lacked many of the stadiums, hotels and highways needed to stage the tournament. To build them, the country turned to its massive population of migrant workers, who make up 90% or more of its labor force. (Only about 300,000 of Qatar's residents are Qatari citizens. Far outnumbering them are migrant workers whose visas are tied to their employment, a system that is common in the Middle East.)




2010 World Cup Officials



Qatar also frames the World Cup as an "incredible opportunity to enhance welfare standards," and officials say that conditions for workers have improved since the selection: In 2014, the country introduced a set of Workers' Welfare Standards that created new protections (although advocates say the new regulations are not always enforced).


"The most important thing is, everybody will accept that they come here. But they will have to accept our rules," said ambassador Khalid Salman, a former Qatari national team player. The comments were widely condemned by western officials, including the U.S. State Department.


"Everybody will be welcome in Qatar for the World Cup," the statement said. "We simply ask all visitors to appreciate and respect our culture, just as they would if they were traveling elsewhere in the region and in other parts of the world."


ST. LOUIS (April 27, 2006) - Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser and a leader in international sports marketing, today announced its continued partnership with the FÃdÃration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) as the official beer of the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments. The brand also serves as the official beer sponsor of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany this summer.


"In every corner of the world, football fans share a passion for their favorite teams and players, and they enjoy watching the games with a cold beer," said Tony Ponturo, vice president of global media and sports marketing, Anheuser-Busch Inc. "As the most watched international sporting event, the FIFA World Cup allows Anheuser-Busch to connect our flagship brand with millions of adult beer drinkers and football fans. Since 1986, Budweiser has been a strong supporter of this tournament, and we will continue to bring fans closer to the excitement of the FIFA World Cup for the next eight years."


In 2006, Anheuser-Busch has several activities supporting its FIFA World Cup sponsorship including Budweiser Cup, an amateur tournament that features six-man football teams from around the world. Participating countries include: Portugal, Germany, Greece, England, Northern Ireland, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Italy, Argentina and the United States. Anheuser-Busch also will sponsor the "Man of the Match" award given to each game's outstanding player. In addition, special cans and bottles with the World Cup logo will be available throughout Europe.


Anheuser-Busch has been a FIFA World Cup partner since 1986. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be Anheuser-Busch's eighth consecutive tournament as a major event sponsor, serving as a symbol of the company's commitment to football around the world.


Budweiser is a world leader in sports marketing. In addition to the FIFA World Cup, Budweiser is an official sponsor of the F.A. Premier League, Major League Soccer and the U.S. Olympic and National soccer teams. The King of Beers also sponsors a variety of sports ranging from baseball and basketball to motorsports and boxing, including the 2008 Olympic Games, the 36th Ryder Cup, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.


Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding nearly 50 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer, and a 27 percent share in Tsingtao, the No. 1 brewer in China. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine''s Most Admired U.S. and Global Companies lists in 2006. Anheuser-Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is America's top recycler of aluminum cans.


Citing a confidential FIFA report and numerous interviews with soccer officials, referees, gamblers and investigators, the Times found that a match fixing syndicate breached the upper levels of global soccer in order to manipulate games and exploit them for betting purposes.


"Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup," Blazer told US District Judge Raymond J. Dearie.


According to the investigation, South African Football Association president Molefi Oliphant sent a letter to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in 2008 asking FIFA to withhold $10 million from the budget of the 2010 World Cup organizers and to use the money to finance a "Diaspora Legacy Programme" under the control of then CONCACAF President Jack Warner.


Some of the most popular FIFA World Cup theme songs and anthems include La Copa de la Vida or The Cup of Life of the 1998 World Cup sung by 90s pop star Ricky Martin, Waka Waka and Wavin' Flag of the 2010 World Cup sung by Shakira and K'Naan respectively.


"I'm open minded about anything that makes us more credible as match officials," Webb said at the latest World Cup referees' open day. "Whatever tools I am given I will use them to the best of my ability, and I will use all the experience I have to try to come to the correct decisions."


The 2010 finals did not provide particularly great entertainment, with some displays of poor football soundtracked by the endless drone of the vuvuzela. Nonetheless, some great players showed off their best skills, including Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan, and Germany’s Thomas Muller, who finished as joint-top scorer and was named the best young player at the tournament.


Forlan and Muller were two of the stars of 2010, but who else performed that summer in South Africa? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below, alongside their @OfficialPanini stickers for the tournament …


Casillas was already considered a modern great heading into the 2010 World Cup, but staked his claim as an all-time legend with his performance at the tournament. The Real Madrid man was Spain’s captain when they lifted the trophy at Euro 2008 and carried this experience onto the biggest stage of all, keeping clean sheets in all four of his country’s knockout matches.


Maicon made his mark on the 2010 World Cup despite Brazil being knocked out at the quarter-final stage. The athletic, forward thinking right-back scored a memorable goal from a near-impossible angle against North Korea which caught the eye in the group stage. He came into the tournament off the back of a treble-win with Inter Milan, but his career would soon go downhill after this moment as he was famously terrorised by Gareth Bale at the San Siro a season later.


Casillas may have been captain of Spain, but Puyol was undoubtedly their talisman. Barca’s big-haired centre-back was vital to the defence which kept clean sheets in every knockout round of the 2010 World Cup and even scored the semi-final winning goal with a thunderous header against Germany.


Despite their differing club allegiances, Ramos stood side-by-side with Puyol at the heart of Spain’s impenetrable defence. The Real Madrid man played every minute of the 2010 World Cup and topped the tournament’s ‘Castrol Performance Index.’ His versatility at the time, playing both right-back and centre-back, proved to be a great asset for his country.


Lahm became the youngest player to captain Germany at a World Cup after Michael Ballack withdrew from the 2010 tournament due to injury. He led his fresh-faced Germany side to the semi-finals, where they were eliminated by Carles Puyol’s famous header. The experience that Lahm and the rest of his young Germany side picked up in South Africa would prove crucial four years later when he picked up the trophy in Brazil.


Winning became an addiction for Xavi, the great Barcelona and Spain midfielder, who combined intelligence, technique and composure to great effect. He operated as a midfield conductor as his country won both the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup and in South Africa he completed a 544 passes, more than any other player.


Endearingly hapless at Manchester United, Forland was dynamite in shooting Atletico Madrid to Europa League glory. He stood out in in 2010 as the first player to truly know what the hell to do with the unpredictable Jabulani ball and it brought him five goals (three from outside the area), and saw him deservedly named player of the tournament and take him the Golden Player trophy.


Mozambique is a source and, to a much lesser extent, a destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor and forced prostitution. The use of forced and bonded child laborers is common in rural areas of the country, often with the complicity of family members. Women and girls from these rural areas are also lured to cities with promises of employment or education, as well as to South Africa for involuntary domestic servitude and forced prostitution. NGOs report that Mozambican victims of sex traffickers were taken by traffickers to "training centers" in Swaziland and South Africa in preparation for an expected increase in demand for prostitution during the 2010 World Cup. Young Mozambican men and boys are subjected to conditions of forced labor in South African farms and mines; they often labor for months in South Africa without pay and under coercive conditions before being turned over to police for deportation as illegal migrants. Mozambican adults are subjected to forced labor and forced prostitution in Portugal. Women and girls from Zimbabwe and Malawi who voluntarily migrate to Mozambique continue to be manipulated by traffickers into forced prostitution and domestic servitude subsequent to their arrival. Traffickers are typically part of loose, informal networks of Mozambican or South African citizens; however, larger Chinese and reportedly Nigerian trafficking syndicates are also active in Mozambique. Human traffickers' internal and cross-border routes are also used to smuggle illicit drugs; often the same facilitators transport both drugs and trafficked victims. In addition, South Asian alien smugglers who move South Asian undocumented migrants throughout Africa reportedly also transport trafficking victims through Mozambique. Internal and transnational trafficking in persons for the purposes of forcible organ removal to support an off-shoot of the traditional healing industry in South Africa and Mozambique is significant. Witch doctors in Mozambique and other countries forcibly remove various body parts from children and adults, either while the victims are still alive or immediately following violent death, for use in "traditional" medical concoctions intended to heal illness, foster economic advancement, or hurt enemies. 041b061a72


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