Spectacular images as South Africa prepares to host the 2010 World Cup

There’s less than three months until the 19th World Cup tournament kicks off in South Africa, running from June 11 through to July 11 and marking the first time the event has ever taken place on the African continent.

In the space of just one month, the country will see 64 matches between 32 football teams, at venues in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg. Five stadiums, including Johannesburg’s Soccer City – where they’ll celebrate the opening game as well as the final, have been remodelled – two have been demolished and rebuilt, and the other three are all brand new.

A group of workers tidy up plants surrounding Cape Town’s International Convention Centre 

Preparations get underway in the Greenpoint stadium 

A line-up of giant footballs – identical to the ones used in the World Cup in the Seventies – decorate the streets of Cape Town 

A father and son walk along the shore on one of Muizenburg’s beaches, where World Cup spectators can relax between games 

An aerial photo of the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, the city which will take on the first and second round of matches 

Labourers work on the construction of the Moses Mahiba stadium in Durban 

Night time shot of the new Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town, less than three months before the start of the tournament 

A man has a kickabout next to a line of colourful huts on the beach in Muizenburg 

The view of Cape Town’s Greenpoint stadium from Signal Hill 

Cape Town’s new stadium
Aerial view of Cape Town’s new stadium, seen from the top of Table Mountain