According to the 2010 World Cup Final Draw, Uruguay, Mexico, France and South Africa national football teams met at Group A. It was the first time that FIFA World Cup had been held in Africa. The official ball Jabulani for the competition was unveiled at the same time, which was designed by Adidas. “Jabulani” means “celebrate” in isiZulu and is the 11th edition of Adidas’ FIFA World Cup balls. The 11 colors on the ball show respect for both football and the country. Each color represents each team player, every official South African language and each of the 11 South African communities. The design shows the diversity and harmony of the South African nation and the two important facets make it a colourful and welcoming nation. Furthermore, the grip’n’groove texture allows for maximum control, stable flight and perfect grip under any condition.
The mascot called Zakumi, a lovely leopard with green hair, was unveiled in 2008. Zakumi is crazy about football so he decided to dye his hair green. He thinks that the green hair will protect him perfectly when playing in the green field, and it looks like a garland when he is hunting in wilderness. “Za” represents South Africa and “Kumi” means “10”, showing that the 2010 World Cup would be held. Besides, “Zakumi” means “welcome” in some African languages. It is confident and brave and loves football. It is expected to pass the passion to people around the world. Since the mascot was first released in the 1966 FIFA World Cup(a British lion “Willie” wearing a Union Flag jersey with the words “WORLD CUP”), the mascot of World Cup has played an increasingly important role in the subsequent World Cup games.
The football shirts for the 32 qualified teams were mainly provided by Nike and Adidas, two global brands. Here is the World Cup shirt for Uruguay national team, designed by PUMA.
The traditional home kit of La Celeste(The Sky Blue) includes blue shirt, black shorts and black socks. The new home jersey for the 2010 World Cup still continues the tradition of classic home kit. Uruguay national team once won 1930 and 1950 World Cups. Although the team didn’t reach the finals of the 2006 Germany FIFA World Cup, it had qualified for the 2010 World Cup. The 2018 shirt was inspired the one worn in the 1930 World Cup. It features a white collar and the sky blue and white stripes come from Uruguay national flag. The Sun of May on the shirt is also from the flag which symbolizes the liberation and independence of the Uruguayan people. Golden stripes on both sides of the body represent the victories that the team got in two World Cups. Indispensable team badge and PUMA logo are printed on the chest. Uruguay has won World Cup twice. In addition, the squad won gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 summer Olympics. Therefore, there are four stars appearing above the team crest.