World ranking: 85
Number of times qualified: Two (1998, 2002); they qualify automatically as hosts for 2010.
Highest finish: First round (1998 and 2002).
Average salary of a premier league footballer: €1,300 to €1,600 a month.
Worst football moment: South Africa was banned from international contests until 1992 after the end of apartheid.
Best football moment: South Africa wins the African Nations Cup on its first attempt in 1996.
National football heroes: The political prisoners, including current president Jacob Zuma, who established a football league on Robben Island in 1966.