Rainbow warrior— South Africa


In the first of a series on World Cup players, nations and managers, Monocle looks at South African Matthew Booth. He’s an unlikely poster boy for the tournament but his tough tackling and marriage to a top black fashion designer mean he has the popularity and power to unite the nation.

2010 World Cup, Apartheid, Football, South Africa

South Africa - Highs and lows

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.

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