June 07, 2010
French football and rugby fans in Cape Town this week
French fans. Photo courtesy JohnSeb
More than one thousand French football and rugby fans will be making their way to Cape Town this week to support their country in two big sporting fixtures.
The French football team will play Uruguay in the Mother City’s first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ at Cape Town Stadium on Friday night. On Saturday the French rugby team take on the Springboks at Newlands. French fans will no doubt make their presence in Cape Town felt, just as locals will be sure to welcome the mass of blue jerseys at both iconic sporting venues.
The French are known for their flair and, when it comes to sport, their teams don’t disappoint. They hosted and won the 1998 FIFA World Cup™, while their rugby team has made it to the semi-finals of the last four Rugby World Cups.
Thierry Henry is one footballer in particular who most Capetonians can’t wait to see take the field. Well-known rugby game-breakers include Frédéric Michelack and Vincent Clerc.
If you don’t have a ticket for the big football match at Cape Town Stadium, you can head for the FIFA Fan Fest at Grand Parade, which can accommodate up to 25 000 fans. Other options include the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s biggest football party and various public viewing areas.
The Springboks might’ve beat Wales 34-31 in Cardiff on Saturday, but they will need to lift their game considerably if they are to fend off the fiery French. Tickets may still be available for this match through Computicket.
Here are some French phrases to make visitors feel more welcome:
“Hello”: Bonjour / Salut
“How are you?”: Ça va? / Comment ça va?
“Have a nice day”: Bonne journée