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Statistics: South Africa's record against European opposition

Posted: 11 October 2012 Time: 2:49 pm

Bafana Bafana, who are preparing to face Poland in Warsaw on Friday, have a record against European opposition that leaves a lot to be desired. 

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South Africa have won just nine of their 39 previous matches against teams from the continent and only one of those came against a power of the European game – a French side in disarray at the 2010 World Cup.

Other successes have come against Malta, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, Turkey, Slovenia, Norway and Poland.

The victory over the Poles came on home soil in the lead-up to the 2009 Confederations Cup when Terror Fanteni scored on six minutes, which proved enough for the win.

Bafana will hope to draw some confidence from that game tomorrow, though only three of the Polish side that played that day remain in the squad: left-back Marcin Komorowski, and forwards Marek Saganowski and Robert Lewandowski.

South Africa's first victory over European opposition was against Sweden in 1999, when Siyabonga Nomvete scored late on for a 1-0 win.

Their only victory in Europe was against lowly Malta the following year, with Thabo Mngomeni on the scorsheet against the tiny island nation, which has a population roughly the same as Benoni's.

The biggest victories against nations from the continent came within three days of each other, as Bafana beat Scotland and Turkey, both by a 2-0 margin, in the Hong Kong Reunification Cup ahead of the 2002 World Cup.

But largely it has been a tale of disappointment, though Bafana have never been humiliated by European opposition, as they have been against the likes of Nigeria and Mexico in the past.

A 4-2 loss in Germany was tough to take but many better sides have fared worse in that country, while there were also 3-0 defeats against France in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup, Germany in 1997 and in Sweden in 2001.     

Their two heaviest defeats came in matches when they might have been expected to do much better. They lost 4-1 in Georgia under Jomo Sono in 2002 and went down by the same scoreline in Iceland under Stuart Baxter in 2005.

Their biggest home defeat against European opposition was a 3-1 loss to Serbia in August 2009, one of the last games in charge for Brazilian coach Joel Santana.

Bafana's 39 games have yielded 32 goals for and 60 against, though out of the 21 European nations they have faced so far, they have failed to score against just three of those – Italy (two games), Netherlands and Portugal.

Bafana's record vs European opposition
Country P W D L GF GA
Germany 4 0 1 3 2 9
England 2 0 0 2 2 4
Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 2
France 4 1 1 2 3 6
Czech Republic 1 0 1 0 2 2
Iceland 3 0 1 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 2 0 3 2
Sweden 2 1 0 1 1 3
Malta 1 1 0 0 1 0
Rep. of Ireland 2 0 0 2 1 3
Italy 2 0 0 2 0 3
Georgia 1 0 0 1 1 4
Scotland 2 1 0 1 2 1
Turkey 1 1 0 0 2 0
Slovenia 1 1 0 0 1 0
Spain 3 0 0 3 4 8
Norway 2 1 0 1 2 2
Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 2
Poland 1 1 0 0 1 0
Serbia 1 0 0 1 1 3
Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 1 1
TOTAL 39 9 7 23 32 61
Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

silago77
posted: 02:58 pm
jali is better than all the bafana central midfielders and therefore deserves to be in the squad.
Mpikza
posted: 03:12 pm
eyi wena Jali stalker hambo lala yini ngawe are you gay?
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 03:13 pm

with Gordon at the helm, these records will become worse and worse.
Champ-Marapo
posted: 03:24 pm
With Gordon's All Whites they are going to be facked.

You don't score muti tap-ins against the Europeans.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 03:44 pm
I hope that GI will use the word "fantastic" less. "Nunes is a fantastic player", "We created fantastic opportunities"; We had a fantastic game" "fantastc, bluh, bluh, fantastic, bluh"
Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 04:27 pm
Siyabonga Sangweni will be the 1st in the line to be facked
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 04:35 pm
Hey French man, ja you next to Parcow! Please stop sinekaling (laughing) at him. Tl tl tl tl tl tl tl tl.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:53 pm
Champ-Marapo posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Look at this picture....it is all white painted on it.

I think they should call this team All Whites.
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What an idiot of a blogger!!!...White people this , white people that....Bevan Fransman is white to you...I bet you this Gorilla called Champ-Masimba works for a white owned company, just like his parents did like many of our parents did.

The computer he is using to type this crap is by white people,
The TV he watches football on is by white people,
The clothes he is wearing are by white people,
The bus he takes to work is made by white people
The language his using here is by White people(understanable so)
The Idea of the money which he sweats for everyday is by white people
The sport called football was turned into the best sport in the world by the same white people.
This site called KickOff is owned by white people
The best leagues in the world are in Europe
The best coaches are white
Almost all the best players of the game old and new are white.
In the PSL alone almost all sponsors are by white owned business.

If we are going to sit and post racial comments on this blog and complain about white people we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and be true to ourselves ask "What have we done for our selves as people" What are we offering to the world that we can be proud of as Black people, Africans to be precise......What is it that we call ours in this modern world?

With that said I believe WE as people, we are slowly making our mark in football and in sport generally but we need to penetrate areas i.e BIG businesses, science and technology e.t.c

If we are going to tackle racism as an enemy surely it starts somewhere beyond football.

I am The Phefeni Boy and I am proudly South African.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 05:00 pm
The Phefeni Boyposted: 04:53 pm | Report Champ-Marapo posted: 02:35 pm | Report

Look at this picture....it is all white painted on it.

I think they should call this team All Whites.
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What an idiot of a blogger!!!...White people this , white people that....Bevan Fransman is white to you...I bet you this Gorilla called Champ-Masimba works for a white owned company, just like his parents did like many of our parents did.

The computer he is using to type this crap is by white people,
The TV he watches football on is by white people,
The clothes he is wearing are by white people,
The bus he takes to work is made by white people
The language his using here is by White people(understanable so)
The Idea of the money which he sweats for everyday is by white people
The sport called football was turned into the best sport in the world by the same white people.
This site called KickOff is owned by white people
The best leagues in the world are in Europe
The best coaches are white
Almost all the best players of the game old and new are white.
In the PSL alone almost all sponsors are by white owned business.

If we are going to sit and post racial comments on this blog and complain about white people we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and be true to ourselves ask "What have we done for our selves as people" What are we offering to the world that we can be proud of as Black people, Africans to be precise......What is it that we call ours in this modern world?

With that said I believe WE as people, we are slowly making our mark in football and in sport generally but we need to penetrate areas i.e BIG businesses, science and technology e.t.c

If we are going to tackle racism as an enemy surely it starts somewhere beyond football.

I am The Phefeni Boy and I am proudly South African.
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We've produced Nelson Mandela who's reknowned for being the greates statesman of our times and is also a well known Orlando Pirates supporter. So what's your point kahle kahle?

Suka lana!!!!
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:02 pm
Matt/ Tremble4DaTrebleChampsposted: 05:00 pm | Repor

We've produced Nelson Mandela who's reknowned for being the greates statesman of our times and is also a well known Orlando Pirates supporter. So what's your point kahle kahle?

Suka lana!!!!
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@ Matt

We've produced Mandela?......
Theo wale khozi
posted: 06:18 pm
Eish nna ke lapile kego tlhola ke bala jali letsatsi lotlhe gona le gore keitse gore batho ba mzansi ba rotlwetsa yang setlhopa go dira sentle ko sileng gore emelang teng and selo se sentha gore batho ba ba buwang mo kick off mo ke batho bantsho fla gonne ke bone fela batho ba basa itsing go rotlwetsana ba kambane ba bua ba banwe maswe
gotze p2
posted: 09:06 pm
i gv up wit dz rats yeeeeeer
Msay_Bucs
posted: 11:09 pm
I bow down to The Phefeni boy, well said brazo wa afrika, well said..it shows how WE as the bloggers here are not only football minded and not only post silly, useless, baseless, senseless comments....Orlando Pirates I remain!!
Msay_Bucs
posted: 11:12 pm
"We've produced Mandela"
LMAO iyohhhhhhhhhhh some people yah neh hehehehehehehe
Phuphethakatha
posted: 07:43 am
I have trust in Gordon, he'll turn our fortunes around. Phambili Bafana!
Phuphethakatha
posted: 07:46 am
Champ-Marapoposted: 03:24 pm | Report With Gordon's All Whites they are going to be facked.

You don't score muti tap-ins against the Europeans.
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Haai Bo Champ! Yeye, Sangweni, Shabba, Itu,Parker etc - Why you say all Whites?
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 11:13 am
@Msay_Bucsposted: 11:12 pm | Report "We've produced Mandela"
LMAO iyohhhhhhhhhhh some people yah neh hehehehehehehe
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Hola Champ Msay_Bucs! Hahahahahahahaha. Bengifuna ukuqeda uPhefeni Boy amandla from his continous dissing of Champ Marapo. It seems I succeeded as Mandela is BLACK and was produced from the soil of Africa. *just a dose of ignorance*
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