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Soccer in Cape Town

Athlone stadium, Cape Town's local soccer venue

Cape Town has two Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams: Santos (http://www.santosfc.co.za) and Ajax Cape Town (http://www.ajaxct.com).

There are also many smaller teams, including Hellenic Football Club. Soccer is mostly played at Athlone Stadium, which has been upgraded to be used as a training venue for the FIFA World Cup™.

The city has also produced many top international players, such as Shaun Bartlett, Benni McCarthy, Quinton Fortune, Albert Johannensen and David Julius.

Fittingly, the site of Cape Town Stadium – Green Point Common – is actually the birthplace of soccer in South Africa – the first recorded public game was staged on the Common there in 1862. It was not a game of football that modern fans would recognise – it was played by 'Winchester' rules which allowed handling of the round ball.

This early ‘friendly’, between “15 officers of the army and a like number of gentlemen in the civil service” – both sides wearing long 'knickerbocker’pants and bobble caps – ended in a 0-0 draw. 

 

 

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