The moments that gave us all goose bumps during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, the moments that left us sad, the moments that filled us with joy and the moments that stole the headlines
1. Fernando Torres’ hat-trick
The Liverpool striker’s demolition of New Zealand in Rustenburg, Spain won 5-0.
2. Parker to the rescue
Bernard Parker’s two goals in Bafana’s 2-0 win over New Zealand at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg.
3. The Pharaohs sink the world champions
Egypt stunning the Italians in a pulsating clash at Ellis Park – Mohamed Homos sent the world champions into frenzy.
4. Katlego Mphela defies Spain single-handedly
Who could forget the Mamelodi Sundowns striker’s brace to send the third-place playoff into extra time at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace?
5. Itumeleng Khune’s safe hands
Despite conceding two goals on the night of SA’s game against Spain, Khune’s save of David Villa’s penalty was world class.
Matthew Booth was one of the star performers for Bafana Bafana – and even though TV viewers thought Booth was being booed, the lanky defender was praised by the thousands in the stadium.
7. Luís Fabiano’s golden boot
The Brazilian’s five goals – most notably the Sevilla hitman’s brace against the USA in the final in Johannesburg – earned him the Golden Shoe award.
8. Dani Alves sends Bafana Bafana crashing
Coming on as a substitute in our quarter-final game against Brazil, Alves sent SA packing with his pinpoint free kick with a deadly finish.
9. You’re in safe hands with Tim
Tim Howard, the USA goalkeeper, keeping his team’s opponents at bay – his eight saves against Spain toppled the number one team in the world, and the USA won 2-0.
10. Dempsey and Donovan: deadly duo
The two goals the USA pair scored in the final, left Brazil reeling, and was fantastic to watch.