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Ghana 2010: Celebrating the Black Stars' World Cup quarter-finalists

17:02 GMT 01/12/2022
Ghana 2010
Ahead of Ghana vs Uruguay, GOAL celebrate the Black Stars' greatest ever World Cup team
  • Richard Kingson

    Richard Kingson

    Experienced—if erratic—Ghana No. 1 who struggled to make the grade in the Premier League, but still retained the trust of Milovan Rajevac heading into the World Cup.

    He played every minute for the Black Stars in South Africa.

  • John Mensah Black Stars Ghana

    John Mensah

    Commanding presence in the heart of the backline, whose nickname ‘The Rock’ hinted at his stout defensive style.

    He missed the Australia game due to injury, but featured for every other minute of the tournament, ultimately missing his decisive penalty in the shootout with Uruguay.

  • John Paintsil of Ghana celebrates after winning the 2013 Afcon match against Niger

    John Paintsil

    First-choice, well-rounded right-back who played every minutes for the Black Stars in South Africa.

    Entered the tournament with over 50 international caps, having already established himself in the Premier League with West Ham United and Fulham.

  • Hans Sarpei

    Hans Sarpei

    Experienced defensive utility man who was playing in his second World Cup.

    He started every match on the left side of the defence, and represented a reassuring presence for some of the younger heads in the backline.

  • Isaac Vorsah of Ghana

    Isaac Vorsah

    Entered the tournament as first-choice centre-back following a strong showing at the Africa Cup of Nations, but picked up an injury ahead of the Australia game and only returned to the side for the Uruguay match.

  • Anthony Annan FC Schalke 04 01022011

    Anthony Annan

    Rock-solid anchorman who was playing with Norwegian side Rosenborg ahead of the World Cup.

    Made his Ghana debut in 2007, and was the third player—along with Kingson and Paintsil—to have played every minute at the tournament.

  • Stephen Appiah of Ghana

    Stephen Appiah

    An all-time great for the national side, injuries—specifically a knee problem—had dimmed Appiah’s impact by the time the 2010 tournament came around, but he was still a key figure in the squad.

    The Tornado came on in three matches, and scored his penalty in the shootout defeat by Uruguay.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah - Juventus

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Still early in his career in 2010, and yet to be converted to the left-sided role where later featured regularly, Asamoah a talented and creative midfield option in the squad.

    He started every match, demonstrating his impressive passing ability and promising creativity.

    Injuries were yet to take their toll.

  • Andre Ayew

    Another of the squad’s young guns, Dede had great expectations on his shoulders—as the most talented son of the legendary Abedi Pele—and he certainly delivered during an excellent World Cup.

    He started Ghana’s first four matches but was suspended for the Uruguay game.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Drafted into the side after Fifa ratified a nationality switch from Germany, with Boateng having angered fans of the land of his birth by injuring Michael Ballack in the build-up to the tournament.

    He offered thrust from midfield, and started every one of Ghana’s games—scoring against the USA.

  • Sulley Muntari

    Dropped from the Afcon squad after falling out with Rajevac, but made amends in time to make the cut for South Africa.

    Fortunately, it was a great move by the Black Stars, as Muntari’s grit and work rate in midfield, as well as his intelligent use of the ball, proved big assets in the Australia draw and the victory over USA.

    He was also promoted to the starting XI for the Uruguay game, with Ayew suspended, and scored Ghana’s only goal.

  • Asamoah Gyan Ghana.

    Asamoah Gyan

    Still on the rise at Stade Rennais at the time of the World Cup, he proved to be Ghana’s star man with the winner against Serbia and the USA, and a goal against Australia.

    Led the line effectively, with pace, strength and sharp finishing, having also played—and scored—for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup.

    Shook off injury problems to star in South Africa.

  • John Boye and Jonathan Mensah of Ghana

    Jonathan Mensah

    Teenage centre-back who travelled as back-up but was thrust into the starting XI against Australia as Mensah and Vorsah missed out due to injury.

    Jonathan retained his place for the next two matches—including the victory over the USA—and was a fixture in the Black Stars squad for the next decade.

  • Lee Addy Ghana

    Lee Addy

    Bechem Chelsea youngster who impressed at the 2010 Nations Cup after being thrust into the side during an injury crisis.

    He started the draw with Australia and was used twice as a substitute during the tournament.

    Speedy operator who was comfortable on the left and could also cover in the centre of defence.

  • Samuel Inkoom of Ghana

    Samuel Inkoom

    A revelation at the 2010 Nations Cup, when he starred at right-back as Ghana reached the final, Inkoom was relegated to an understudy role at the World Cup as Paintsil was given the nod.

    He started both knockout games, against the United States and Uruguay.

  • Dominic Adiyiah

    Dominic Adiyiah

    Wonderkid who entered the tournament on the back of winning the Golden Boot and the Golden Shoe at the U-20 Championships in 2009.

    The AC Milan starlet came on against Germany and Uruguay, and it was his goalbound header that was blocked on the line by Luis Suarez.

    Adiyiah also missed his spotkick in the shootout.

  • MATTHEW AMOAH

    Matthew Amoah

    Striker whose goalscoring record in the Netherlands had been patchy, with injuries affecting his consistency.

    Failed to score in 17 Bundesliga outings at Borussia Dortmund. He came on as a substitute in the Australia draw and Germany loss.

  • Prince Tagoe

    Prince Tagoe

    Another attacking option for Rajevac, Tagoe started the three group games, but failed to net and was unused in the knockouts.

    He overcame heart concerns to reignite his career in German football with Hoffenheim.

  • Quincy Owusu-Abeyi 08212016

    Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

    Ex-Arsenal wonderkid who—like Dede—switched nationality, having represented the Netherlands at youth level.

    He came on as a sub against Serbia and Australia, but wasn’t used thereafter.

  • Daniel Agyei - Simba

    Daniel Agyei

    One of the U-20 squad members who were promoted to the senior side ahead of the World Cup, Agyei had won two full caps before the World Cup, but remained as Kingson’s understudy during the campaign.

  • Stephen Ahorlu

    Another back-up keeper, Ahorlu—then on the books of Hearts of Lion—was promoted to the senior side from the home-based squad.

    He wasn’t used in the World Cup.

  • Ibrahim Ayew

    The third Ayew brother, Rahim was included in the squad as defensive cover—despite having featured sparingly for SC Zamalek—and was unused during the tournament.

  • Derek Boateng Ghana

    Derek Boateng

    Getafe man who came out of the international wilderness to make the cut for South Africa, but wasn’t used during the tournament.

    He did represent Ghana at the ’06 tournament.