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South Africa VS Uruguay: First game was toughest - Parreira

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes his side will be more confident going into their potentially crucial World Cup showdown with Uruguay having got their first game under their belts. The pressure was on the host nation heading into Friday's curtain-raiser against Mexico and nerves looked to play a part as they struggled to get the ball off their dominant opponents in the first ...Full Story »

Del Bosque: We can make the World Cup great

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque heads into his team's opening Group H game against Switzerland believing South Africa's tournament can still be remembered as the best World Cup of all time. Del Bosque said he and his players feel a sense of responsibility to make the tournament a success so the people in the host country, and all of Africa, have something to be proud of. A slow start to the tou...Full Story »

Leon doubtful for Honduras

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA

Honduras have suffered a fresh injury blow after experienced midfielder Julio Cesar de Leon broke down in training. The Torino player is to undergo a hamstring scan and is now rated doubtful for his side's World Cup opener against Chile in Nelspruit. The news adds to coach Reinaldo Rueda's problems ahead of the Group H clash with key striker David Suazo also struggling to overcome a thigh inju...Full Story »

Brazil v North Korea - Dunga hits out at media

Posted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by PA

Brazil coach Dunga urged journalists to stop "hitting and attacking" him as he prepares for his first World Cup finals match in the dugout against North Korea at Ellis Park tomorrow night. Dunga, who captained his country to the world crown in 1994, has come under fire from the Brazilian press and public for adopting a pragmatic approach which puts winning above the 'futebol bonito' - beautiful...Full Story »

New Zealand v Slovakia - Weiss senior backs son to shine

Posted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by PA

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss has admitted the World Cup pressure is on his starlet son as his team prepares to meet New Zealand in their opening World Cup encounter in the Royal Bafokeng stadium. Weiss junior, 20, who was on loan at Bolton from Manchester City for the latter part of last season, will almost certainly start in midfield for a Slovakian team participating at a World Cup finals fo...Full Story »

Ivory Coast vs Portugal - Toure: We can win without Drogba

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 by PA

Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure has told his team-mates to believe they can make an impact at the World Cup even without Didier Drogba. The Ivorians were rocked in the run-up to the finals when the Chelsea striker broke a bone in his forearm, and although he is expected to be able to play some part in the tournament, it is not yet known whether he will be available for the opening Group G clash...Full Story »

Lippi hints at Di Natale omission

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 by PA

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has dropped the strongest hint yet that his country's best goalscorer will not start Monday's World Cup Group F opener with Paraguay. On Sunday night Lippi put his men through their paces in an 11-a-side practice match featuring what seems likely to be his starting XI, before telling the media: "If you don't understand my line-up you should change your trade". That t...Full Story »

Okada: We will attack

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 by PA

Japan coach Takeshi Okada is quietly confident his side can return to winning ways in their opening game against Cameroon. Okada insists they will take the game to their opponents at the Free State Stadium. After a run of five warm-up matches without a victory and only one goal scored, he has been accused of negativity for the way he sets his teams up. However Okada said: "We have never just ...Full Story »

No secrets for van Marwijk

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 by PA

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk concedes there are "no secrets" between his team and opening World Cup opponents Denmark ahead of their clash in Johannesburg. The Dutch, perennial under-achievers at global events, are again amongst the favourites for the crown in South Africa, but their first challenge is to progress from Group E, which also includes Japan and Cameroon. But first up for the Ora...Full Story »

Lahm: Germany better now than in 2006

Posted Sunday, June 13, 2010 by PA

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has claimed the current side is better than the one that almost reached the World Cup final four years ago. The Germans open their campaign against Group D rivals Australia in Durban, and Lahm is confident his team will not disappoint fans. "We really want to start with a win," said the 26-year-old Lahm. "It will give the young team even more security. "There is e...Full Story »

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