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Hosts held in World Cup opener

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA

Rafael Marquez denied hosts South Africa a dream start to the World Cup with his goal 11 minutes from time earning Mexico a deserved 1-1 draw at Soccer City. After struggling through the first half, the home side came out firing after the break and took the lead through Siphiwe Tshabalala. But after missing plenty of chances to build on their advantage, they saw their lead cancelled out by the...Full Story »

Marquez dampens South Africa party

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA

Rafael Marquez denied hosts South Africa a dream start to the World Cup with his goal 11 minutes from time earning Mexico a deserved 1-1 draw at Soccer City.After struggling through the first half, the home side came out firing after the break and took the lead through Siphiwe Tshabalala.But after missing plenty of chances to build on their advantage, they saw their lead cancelled out by the Ba...Full Story »

Martins wary of Argentina threat

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins insists his team must not fall into the trap of concentrating all their efforts on stopping the genius of Lionel Messi. The Super Eagles open their World Cup Group B campaign on Saturday against two-time champions Argentina, who are led by Barcelona superstar Messi. However, the former Newcastle man said: "People talk a lot about Messi, forgetting that there are...Full Story »

Brown encouraged by progress

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

New Zealand vice-captain Tim Brown is determined to prove his fitness and play in the World Cup. Brown met with team doctor Celeste Geertsema after touching down in South Africa and it was expected he would be put on a plan to continue to rehabilitate his shoulder. The midfielder has made a remarkable recovery after surgery following the injury and he said: "I wouldn't want to say it's a medic...Full Story »

Lampard desperate to contribute

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Frank Lampard has vowed to make his last World Cup one to remember for England and believes the vast experience in the squad could be a crucial factor in their bid for success. The 31-year-old is determined to make up for the disappointment of 2006 in Germany when, by his own admission, he failed to fire on all cylinders before England lost in the quarter-finals to Portugal. Lampard said: "The...Full Story »

Beasley tries to dampen US hopes

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

United States star DaMarcus Beasley knows an expectant public back home thinks a repeat of 1950s World Cup heroics will be easy. Victory over England in Rustenburg on Saturday would certainly make people sit up and take notice, and maybe create a longer lasting impression than was managed 60 years ago when Joe Gaetjens scored the only goal in one of the most sensational results in the tournamen...Full Story »

Zambrotta: Criticism unites us

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Italy midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta welcomes the criticism that is being directed at the reigning world champions. The Azzurri have been branded an "old side" by many, but the 33-year-old says the Italians will be formidable at the World Cup and he said: "We are used to criticism. "It doesn't affect us. On the contrary, it unites us and creates a team spirit. The World Cup holders make their d...Full Story »

Alves: Barca better than Argentina

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Brazil full-back Daniel Alves believes Lionel Messi struggles to replicate his Barcelona form on the international stage because the Argentina squad is inferior to that at the Nou Camp. FIFA World Player of the year Messi was the top scorer in Spain last season and the creative force behind the Catalan giants retaining their Primera Division crown, yet he has rarely shown such brilliance in an ...Full Story »

Mandela to miss opening ceremony

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Nelson Mandela will not attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup following the death of his great granddaughter in a car accident on Thursday, the South African organising committee have confirmed. It had been hoped that the iconic 91-year-old would be able to attend but the tragic news means he will not be present at Soccer City for the opening extravaganza. A statement read: "It would be...Full Story »

Evra prepared to lead France

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by PA

Patrice Evra will lead France out for their World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday highlighting his tough start to life in England as crucial to his development. The Manchester United left-back was awarded the armband with previous incumbent Thierry Henry likely to start on the bench during the tournament. While the move displeased the more experienced William Gallas, Evra is proud of his p...Full Story »

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