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Switzerland hold World Cup holders Italy to draw

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by theguardian.com

Switzerland 1-1 Italy The World Cup holders Italy were held to a draw by Switzerland in their final warm-up match before heading to South Africa. Udinese's Gokhan Inler put Switzerland ahead in the 10th minute, but Fabio Quagliarella, a late addition to Marcello Lippi's squad, levelled four minutes later. However, Switzerland will be buoyed as they managed to outplay the defending champions ...Full Story »

Holland keep Arjen Robben in World Cup 2010 squad despite injury

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by theguardian.com

• Winger given time to recover from hamstring trouble• Holland begin campaign on 14 June against Denmark Arjen Robben is remaining in Holland's World Cup squad after the winger's hamstring injury proved less serious than first thought following a scan today. The Dutch FA said he damaged his left hamstring during the closing minutes of the team's last warm-up match against Hungary...Full Story »

14 injured in stadium stampede

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA

At least 14 people have been injured after a stampede at a pre-World Cup friendly between Nigeria and North Korea in a Johannesburg township, South Africa police have confirmed. The incident occurred outside the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, east of the city, where the two teams were wrapping up their preparations for the finals. There was a crowd surge once the stadium gates were opened...Full Story »

Tevez: I am ready

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez insists he is fully prepared both mentally and physically for the World Cup. Tevez and Argentina struggled in the qualifiers, however, the Manchester City forward claims they will do much better in South Africa, where they face South Korea, Nigeria and Greece in Group B. He told Clarin: "This is a World Cup. Who can not been motivated when they have this op...Full Story »

Boateng impresses Rajevac

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA

Kevin-Prince Boateng could have done enough to secure himself a starting role for Ghana in their World Cup opener against Serbia after impressing on his debut in the 1-0 win against Latvia on Saturday. With injury doubts over Sulley Muntari persisting, Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac is looking for alternatives in midfield, and came away impressed by Boateng's first international appearan...Full Story »

Hahnemann: England under pressure

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA

United States keeper Marcus Hahnemann is backing Wayne Rooney to cope with the "extreme pressure" he is under to lead England to World Cup glory. Hahnemann is aware of the massive expectation levels always resting on Rooney's shoulders to deliver the goods for club and country. But the veteran Wolves player believes Rooney will be able to deal with the demands ahead of England's opener with th...Full Story »

Barrios proud to play for Paraguay

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA

Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios insists he has not betrayed his home country of Argentina by choosing to represent Paraguay at the World Cup. The 25-year-old's mother is Paraguayan and the forward has chosen to represent them rather than the country of his birth, however he insists the decision was not made out of spite at not being called up by Diego Maradona. "I am not angry with Mar...Full Story »

Abidal admits he has work to do with Gallas

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA

France defender Eric Abidal admits he is yet to gel completely in the centre of the back four with William Gallas. Les Bleus have failed to keep a clean sheet in their World Cup warm-up games, conceding three goals against Costa Rica, Tunisia and China and Abidal knows he has to improve. "It's always hard for a team to let in goals," the Barcelona defender told Telefoot. "Now I don't thi...Full Story »

Blatter hails World Cup hosts

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA

Sepp Blatter believes the decision to award the World Cup to South Africa will be fully vindicated. The FIFA chief joined South African president Jacob Zuma in welcoming the event to the country on Sunday, with both leaders agreeing the competition will leave a permanent legacy. Blatter, a long-time supporter of bringing the tournament to the African continent, has faced plenty of critic...Full Story »

Eriksson expects England to shine

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA

Sven-Goran Eriksson believes England can win the World Cup despite the setback of losing captain Rio Ferdinand. The Ivory Coast manager has his own problems with Didier Drogba undergoing an operation after breaking an arm but he is still hopeful his side can set up a potential semi-final with England. Eriksson said: "If they (England) don't have more bad luck with injuries they have a ch...Full Story »

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