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Ledley King to be included in England's provisional 30 for World Cup

Posted Saturday, May 08, 2010 by theguardian.com51 hits

Spurs captain has managed 18 games this seasonDoubts over Gareth Barry's involvement due to ankle sprain Fabio Capello will select Ledley King in his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup finals after the Tottenham Hotspur defender's recent outstanding form convinced the England manager to gamble on his fitness. King, capped 19 times, has not represented his country since appearing agai...Full Story »

South Africans gear up for World Cup

Posted Saturday, May 08, 2010 by AFP14 hits

In the final run-up to the World Cup, South Africans have snapped up tickets in a last-minute surge in local sales that will give the tournament a more African flavour, as foreign sales sag. The decision last month to begin over-the-counter sales in South Africa saw enormous queues spring up, with local fans buying 180,000 tickets in the first week, according to FIFA. Previously South Africa...Full Story »

World Cup Countdown: Where Would The USA Be Without. . .France?

Posted Saturday, May 08, 2010 by Goal.com35 hits

In this edition, we cover our friends across the Atlantic, France. There’s no denying it. Of all the major soccer powers throughout the world that have helped shape the American game, France ranks a ways down on the list. But that doesn’t mean that the French haven’t contributed to the game in USA. Though their contributions are outweighed by those of Mexico, England, and nu...Full Story »

Ghana includes Boateng on World Cup roster

Posted Saturday, May 08, 2010 by YAHOO Sport28 hits

ACCRA, GHANA(AP) —Injured Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been included on Ghana’s preliminary 30-man World Cup roster along with Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has never played for the Black Stars. Essien injured a hamstring playing for Chelsea on Dec. 8, returned to appear for Ghana in the African Cup of Nations, the...Full Story »

Mandela reunited with World Cup trophy

Posted Friday, May 07, 2010 by YAHOO Sport45 hits

JOHANNESBURG (AP)—Nelson Mandela was reunited with the World Cup trophy on Thursday, six years after he was famously pictured with soccer's greatest prize on the day South Africa won the right to host the event. The 91-year-old former president met with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and chief local organizer Danny Jordaan, who brought the 18-carat, solid gold trophy to the Nelson M...Full Story »

250,000 World Cup tickets yet to be sold

Posted Thursday, May 06, 2010 by theguardian.com25 hits

The ticket office at Soweto's Soccer City. World Cup organisers have admitted that more than half of the 500,000 match tickets offered for cash sale are still unsold, just over a month before the tournament starts. Business appeared to be brisk when the fifth and final phase of sales opened in South Africa on 15 April, sparking long queues, but interest now appears to have cooled. Greg Fre...Full Story »

Hajduk Split win Croatian Cup

Posted Thursday, May 06, 2010 by YAHOO Sport35 hits

SIBENIK, Croatia, May 5 (Reuters) - Hajduk Split won the Croatian Cup for the first time since 2003 after Wednesday’s 2-0 second leg win at Sibenik completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over their coastal rivals. Ante Vukusic fired Hajduk ahead in the 16th minute, drilling in a low shot after a one-two with strike partner Senijad Ibricic who converted a penalty in added time. Sibenik squande...Full Story »

Sneijder injured in Italian Cup final

Posted Thursday, May 06, 2010 by YAHOO Sport79 hits

ROME (AP)—Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder has injured his right thigh one minute into the Italian Cup final with AS Roma. The injury occurred during a collision with Roma defender Nicolas Burdisso. Sneijder attempted to play on after a bandage was applied, but then signaled for a change to Inter’s bench, and Mario Balotelli came on as the substitute. Sneijder has been the ke...Full Story »

Man City vs Tottenham - mother of all 'cup finals'

Posted Tuesday, May 04, 2010 by The Independent175 hits

Crouch sets aside family ties for mother of all 'cup finals' at Eastlands Peter Crouch has described Tottenham Hotspur's match with Manchester City tomorrow night as a cup final and has told fans the club is ready to finally make the step up to the Champions League, four years after missing out in agonising fashion. If Spurs beat Roberto Mancini's side at Eastlands then they will qualify, at C...Full Story »

South Africa name preliminary 29-man World Cup squad

Posted Friday, April 30, 2010 by BBC.com33 hits

South Africa's World Cup build-up South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has named a 29-man preliminary squad for the World Cup which they host in June. Included on the list are West Ham striker Benni McCarthy and Portsmouth midfielder Aaron Mokoena. But Nasief Morris who plays for Real Santander in Spain's La Liga is omitted from the squad. South Africa kick off the tournament on J...Full Story »

South Korea name preliminary 30-man World Cup squad

Posted Saturday, May 01, 2010 by BBC.com33 hits

South Korea's World Cup qualifying highlights South Korea coach Huh Jung-moo has named two English-based players in his 30-man preliminary squad for this summer's World Cup in South Africa. Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung and Bolton winger Lee Chung-Yong were both named in the initial group. But there was no place for ex-Fulham and Reading striker Seol Ki-Hyeon who is still recover...Full Story »

Be aware of new World Cup scam

Posted Saturday, May 01, 2010 by Daylife.com35 hits

FIFA has warned soccer fans not to be fooled by a new World Cup lottery scam sweeping the globe. The latest World Cup scam takes the form of an e-mail, including official Fifa branding, informing the recipient he or she has won $2.8-million (R24.5-million). The e-mail tells the recipient he or she is one of three lucky winners in the Fifa 2010 Award draw held in April. It further states all ...Full Story »

FIFA criticized for over-protecting 2010 World Cup sponsors

Posted Saturday, May 01, 2010 by Edition.cnn.com26 hits

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- FIFA has come under fire from South African businesses upset with the tough trade restrictions put in place by soccer's world governing body for the 2010 World Cup. FIFA makes the bulk of its money from selling marketing and television rights, and has already generated a record $3.3 billion ahead of the June 11 kickoff in Johannesburg. Big companies pay bi...Full Story »

Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney Is Doubtful Over World Cup Place

Posted Saturday, May 01, 2010 by Goal.com63 hits

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the Premier League title run-in due to a groin injury, and concerns are mounting that the England ace's World Cup place is hanging in the balance. According to the Sunday Mirror Sport, the injuries occurred in United’s Champions League exit against Bayern ­Munich, while Rooney then exacerbated the problem during the Manche...Full Story »

France Drifting In World Cup Betting

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Streetinsider.com24 hits

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/29/10 -- After the nature of the win which secured qualification for this summer's World Cup, a low key build up to the 2010 tournament would have been ideal for Raymond Domenech and for France. However, Thierry Henry's handball has just been the start of a series of controversies which are dogging Les Bleus preparation for South Africa. The most s...Full Story »

Wenger rules out World Cup signings

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010 by theguardian.com129 hits

Arsène Wenger believes the prices of players will be artificially high if they are successful in South Africa. Arsène Wenger's reluctance to be rushed into spending Arsenal's millions on fresh talent will extend to the World Cup with the Gunners manager insisting he will not be tempted to buy players who make an impact during the tournament. Arsenal will finish the season without ...Full Story »

Nelson Mandela to miss World Cup

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010 by The Independent122 hits

Nelson Mandela plans to miss the opening ceremony of the World Cup finals in South Africa and will watch the tournament from home, according to his grandson. Home supporter: Springbok captain Francois Pienaar receives the rugby union World Cup from South African president Nelson Mandela at Ellis Park after the final in 1995 The news will disappoint Fifa, who had hoped he would make a rare ...Full Story »

Brazil overtake Spain to top Fifa world rankings

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010 by The Independent93 hits

Brazil have replaced Spain at the top of the world rankings in the latest FIFA list released today. The Selecao's rise up the order brings an end to Spain's five-month stint at the summit, with the European champions shuffled back into second place. Other moves inside the top 10 see Argentina rise two places to seventh, while Portugal are up to third - their highest ever position since the l...Full Story »

Hurst wants Scholes to play in World Cup

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010 by The Independent22 hits

England legend Sir Geoff Hurst believes veteran Paul Scholes deserves to be part of the England World Cup squad this summer - if the midfielder can be persuaded to come out of international retirement. Hurst has been hugely impressed with Scholes' appearances for Manchester United in the past few weeks in rekindling their hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title. And England's 1966...Full Story »

World Cup Watch: The best free-kick takers

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 by The Independent500 hits

In anticipation of the World Cup, The Independent will be running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)During his last couple of seasons at Manchester United, Ronaldo became the undisputed free-kick taker at Old Trafford. And he's continued as the favoured dead-ball specialist since moving to Real...Full Story »

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