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Oguchi Onyewu says he’s ready to face England

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by YAHOO Sport33 hits

IRENE, South Africa (AP)—Oguchi Onyewu feels ready to face England. The big American defender hasn’t played a full 90 minutes since Oct. 10, four days before he tore his left patellar tendon during the final World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. He returned May 25 and played 65 minutes against the Czech Republic and entered at the start of the second half four days later versus T...Full Story »

Zico: Mammoth test facing North Korea

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA27 hits

Brazil legend Zico believes North Korea will need to be at their best if they are to create a shock and progress from a tough group at the World Cup. The East Asians open their Group G campaign against five-time World Cup winners Brazil on June 15 before playing Portugal and the Ivory Coast. Zico said: "Brazil are a very strong team and so are Portugal, so North Korea need to be at their...Full Story »

Olsen facing selection dilemma over injured pair

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA19 hits

Denmark coach Morten Olsen is weighing up whether to risk Nicklas Bendtner and Simon Kjaer in their opening World Cup match against Holland. The pair have both been struggling with injuries and, although they took part in a training session on Sunday, they are still doubtful for the Johannesburg clash. Olsen said in Jyllands-Posten: "We must decide whether to risk them in the first game. Shoul...Full Story »

Robben determined to make World Cup

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA48 hits

Holland winger Arjen Robben has confirmed he has a small tear in his left hamstring but is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in the World Cup. Robben came on as a substitute in Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Hungary but was forced off five minutes from time and although the initial diagnosis was gloomy, Robben is hoping he can still play a key role in South Africa. He told Stud...Full Story »

FA put safety first for friendly

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA28 hits

The Football Association have vowed not to take any risks with player and supporter safety ahead of England's friendly against the Platinum Stars on Monday in the wake of Sunday's stampede at a similar match between Nigeria and North Korea. Sixteen people were hospitalised when fans surged to gain entry to the match at the Makhulong Stadium in the township of Tembisa. Tickets for that match, as...Full Story »

Ledley King set to start for England against USA in World Cup 2010

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by theguardian.com160 hits

• Spurs defender hopes knee won't hinder his progress• 'To be here is something I will never forget,' says King The return of Ledley King to prominence is a heart-warming tale that tempts supporters to ignore any little shiver they feel over a defender whose damaged knee has a fame of its own. Fabio Capello looks likely to turn to him for England's opening World Cup match with the...Full Story »

Switzerland hold World Cup holders Italy to draw

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by theguardian.com38 hits

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.com55 hits

• 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 »

Blatter hails World Cup hosts

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA20 hits

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 »

Surface tension for Australia

Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 by PA22 hits

Australia's preparations for the World Cup have been thrown into turmoil with coach Pim Verbeek describing the surface at Ruimsig Stadium, the Socceroos' new training ground, as "hopeless". The pitch has been widely condemned by players and Verbeek has asked Australia officials to canvas other options, but it is believed they will be unable to move to another base at such short notice. Verbeek...Full Story »

Rio injury a shock for Fabio

Posted Saturday, June 05, 2010 by PA30 hits

Fabio Capello has admitted there was an immediate sense of shock when Rio Ferdinand suffered the injury that wrecked his World Cup. The England captain has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury after he injured himself in a collision with Emile Heskey. "It was a tackle and then there was big pain," confirmed Capello. "The other players were upset. They stopped training."Full Story »

Didier Drogba hopes to salvage World Cup hopes after breaking elbow

Posted Saturday, June 05, 2010 by theguardian.com43 hits

• Ivory Coast captain undergoes operation after injury• Absence would be devastating blow to Elephants' hopes" Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast captain, underwent an emergency operation tonight in an attempt to save his chances of participating in the World Cup after the Chelsea striker damaged his elbow in today'sfriendly against Japan. The Ivory Coast manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson...Full Story »

Rio Ferdinand out of World Cup 2010 as curse of captain strikes

Posted Saturday, June 05, 2010 by theguardian.com121 hits

Heartbreak for central defender after he suffers a knee ligament injury in England's first training session in Rustenburg Fabio Capello was left to lament the "curse of the captain" tonight after Rio Ferdinand was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee ligament injury sustained in training. The Manchester United centre-half is braced for up to eight weeks in rehabilitation after twisting the ...Full Story »

Beckham is absolutely Fabio

Posted Saturday, June 05, 2010 by PA115 hits

Fabio Capello believes David Beckham can have a key role to play during the World Cup. Beckham's hopes of playing in the finals were shattered by injury and Capello has insisted the midfielder is not part of his official coaching staff in South Africa but the Italian still feels the former Manchester United star can make a worthwhile contribution. He was on the training pitch with Capell...Full Story »

Rio's World Cup dream over

Posted Saturday, June 05, 2010 by PA33 hits

Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out of the World Cup. The new England skipper suffered a knee ligament injury at the end of training this lunchtime on the Three Lions' first full day in South Africa. He was immediately sent to a local hospital for a scan by manager Fabio Capello but the news has been bad enough to rule Ferdinand out of the entire tournament.Full Story »

Higuain happy to focus on World Cup

Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by PA24 hits

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain admits he is much calmer heading into the World Cup now that his future at Real Madrid has been resolved. The 22-year-old looks set to be a Madrid player until 2016 after reportedly agreeing terms on a three-year contract extension, allowing him to focus on the World Cup. "Obviously I'm calmer now. Now I'm focused 100% on Argentina and thank God I don't have t...Full Story »

Essien philosophical at World Cup woe

Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by PA44 hits

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has spoken of his disappointment at missing the World Cup. Essien tore the medial ligament in his left knee while training with the Black Stars prior to the African Nations Cup in January and, after missing the remainder of the Premier League season with Chelsea, was last week ruled out of the tournament in South Africa. "I did everything I could but eventually ...Full Story »

FIFA: NKorea striker can only be keeper

Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by YAHOO Sport97 hits

By CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer JOHANNESBURG(AP)—A striker for North Korea’s national team can’t be used as a field player at the World Cup because he was listed as a goalkeeper on the official 23-man squad, FIFA said Thursday. Kim Myong Won, a forward for club team Amrokgang, was listed as a goalkeeper in the final squad submitted to FIFA by North Korea coach Kim Jong H...Full Story »

Ziani: Algeria focused on World Cup opener

Posted Thursday, June 03, 2010 by PA19 hits

Midfielder Karim Ziani insists that Algeria are unconcerned about their recent friendly defeats and are completely focused on winning their opening World Cup match against Slovenia on June 13. The Desert Foxes, who also have England and the United States in their group, have come in for criticism after four consecutive friendly defeats in the build-up to the finals - the latest against the Repu...Full Story »

Zigic: This is my World Cup

Posted Thursday, June 03, 2010 by PA43 hits

Serbia striker Nikola Zigic is determined to prove himself on the biggest stage of all at the second time of asking. The 6'8" frontman went to the 2006 finals with Serbia and Montenegro, but it is not a tournament he remembers with any great fondness. He told "I have changed a lot. I went to Germany as player with no reputation or real experience to speak of. This is my World Cup...Full Story »

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