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Van Marwijk defends Robben

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA35 hits

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk insists Arjen Robben is a changed man. The former Chelsea star developed a reputation for going to ground too easily at Stamford Bridge that has never gone away and even at the World Cup, once he recovered from the hamstring injury which threatened his participation in the tournament, Robben has been criticised for hitting the deck too quickly. But Van Marwij...Full Story »

Martino quits Paraguay post

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA22 hits

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has resigned following his team's elimination from the World Cup. Martino's men made it to the quarter-finals before losing 1-0 to Spain thanks to a late David Villa strike. "My four years are over," Martino said on US television network Fox Sports. "But I will stay around to help find a successor."Full Story »

Premier pair vital for Holland

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA96 hits

England's World Cup quest may have been disappointingly brief, but the Premier League can still enjoy some reflected glory from Holland's charge to the semi-finals. The Dutch take on Uruguay in Cape Town on Tuesday looking to recreate the 1970s glory era, with coach Bert van Marwijk placing his trust in Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt and Arsenal's Robin van Persie. "I read somewhere that when Raf...Full Story »

Tabarez: Suarez is no cheat

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA74 hits

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez insisted his side will feel no embarrassment when they line up against Holland in the World Cup semi-final at the Green Point stadium on Tuesday night. Tabarez maintains that Luis Suarez did not cheat when he handled the ball on the line to deprive Ghana of a quarter-final winner in the last seconds of extra time. Suarez, who likened the handball to Diego Maradon...Full Story »

Tabarez blasts "shameful" Suarez questions

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA812 hits

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez insisted his side will feel no embarrassment when they line up against Holland in the World Cup semi-final at the Green Point stadium. Tabarez maintains that Luis Suarez did not cheat when he handled the ball on the line to deprive Ghana a quarter-final winner in the last seconds of extra time, the Ajax striker then celebrating on the touchline when Asamoah Gyan miss...Full Story »

Nigeria ban rescinded

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA34 hits

The Nigerian government have rescinded their decision to ban the national football team from all competitions, just ahead of a FIFA deadline. FIFA had threatened to suspend and even expel the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) due to government interference, as well as withholding the US Dollars 8million due to the association from the World Cup. However, Nigerian President Goodluck Jona...Full Story »

Van Persie set to lead Dutch line

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA47 hits

Robin van Persie will start up front for Holland when they face Uruguay in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday. The Arsenal striker had been a doubt after injuring his elbow against Brazil in the quarter-final but has been given the all-clear and will be hoping to fire the Dutch to their first World Cup final since 1978. Striker Luis Suarez will be missing for Uruguay following his dismi...Full Story »

Blatter happy with finals

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA27 hits

FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims the World Cup in South Africa has already proved the doubters wrong. Critics had predicted that fans would be deterred by high travel costs and the high crime rate in the country, while even FIFA themselves admitted earlier this year that ticket sales had not gone as well as they had hoped. Blatter told reporters in Johannesburg: "More than 500,000 fans will ...Full Story »

Suarez sent cheeky text

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA72 hits

Holland keeper Maarten Stekelenburg sent a cheeky text message to Luis Suarez on Friday night nominating his Ajax team-mate for the World Cup's best goalkeeper award. Suarez will miss the World Cup semi-final tussle between Uruguay and Holland in Cape Town on Tuesday as a consequence of the deliberate handball in the final seconds of extra-time that denied Ghana a place in the last four. ...Full Story »

Linesman saddened by Lampard error

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA124 hits

The linesman at the centre of England's disallowed goal storm has admitted he was caught out by the speed of Frank Lampard's shot. Uruguayan official Mauricio Espinosa failed to spot Lampard's effort had bounced over the line after crashing down off the underside of the bar during England's 4-1 last-16 defeat to Germany. Had the goal been given, England would have drawn level at 2-2. Esp...Full Story »

Low wary of Spain match-winners

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA42 hits

Germany coach Joachim Low has warned that Spain have "several Messis" in their ranks, insisting the European champions will pose the toughest test yet for his side when they meet in their World Cup semi-final encounter on Wednesday. The three-time winners have been the most impressive team in South Africa so far, scoring 13 goals including four against Argentina. There was plenty of talk...Full Story »

Fabregas fit for semi-final clash

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA28 hits

Cesc Fabregas will be fit to play for Spain against Germany in the World Cup semi-final in Durban on Wednesday. The Arsenal midfielder was examined by Spain's team doctor after falling heavily on his shoulder against Paraguay. He and defender Carles Puyol, who suffered blurred vision after being hit in the face by the ball, have both been given the all-clear.Full Story »

Klose hails new generation

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA52 hits

Miroslav Klose has admitted German fans did not know where their new heroes were going to come from a couple of years ago. Germany have lit up the World Cup with a series of brilliant displays. Suddenly the likes of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer are becoming household names across Europe, after barely being so on German soil a couple of years ago. "A few years ago people kep...Full Story »

Torres anticipates Germany showdown

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA37 hits

Fernando Torres admits Spain's World Cup clash with high-scoring Germany will be like a final as he looks to repeat his country's Euro 2008 success. The Liverpool striker scored the only goal of the final against the Germans two years ago to help Spain lift their first major trophy for 44 years. Now the two sides are set to meet again in the last four of football's biggest tournament. To...Full Story »

Lugano desperate to make semi

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA28 hits

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano will find out on Monday whether he will be fit to face Holland in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final, insisting he is ready to play through the pain. The Fenerbahce defender limped out of his country's quarter-final encounter with Ghana after just 38 minutes with a knee injury and is now a major doubt for the South Americans. "I was lucky enough to train and run ...Full Story »

Uruguay vs Netherlands Match Preview

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by livesoccertv.com1055 hits

A few months ago, no one would have expected Netherlands and Uruguay facing each other at the semi finals. Both teams, undefeated, will have to fight for a place in the final. Uruguay's martyr Luis Suarez -the player most familiar with Dutch football in the squad- will be unable to perform, while Netherlands will have to do without De Jong and Van der Wiel, Will Oscar Tabarez's squad be ab...Full Story »

Dunga dismissed by Brazil

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA31 hits

The Brazilian Football Federation have confirmed Dunga has been dismissed following the country's elimination from the World Cup. Dunga indicated he was likely leave his post after Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup triumph were ended by Holland in Port Elizabeth on Friday. "Ending the cycle of work that began in August 2006, and ended with the elimination of Brazil from the World Cup i...Full Story »

Torres admits to fitness problems

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA26 hits

Fernando Torres admits he has not been at his best during the World Cup but believes he is improving game by game. The Liverpool striker missed the end of the Premier League season after undergoing ankle surgery and is still searching for his first goal in South Africa, despite helping Spain through to their first ever appearance in the World Cup semi-finals. He said: "It is a difficult ...Full Story »

Van Marwijk ready for battle

Posted Monday, July 05, 2010 by PA26 hits

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk is predicting a battle royal against the "fighters" of Uruguay in Tuesday's semi-final but believes his Dutch players have added some steel to their renowned brand of attractive football. The Dutch are the clear favourites to make it to Sunday's final, especially with Robin van Persie declared fit and the South Americans' striker Luis Suarez suspended followin...Full Story »

Klose believes German youngsters can beat Spain

Posted Sunday, July 04, 2010 by YAHOO Sport172 hits

ERASMIA, South Africa (AP)—Miroslav Klose says a new generation of creative players can help Germany avenge its loss to Spain in the 2008 European Championship final when the sides meet in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday. The veteran forward was in an experienced German side that lost a one-sided Euro final 1-0 in Vienna. Klose said Sunday that the World Cup rematch in Durban will ...Full Story »

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