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'Best year' turns sour for Forlan

Posted Thursday, July 08, 2010 by PA35 hits

Uruguay striker Diego Forlan left Cape Town devastated on Tuesday night but is at least able to look back on the best year of his career. Forlan scored his fourth goal of the tournament against Holland, but it was not enough to stop Bert Van Marwijk's men winning 3-2. After the disappointing result, Forlan has been left to pick the positives out of a season where he won the Europa League wi...Full Story »

De Jong expresses final relief

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA23 hits

Nigel de Jong sweated his way through the hardest game of his career on Tuesday night - and he was not even playing. De Jong was a helpless spectator, having been ruled out of Holland's World Cup semi-final with Uruguay through suspension. Thankfully for the Manchester City star, the Dutch emerged triumphant thanks to second-half goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, and he can now l...Full Story »

Gallas sticks knife into Domenech

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA43 hits

William Gallas has laid the blame for France's World Cup implosion at the feet of former coach Raymond Domenech. Les Bleus crashed out in the group stage amid huge unrest in the camp, with Nicolas Anelka and Domenech involved in a bust-up which resulted in the Chelsea striker being expelled from the squad. A subsequent strike by the players in protest at Anelka's expulsion added to the air ...Full Story »

Koreans step up coach search

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA39 hits

The Korea Football Association (KFA) have started their search for Huh Jung-moo's successor as national team coach. Huh confirmed last week that he was stepping down from the position after leading South Korea to the second round at the World Cup, and that success has created a mood among technical committee members that, if possible, another domestic coach is desirable. "We won't catego...Full Story »

Leonardo would consider Brazil job

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA29 hits

Former AC Milan coach Leonardo would discuss any offer to become Brazil's new boss but insists no talks have taken place so far. Speculation is rife that Leonardo will succeed Dunga, whose contract was not renewed following Brazil's disappointing World Cup campaign. And although the 40-year-old admits it might not be the right time to take charge of Brazil, he knows it would be a difficu...Full Story »

Triumph in Holland's sights

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA43 hits

Dirk Kuyt is confident Holland are finally about to reach the end of their long journey to World Cup glory. Beaten finalists in 1974 and 1978, the Dutch get their third shot at football's greatest prize at Soccer City on Sunday when they will tackle either Germany or Spain following Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat of Uruguay. And Kuyt is determined to ensure it is third time lucky for the 'Or...Full Story »

Grondona: It's down to Maradona

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA33 hits

Argentina FA president Julio Grondona says Diego Maradona is the one to decide if he continues as Argentina national team boss. The South American team were eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday when they lost 4-0 to Germany and Maradona has not spoken about his future in the position since he returned to Argentina last Sunday. However, Grondona said: "Maradona is the only person in ...Full Story »

Low defends Lahm

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA36 hits

Germany coach Joachim Low has defended his captain Philipp Lahm ahead of their World Cup semi-final encounter against Spain in Durban on Wednesday. The Bayern Munich defender has been the centre of an unnecessary controversy brewing in the German camp after comments that he wanted to remain as skipper even when the injured Michael Ballack returns after the tournament. Lahm was speaking t...Full Story »

Van Marwijk's a happy man

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA20 hits

Holland boss Bert Van Marwijk is delighted to see the efforts of two years nearing fruition at the World Cup. Goals from Gio van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben gave the Dutch a 3-2 semi-final victory against Uruguay at the Green Point stadium, with Diego Forlan and Maximiliano Pereira replying. Van Marwijk said afterwards: "I'm so very proud that such a small country is in...Full Story »

Holland march into World Cup final

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA33 hits

Second-half goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben swept Holland into the World Cup final with a 3-2 win over Uruguay in Cape Town. Uruguay had levelled Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s brilliant opener through Diego Forlan just before the break. But the South Americans were rocked back as the Dutch struck twice in three minutes after the interval and although Maximiliano Pereira fi...Full Story »

Dutch set up final showdown

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA36 hits

Holland will have their chance to exorcise the ghosts of World Cup finals past on Sunday after they beat Uruguay 3-2 to set up a final showdown with Germany or Spain. Goals from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben secured a semi-final victory over Uruguay in Cape Town and a chance to avenge defeats on the game's biggest stage in 1974 and 1978. Bert van Marwijk's side may...Full Story »

Chelsea start Torres bidding at £35million - exclusive

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by mirrorfootbal587 hits

Chelsea last night tested ­Liverpool's determination to keep Fernando Torres with an opening bid of £35million. Owner Roman ­Abramovich has ­sanctioned the move to add the Spanish superstar to the Blues’ stable of forwards. Liverpool have already told Barcelona and Chelsea any pursuit of Torres is futile, but the Londoners are gearing up to make the Anfield club an off...Full Story »

Schweinsteiger: Spain are favourites

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA946 hits

Bastian Schweinsteiger insists Spain are the favourites for the World Cup semi-final encounter in Durban, despite Germany being the most impressive team in South Africa so far. The two European heavyweights have had contrasting runs to the last four. Apart from a group stage blip against Serbia, Joachim Low's team have steamrollered almost every team that has crossed their path, including Engl...Full Story »

Fabregas available for Spain

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA39 hits

Cesc Fabregas has been declared fit for Spain's World Cup semi-final against Germany on Wednesday after he trained with his team-mates on Tuesday night. The Arsenal midfielder had a scan on his right leg after taking a knock in training but there was no serious damage and now coach Vicente del Bosque has confirmed he will be available on Wednesday. He said: "He has trained well. We were ...Full Story »

Villar unimpressed with World Cup

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA64 hits

Paraguay captain Justo Villar has lashed out at FIFA for giving the World Cup to South Africa, claiming the country were not prepared to host the tournament. South Africa has generally garnered praise for its hosting of football's showpiece event but Villar insists that behind the scenes it was a different story. "I think South Africa weren't prepared to host the World Cup," he told Tele...Full Story »

Fabregas could face Germany

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA41 hits

Cesc Fabregas could be fit to play in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final match against Germany. Arsenal's Spanish midfielder had a scan after picking up a knock in training on Monday but has not been ruled out of the game. Germany will be without Thomas Muller who is suspended after picking up two yellow cards while Cacau is a major doubt with a strained stomach muscle.Full Story »

Schweinsteiger: Spain favourites

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA44 hits

Bastian Schweinsteiger insists Spain are the favourites for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final encounter in Durban, despite Germany being the most impressive team in South Africa so far. Apart from a group stage blip against Serbia, Joachim Low's team have steamrollered almost every team that has crossed their path, but the Spaniards have been far more subdued, battling their way through almo...Full Story »

Johnston wades into Jabulani debate

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA38 hits

Former Liverpool player Craig Johnston has written a 12-page letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter criticising the controversial Jabulani World Cup ball. Johnston has collated all the criticism of the ball from players and coaches and delivered a detailed and technical description of the problems to football’s governing body. "If a sponsor came into your office before the World Cup...Full Story »

Torres sweating on semi place

Posted Wednesday, July 07, 2010 by PA78 hits

Fernando Torres believes that this Spain team will be talked about for years to come if they beat Germany on Wednesday - the only doubt is whether the Liverpool striker will start the match. Torres has been in the starting XI for all of Spain's games bar the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland. Since then the 26-year-old, who arrived in South Africa short of fitness following a knee operation in Apri...Full Story »

Blanc expresses his pride

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2010 by PA28 hits

Laurent Blanc has expressed his pride after being unveiled as France coach on Tuesday morning. Blanc was a key part of the France team which triumphed in both the 1998 World Cup, on home soil, and Euro 2000, and he insists even their dismal World Cup campaign under Raymond Domenech in South Africa this summer did not deter him from continuing his link with the national team. "I am very p...Full Story »

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