SoccerLens Archives for January 2010

France given the honour to showcase Euro 2016

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France will be the predecessor to Poland and Ukraine's joint hosting of the European Championships after they fort off competition from Italy and Turkey to win the right of hosting the tournament in the summer of 2016.

It will have been twelve years since France last hosted a major tournament as they did in 1998 as they delivered a fine FIFA World Cup where Les Bleus eventually won the coveted world title in Paris to spark mass scenes of joy and jubilation in the countries capital.

Serbia 0-1 New Zealand – All Whites Prepare for South Africa In Style

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If the All Whites were hoping to be underestimated at this year's World Cup, then perhaps scalping a team 68 places above them in the FIFA world rankings was probably not the right way to go about it. After the heartache of last week's last-gasp defeat aginst Australia, many were beginning to wonder if New Zealand had the capacity to play world class opposition for a full 90 minutes and beyond.

Serbia Vs. New Zealand: Match Preview

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International Friendly: Serbia vs. New Zealand
Date: Saturday 29th May 16:15 (GMT)
Venue: Hypo Group Arena, Austria
Capacity 32,000

The All Whites take on Serbia this Saturday, 400 meters above sea level in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt.

Is Rooney the last of his kind?

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Shhh... no one mention the Golden generation. (Thing is, will there be another one?)

In a matter of days, England will be taking most of the players who were infamously coined "the golden generation" to the World Cup – although obviously we don't talk about that now!

But perhaps we should.

Football Commentators: You Can’t Live With Them…

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It's no secret. I loathe most football commentators. Not all, but definitely most.

I do not care to recall the amount of times I have been reduced to watching long stretches of televised games in complete silence over the past few years, as a preventative measure taken to quell the acid-reflux caused by those jibber-jabbering morons up in the gantry.

England Till I Die – By The Fans, For The Fans

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In celebration of England's passionate supporters, England 'Til I Die (compiled by David Lane) reveals the funny, the absurd, the emotional, the peculiar and unbelievable that is part and parcel of being a die-hard England fan.

Following England home and away has become a way of life for many people.

TFT Episode 51: End of Season Bonanza

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Ah, the end of another football season in Europe. Across the continent, league titles have been decided, champions crowned and the transfer market is slowly clicking into gear. Joining us in the studio this week to digest the final week of the season (apologies to the playoff finalists in League One and League Two) is the world class podcasting unit that is The Sound of Football: Graham Sibley, Terry Duffelen and Chris Oakley.

The Special One – El Especial

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Jose Mourinho has enjoyed what is arguably his most successful year in managerial football with a treble in the Serie A. Inter Milan enjoyed an unprecedented rout of silverware under the keen eye of ‘the special one', who will now head west, to the city of Madrid, to hopefully enjoy a similar success that the Spanish giants have not encountered for too many years, seemingly playing in the shadow of the Catalonian supreme.

Is the Premier League turning into a proving ground for potential superstars?

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As yet another talismanic player gets ready to pack his bags and bid farewell to North London, the rumour mill is working overtime as Arsenal are linked with every discontented player in world football. Yaya Toure, Per Mertesacker, Zlatan Ibrahohimivic and Gianluigi Buffon (amongst many, many more) have all been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past few weeks.

‘England Expects’ – And That’s The Problem

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It's started again. In fact it started about a month-and-a-half ago.

The now seemingly omnipresent 'En-Ger-Land' white-van jingo-jango has farted it's way back onto the front and back pages of all the tabloids, television commercials and supermarket shelves even the sodding cakes are getting nauseatingly patriotic.

The best festival of the summer is on the horizon

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A sea of Oranje, waves of Azzuri and Mexicans, the samba brigade and the Vuvezula army are on their way...

Four years have passed but this is brand new to me, as if the World Cup never happened before. A festival of football is on the way that I'll never forget.

Stadiums chock full of life, nations that may even breathe new life, teams that can become inspirational heroes and believe that this is their time, and the blistering sunshine all combine to create one big almighty party.

Maradona – Madman or Mastermind?

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The 23 man squad is named and after great anticipation Diego Milito is in, as is Martin Palermo. This may surprise a few football observers around the globe but after all nothing has been less than surprising about Maradona's road to South Africa 2010.

6 attackers have been named and most countries would salivate at the luxury of options Maradona has going forward.

101 greatest goals of 2009/2010

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The best way to relive the previous season for a football lover is to watch the best action of the season. The best action of the season usually ends with a goal or sometimes with an injury. The best of those bits of action that ended in goals have been put together and Soccerlens will present the 101 Great Goals's 101 Greatest Goals of the 2009/2010 season.

ESPN SportsCenter’s Landon Donovan ad

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The USA ace Landon Donovan features in the ESPN SportsCenter's ad for the World Cup. The theme is a day at the SportsCenter's office and Donovan fails miserably to operate a simple photocopier and is subsequently punished. Take a look:

"ESPN SportsCenter's Landon Donovan ad" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Mourinho’s move to Madrid moves ever closer as Pellegrini is finally axed

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Possibly one of the biggest certainties in football is coming ever closer to fruition. Jose Mourinho will leave his newly crowned European champions to take prime place in the hot seat of the world's biggest football club after Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez confirmed during a news conference on Wednesday that Chilean Manuel Pellegrini has been dismissed.

Cesc, I guess this is farewell

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Some things in sport are as inevitable as night following day. No Grand Prix is complete without Martin Brundle brilliantly interrupting Tanja Bauer on his grid-walk. You can be almost as sure of a British fighter being let down by their wrestling in the world of mixed martial arts. When it comes to football, and more specifically Arsenal however, nothing is more likely than a summer of uncertainty and discontent.

U.S. Soccer finalizes 23-man roster: Brian Ching says goodbye, Gomez cries

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So we now know the 23 Bob Bradley will take to South Africa. They are:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).

Birmingham Complete £6m Deal For Nikola Zigic

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Birmingham City have finalised a deal that will see Valencia striker Nikola Zigic move to St. Andrews once the World Cup culminates in July, after the player completed a medical at the club yesterday.

Zigic has signed a four-year deal with the West Midlands club for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £6 million.

Hill-Wood: “Fabregas might stay, he might go, I have no idea”

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Fabregas moving to Barcelona is by no means a done deal Arsenal will presumably look for both a suitable fee and a nailed-on squad replacement before allowing the Spanish midfielder to leave for his dream move and there's a good chance it might not be resolved till the end of the World Cup.

If Glen Johnson were Brazilian the press would drool

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The nation's disaffection with England's inability to keep possession in the aftermath of England's World Cup warm-up match with Mexico on Monday shrouded what should have been a day of high praise for full back Glen Johnson. The Liverpool man scored a superb goal to give England a 3-1 victory displaying a skill, tenacity and two-footedness that were he Brazilian, would have had the world drooling.

No Longer “The Special One”, Mourinho is now “The One”

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When Massimo Moratti appointed Jose Mourinho the new Internazionale manager in May 2008, some wondered "why"? Inter had won the Serie A for a third successive season yet Roberto Mancini declared after their Champions League exit that he would be leaving. The reasoning behind appointing Mancini's successor was simple, Mourinho was then and is now a winner.

Group C: The Group of Life

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With the footballing space on the internet dominated by Britain and America, this group is being intensely studied. But it shouldn't be. I mean, really, it's not all that interesting. England have been given a group to cruise, and U.S.A. should get through given their progress in the Confederations Cup.

I smell a banana skin – where will the upsets be in the WC group stage?

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Germany v Ghana

It is fun but usually wrong to predict German failure. Euro 2008 was yet another example of Germany's ability to deliver in major tournaments; they reached the final despite being low on star players and performing poorly in the early stages.
Ghana, however, will give them a good game.

Will Brazil make it six of the best in South Africa?

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Five times World Cup winners, Brazil, head to South Africa looking to confirm their position as the best international team in World football by winning the World Cup for a sixth time, which would mean that they would have won one in every three tournaments since the competition started in 1930.

France Keeper Hugo Lloris: ‘The World Cup Ball Is A Disaster’

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In the run up to every World Cup there are certain inevitabilities that are so predictable, you can almost set your watch by them.

Every other television commercial will start to contain dubious tournament tie-ins (Anusol the official haemorrhoid cream of SA2010), hundreds of god-awful nick-nacky songs (official and otherwise) will be released in support of whomever, Michel Platini will stun the world by backing England and finally, the goalkeepers will start to get there excuses in early by criticising the new official ball.

Sol Campbell ‘Seriously Considering’ Celtic Switch

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Veteran Arsenal centre-back Sol Campbell has revealed that he is in talks with Celtic over a move north of the border.

Campbell has reportedly been offered a twelve-month extension to his current deal at the Emirates but the former England international has admitted that he has been flattered by the interest shown in him by the Scottish club and, after holding initial negotiations with Celtic's interim boss Neil Lennon, the 35-year-old is now considering his options.

U.S Soccer and The Working Class

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After living in the USA for 5 years now after moving from Manchester, UK a few different things frustrate and also offer optimism about the future of the game stateside.

Coaching various different squads at junior and adult level I have noticed the sleeping opportunity in all major cities in America and that is the cities where the urban population, namely schools where soccer is completely overlooked.

New Zealand midfielder Tim Brown Hoping For A Speedy Recovery

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Tim Brown, the combative All Whites midfielder, has arrived back in Auckland today after his colleagues departed for Austria in preparation for the World Cup. Brown suffered a fractured shoulder during the 2-1 defeat to Australia on Monday, after a fairly innocuous challenge from Aussie Vince Grella sent him crashing to the ground .

Spanish clubs want Real and Barcelona to play fair over television income

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Speculation has mounted over the years of a possible strike by top Spanish clubs in The Primera Division over a financial debacle that is threatening a war between the football clubs in Spain's top division against Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

These rumours have intensified this month after a number of wealthier clubs have suggested a break away from Spain's top two in order to create a new league.

All Whites can take positives from last gasp defeat

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Austalia 2 1 New Zealand.Â

Much was made before the game (in some small part by me) of the 'no holds barred' attitude that New Zealand would have for this fixture. Yet it was Australia who were guilty of some horrific challenges during the first half, with the Australians lucky to still have 11 men on the field by the end of the game.

Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood: ‘No Offers Yet For Cesc Fabregas’

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed he is 'very surprised' that the club are yet to receive a bid from Barcelona for their talismanic captain 'Cesc Fabregas.

The Spanish midfielder is understood to have told manager Arsene Wenger that he wanted to leave Arsenal this summer, following years of increasingly intense speculation linking him with a move to the Camp Nou.

Podcast: Jose Mourinho, Blackpool and England’s best XI

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The Soccerlens Podcast returns for an end-of-season wrap for European football with Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg.

With Iain baked back from his vacation and Adrian fresh off of playing at the Emirates, the duo reviews the weekend's action with two major finals being played out on Saturday and all the off-the-field stories.

Soccerlens TV: Tottenham’s potential CL opponents and all things Jose Mourinho

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Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday on the Soccerlens Show.

In Episode 29, Andy wraps up the European season with a look back at the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter. The perennial Italian champions became Europe's top dogs again for the first time in 45 years, and Andy looks at the key men behind their triumph.

Soccerlens Review: The 09/10 Season

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The 2009/2010 football season has been a rollercoaster ride of thrills, spills and tragi-comic falls as it builds up to the summer's main event, the World Cup.

The memory of Blackpool's monumental triumph is still fresh, and the sight of Jose Mourinho gracefully accepting the adulation of the traveling Inter fans on Saturday night was a poignant reminder of the man's sense of timing and ability to mould his destiny to his will.

U.S. Soccer Report: Notes from the Nats’ first week of practice

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So the Yanks reported on Monday, practiced for the first time together Wednesday, and Landon decided to go all Oprah on us. Interesting week. Let's take a peek inside.

- So what did we learn? Not a ton, unless you're super interested in Landon's desire to kick all those free-loading skeletons from his closet.

Review: ‘Soccer Dribbling and Feinting’ & ‘Soccer Passing and Ball Control’

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Buy: "Soccer Dribbling and Feinting" and "Soccer Passing and Ball Control" by Thomas Dooley and Christian Titz
: 978-184126-301-4 and 978-184126-300-7

Ruud Gullit during his brief management spell at the Los Angeles Galaxy made the following comment in an interview with the Times of London on April 27, 2008:

"In the United States they play soccer in the schools and then college and they are 20 or 21 years old and they are coming to me, having been coached straight out of a book.

Review: World Cup 2010 Indispensable Geopolitics

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Buy: "World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics" by Steven D. Stark and Harrison Stark
ISBN: 978-0-9819289-4-4

"It's been said that Americans learn about world affairs and geography through wars; the rest of the world learns through soccer.

Champions League Review 09/10

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Soccerlens looks at the 2009/2010 Champions League season, from the format changes to the upsets, sublime attacking performances and their masterful tactical counterbalances, and of course, destiny.


For the first time in the competition's history the qualifying rounds were divided in to two distinct sections: The Champions Path, for those who won their domestic league but didn't automatically qualify for European competition, and The Non-Champions Path, which unsurprisingly contains those teams who did not win their own league.

Jose Mourinho To Kickstart Real Madrid Revolution With £25m Ashley Cole Raid?

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Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning to test Ashley Cole's commitment to Chelsea by offering the England left-back the chance to team up with his former manager at Real Madrid.

Mourinho is expected to officially confirm his switch from Inter Milan to the Bernabeu later today following a meeting with club president Florentino Perez, less than 48 hours after securing the Champions League title with the Nerazzuri on Saturday evening.

Neville, Scholes and Giggs: Death By A Thousand Cuts

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It is with some distain, if not total consternation, that I observe the clichéd comments of the media, rival fans, and (most of all) my fellow Manchester United fans in relation to the ‘old guard' at Old Trafford!

I could paraphrase an endless list of comments across an endless list of articles and blog contributions but let me quote a comment by the BBC's chief sports writer, Phil McNulty, in his review of the season this week:

"once again we have to ask how much more Ferguson can dredge out of the old reliables such as Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

Internazionale conquer Europe as Mourinho bids farewell

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Jose Mourinho is set to leave Internazionale after masterminding their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich last night thanks to a Diego Milito brace.

The 47 year old has guided The Nerazzurri to a domestic and European treble this season as they become only the sixth club to reach this marvelous feat and become the first Italian team ever to do so.

Championship Play-Off Final Preview: Blackpool Vs Cardiff

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Blackpool vs Cardiff City
2010 Championship Play-off Final
Saturday 22nd May 2010
Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Blackpool will take on Cardiff City this afternoon in what is being dubbed 'the richest game on the planet', and for very good reason.

Swiss Football Rocked By Europe-Wide Match Fixing Scandal

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The Swiss Football Association (ASF) have handed substantial bans to nine Swiss Football League players for their respective parts in a match-fixing scandal that is sweeping across Europe.

Five professional players from Swiss second-tier clubs Thun, Gossau and Slavonija Bern were given open-ended suspensions that will last at least three years thus effectively ending their football careers.

Is Jose Mourinho a Conman?

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As Jose Mourinho prepares for his second Champions League final, memories of his first are reignited. One moment in particular sticks in the mind. As his Porto side jumped up and down on the podium celebrating their improbable success, Mourinho dramatically walked off. A man who had bred an incredible team spirit betraying them at the last.

Aston Villa game for the Hawks

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Forgive me if there is a shred of emotion underlying the theme I wish to expound, and similarly, forgive me if there is a more than a shred of hypocrisy. But you see, in the immortal words of Tupac Shakur, I have a beef, or actually, I don't, because someone else is trying to take mine.

Not that I should be surprised given the cannibalistic nature of the Premier League, and nor, in light of the actions of my own club in the past is there any real basis for my anger, but still, Aston Villa's recent travails with first their plucky manager and now their players, is a fabulous, tear-tinged reminder why despite the increase in standard in the Premier League, there are powerful forces mitigating against the leveling of any proverbial playing field.

Mourinho’s date with destiny swings full circle as speculation over his future continues

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Jose Mourinho's date with a German club in European footballs most glamorous fixture is somewhat ironic as his rise to super-stardom as the world's most coveted football coach came six years prior in Germany as he took a modest Portuguese side to the city of Gelsenkirchen which made them heroes, and made him immortal.

All White expecting an bruising encounter with the Socceroos

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International Friendly:
Australia vs. New Zealand
Date: Monday 24th May.
Venue: MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
Capacity: 10,000

Mark Schwarzer, the Australian shot stopper, is so far the only injury worry ahead of Monday nights clash with the All Whites.

Nike’s Write The Future Advert

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Nike's Write The Future ad for the 2010 World Cup, featuring a host of superstars, catchy soundtrack, an innovative and ingenious storyline and for once, a believable ad.

Well done Nike.

"Nike's Write The Future Advert" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Marouane Chamakh Officially Completes Arsenal Move

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Arsenal have officially confirmed (via their club website) that Marouane Chamakh has finally joined the club on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract with Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux.

The Moroccan striker has joined the club on a 'long-term' deal (believed to be a five-year contract) that will see him wearing the no.

TFT Episode 50: Celebratory Bumper Special

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And so we reach Episode 50, and I'm sure you'll forgive me the indulgence of thinking that it's an achievement to be very proud of.

For those not yet in the know, no money changes hands at any stage of the production of this podcast, and never has done. The hosts earn nothing, the studio is very kindly donated by my employers and the guests are all entirely unpaid save for a bottle of water I usually pop out to buy every Thursday evening.

David James To Be Considered For Vacant Portsmouth Manager Role

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According to the club's administrator, Andrew Andronikou, Portsmouth's veteran goalkeeper David James has put himself forward as a potential candidate to fill the recently-vacated managerial hot seat at Fratton Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Andronikou said;

"David has expressed an interest in taking the next stage of his career into management, albeit we believe [the Portsmouth vacancy] has come a bit too early to appoint him as manager.

Laurent Blanc to take over the reins of Les Bleus following this summer’s World Cup

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Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc is set to replace Raymond Domenech as France head coach after this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

The French Football Federation have agreed terms with Blanc's current employers Bordeaux after the 44 year old expressed his desire to take up the offer.

Avram Grant Agrees To Become West Ham Manager ‘In Principle’

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Avram Grant has agreed a deal 'in principle' to become the new manager of West Ham United, after resigning as Portsmouth boss yesterday.

Whilst negotiations are still ongoing between the two parties, it is being reported that Grant could be installed as Gianfranco Zola's successor by as early as this evening.

No Money But Lots of Rumours

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Silly season has definitely arrived in Scotland, despite the lack of money for Glasgow's big two. The last week or so has seen several players linked with the Old Firm, particularly Celtic. It does seem rather strange, but it's a sign that the Scottish media are getting rather desperate to fill their back pages.

2010 World Cup Safety Tips For Fans

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Not long to go before the World Cup and we have the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warning England fans who will be driving in South Africa about safety when travelling this summer. These warnings are not specifically for the English fans neither will the South Africans treat the English fans indifferently but all football fans travelling to South Africa from the rest of the world should make a note of the following instructions/warnings.

Football Eye Candy

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With the World Cup just 20 odd days away we thought to ourselves what could we offer to our loyal community to pass the time until the kick off (twiddling your thumbs and having a pint down the local will only keep you busy for a limited period of time). And then it came to us a list of WAGs and HABs websites.

Interview with Barcelona’s Lander Unzueta

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Football Media has covered an interview of FC Barcelona's Chief Marketing Officer, Lander Unzueta, who talks at length about Barcelona's unique place in football and how the club is actively working in growing its brand and fanbase (increasing commercial assets) while staying involved in social causes.

Aston Villa Reject Man City Bid For James Milner

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Aston Villa have confirmed that they have received and rejected a bid from Manchester City for their versatile midfielder James Milner.

There was strong speculation earlier in the week that City would be first out of the traps in the race to sign Milner, triggering a bidding war between themselves and bitter rivals Manchester United in the process.

Would you take on 200 children for charity?

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... apparently, Athletic Bilbao will.

The Spanish side took on 200 hyperactive children right after completing a rather decent season finishing seven points above Atletico Madrid at 8th position on the table. It is kind of hard to imagine how it would be like to play any football at all with 200 children running around the field!

Howard Webb To Referee The Champions League Final

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Premier League official Howard Webb has been given the nod by UEFA to referee Saturday's Champions League final that will see both Inter Milan and Bayern Munich chasing astonishing trebles both teams having already won their respective domestic league and cup titles.

Webb, who has already been selected to referee at this summer's World Cup, is currently enjoying a steady growth in his reputation within world football circles after seeing his domestic standing arguable begin to wane slightly during the last month of the Premier League season, due to some high-profile errors of judgement.

Stat Attack: Van Gaal is better than Mourinho

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This year's Champions League sees Inter Milan and Bayern Munich play the finals, we all know that. But were these the two teams who anyone even thought would make it to the final in the start of the season? Probably not.

Who would take the crown and make history by winning a treble as both clubs have already conquered their respective countries both in league and cup.

Fergie should snap up the new Frank Lampard

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Speaking in a press conference in America to promote their summer tour, Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed he is only looking to sign one more player this summer. Names like Franck Ribery, David Villa, David Silva, Angel Di Maria, Yaya Toure and Lassana Diarra have all been bandied about in a manner befitting the covetous nature of transfer window spending, and that will continue to happen, but Manchester United would be better off signing someone else: Stephen Ireland.

David Villa completes £34.2m move to Barcelona

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Spanish international David Villa has completed his move to FC Barcelona after a fee was agreed with Valencia for just over £34m.

The 28 year old has been on the radar for many of Europe's elite for a number of years now due to his prolific goal scoring for both club and country.

He helped Valencia to an automatic place in next year's Champions League has he netted 21 times in the league for Los Che.

Mourinho: No one beat Chelsea and Barcelona like Inter

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Jose Mourinho, speaking to the press before the Bayern Munich v Inter Milan Champions League final.

On the importance of the game:

"This game is the most important in the world. It is even bigger than the World Cup because the teams in it are at a higher level than national teams, who can't buy the best players.

Carlsberg’s Team Talk Ad

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What was planned to be an inspirational ad for the nation of England, kind of turns out to be a bit too exaggerated with a bit too many of the English faces involved. Now, I couldn't recognize all of them but here's the list of people featured in this ad from Guardian:

Stuart "Psycho" Pearce, Trevor Brooking, Steve Redgrave (literally draped in the flag shouting "Do us proud!

Del Neri poised to take over The Old Lady

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Luigi Del Neri is poised to take over the reins at Italian giants Juventus after stepping down from Sampdoria on Monday. After months of speculation of who will take on The Old Lady, the former FC Porto boss is the man in the frame to take the coveted hot seat which was left vacant following Ciro Ferrara's dismissal earlier this year.

Can the Accies and Saints head closer towards Top Six glory?

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Despite the failing performances of Scottish clubs in Europe, this season has been relatively entertaining year in Scottish domestic football. We have witnessed some excellent individual games, for example, Aberdeen's four-all draw with Celtic, Motherwell and Hibernian sharing a six-each draw, Falkirk and Celtic in a three-each draw and a desperately late injury-time winner for Maurice Edu in a crucially important Old Firm derby.

Arsenal Set To Lose ‘Cesc Fabregas To Barcelona

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It would appear that the years of conjecture, rumour and speculation have ultimately taken their toll on Arsenal midfielder 'Cesc Fabregas, who is reported to have finally bowed to Barcelona's relentless pursuit and told his manager Arsene Wenger that he wishes to leave north London and return to his boyhood club.

The real reason Fabregas wants to go to Barcelona

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So, it's damn near official now Fabregas wants to leave Arsenal for Barcelona.

Arsenal fans will say they saw it coming miles away (it's by far the longest-running transfer rumour in English football), he's got the whole 'back to hometown club' story neatly packaged and doing the rounds in the media, and Barcelona have the means to match Arsenal's demands.

Crouch, Anelka, Fabregas & Kuyt for Pringles!

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Yes, the same Pringles crisps!

The ad starts with Nicolas Anelka and Peter Crouch kicking around an animated empty Pringles box and throwing it in a bin and then celebrate with the people. Cesc Fabregas and Dirk Kuyt join the party later on.

Take a look:

"Crouch, Anelka, Fabregas & Kuyt for Pringles!

Who are the potential Surprise Packages at the World Cup 2010?

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The World Cup is probably best known for its long history of winning teams, great players and classic matches; however, there is another side to the World Cup's rich heritage that often goes unnoticed, ‘surprise packages'. Teams classed as World Cup surprises packages are those sides who defy the pre-tournament odds to reach the later stages of the competition.

Shootout in the Sky

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England's goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton and former Chelsea fullback Graeme Le Saux go head-to-head 200ft. above London to shoot start the biggest single prize in sports betting history $100 million.

This spectacle is being staged by to mark the UK launch of the 100 million dollar mania.

Miller’s SPL Best

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Miller and Boyd: Lethal partnership.

Rangers dominated the 2009/10 season not only in the league table, but also the player and manager awards.

Steven Davis and David Weir shared the numerous honours that were on offer, and deservedly so.

However, there was a missing man at Rangers who was not even short listed or at least mentioned by most commentators.

Podcast: David Seaman interview, World Cup bid fallout and Champions League final chat

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Tune in to the latest Soccerlens Podcast with Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg.Â

At the launch of Yahoo's new online penalty shoot-out game, ex-Arsenal midfielder Clarke caught up with his former team-mate David Seaman for an interview covering all things Arsenal and England.Â

As well as that special exclusive chat, the duo dissect and debate the Lord Triesman affair, the FA Cup and Champions League finals – as well as revealing their innermost thoughts on vuvuzela's and this season's Championship play-off hopefuls Blackpool and Cardiff City.

Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano: ‘It Was A Shame My Barca Move Fell Through’

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Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has admitted that he still harbours regrets about not joining Spanish giants Barcelona last summer.

The Argentinian scrapper held talks with Barca over a transfer directly before the start of last season and has now confessed to The Liverpool Echo that, after the move failed to materialise, the distraction of the protracted negotiations left him struggling to find his form;

"The situation with Barcelona really affected me, It was a shame it didn't happen as [Barcelona] was the city where I wanted to live.

Thierry Henry to star in ‘Coming to America’

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First off, welcome to this space, hopefully to become your one-stop-shop for USMNT analysis along with the rest of the world of U.S. soccer. I'm extremely passionate about the beautiful game as it continues to develop in the U.S., and hopefully we'll have some interplay on the topic in the coming weeks and months.

FC Barcelona Transfer Rumors – Bojan & Chygrynskiy to stay; Ibra & Toure to leave

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There have been speculations about Bojan Krkic and Dmytro Chygrynskiy will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. Barca President Joan Laporta has publicly assured fans that these two will be staying at the club for the next season as well.

On the other hand, the news about the Ivory Coast national Yaya Toure and the Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not as good.

Celtic Face Uphill Champions League Task

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So it appears it's looking less plausible that Celtic will be playing in the money spinning Champions League next season.

With nearly every domestic league completed this term, we now know who will be participating in the qualifiers for Europe's top stage along with Celtic.

And the Hoops, because of recent poor performances in Europe, have a low coefficient, which means they will be un-seeded for the third qualifying round and, if they get there, the play-off round.

Review: Food Guide for Soccer

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Buy: "Food Guide for Soccer: Tips & Recipes from the Pros" by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, MS, RD
ISBN: 978-1-84126-288-8

"You are about to embark on one of the most wonderful aspects of your, or your child's, soccer career. Understanding the principles of good sports nutrition (which is good nutrition for life), it is completely reasonable to expect a player and team to discover a whole new level of play, and of excellence.

Man Utd Keeper Ben Foster Set For Birmingham City Switch

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Manchester United 'keeper Ben Foster is on the cusp of completing a £6 million move to Birmingham City, with most reports suggesting that the deal will be completed within the next 24 hours.

A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week and Foster is in the West Midlands this morning, hoping to complete a routine medical that will seal his United exit.

09/10 La Liga Review: Barcelona conquers, Galacticos denied glory & the rest of Spain left helplessly behind

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As 08/09 ended, Barcelona were roundly recognized as the world's greatest team. They had dominated in La Liga, claimed the Spanish Cup, and comfortably beaten Manchester United in a much-hyped but ultimately bathetic Champions League Final. Following on from Spain's triumph at Euro 2008, it led to the Hispanic media celebrating what they called a "golden age" of Spanish (and, it's worth adding, Catalan) sport.

Bayern and Inter battle for the Treble

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While this years Champions League final may not have the names of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, or Rooney, it has a massive significance for both of the teams fighting for the trophy. This final is probably the most balanced final we've ever had, and while both teams are fighting for the treble, there are even deeper story-lines that intertwine between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Inter win fifth successive Serie A title with Mourinho’s future up in the air

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Internazionale have won the Seria A league championship for the fifth consecutive season thanks to Diego Milto's 57th minute winner against Siena.

The Nerazzurri have now won the domestic cup double after defeating AS Roma in the Italian cup final earlier this month and will now turn their attention to next week's Champions League final against Bayern Munich who themselves have won the league and cup double.

Win the World Cup on Facebook

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Football World Champ on Facebook is a football game integrated with Facebook to enhance the social gaming experience. The game enables all Facebook users to participate in the biggest sporting event of 2010.

Every user can choose the country he/she wants to play for. Even if your country's team didn't make it to the real World Cup in South Africa, you can play for it online.

09/10 Serie A Review: Five-times Inter, the rise of Roma, the fall of Juventus and Milan

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Serie A is a league of pragmatists. There are pragmatic coaches, who specialise in delivering results rather than entertainment. There are pragmatic owners, who will sack a manager without blinking. And there are pragmatic players, who will (allegedly) occasionally agree to play for a scoreline that suits both teams.

The Ignored XI – players they should have included in World Cup 2010 squads

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You may remember that a few weeks ago I made the best XI not at the World Cup, sporting a 5-3-2 and players like Ibrahimovic, Cech and Zhikov

It was a great team, but there was one fundamental flaw. It consisted only of players who's nations had failed to qualify. This week it became clear that it was not the best XI not gracing the pitches of Africa.


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Man City To Spark £30m Bidding War For James Milner?

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According to reports in this morning's press, Manchester City are to make their first foray into this summer's transfer market by lodging an opening bid of £24 million for Aston Villa midfielder and recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year James Milner.

City are mindful that an impressive World Cup could inflate Milner's price further and will move quickly possibly within the next 48 hours according to The Daily Mail to, at the very least, declare their interest in procuring the 24-year-old.

World Cup Fantasy Football: Do You Know Your Best XI?

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If you were asked to make a 'World Cup Best XI', who would you pick? Better yet, could that team win the World Cup? And would you put money on your team?

Answering these very important footballing questions is the basis of Soccerlens' World Cup Fantasy Football. Based on our original Fantasy Football game, the World Cup edition gives you the opportunity to pick your best XI from the 32 competing teams at the World Cup and pit your skills against fellow fantasy football managers.

Kiwi football fever mounts as All Whites squad released

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Aaron Scott said:

"I'm pretty disappointed but I can rest easy knowing I gave it my best shot. I did everything I could so at least I'm not sitting here going, 'man, if only I'd done this or that'."

The All Whites world cup squad was recently released for the world to disect, with perhaps the only controversy being the omission of Waitakere United defender and All Whites Olympic captain, Aaron Scott.

Milan confirm Leonardo’s departure

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AC Milan have confirmed that head coach Leonardo will step down after their final game of the season against Juventus this weekend.

The Brazilian has only been in charge for one season after taking over the reins from Carlo Ancelotti who departed for West London last summer.

The Rossoneri have severely underachieved once again this season as they failed to capitalise in the Serie A title hunt and were heavily defeated by Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16.

Sevilla gatecrash Europe’s elite thanks to Rodri’s stoppage time strike

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Sevilla have scraped into the Champions League by the skin of their teeth as a stoppage time winner from youngster Rodri gave the club a 3-2 victory over Almeria to cement them the coveted fourth place.

Eyebrows were raised as the youngster was brought on a substitute by manager Antonio Álvarez ahead of Brazilian international Luis Fabiano.

Portugal 2010 World Cup Squad

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Portugal Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Carlos Queiroz

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Eduardo 19 September 1982 (aged 27) 12 Braga GK Daniel Fernandes 25 September 1983 (aged 26) 2 Iraklis GK Beto 1 May 1982 (aged 28) 1 Porto DF Ricardo Carvalho 18 May 1978 (aged 32) 60 Chelsea DF Paulo Ferreira 18 January 1979 (aged 31) 59 Chelsea DF Miguel 4 January 1980 (aged 30) 53 Valencia DF Bruno Alves 27 November 1981 (aged 28) 28 Porto DF Pepe 26 February 1983 (aged 27) 24 Real Madrid DF Duda 27 June 1980 (aged 29) 14 Málaga DF Rolando 31 August 1985 (aged 24) 7 Porto DF Ricardo Costa 16 May 1981 (aged 29) 6 Lille DF Zé Castro 13 January 1983 (aged 27) 1 Deportivo La Coruña DF Fábio Coentrão 11 March 1988 (aged 22) 1 Benfica MF Simão 31 October 1979 (aged 30) 79 Atlético Madrid MF Deco 27 August 1977 (aged 32) 71 Chelsea MF Tiago 2 May 1981 (aged 29) 49 Atlético Madrid MF Raul Meireles 17 March 1983 (aged 27) 31 Porto MF Miguel Veloso 11 May 1986 (aged 24) 10 Sporting CP MF Danny 7 August 1983 (aged 26) 8 Zenit Saint Petersburg MF Pedro Mendes 26 February 1979 (aged 31) 5 Sporting CP FW Cristiano Ronaldo (c) 5 February 1985 (aged 25) 69 Real Madrid FW Nani 17 November 1986 (aged 23) 34 Manchester United FW Hugo Almeida 23 May 1984 (aged 26) 23 Werder Bremen FW Liédson 17 December 1977 (aged 32) 7 Sporting CP Players on Standby No.

Spain 2010 World Cup Squad

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Spain Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Vicente del Bosque

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Iker Casillas (c) 20 May 1981 (aged 29) 102 Real Madrid GK Pepe Reina 31 August 1982 (aged 27) 19 Liverpool GK Diego López 3 November 1981 (aged 28) 1 Villarreal GK David de Gea 7 November 1990 (aged 19) 0 Atlético Madrid GK Víctor Valdés 14 January 1982 (aged 28) 0 Barcelona DF Carles Puyol 13 April 1978 (aged 32) 81 Barcelona DF Sergio Ramos 30 March 1986 (aged 24) 57 Real Madrid DF Carlos Marchena 31 July 1979 (aged 30) 56 Valencia DF Joan Capdevila 3 February 1978 (aged 32) 43 Villarreal DF Raúl Albiol 4 September 1985 (aged 24) 22 Real Madrid DF Gerard Piqué 2 February 1987 (aged 23) 14 Barcelona DF Álvaro Arbeloa 17 January 1983 (aged 27) 13 Real Madrid DF César Azpilicueta 28 August 1989 (aged 20) 0 Osasuna MF Xavi 25 January 1980 (aged 30) 84 Barcelona MF Xabi Alonso 25 November 1981 (aged 28) 66 Real Madrid MF Cesc Fabregas 4 May 1987 (aged 23) 47 Arsenal MF Andrés Iniesta 11 May 1984 (aged 26) 40 Barcelona MF David Silva 8 January 1986 (aged 24) 33 Valencia MF Santi Cazorla 13 December 1984 (aged 25) 28 Villarreal MF Marcos Senna 17 July 1976 (aged 33) 27 Villarreal MF Sergio Busquets 16 July 1988 (aged 21) 11 Barcelona MF Juan Manuel Mata 28 April 1988 (aged 22) 7 Valencia MF Jesús Navas 21 November 1985 (aged 24) 3 Sevilla MF Javi Martínez 2 September 1988 (aged 21) 0 Athletic Bilbao FW Fernando Torres 20 March 1984 (aged 26) 71 Liverpool FW David Villa 3 December 1981 (aged 28) 55 Valencia FW Dani Güiza 17 August 1980 (aged 29) 20 Fenerbahçe FW Fernando Llorente 26 February 1985 (aged 25) 5 Athletic Bilbao FW Álvaro Negredo 20 August 1985 (aged 24) 4 Sevilla FW Pedro 28 July 1987 (aged 22) 0 Barcelona

Most Capped Player: Andoni Zubizarreta 126
Top Goalscorer: Raul 44

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Switzerland 2010 World Cup Squad

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Switzerland Final squad

Coach:Â Ottmar Hitzfeld

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club 1 GK Diego Benaglio 8 September 1983 (aged 26) 25 Wolfsburg 2 DF Stephan Lichtsteiner 16 January 1984 (aged 26) 26 Lazio 3 DF Reto Ziegler 16 January 1986 (aged 24) 10 Sampdoria 4 DF Philippe Senderos 14 February 1985 (aged 25) 38 Everton 5 DF Steve von Bergen 10 June 1983 (aged 27) 10 Hertha Berlin 6 MF Benjamin Huggel 7 July 1977 (aged 32) 36 Basel 7 MF Tranquillo Barnetta 2 May 1985 (aged 25) 50 Bayer Leverkusen 8 MF Gökhan Inler 27 June 1984 (aged 25) 34 Udinese 9 FW Alexander Frei (c) 15 July 1979 (aged 30) 73 Basel 10 FW Blaise Nkufo 25 May 1975 (aged 35) 29 Seattle Sounders 11 MF Valon Behrami 19 April 1985 (aged 25) 26 West Ham United 12 GK Marco Wölfli 22 August 1982 (aged 27) 4 Young Boys 13 DF Stéphane Grichting 30 March 1979 (aged 31) 33 Auxerre 14 MF Marco Padalino 8 December 1983 (aged 26) 7 Sampdoria 15 MF Hakan Yakin 22 February 1977 (aged 33) 80 Luzern 16 MF Gelson Fernandes 2 September 1986 (aged 23) 21 Saint-Étienne 17 DF Christoph Spycher 30 March 1978 (aged 32) 47 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 FW Marco Streller 18 June 1981 (aged 28) 32 Basel 19 FW Eren Derdiyok 12 June 1988 (aged 21) 19 Bayer Leverkusen 20 MF Pirmin Schwegler 9 March 1987 (aged 23) 3 Eintracht Frankfurt 21 GK Johnny Leoni 30 June 1984 (aged 25) 0 Zürich 22 DF Mario Eggimann 24 January 1981 (aged 29) 8 Hannover 96 23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri 10 October 1991 (aged 18) 1 Basel

Most Capped Player: Heinz Herman 177
Top Goalscorer: Alexander Frei 40

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Honduras 2010 World Cup Squad

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Honduras Final Squad

Coach:Â Reinaldo Rueda

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Noel Valladares 3 May 1977 (aged 33) 71 Olimpia GK Donis Escober 3 February 1980 (aged 30) 11 Olimpia GK Ricardo Canales 30 May 1982 (aged 28) 2 Motagua DF Maynor Figueroa 2 May 1983 (aged 27) 66 Wigan Athletic DF Sergio Mendoza 23 May 1981 (aged 29) 46 Motagua DF Oscar Boniek García 4 September 1984 (aged 25) 42 Olimpia DF Víctor Bernárdez 24 May 1982 (aged 28) 40 Anderlecht DF Emilio Izaguirre 10 May 1986 (aged 24) 39 Motagua DF Osman Chávez 29 July 1984 (aged 25) 26 Platense DF Mauricio Sabillón 11 November 1978 (aged 31) 25 Hangzhou Greentown DF Johnny Palacios 20 December 1986 (aged 23) 4 Olimpia MF Amado Guevara (c) 2 May 1976 (aged 34) 133 Motagua MF Danilo Turcios 8 May 1978 (aged 32) 82 Olimpia MF Julio César de León 13 September 1979 (aged 30) 74 Torino MF Wilson Palacios 29 July 1984 (aged 25) 69 Tottenham Hotspur MF Edgar Álvarez 9 January 1980 (aged 30) 46 Bari MF Hendry Thomas 23 February 1985 (aged 25) 39 Wigan Athletic MF Ramón Núñez 14 November 1984 (aged 25) 16 Olimpia FW Carlos Pavón 19 October 1973 (aged 36) 98 Real España FW David Suazo 5 November 1979 (aged 30) 50 Genoa FW Walter Martínez 29 March 1982 (aged 28) 34 Marathón FW Georgie Welcome 9 March 1985 (aged 25) 11 Motagua FW Roger Espinoza 25 October 1986 (aged 23) 10 Kansas City Wizards

Most Capped Player: Amado Guevara 133
Top Goalscorer: Carlos Pavon 57

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Chile 2010 World Cup Squad

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Chile Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Marcelo Bielsa

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Claudio Bravo (c) 13 April 1983 (aged 27) 41 Real Sociedad GK Miguel Pinto 4 July 1983 (aged 26) 13 Universidad de Chile GK Luis Marín 18 May 1983 (aged 27) 2 Unión Española DF Pablo Contreras September 11, 1978 (aged 31) 49 PAOK DF Gonzalo Jara 29 August 1985 (aged 24) 31 West Bromwich Albion DF Roberto Cereceda 10 October 1984 (aged 25) 27 Colo-Colo DF Ismael Fuentes 4 August 1981 (aged 28) 25 Universidad Católica DF Gary Medel 3 August 1987 (aged 22) 23 Boca Juniors DF Waldo Ponce 4 December 1982 (aged 27) 23 Universidad Católica DF Arturo Vidal 22 May 1987 (aged 23) 21 Bayer Leverkusen DF Mauricio Isla 12 June 1988 (aged 21) 10 Udinese MF Jorge Valdivia 19 October 1983 (aged 26) 36 Al-Ain MF Matías Fernández 15 May 1986 (aged 24) 35 Sporting CP MF Manuel Iturra 2 June 1984 (aged 26) 32 Universidad de Chile MF Rodrigo Tello 14 October 1979 (aged 30) 32 Beşiktaş MF Marco Estrada May 28, 1983 (aged 27) 20 Universidad de Chile MF Rodrigo Millar 3 November 1981 (aged 28) 19 Colo-Colo MF Carlos Carmona 21 February 1987 (aged 23) 18 Reggina MF Gonzalo Fierro 21 March 1983 (aged 27) 16 Flamengo MF José Pedro Fuenzalida 22 February 1985 (aged 25) 11 Colo-Colo MF Pedro Morales 25 May 1985 (aged 25) 9 Dinamo Zagreb MF Charles Aránguiz 17 April 1989 (aged 21) 3 Colo-Colo MF Jaime Valdés 11 January 1981 (aged 29) 2 Atalanta FW Humberto Suazo 10 May 1981 (aged 29) 41 Real Zaragoza FW Mark González 10 July 1984 (aged 25) 38 CSKA Moscow FW Alexis Sánchez 19 December 1988 (aged 21) 26 Udinese FW Jean Beausejour 1 June 1984 (aged 26) 23 América FW Fabián Orellana 27 January 1986 (aged 24) 13 Xerez FW Esteban Paredes 1 August 1980 (aged 29) 12 Colo-Colo FW Héctor Mancilla 12 November 1980 (aged 29) 6 Toluca

Most Capped Player: Leonel Sanchez 84
Top Goalscorer: Marcelo Sala 37

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World Cup 2010 Coverage on Soccerlens

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The 2010 World Cup is the first FIFA World Cup to be played in Africa and the second World Cup being covered by Soccerlens.

We've come a long way since those early days of 2006 hopefully that will show in our coverage of the event.

We'll be adding our major features for South Africa 2010 here, you can check out the latest news about the World Cup here or you can browse through the links below to learn more about South Africa 2010 with the just the hint of the history of the glorious tournament.

Denmark 2010 World Cup Squad

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Denmark Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Morten Olsen

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Thomas Sørensen 12 June 1976 (aged 33) 86 Stoke City GK Jesper Christiansen 24 April 1978 (aged 32) 10 København GK Stephan Andersen 26 November 1981 (aged 28) 5 Brøndby GK Kim Christensen 16 July 1979 (aged 30) 0 IFK Göteborg DF Daniel Agger 12 December 1984 (aged 25) 29 Liverpool DF Lars Jacobsen 20 September 1979 (aged 30) 29 Blackburn DF Per Krøldrup 31 July 1979 (aged 30) 28 Fiorentina DF William Kvist 24 February 1985 (aged 25) 12 København DF Simon Kjær 26 March 1989 (aged 21) 8 Palermo DF Simon Poulsen 7 October 1984 (aged 25) 3 AZ DF Patrick Mtiliga 28 January 1981 (aged 29) 1 Málaga MF Martin Jørgensen 6 October 1975 (aged 34) 93 Aarhus MF Dennis Rommedahl 22 July 1978 (aged 31) 93 Ajax MF Jesper Grønkjær 12 August 1977 (aged 32) 76 København MF Christian Poulsen 28 February 1980 (aged 30) 71 Juventus MF Daniel Jensen 25 June 1979 (aged 30) 47 Werder Bremen MF Thomas Kahlenberg 20 March 1983 (aged 27) 29 Wolfsburg MF Michael Silberbauer 7 July 1981 (aged 28) 14 Utrecht MF Jakob Poulsen 7 July 1983 (aged 26) 10 Aarhus MF Michael Krohn-Dehli 6 June 1983 (aged 27) 4 Brøndby MF Thomas Enevoldsen 27 July 1987 (aged 22) 3 Groningen MF Mikkel Beckmann 24 October 1983 (aged 26) 2 Randers MF Christian Eriksen 14 February 1992 (aged 18) 1 Ajax FW Jon Dahl Tomasson (c) 29 August 1976 (aged 33) 107 Feyenoord FW Nicklas Bendtner 16 January 1988 (aged 22) 32 Arsenal FW Søren Larsen 6 September 1981 (aged 28) 17 MSV Duisburg

Most Capped Player: Peter Schmeichel 129 caps
Top Goalscorer: Poul "Tist" Nielsen 52 goals

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Japan 2010 World Cup Squad

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Japan Final Squad

Coach:Â Takeshi Okada

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 15 August 1975 (aged 34) 116 Júbilo Iwata GK Seigo Narazaki 15 April 1976 (aged 34) 75 Nagoya Grampus GK Eiji Kawashima 20 March 1983 (aged 27) 8 Kawasaki Frontale DF Yuji Nakazawa 15 February 1978 (aged 32) 102 Yokohama F.

Cameroon 2010 World Cup Squad

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Cameroon Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Paul Le Guen

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Souleymanou Hamidou 22 November 1973 (aged 36) 40 Kayserispor GK Idriss Carlos Kameni 18 February 1984 (aged 26) 58 Espanyol GK Guy N'dy Assembé 28 February 1986 (aged 24) 0 Valenciennes GK Amour Patrick Tignyemb 14 June 1985 (aged 24) 1 Bloemfontein Celtic DF Jean Patrick Abouna Ndzana 20 June 1988 (aged 21) 0 Astres Douala DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto 24 March 1984 (aged 26) 4 Tottenham Hotspur DF Sébastien Bassong 9 July 1986 (aged 23) 3 Tottenham Hotspur DF Gaëtan Bong 25 April 1988 (aged 22) 0 Valenciennes DF Aurélien Chedjou 20 June 1985 (aged 24) 8 Lille DF Geremi Njitap 20 December 1978 (aged 31) 109 Ankaragücü DF Stephane Mbia 20 May 1986 (aged 24) 29 Marseille DF Makadji Boukar 29 January 1984 (aged 26) 0 Al-Nahda DF Nicolas N'Koulou 27 March 1990 (aged 20) 6 Monaco DF Rigobert Song 1 July 1976 (aged 33) 133 Trabzonspor DF Marcel Ndjeng 6 May 1982 (aged 28) Augsburg MF Eyong Enoh 23 March 1986 (aged 24) 12 Ajax MF Jean Makoun 29 May 1983 (aged 27) 46 Lyon MF Georges Mandjeck 9 December 1988 (aged 21) 4 Kaiserslautern MF Joel Matip 8 August 1991 (aged 18) 1 Schalke MF Patrick Mevoungou 15 February 1986 (aged 24) Canon Yaoundé MF Landry N'Guémo 28 November 1985 (aged 24) 17 Celtic MF Alexandre Song 9 September 1987 (aged 22) 20 Arsenal FW Vincent Aboubakar 22 January 1992 (aged 18) Cotonsport Garoua FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 23 March 1989 (aged 21) 0 Nuremberg FW Achille Emana 5 June 1982 (aged 28) 32 Real Betis FW Samuel Eto'o (c) 10 March 1981 (aged 29) 92 Internazionale FW Mohammadou Idrissou 8 March 1980 (aged 30) 28 Freiburg FW Dorge Kouemaha 28 June 1983 (aged 26) 2 Club Brugge FW Pierre Webó 20 January 1982 (aged 28) 39 Mallorca FW Jacques Zoua 6 September 1991 (aged 18) 0 Basel

Most Capped Player: Rigobert Song 133
Top Goalscoere: Samuel Eto'o 44

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Italy 2010 World Cup Squad

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Italy Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Marcello Lippi

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Gianluigi Buffon 28 January 1978 (aged 32) 100 Juventus GK Federico Marchetti 7 February 1983 (aged 27) 4 Cagliari GK Morgan De Sanctis 27 March 1977 (aged 33) 3 Napoli GK Salvatore Sirigu 12 January 1987 (aged 23) 0 Palermo DF Fabio Cannavaro (c) 13 September 1973 (aged 36) 132 Juventus DF Gianluca Zambrotta 19 February 1977 (aged 33) 92 Milan DF Fabio Grosso 28 November 1977 (aged 32) 48 Juventus DF Giorgio Chiellini 14 August 1984 (aged 25) 28 Juventus DF Domenico Criscito 30 December 1986 (aged 23) 5 Genoa DF Salvatore Bocchetti 30 November 1986 (aged 23) 3 Genoa DF Christian Maggio 11 February 1982 (aged 28) 3 Napoli DF Mattia Cassani 26 August 1983 (aged 26) 2 Palermo DF Leonardo Bonucci 1 May 1987 (aged 23) 1 Bari MF Gennaro Gattuso 9 January 1978 (aged 32) 71 Milan MF Andrea Pirlo 19 May 1979 (aged 31) 65 Milan MF Mauro Camoranesi 4 October 1976 (aged 33) 53 Juventus MF Daniele De Rossi 24 July 1983 (aged 26) 52 Roma MF Angelo Palombo 25 September 1981 (aged 28) 15 Sampdoria MF Simone Pepe 30 August 1983 (aged 26) 13 Udinese MF Riccardo Montolivo 18 January 1985 (aged 25) 12 Fiorentina MF Claudio Marchisio 19 January 1986 (aged 24) 3 Juventus MF Antonio Candreva 28 February 1987 (aged 23) 2 Juventus MF Andrea Cossu 3 May 1980 (aged 30) 1 Cagliari FW Alberto Gilardino 5 July 1982 (aged 27) 39 Fiorentina FW Vincenzo Iaquinta 21 November 1979 (aged 30) 35 Juventus FW Antonio Di Natale 13 February 1979 (aged 31) 31 Udinese FW Fabio Quagliarella 31 January 1983 (aged 27) 18 Napoli FW Giuseppe Rossi 1 February 1987 (aged 23) 14 Villarreal FW Giampaolo Pazzini 2 August 1984 (aged 25) 6 Sampdoria FW Marco Borriello 18 June 1982 (aged 27) 4 Milan

Most Capped Player: Fabio Cannavaro 132 caps
Top Goalscorer: Luigi Riva 35 goals

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Paraguay 2010 World Cup Squad

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Paraguay Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Gerardo Martino

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Justo Villar 30 June 1977 (aged 32) 71 Valladolid GK Aldo Bobadilla 20 April 1976 (aged 34) 18 Independiente Medellín GK Diego Barreto 16 July 1981 (aged 28) 2 Cerro Porteño DF Denis Caniza 29 August 1974 (aged 35) 95 León DF Paulo da Silva (c) 1 February 1980 (aged 30) 67 Sunderland DF Carlos Bonet 2 October 1977 (aged 32) 60 Olimpia DF Julio César Cáceres 5 October 1979 (aged 30) 59 Atlético Mineiro DF Julio Manzur 22 June 1981 (aged 28) 27 Olimpia DF Darío Verón 26 June 1979 (aged 30) 27 UNAM DF Aureliano Torres 16 June 1982 (aged 27) 25 San Lorenzo DF Claudio Morel Rodríguez 2 February 1978 (aged 32) 25 Boca Juniors DF Marcos Cáceres 5 May 1986 (aged 24) 5 Racing DF Antolín Alcaraz 30 July 1982 (aged 27) 3 Club Brugge MF Édgar Barreto 15 July 1984 (aged 25) 47 Atalanta MF Christian Riveros 16 October 1982 (aged 27) 45 Cruz Azul MF Enrique Vera 10 March 1979 (aged 31) 25 LDU Quito MF Víctor Cáceres 25 March 1985 (aged 25) 25 Libertad MF Jonathan Santana 19 October 1981 (aged 28) 21 Wolfsburg MF Osvaldo Martínez 8 April 1986 (aged 24) 12 Monterrey MF Eduardo Ledesma 7 August 1985 (aged 24) 9 Lanús MF Sergio Aquino 21 September 1979 (aged 30) 7 Libertad MF Marcelo Estigarribia 21 September 1987 (aged 22) 7 Newell's Old Boys MF Néstor Ortigoza 7 October 1984 (aged 25) 3 Argentinos Juniors FW Roque Santa Cruz 16 August 1981 (aged 28) 66 Manchester City FW Nelson Haedo Valdez 28 November 1983 (aged 26) 38 Borussia Dortmund FW Oscar Cardozo 20 May 1983 (aged 27) 29 Benfica FW Édgar Benítez 8 November 1987 (aged 22) 12 Pachuca FW Jorge Achucarro 6 November 1981 (aged 28) 10 Newell's Old Boys FW Rodolfo Gamarra 10 December 1988 (aged 21) 2 Libertad FW Lucas Barrios 13 November 1984 (aged 25) 0 Borussia Dortmund

Most Capped Players: Carlos Gamarra 110
Top Goalscorer: Jose Saturnino Cardozo 25

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New Zealand 2010 World Cup Squad

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New Zealand Final Squad

Coach:Â Ricki Herbert

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK James Bannatyne 30 June 1975 (aged 34) 3 Team Wellington GK Glen Moss 19 January 1983 (aged 27) 15 Melbourne Victory GK Mark Paston 13 December 1976 (aged 33) 20 Wellington Phoenix DF Andrew Boyens 18 September 1983 (aged 26) 14 New York Red Bulls DF Tony Lochhead 12 January 1982 (aged 28) 27 Wellington Phoenix DF Ryan Nelsen (c) 18 October 1977 (aged 32) 38 Blackburn Rovers DF Winston Reid 3 July 1988 (aged 21) 0 FC Midtjylland DF Ben Sigmund 3 February 1981 (aged 29) 13 Wellington Phoenix DF Tommy Smith 31 March 1990 (aged 20) 1 Ipswich Town DF Ivan Vicelich 3 September 1976 (aged 33) 65 Auckland City MF Andy Barron 24 December 1980 (aged 29) 11 Team Wellington MF Leo Bertos 20 December 1981 (aged 28) 31 Wellington Phoenix MF Tim Brown 6 March 1981 (aged 29) 24 Wellington Phoenix MF Jeremy Christie 22 May 1983 (aged 27) 20 Tampa Bay Rowdies MF Aaron Clapham 1 January 1987 (aged 23) 0 Canterbury United MF Simon Elliott 10 June 1974 (aged 36) 60 Unattached MF Michael McGlinchey 7 January 1987 (aged 23) 4 Central Coast Mariners MF David Mulligan 24 March 1982 (aged 28) 25 Unattached FW Jeremy Brockie 7 October 1987 (aged 22) 15 Newcastle Jets FW Rory Fallon 20 March 1982 (aged 28) 4 Plymouth Argyle FW Chris Killen 8 October 1981 (aged 28) 30 Middlesbrough FW Shane Smeltz 29 September 1981 (aged 28) 27 Gold Coast United FW Chris Wood 7 December 1991 (aged 18) 6 West Bromwich Albion

Most Capped Player: Ivan Vicelich 72
Top Goalscorer: Vaughan Coveny 28

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Slovakia 2010 World Cup Squad

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Slovakia Preliminary Squad

Coach: Vladimír Weiss

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Ján Mucha 5 December 1982 (aged 27) 14 Legia Warszawa GK Dušan Kuciak 21 May 1985 (aged 24) 2 FC Vaslui GK Ľuboš Kamenár 17 July 1987 (aged 22) 2 Nantes GK Dušan Perniš 28 November 1984 (aged 25) 1 Dundee United DF Peter Pekarík 30 October 1986 (aged 23) 19 Wolfsburg DF Martin Petráš 2 November 1979 (aged 30) 38 Cesena DF Martin Škrtel 15 December 1984 (aged 25) 37 Liverpool DF Ľubomír Michalík 13 August 1983 (aged 26) 4 Leeds United DF Ján Ďurica 10 December 1981 (aged 28) 35 Hannover 96 DF Radoslav Zabavník 16 September 1980 (aged 29) 42 Mainz DF Marek Čech 26 January 1983 (aged 27) 38 West Bromwich Albion DF Tomáš Hubočan 17 September 1985 (aged 24) 5 Zenit Saint Petersburg DF Kornel Saláta 4 January 1985 (aged 25) 3 Slovan Bratislava MF Kamil Kopúnek 18 May 1984 (aged 25) 7 Spartak Trnava MF Ján Kozák 22 April 1980 (aged 30) 22 Timişoara MF Juraj Kucka 26 February 1987 (aged 23) 5 Sparta Prague MF Miroslav Karhan 21 June 1976 (aged 33) 96 Mainz MF Marek Sapara 31 July 1982 (aged 27) 24 Ankaragücü MF Mário Pečalka 28 December 1980 (aged 29) 1 MŠK Žilina MF Stanislav Šesták 16 December 1982 (aged 27) 29 Bochum MF Marek Hamšík 27 July 1987 (aged 22) 30 Napoli MF Vladimír Weiss 30 November 1989 (aged 20) 7 Manchester City MF Miroslav Stoch 19 October 1989 (aged 20) 10 Chelsea MF Dušan Švento 1 August 1985 (aged 24) 19 Red Bull Salzburg MF Zdeno Štrba 9 June 1976 (aged 33) 20 Skoda Xanthi FW Erik Jendrišek 26 October 1986 (aged 23) 13 Kaiserslautern FW Róbert Vittek (c) 1 April 1982 (aged 28) 69 Ankaragücü FW Martin Jakubko 26 February 1980 (aged 30) 21 Saturn Moscow Oblast FW Filip Hološko 17 January 1984 (aged 26) 37 Beşiktaş

Most Capped Player: Miroslave Karhan 96
Top Goalscorer: Szilard Nemeth 22

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Brazil 2010 World Cup Squad

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Brazil Final Squad

Coach:Â Dunga

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Júlio César 3 September 1979 (aged 30) 47 Internazionale GK Doni 22 October 1979 (aged 30) 10 Roma GK Gomes 15 February 1981 (aged 29) 9 Tottenham Hotspur DF Lúcio (c) 8 May 1978 (aged 32) 89 Internazionale DF Juan 1 February 1979 (aged 31) 73 Roma DF Maicon 26 July 1981 (aged 28) 56 Internazionale DF Luisão 13 February 1981 (aged 29) 40 Benfica DF Daniel Alves 6 May 1983 (aged 27) 33 Barcelona DF Gilberto 25 April 1976 (aged 34) 32 Cruzeiro DF Thiago Silva 22 September 1984 (aged 25) 4 Milan DF Michel Bastos 2 August 1983 (aged 26) 3 Lyon MF Gilberto Silva 7 October 1976 (aged 33) 86 Panathinaikos MF Kaká 22 April 1982 (aged 28) 76 Real Madrid MF Júlio Baptista 1 October 1981 (aged 28) 45 Roma MF Elano 14 June 1981 (aged 28) 41 Galatasaray MF Kléberson 19 June 1979 (aged 30) 31 Flamengo MF Josué 19 July 1979 (aged 30) 26 Wolfsburg MF Felipe Melo 26 August 1983 (aged 26) 16 Juventus MF Ramires 24 March 1987 (aged 23) 11 Benfica FW Robinho 25 January 1984 (aged 26) 73 Santos FW Luís Fabiano 8 November 1980 (aged 29) 36 Sevilla FW Nilmar 14 July 1984 (aged 25) 15 Villarreal FW Grafite 2 April 1979 (aged 31) 2 Wolfsburg Players on Standby No.

North Korea 2010 World Cup Squad

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Korea DPR Final Squad

Coach:Â Kim Jong-Hun

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Ri Myong-Guk 9 September 1986 (aged 23) 27 Pyongyang City GK Kim Myong-Gil 16 October 1984 (aged 25) 10 Amrokgang GK Kim Myong-Won 15 July 1983 (aged 26) 9 Amrokgang DF Nam Song-Chol 7 May 1982 (aged 28) 41 April 25 DF Ri Kwang-Chon 4 September 1985 (aged 24) 39 April 25 DF Pak Nam-Chol 3 October 1988 (aged 21) 37 Amrokgang DF Pak Chol-Jin 5 September 1985 (aged 24) 33 Amrokgang DF Cha Jong-Hyok 25 September 1985 (aged 24) 30 Amrokgang DF Ri Jun-Il 24 August 1987 (aged 22) 25 Sobaeksu DF Ri Kwang-Hyok 17 August 1987 (aged 22) 15 Kyonggongop MF Kim Yong-Jun 19 July 1983 (aged 26) 52 Pyongyang City MF Mun In-Guk 29 September 1978 (aged 31) 40 April 25 MF Pak Nam-Chol 2 July 1985 (aged 24) 34 April 25 MF Ahn Young-Hak 25 October 1978 (aged 31) 23 Omiya Ardija MF Ji Yun-Nam 20 November 1976 (aged 33) 20 April 25 MF Ri Chol-Myong 18 February 1988 (aged 22) 12 Pyongyang City MF Pak Sung-Hyok 30 May 1990 (aged 20) 3 Sobaeksu MF Kim Kyong-Il 11 December 1988 (aged 21) 1 Rimyongsu FW Hong Yong-Jo (c) 22 May 1982 (aged 28) 38 Rostov FW Jong Tae-Se 2 March 1984 (aged 26) 20 Kawasaki Frontale FW Choe Kum-Chol 9 February 1987 (aged 23) 15 April 25 FW An Chol-Hyok 27 June 1985 (aged 24) 14 Rimyongsu FW Kim Kum-Il 10 October 1987 (aged 22) 11 April 25

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Ivory Coast 2010 World Cup Squad

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Côte d'Ivoire Preliminary Squad

Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Boubacar Barry 30 December 1979 (aged 30) 45 Lokeren GK Aristide Zogbo 30 December 1981 (aged 28) 6 Maccabi Netanya GK Daniel Yeboah 13 November 1984 (aged 25) 4 ASEC Mimosas GK Vincent Angban 2 February 1985 (aged 25) 2 ASEC Mimosas DF Kolo Touré 19 March 1981 (aged 29) 76 Manchester City DF Siaka Tiéné 22 March 1982 (aged 28) 55 Valenciennes DF Arthur Boka 2 April 1983 (aged 27) 54 Stuttgart DF Emmanuel Eboué 4 June 1983 (aged 27) 52 Arsenal DF Abdoulaye Méïté 6 October 1980 (aged 29) 49 West Bromwich Albion DF Guy Demel 13 June 1981 (aged 28) 26 Hamburg DF Sol Bamba 13 January 1985 (aged 25) 16 Hibernian DF Steve Gohouri 8 February 1981 (aged 29) 11 Wigan Athletic DF Benjamin Angoua 28 November 1986 (aged 23) 7 Valenciennes MF Didier Zokora 14 December 1980 (aged 29) 80 Sevilla MF Abdul Kader Keïta 6 August 1981 (aged 28) 55 Galatasaray MF Yaya Touré 13 May 1983 (aged 27) 47 Barcelona MF Gilles Yapi Yapo 30 January 1982 (aged 28) 46 Young Boys MF Koffi Ndri Romaric 4 June 1983 (aged 27) 38 Sevilla MF Emerse Faé 24 January 1984 (aged 26) 37 Nice MF Kanga Akalé 7 March 1981 (aged 29) 33 Lens MF Emmanuel Koné 31 December 1986 (aged 23) 12 International MF Cheick Tioté 21 June 1986 (aged 23) 8 Twente MF Jean-Jacques Gosso 15 March 1983 (aged 27) 6 Monaco FW Didier Drogba (c) 11 March 1978 (aged 32) 63 Chelsea FW Aruna Dindane 26 November 1980 (aged 29) 54 Lens FW Bakari Koné 17 September 1981 (aged 28) 42 Marseille FW Salomon Kalou 5 August 1985 (aged 24) 28 Chelsea FW Gervinho 27 May 1987 (aged 23) 15 Lille FW Seydou Doumbia 31 December 1987 (aged 22) 5 Young Boys FW Lacina Traoré 20 May 1990 (aged 20) 0 CFR Cluj

Most Capped Player: Didier Zokora 80 caps
Top Goalscorer: Didier Drogba 43 goals

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France 2010 World Cup Squad

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France Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Raymond Domenech

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Steve Mandanda 28 March 1985 (aged 25) 12 Marseille GK Mickaël Landreau 14 May 1979 (aged 30) 11 Lille GK Hugo Lloris 26 December 1986 (aged 23) 9 Lyon GK Cédric Carrasso 30 December 1981 (aged 28) 0 Bordeaux DF Éric Abidal 11 September 1979 (aged 30) 52 Barcelona DF Gaël Clichy 26 July 1985 (aged 24) 3 Arsenal DF William Gallas 17 August 1977 (aged 32) 78 Arsenal DF Patrice Evra 15 May 1981 (aged 28) 27 Manchester United DF Sébastien Squillaci 11 August 1980 (aged 29) 18 Sevilla DF Bacary Sagna 14 February 1983 (aged 27) 17 Arsenal DF Rod Fanni 6 December 1981 (aged 28) 4 Rennes DF Anthony Réveillère 10 November 1979 (aged 30) 5 Lyon DF Marc Planus 7 March 1982 (aged 28) 0 Bordeaux DF Adil Rami 27 December 1985 (aged 24) 0 Lille MF Abou Diaby 11 May 1986 (aged 24) 2 Arsenal MF Florent Malouda 13 June 1980 (aged 29) 51 Chelsea MF Franck Ribéry 7 April 1983 (aged 27) 43 Bayern Munich MF Jérémy Toulalan 10 September 1983 (aged 26) 31 Lyon MF Lassana Diarra 10 March 1985 (aged 25) 27 Real Madrid MF Alou Diarra 15 July 1981 (aged 28) 24 Bordeaux MF Yoann Gourcuff 11 July 1986 (aged 23) 17 Bordeaux MF Yann M'Vila 29 June 1990 (aged 19) 0 Rennes MF Mathieu Valbuena 28 September 1984 (aged 25) 0 Marseille FW Thierry Henry (c) 17 August 1977 (aged 32) 118 Barcelona FW Nicolas Anelka 14 March 1979 (aged 31) 64 Chelsea FW Sidney Govou 27 July 1979 (aged 30) 43 Lyon FW Djibril Cissé 12 August 1981 (aged 28) 38 Panathinaikos FW André-Pierre Gignac 5 December 1985 (aged 24) 10 Toulouse FW Hatem Ben Arfa 7 March 1987 (aged 23) 7 Marseille FW Jimmy Briand 2 August 1985 (aged 24) 3 Rennes

Most Capped Player: Lilian Thuram 142
Top Goalscorer: Thierry Henry 51

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Argentina 2010 World Cup Squad

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Argentina 30-Man Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Diego Maradona

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club GK Mariano Andújar 30 July 1983 (aged 26) 4 0 Catania GK Sergio Romero 22 February 1987 (aged 23) 5 0 AZ GK Diego Pozo 16 February 1978 (aged 32) 3 0 Colón DF Juan Insaurralde 3 October 1984 (aged 25) 2 0 Newell's Old Boys DF Nicolás Burdisso 12 April 1981 (aged 29) 28 2 Roma DF Martín Demichelis 20 December 1980 (aged 29) 25 1 Bayern Munich DF Gabriel Heinze 19 April 1978 (aged 32) 63 2 Marseille DF Nicolás Otamendi 12 February 1988 (aged 22) 6 0 Vélez Sársfield DF Clemente Rodríguez 31 July 1981 (aged 28) 11 1 Estudiantes DF Walter Samuel 23 March 1978 (aged 32) 54 4 Internazionale DF Ariel Garcé 14 July 1979 (aged 30) 3 0 Colón DF Fabricio Coloccini 22 January 1982 (aged 28) 33 1 Newcastle United MF Mario Bolatti 17 February 1985 (aged 25) 4 1 Fiorentina MF Jesús Dátolo 19 May 1984 (aged 26) 3 2 Olympiacos MF Ángel Di María 14 February 1988 (aged 22) 7 0 Benfica MF Jonás Gutiérrez 5 July 1983 (aged 26) 15 1 Newcastle United MF Javier Mascherano (c) 8 June 1984 (aged 26) 56 2 Liverpool MF Javier Pastore 20 June 1989 (aged 20) 0 0 Palermo MF Juan Sebastián Verón 9 March 1975 (aged 35) 69 9 Estudiantes MF Juan Mercier 2 February 1980 (aged 30) 3 0 Argentinos Juniors MF Maxi Rodríguez 2 January 1981 (aged 29) 35 10 Liverpool MF José Ernesto Sosa 19 June 1985 (aged 24) 6 1 Estudiantes MF Sebastián Blanco 15 March 1988 (aged 22) 2 1 Lanús FW Martín Palermo 7 November 1973 (aged 36) 13 8 Boca Juniors FW Sergio Agüero 2 June 1988 (aged 22) 20 7 Atlético Madrid FW Gonzalo Higuaín 10 December 1987 (aged 22) 4 2 Real Madrid FW Lionel Messi 24 June 1987 (aged 22) 44 13 Barcelona FW Diego Milito 12 June 1979 (aged 30) 20 4 Internazionale FW Carlos Tévez 5 February 1984 (aged 26) 51 8 Manchester City FW Ezequiel Lavezzi 3 May 1985 (aged 25) 6 0 Napoli

Most Capped Player: Javier Zanetti 136 caps
Top Goalscorer: Gabriel Batistuta 56 goals

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Nigeria 2010 World Cup Squad

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Nigeria Preliminary Squad

Coach: Lars Lagerbäck

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Vincent Enyeama 29 August 1982 (aged 27) 51 Hapoel Tel Aviv GK Austin Ejide 8 April 1984 (aged 26) 16 Hapoel Petah Tikva GK Dele Aiyenugba 20 November 1983 (aged 26) 9 Bnei Yehuda GK Bassey Akpan 6 January 1984 (aged 26) 1 Bayelsa United DF Joseph Yobo (c) 6 September 1980 (aged 29) 64 Everton DF Taye Taiwo 16 April 1985 (aged 25) 35 Marseille DF Danny Shittu 2 September 1980 (aged 29) 23 Bolton Wanderers DF Chidi Odiah 17 December 1983 (aged 26) 21 CSKA Moscow DF Rabiu Afolabi 18 April 1980 (aged 30) 20 Red Bull Salzburg DF Onyekachi Apam 30 December 1986 (aged 23) 13 Nice DF Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé 20 January 1988 (aged 22) 9 Rennes DF Dele Adeleye 25 December 1988 (aged 21) 5 Sparta Rotterdam DF Terna Suswam 5 September 1991 (aged 18) 0 Lobi Stars F.

South Korea 2010 World Cup Squad

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South Korea (Korea Republic) Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Huh Jung-Moo

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Lee Woon-Jae 26 April 1973 (aged 37) 129 Suwon Bluewings GK Kim Young-Kwang 28 June 1983 (aged 26) 14 Ulsan Horang-i GK Jung Sung-Ryong 4 January 1985 (aged 25) 13 Seongnam Ilhwa DF Lee Young-Pyo 23 April 1977 (aged 33) 112 Al-Hilal DF Kim Dong-Jin 29 January 1982 (aged 28) 58 Ulsan Horang-i DF Cha Du-Ri 25 July 1980 (aged 29) 42 SC Freiburg DF Oh Beom-Seok 29 July 1984 (aged 25) 36 Ulsan Horang-i DF Kang Min-Soo 14 February 1986 (aged 24) 31 Suwon Bluewings DF Cho Yong-Hyung 3 November 1983 (aged 26) 30 Jeju United DF Lee Jung-Soo 8 January 1980 (aged 30) 23 Kashima Antlers DF Kwak Tae-Hwi 8 July 1981 (aged 28) 11 Kyoto Sanga DF Hwang Jae-Won 13 April 1981 (aged 29) 3 Pohang Steelers DF Kim Hyung-Il 27 April 1984 (aged 26) 3 Pohang Steelers MF Kim Nam-Il 14 March 1977 (aged 33) 91 Tom Tomsk MF Park Ji-Sung (c) 25 February 1981 (aged 29) 86 Manchester United MF Kim Jung-Woo 9 May 1982 (aged 27) 56 Gwangju Phoenix MF Cho Won-Hee 17 April 1983 (aged 27) 35 Suwon Bluewings MF Kim Chi-Woo 3 November 1983 (aged 26) 23 FC Seoul MF Lee Chung-Yong 2 July 1988 (aged 21) 21 Bolton Wanderers MF Ki Sung-Yong 24 January 1989 (aged 21) 19 Celtic MF Gu Ja-Cheol 27 February 1989 (aged 21) 8 Jeju United MF Kim Jae-Sung 3 October 1983 (aged 26) 5 Pohang Steelers MF Kim Bo-Kyung 6 October 1989 (aged 20) 4 Oita Trinita MF Shin Hyung-Min 18 July 1986 (aged 23) 3 Pohang Steelers FW Lee Dong-Gook 29 April 1979 (aged 31) 78 Jeonbuk Motors FW Ahn Jung-Hwan 27 January 1976 (aged 34) 68 Dalian Shide FW Park Chu-Young 10 July 1985 (aged 24) 38 Monaco FW Lee Keun-Ho 11 April 1985 (aged 25) 31 Júbilo Iwata FW Yeom Ki-Hun 30 March 1983 (aged 27) 30 Suwon Bluewings FW Lee Seung-Ryul 6 March 1989 (aged 21) 5 FC Seoul

Most Capped Player: Hong Myung-Bo 136
Top Goalscorer: Cha Bum-Kun 55

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Greece 2010 World Cup Squad

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Greece Preliminary Squad

Coach:Â Otto Rehhagel

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Kostas Chalkias 30 May 1974 (aged 36) 27 PAOK GK Michalis Sifakis 9 September 1984 (aged 25) 1 Aris GK Alexandros Tzorvas 12 August 1982 (aged 27) 6 Panathinaikos DF Georgios Tzavelas 26 November 1987 (aged 22) 0 Panionios DF Nikos Spiropoulos 10 October 1983 (aged 26) 17 Panathinaikos DF Vangelis Moras 18 August 1981 (aged 28) 10 Bologna DF Avraam Papadopoulos 3 January 1984 (aged 26) 12 Olympiacos DF Loukas Vyntra 5 February 1981 (aged 29) 27 Panathinaikos DF Sotirios Kyrgiakos 23 July 1979 (aged 30) 56 Liverpool DF Georgios Galitsios 8 June 1986 (aged 24) 0 Olympiacos DF Stelios Malezas 11 March 1985 (aged 25) 0 PAOK DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos 9 June 1988 (aged 22) 10 Genoa DF Giourkas Seitaridis 4 June 1981 (aged 29) 67 Panathinaikos DF Vasilis Torosidis 10 June 1985 (aged 25) 25 Olympiacos DF Kostas Manolas 14 June 1991 (aged 18) 0 AEK DF Stergos Marinos 17 September 1987 (aged 22) 0 Panathinaikos MF Alexandros Tziolis 13 February 1985 (aged 25) 17 Siena MF Giorgos Karagounis (c) 3 June 1977 (aged 33) 91 Panathinaikos MF Kostas Katsouranis 21 June 1979 (aged 30) 67 Panathinaikos MF Grigoris Makos 18 January 1987 (aged 23) 3 AEK MF Sakis Prittas 9 January 1979 (aged 31) 0 Aris MF Christos Patsatzoglou 19 March 1979 (aged 31) 41 Omonia MF Sotiris Ninis 3 April 1990 (aged 20) 3 Panathinaikos FW Georgios Samaras 21 February 1985 (aged 25) 32 Celtic FW Angelos Charisteas 9 February 1980 (aged 30) 82 Nuremberg FW Dimitris Salpigidis 18 August 1981 (aged 28) 34 Panathinaikos FW Theofanis Gekas 23 May 1980 (aged 30) 46 Hertha Berlin FW Pantelis Kapetanos 8 June 1983 (aged 27) 1 Steaua BucureÅŸti FW Lazaros Christodoulopoulos 19 December 1986 (aged 23) 3 Panathinaikos FW Kostas Mitroglou 12 March 1988 (aged 22) 1 Olympiacos

Most Capped Player: Theodoros Zagorakis 120 caps
Top Goalscorer: Nikos Anastopoulos 29 goals

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England 2010 World Cup Squad

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England Preliminary squad

Coach:Â Fabio Capello

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK David James 1 August 1970 (aged 39) 49 Portsmouth GK Robert Green 18 January 1980 (aged 30) 9 West Ham United GK Joe Hart 19 April 1987 (aged 23) 1 Manchester City DF Ashley Cole 20 December 1980 (aged 29) 77 Chelsea DF Rio Ferdinand (c) 7 November 1978 (aged 31) 76 Manchester United DF John Terry 7 December 1980 (aged 29) 59 Chelsea DF Jamie Carragher 28 January 1978 (aged 32) 34 Liverpool DF Glen Johnson 23 August 1984 (aged 25) 20 Liverpool DF Ledley King 12 October 1980 (aged 29) 19 Tottenham Hotspur DF Matthew Upson 18 April 1979 (aged 31) 19 West Ham United DF Leighton Baines 11 December 1984 (aged 25) 1 Everton DF Stephen Warnock 12 December 1981 (aged 28) 1 Aston Villa DF Michael Dawson 18 November 1983 (aged 26) 0 Tottenham Hotspur MF Steven Gerrard 30 May 1980 (aged 29) 78 Liverpool MF Frank Lampard 20 June 1978 (aged 31) 77 Chelsea MF Joe Cole 8 November 1981 (aged 28) 53 Chelsea MF Gareth Barry 23 February 1981 (aged 29) 36 Manchester City MF Shaun Wright-Phillips 25 October 1981 (aged 28) 30 Manchester City MF Michael Carrick 28 July 1981 (aged 28) 21 Manchester United MF Aaron Lennon 16 April 1987 (aged 23) 15 Tottenham Hotspur MF Theo Walcott 16 March 1989 (aged 21) 9 Arsenal MF James Milner 4 January 1986 (aged 24) 7 Aston Villa MF Scott Parker 13 October 1980 (aged 29) 3 West Ham United MF Tom Huddlestone 28 December 1986 (aged 23) 1 Tottenham Hotspur MF Adam Johnson 14 July 1987 (aged 22) 0 Manchester City FW Wayne Rooney 24 October 1985 (aged 24) 58 Manchester United FW Emile Heskey 11 January 1978 (aged 32) 57 Aston Villa FW Jermain Defoe 7 October 1982 (aged 27) 39 Tottenham Hotspur FW Peter Crouch 30 January 1981 (aged 29) 37 Tottenham Hotspur FW Darren Bent 6 February 1984 (aged 26) 5 Sunderland

Most Capped Player: Peter Shilton 125 caps
Top Goalscorer: Bobby Charlton 49 goals

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United States 2010 World Cup Squad

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United States preliminary squad

Coach:Â Bob Bradley

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Brad Guzan 9 September 1984 (aged 25) 15 Aston Villa GK Marcus Hahnemann 15 June 1972 (aged 37) 6 Wolverhampton Wanderers GK Tim Howard 6 March 1979 (aged 31) 49 Everton DF Jonathan Bornstein 7 November 1984 (aged 25) 29 Chivas USA DF Carlos Bocanegra (c) 25 May 1979 (aged 31) 77 Rennes DF Steve Cherundolo 19 February 1979 (aged 31) 57 Hannover 96 DF Jay DeMerit 4 December 1979 (aged 30) 17 Watford DF Clarence Goodson 17 May 1982 (aged 28) 11 Start DF Chad Marshall 22 August 1984 (aged 25) 11 Columbus Crew DF Oguchi Onyewu 13 May 1982 (aged 28) 51 Milan DF Heath Pearce 13 August 1984 (aged 25) 31 FC Dallas DF Jonathan Spector 1 March 1986 (aged 24) 24 West Ham United MF DaMarcus Beasley 24 May 1982 (aged 28) 90 Rangers MF Alejandro Bedoya 29 April 1987 (aged 23) 2 Örebro MF Michael Bradley 31 July 1987 (aged 22) 41 Borussia Mönchengladbach MF Ricardo Clark 10 March 1983 (aged 27) 27 Eintracht Frankfurt MF Clint Dempsey 9 March 1983 (aged 27) 60 Fulham MF Landon Donovan 4 March 1982 (aged 28) 121 Los Angeles Galaxy MF Maurice Edu 18 April 1986 (aged 24) 12 Rangers MF Benny Feilhaber 19 January 1985 (aged 25) 31 AGF MF Stuart Holden 1 August 1985 (aged 24) 12 Bolton Wanderers MF Sacha Kljestan 9 September 1985 (aged 24) 23 Chivas USA MF Robbie Rogers 12 May 1987 (aged 23) 11 Columbus Crew MF José Francisco Torres 29 October 1987 (aged 22) 8 Pachuca FW Jozy Altidore 6 November 1989 (aged 20) 24 Villarreal FW Edson Buddle 21 May 1981 (aged 29) 1 Los Angeles Galaxy FW Brian Ching 24 May 1978 (aged 32) 44 Houston Dynamo FW Robbie Findley 4 August 1985 (aged 24) 4 Real Salt Lake FW Herculez Gomez 6 April 1982 (aged 28) 2 Puebla FW Eddie Johnson 31 March 1984 (aged 26) 40 Aris Thessaloniki

Most Capped Player: Cabi Jones 164 caps
Top Goalscorer: Landon Donovan 42 goals

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Algeria 2010 World Cup Squad

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Algeria Preliminary Squad

Coach: Rabah Saâdane

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Lounès Gaouaoui 28 September 1977 (aged 32) 49 ASO Chlef GK Faouzi Chaouchi 5 December 1984 (aged 25) 8 ES Sétif GK Mohamed Zemmamouche 25 April 1986 (aged 24) 2 MC Algiers GK Raïs M'Bohli 29 August 1982 (aged 27) 0 Slavia Sofia DF Nadir Belhadj 18 June 1982 (aged 27) 43 Portsmouth DF Antar Yahia 21 March 1982 (aged 28) 43 Bochum DF Madjid Bougherra 29 October 1982 (aged 27) 40 Rangers DF Rafik Halliche 2 September 1986 (aged 23) 15 Nacional DF Abdelkader Laïfaoui 9 July 1981 (aged 28) 7 ES Sétif DF Mohamed Meftah 5 May 1985 (aged 25) 5 JS Kabylie DF Hocine Metref 1 January 1984 (aged 26) 4 ES Sétif DF Carl Medjani 15 May 1985 (aged 25) 0 Ajaccio DF Habib Bellaïd 28 March 1986 (aged 24) 0 Boulogne DF Djamel Mesbah 9 October 1984 (aged 25) 0 Lecce MF Yazid Mansouri (c) 25 February 1978 (aged 32) 65 Lorient MF Karim Ziani 17 August 1982 (aged 27) 53 Wolfsburg MF Karim Matmour 25 June 1985 (aged 24) 22 Borussia Mönchengladbach MF Khaled Lemmouchia 29 May 1981 (aged 29) 13 ES Sétif MF Hassan Yebda 14 April 1984 (aged 26) 9 Portsmouth MF Mourad Meghni 16 April 1984 (aged 26) 9 Lazio MF Lazhar Hadj Aissa 23 March 1984 (aged 26) 6 ES Sétif MF Djamel Abdoun 14 February 1986 (aged 24) 5 Nantes MF Mehdi Lacen 5 March 1984 (aged 26) 1 Racing Santander MF Adlène Guedioura 12 November 1985 (aged 24) 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers MF Ryad Boudebouz 19 February 1990 (aged 20) 0 Sochaux MF Foued Kadir 5 December 1983 (aged 26) 0 Valenciennes FW Rafik Saïfi 7 February 1975 (aged 35) 60 Istres FW Abdelkader Ghezzal 5 December 1984 (aged 25) 17 Siena FW Rafik Djebbour 8 March 1984 (aged 26) 14 AEK Athens FW Chadli Amri 14 December 1984 (aged 25) 9 1.

David Beckham To Take World Cup Coaching Role?

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Veteran midfielder David Beckham has confirmed that he hopes to be playing a much more active role in England's World Cup campaign than just travelling to South Africa in a ‘mascot' capacity.

Beckham, who saw his hopes of playing in this summer's World Cup ended by a ruptured achilles tendon sustained in March, has revealed that he has discussed the possibility of joining England manager Fabio Capello's coaching staff for the duration of the tournament – if he manages to fully convalesce from his injury on schedule.

Slovenia 2010 World Cup Squad

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Slovenia Preliminary Squad

Coach: Matjaž Kek

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Samir Handanovič 14 July 1984 (aged 25) 38 Udinese GK Jasmin Handanovič 28 January 1978 (aged 32) 3 Mantova GK Aleksander Šeliga 1 February 1980 (aged 30) 1 Sparta GK Jan Koprivec 15 July 1988 (aged 21) 0 Udinese DF Boštjan Cesar 9 July 1982 (aged 27) 41 Grenoble DF Branko Ilič 6 February 1983 (aged 27) 36 Lokomotiv Moscow DF Bojan Jokić 17 May 1986 (aged 24) 33 Chievo DF Matej Mavrič 29 January 1979 (aged 31) 32 TuS Koblenz DF Mišo Brečko 1 May 1984 (aged 26) 30 Köln DF Marko Šuler 9 March 1983 (aged 27) 16 Gent DF Suad Filekovič 16 September 1978 (aged 31) 14 Maribor DF Dejan Kelhar 5 April 1984 (aged 26) 1 Cercle Brugge DF Elvedin Džinič 25 August 1985 (aged 24) 1 Maribor DF Aleksander Rajčević 17 November 1986 (aged 23) 0 Koper MF Robert Koren (c) 20 September 1980 (aged 29) 45 West Bromwich Albion MF Andrej Komac 4 December 1979 (aged 30) 40 Maccabi Tel Aviv MF Andraž Kirm 6 September 1984 (aged 25) 25 Wisła Kraków MF Dalibor Stevanovič 27 September 1984 (aged 25) 15 Vitesse MF Aleksander Radosavljevič 25 April 1979 (aged 31) 14 Larissa MF Mirnes Šišić 8 August 1981 (aged 28) 12 PAS Giannina MF Darijan Matič 28 May 1983 (aged 27) 7 Rapid Bucharest MF Dare Vršič 26 September 1984 (aged 25) 5 Timisoara MF Rene Krhin 21 May 1990 (aged 20) 3 Internazionale FW Milivoje Novakovič 18 May 1979 (aged 31) 37 Köln FW Valter Birsa 7 August 1986 (aged 23) 33 Auxerre FW Zlatko Dedič 10 May 1984 (aged 26) 23 Bochum FW Zlatan Ljubijankič 15 December 1983 (aged 26) 16 Gent FW Nejc Pečnik 3 January 1986 (aged 24) 7 Nacional FW Miran Burgič 25 September 1984 (aged 25) 5 AIK FW Tim Matavž 13 January 1989 (aged 21) 0 Groningen

Most Capped Player: Zlatko Zahovic 80 caps
Top GoalscorerZlatko Zahovic - 35 goals

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TFT Episode 49: Mark Segal

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It's been a big week for football news, and at this stage of the season it's always news that matters. The focus for many has been the announcement of 32 preliminary squads for World Cup 2010 and the noteworthy absentees which stole the headlines for a number of countries.

In this week's podcast, we're joined in the studio by the football editor of ITV.

Cesc Fabregas Leaves His Arsenal Future In Doubt

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After a fresh wave of speculation linking him with a summer move to Barcelona, Arsenal captain 'Cesc Fabregas has muddied the waters regarding his Emirates future, by admitting that he wants a decision to be made one-way-or-the-other before the World Cup begins in June.

Whilst he has openly admitted his desire to rejoin Barca at some point during his career, Fabregas has, up until now, firmly spurned the advances of his boyhood club and seen his desire to remain in north London cited on several occasions.

United and County in Cup Final Showdown

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The Active Nation Scottish Cup Final will have a different feel to it this weekend, and one that is most welcome.

Dundee United will take on Ross County on Saturday with it being only the second final for 12 years where an Old Firm side has not featured.

Some say a cup final north of the border is only appealing if neither or both halves of the Old Firm are participating in it.

Carlo Ancelotti on winning the league, Mourinho, Milan and the FA Cup final

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In an interview with SkySport 24 that was republished in the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Carlo Ancelotti discussed winning the Premiership, a conversation between him and Jose' Mourinho, the growth of Florent Malouda, the next manager of AC Milan and the upcoming FA Cup final at Wembley.

Hand of Dog, WAG’s Pies and England’s 2018 World Cup Bid

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With all the (predictably) negative publicity the English media as given England's 2018 World Cup bid, it's good to see something creative, entertaining and fun to share come out of the woodworks 'supporting' the bid.

npower, also the official energy provider to Wembley stadium, has launched a new TV ad to support the FA's ‘Back the Bid 2018' campaign for England to host the World Cup.

Who is Spain’s backup for Torres and Villa?

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Vicente Del Bosque probably had the easiest job in the world when choosing his initial strike force. Torres and Villa are two of the best on the planet, and make up the best front two at the World Cup. But, there is a problem. As highlighted by Torres' vast problems this season, neither is indestructible.

Tony Adams returns to football management outside UK

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams has returned to management with Azerbaijan club Gabala FC.

The 43 year old has been out of work since losing his managerial hot seat at Portsmouth fifteen months ago after a poor run of form.

Adams now has the opportunity to start over and test his managerial credentials once again, even if his destination is somewhat bizarre.

09/10 Europa League Review

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It is easy to forget that this season's Europa League was in its inaugural year. After picking up an undesirable yet understandable reputation as the Champions League ‘sinferior little brother, Michel Platini oversaw the rebranding of what we once called, with a pejorative sneer, ‘the UEFA Cup'.

Heartbreak for Fulham in Europa League final

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Fulham 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Fulham FC were left heartbroken as they lost the Europa League final to a late, unfortunate goal from Diego Forlan five minutes from time, in extra time.

This was Fulham's first major cup final for 35 years, and they showed exactly why they deserved to be there, pulling out a performance fit for European finalists.

Just Who Will Buy Rangers?

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The proposed takeover of one of Scotland's great institutions has been a long drawn out affair, but appears no end is in sight.

The owner Sir David Murray announced his intentions to sell the club four years ago, although some parts of the Scottish media are reporting this as only two.

Arsene Wenger Vows To Strengthen ‘Average’ Arsenal Defense

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to bolster his defensive ranks over the summer hiatus, after admitting that his side have been guilty of some 'average' defensive performances last year.

Former Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen has proven to be a shrewd acquisition on Wenger's part, but sporadic injuries have marred an otherwise impressive debut season in the Premier League for the Belgian.

Broken Foot Puts John Terry’s World Cup In Doubt

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It would appear that England centre-back John Terry has suffered the same fate that befell Wayne Rooney, Ledley King and David Beckham before him, after seeing a suspected broken metatarsal -Â sustained during a Chelsea training session earlier today leaving him on the verge of having to pull out of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

“I have to think about my team, not myself” – Mourinho

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Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will make no decisions regarding his future until after the Champions League final in Madrid.

The "Special One" has reiterated a number of time this season his honor of coaching one of Europe's biggest clubs but has also expressed his displeasure of Italian football which has sparked rumors of a possible move to Real Marid and a return to England.

09/10 Bundesliga Review

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For a long time, European football fans regarded the Bundesliga as the backwater home of poor defending and psychotic goalkeepers. It was a league that lived in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbours: Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League.

However, growing disillusionment with the ‘bigger' leagues has seen the Bundesliga become the envy of Europe.

Random Facts About The 2009/2010 Premier League Season

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A belated congratulations to Chelsea for winning the Premier League, but I've been a bit under the weather recently so I haven't had a chance to come up with one of these fascinating little comparison pieces for your pleasure. Of course, I've made a habit of comparing this Premier League campaign to that of last year's, predicting on three separate occassions that three different teams would win the title.

Soccerlens TV: Attack-minded sides, Champions League spots and relegation & promotion battles in Europe

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Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday on the Soccerlens Show.

In Episode 28, Andy discusses the clubs who have been attacking their opponents throughout the season have reap their rewards and they are sitting pretty at the top of their respective leagues.

Fabio Capello Names His Provisional England World Cup Squad

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England coach Fabio Capello has named his 30-man provisional squad for this summer's World Cup.

There are some slightly surprising inclusions, namely that of midfield pair Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone (who have seen their fine club form this season acknowledged) and the decision to gamble on the fitness of Gareth Barry rather than risk taking Owen Hargreaves (who himself has only just returned from a long-term lay-off) to the tournament.

eBook – What the World Cup means to me

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On May 11, World Cup Buzz released an eBook with the title "What the World Cup means to me". This book contains stories from 21 of the top football writers and personalities from around the world; including Tim Vickery (BBC), Simon Kuper (co-author 'Soccernomics'), Rebecca Lowe and Tommy Smyth (ESPN), Paul Dempsey (Setanta), Misha Sher (Soccerex), Adam Spangler (This is American Soccer), Phil Schoen (GolTV) and others.

Falkirk down, but Rangers party.

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The Scottish Premier League culminated last weekend, and it will be remembered for many things, good and bad.

Saturday saw Falkirk relegated into the First Division, after they were unable to defeat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

A victory would have sent Killie down, but, in truth, Falkirk can have no complaints as they have been bottom of the table for the majority of the season.

Marco van Basten rules out Milan hot seat

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Marco van Basten has ruled out any possibility of him becoming the next AC Milan manager as speculation mounts over current boss Leonardo stepping down at the end of the Serie A season.

Brazilian Leonardo has added fuel to the fire of him leaving his post at The Rossoneri after describing his relationship with owner Silvio Berlusconi as "difficult".

Atletico Madrid v Fulham Live Blog

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Fulham V Atletico Madrid
Europa League final
HSH Nordbank Arena – Hamburg, Germany
19:45 GMT – 12 May 2010

Forget the fact that Liverpool failed to finish in the top four for the first time since 2005.

Carragher call up a disgrace

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It will be a disgrace if Jamie Carragher is called up by England this afternoon. He shouldn't even be considered. This is the man who quit his country because he couldn't get in the first team. Yes, let me say that one more time for full, ineradicable, reflexive effect: he quit his country because he couldn't get in the team.

West Ham Part Company With Manager Gianfranco Zola

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West Ham have just announced that they have terminated the contract of manager Gianfranco Zola with immediate effect.

The West Ham board have issued the following statement via the club's official website;

"The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future.

Wolfsburg Appoint Steve McClaren As Manager

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Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg have appointed former England manager Steve McClaren as their new manager on a two-year deal.

McClaren found himself linked with managerial posts right across Europe (including Celtic, West Ham and Hamburg) after leading FC Twente to their first Eredivisie title in 84 years last season, but the former Middlesbrough boss has now decided to take up the reigns at Die Wölfe replacing current caretaker coach Lorenz-Günther Köstner.

2009/2010 Premier League Review

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Congratulations then to Chelsea, who have emerged as rightful Champions, with 27 wins, 86 points, and 103 goals in the bank. For a long time this looked like the competition no-one wanted to win, but once Jose Mourinho had robbed his former side of a shot at Champions League glory, the west-Londoners revved their domestic engine with impressive gusto.

January 2010 Ligue 1 Transfers

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You'll find the latest Ligue 1 Transfers (January 2010) listed here. Archives for older transfer seasons are at the end of this page. For the latest transfer rumours and transfer lists for other leagues, see our transfer news column.

If you find a transfer not listed here let us know and we'll add it.

Podcast: Chelsea TV’s Alison Bender, spending sprees and Fulham v Atletico

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Check out Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg in the latest episode of the award-nominated Soccerlens Podcast.

Chelsea TV presenter Alison Bender joins the boys for an insightful chat on what life is really like inside Stamford Bridge, as she looks back on the Blues' tremendous Premier League title success and ahead to a likely first ever Double.

Man City Close To Completing £11m Jerome Boateng Deal

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that his side are within striking distance of wrapping up an £11 million deal for 21-year-old Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng.

The German international who is one of the Bundesliga's hottest properties has found himself squarely in City's sights for the past six months or so, and is now expected to complete his protracted move to Eastlands within the next few weeks.

Hammers – A few millionaires signing on tomorrow

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According to Uncle Google, a millionaire is defined as someone who has a "net worth of a million or more units of currency". In the good old days it was relatively easy to become a millionaire simply take a flight to Turkey and you could have a million Turkish Lira in your pocket for no more than one US Dollar.

Why Chelsea won the title and United, Liverpool and Arsenal didn’t

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Hello readers.

I refrained from writing about the title race until it was done and dusted and there's plenty to talk about, from pre-season predictions to key battles where the title was won and of course, what the future holds for the 'big' teams.

Pre-season Predictions

What a joke!

Chelsea score eight, Everton leave it late, and Burnley have one last Hurrah

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The build up to the final day of the 2009/10 Premier League season created more tension than the day itself in the end, however fans were still treated to a host of goals and fascinating results to round off this season in Style.

Chelsea were finally crowned champions, thumping a poor Wigan side 8-0.

Wayne Rooney Suffers Fresh World Cup Injury Scare

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has suffered yet another injury setback ahead of the World Cup, after limping off during his side's final game of the season against Stoke with a groin injury.

The 24-year-old striker effectively substituted himself after pulling up 15 minutes from time, hobbling away down the tunnel before his replacement Park Ji-Sung was ready to make the change.

Benfica crowned champions thanks to Cardozo’s brace

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Portuguese giants Benfica have clinched their first league championship in five years after defeating Rio Ave 2-1 in the Estadio da Luz on Sunday night. This is the 32nd league triumph in the history of The Eagles as they pipped Sporting de Braga to the post.

Manager Jorge Jesus has come up trumps in his first season for the club after taking over the reins from former manager Quique Sanchez Flores last summer.

England – Why being a one man team could cost us dear

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The Barclay's Premier League season came to its finale yesterday and the nation held its breath yet again. This was not because of the extremely tense circumstances in which the league was decided, but because Wayne Rooney had felt a slight twinge in his groin and had to be substituted during Manchester United's four-nil drubbing of Stoke City.

Van Gaal showered in Germany’s finest, but winning the league tastes even sweeter for The Bavarians

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Bastian Schweinsteiger kept to his word of giving manager Louis Van Gaal a beer shower after the German giants clinched their 22nd league championship. A real comedy of errors from the Dutch tactician who tried to elude his players by running behind the goal as they soaked him in litres of vintage German ale following their 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin.

La Liga title race to go down to the wire as Spain’s top two pick up victories

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The La Liga title race will go right down to the wire after both Real Madrid and Barcelona picked up all three points on Saturday. The Blaugranas are just a point ahead of Los Blancos who have both incidentally smashed the leagues points tally of 92 which was set in 1997 by Fabio Capello's Madrid.

09/10 Premier League Final Day Live Blog

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English Premier League
16:00 GMT – 9 May 2010

It's D-Day in the Premier League as all 20 teams kick off at 16:00 on Sunday, with one final chance to decide on their final positions in th table this season. With fourth place decided on Wednesday night this week, and the relegation battle done and dusted, all that remains to be seen is who will be crowned Champions of England; Chelsea?

“Roma captain racially abused me” – Balotelli

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Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli has accused AS Roma captain Franceso Totti of racially insulting him during the Coppa Italia final Wednesday night which saw Inter lift their first piece of silverware of 2010.

The Roma captain was shown a straight red card in the closing stages of the game after lashing out at Balotelli by wildly kicking him which resulted in his dismissal.

Van Bommel and Bayern set to make history this Saturday

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Bayern Munich will clinch their 22nd German league championship in the beautiful Olympic Stadium which played host to the FIFA World Cup final four years ago. The Bavarians travel to the German capital on Saturday to face relegated Hertha Berlin where they have a three point lead over second placed Schalke, but have a far more inferior goal difference over The Knappen of seventeen goals.

Jamie Carragher Set For Shock England Return?

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Reports in this morning's Daily Telegraph are suggesting that Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher may be poised to make a shock return to the England squad for this summer's World Cup.

Carragher declared his retirement from international football in the summer of 2007 (due to his frustration at the lack of opportunities handed to him by Steve McClaren) but has now indicated a willingness to reverse his decision following a series of secret meetings held with the current England management team.

2010 World Cup Safety Tips: How to make your South African trip a success

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Next month, thousands upon thousands of visitors from locales near and far will make the trek to South Africa to support their teams in person at World Cup 2010.

It's certainly something to be envied if you're going to be watching from your TV or computer, not only because of the wonderful football on offer, but also because of all of the attractions that South Africa has to offer as well.

Harry Redknapp Named Manager Of The Year

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has been named Barclays Manager of the Season after seeing his side qualify for next season's Champions League.

Speaking to Spurs' official website, Redknapp said;

"I'm delighted to receive the award but it's a team effort with Kevin (Bond), Joe (Jordan), Clive (Allen), Tony (Parks), Tim (Sherwood), Les (Ferdinand) and all the coaching and fitness staff.

Alves points to this weekend’s clash against former club Sevilla as pivotal in La Liga race

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Barcelona's eccentric full back Dani Alves has set the gauntlet ahead of this weekend's penultimate round of fixtures in the La Liga title race.

Alves and his Barcelona team mates defeated relegation fodder Tenerife 4-1 at the Camp Nou Tuesday to move four points ahead of their Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

Group A will be the tightest group this summer

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Much interest is always taken in Group A. Not necessarily because it offers much excitement, but because it offers us the opening game, which we have far too long to build up to. As traditional, it will be the hosts, and South Africa will face off against Mexico.

This draw might just have left the Bafana Bafana weeping into their Vuvuzelas, though.

TFT Episode 48: Premier League finale & Fulham vs Atletico special

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If we took Chelsea's wins over Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City in isolation, we would be amazed that the Premier League title race should be alive in the final 90 minutes of the season. Carlo Ancelotti's side have been thrilling to watch on occasion, but an apparent vulnerability in routine games and a tendency to slip up where they shouldn't has allowed the competition to continue for much longer than perhaps it might have.

Manchester United 2010 US Trip Schedule

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In July 2010 right after the World Cup, the Manchester United squad will go to the USA to prepare for their 2010/2011 season. They will be visiting Toronto, Philadelphia, Kansas and Houston.


  • July 16, 2010 Glasgow Celtic, Toronto
  • July 21, 2010 Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia
  • July 25, 2010 Kansas City Wizards, Kansas
  • July 28, 2010 MLS All-Stars, Houston

The squad will be lead by Ryan Giggs and it will include stars like Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar, Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia, John O'Shea, Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov.

Rafa Benitez Opens Talks Over Liverpool Future

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Liverpool have confirmed that they have held the first in what they hope to be a series of talks with manager Rafa Benitez over his future at the club.

Benitez (who is understood to have already cancelled two prior meetings) met with chairman Martin Broughton with the hope of discussing his available transfer budget for next season although, with the club currently up for sale, it is unlikely that current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will be willing to invest any more substantial amounts of money.

Man City Chairman Al Mubarak: ‘Mancini Will Be Boss For Many Years’

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Manchester City's club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said that current manager Roberto Mancini will remain in charge 'for many years'.

City's saw their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League ended by Tottenham on Wednesday evening, but speculation that Mancini's job was under threat as a result has been dismissed by his chairman.

Spurs qualification ends superb week for English managers

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Wednesday night's heroic display from Harry Redknapp's Tottenham side completed a hugely successful week for a dying species, that species being top flight English managers. Harry now joins Steve McClaren and Roy Hodgson on that cloud whose number comes between eight and ten, and rounds off a fantastic week for England in a game that is dominated so much by the foreign coaches.

First step in Inter’s quest for the treble as they capture the “Coppa Italia”

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Inter Milan are up and running in their monumental attempt of being the first Italian club in history to clinch the treble after taking their first step to such greatness by defeating AS Roma 1-0 Wednesday night to win the Coppa Italia. Diego Milito's first half strike in the Stadio Olimpico was enough to give The Nerrazzuri the victory in the home of their opponents.

Spurs snatch Champions League spot from Manchester City

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Tottenham Hotspur came out victors on what proved to be the most vital match of both sides' seasons on Wednesday. Tottenham are now guaranteed the fourth and final Champions League spot this season, the spot that has so eluded teams outside of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in seasons gone by.

11Kicks Fantasy Football Review

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Sign up to play fantasy football.

It had to happen eventually. The conversion of football from a joyful sporting pursuit into a sprawling global business had to have side effects. They are visible everywhere; from shirt sponsorships to endorsements, from stadium names to media coverage.

Coventry City correct to call time on Coleman

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WHILE the decision to sack Chris Coleman might have come as a surprise to most outside the Ricoh Arena, for a large band of Coventry City supporters the writing was on the wall for some time.

The 4-0 home defeat to Watford in the final game of the season was just the last in a series of embarrassing performances that fans have had to endure over the last two months – a period which saw the club go eleven games without a win.

Marouane Chamakh Is ‘Counting The Days’ Until Arsenal Switch

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Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has all but confirmed he is to join Arsenal at the end of the season by admitting he is now 'counting the days' until he makes the switch from Aquitaine to north London.

The Moroccan international has been a long term target for the Gunners, and almost joined in the summer of 2009, but chose instead to see out his contract at Les Girondins, leaving him quite literally free to join Arsenal the following year.

City Vs Spurs: What landing fourth really means

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As the season draws to what can only be described as the most exciting yet strangely under par finale, it is not only who claims top spot that is at the forefront of Premiership supporters minds. It is who will claim the all important fourth place and who will be in with a shout of competing in next years Champions League that seems to have taken centre stage.

“We don’t deserve respect, we demand it” – Jose Mourinho

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Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho was in another defiant mood ahead of his side's Coppa Italia final with AS Roma by hitting out at their president Rosella Sensi demanding her respect. Mourinho and his team are building up for yet another showpiece with Roma which will incredibly be the fifth time in six years that the two Italian giants have met in the final.

Kaka: Man City On The Verge Of Becoming A ‘Super Club’

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Unsettled Real Madrid star Kaka has admitted that, should Manchester City qualify for Champions League football next season, they could be on the cusp of becoming a dominant force in world football.

The 28-year-old forward turned down the chance to join City from AC Milan during the 2009 January transfer window before moving to the Bernabeu the following summer.

How Massimo Moratti can try and hold onto Jose Mourinho

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Massimo Moratti of Inter Milan is finally living his dream; the one he must have arguably seen, ever since he would have been a small boy during the Grande Inter days of the 1960's. To emulate his father and bring glory to Inter.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if he is not getting any sleep.

United, City Or Villa? Where Now For James Milner?

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Not so very long ago, many an eyebrow was raised (mine included) when Aston Villa shelled out the lion's share of £12 million to sign James Milner from Newcastle United.

Milner, then just 22-years-old, was a young player with a burgeoning talent and a growing reputation, but it still seemed that the inflated transfer fee was possibly more a result of his recent purple patch than a true reflection of his talents.

Nike Football: Take the Stage for South Africa 2010

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This summer Nike will be sending one lucky competition winner to South Africa together with Tinchy Stryder and Anton Ferdinand.

Who the hell is Tinchy Stryder? Why is Anton Ferdinand of all the people the face of Nike Football during South Africa 2010?

It doesn't really matter.

Sven-Goran Eriksson Keen For Ivory Coast To Avoid Paying The Penalty

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With the eyes of the footballing world set to focus on Africa this summer you could forgive Sven-Goran Eriksson for starting to feel a little anxious.

The former-England manager has been charged with leading the Ivory Coast at his third World Cup but, with only 37 days left until the tournament starts in earnest, Eriksson is still in the process of assembling his back-room staff and has yet to meet half of his players let alone train with them.

Soccerlens TV: City v Spurs, Champions in Holland and Germany plus Champions League race in France

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Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday on the Soccerlens Show.

The Episode 27 of the show covers the Eredivisie champions FC Twente and their coach, Steve McClaren who went from a zero to hero after getting Twente a Champions League spot in his first season and helped them become the national champions for the first time since 1926.

Wenger Vs Tackling And Crosses: The Whining Continues

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Don't get me wrong, I admire Arsene Wenger's 'technique-above-all' philosophy of football as much as the next guy, but was does irritate me is the lengths he will go to to defend his ethos when it is found wanting which is fairly often, as it happens.

Arsenal can be a joy to watch but they also have the uncanny ability to frustrate you to the point of hernia case in point being Monday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.

Podcast: Sven Goran Eriksson Interview

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An exclusive interview with Ivory Coast boss Sven Goran Eriksson features on today's episode of the Soccerlens Podcast, with Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg. Â

The ex-England boss (in association with our good friends at Castrol) talks one on one about his old team, World Cup preparations, penalty kicks and Didier Drogba.

Lisandro loving life at Lyon

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Lyon made two big signings in the forward line last summer to replace the departed Karim Benzema. One man was Bafetimbi Gomis from arch-rivals Saint-Etienne and the second one was Argentine Lisandro Lopez from Porto.

The two strikers with a combined fee of nearly €40m started off from a level playing field.

Spurs and Man City deserve their chance

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It's entirely fitting that the fight for fourth place has culminated in what will essentially be a cup final in form and function the race has been hard-fought and full of twists and turns, with both City and Spurs more than deserving the chance to engage in this jackpot skirmish.

It's a shame Liverpool were so lacklustre and Villa fell so late, but in reality, whatever the kvetches of Martin O'Neill and Rafa Benitez, their league positions are merited.

Liverpool To Kickstart A ‘New Era’ With Joe Cole Signing?

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No trophies to speak of, a fairly unimpressive league standing and the added frustration of being currently mired in one of the most convoluted takeovers in recent history. In short, Liverpool have had to endure a pretty awful season but there is a dot of hope on the horizon.

According to today's Daily Mail, Liverpool are hoping to usher in a new dawn at the club with a wave of home-grown summer signings, to instill some much needed 'English passion' within their ranks.

Buffon hits where it hurts – “No way I’d sign for City”

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Manchester City: impossible is... nothing?!
Manchester City, as hard as it is for a fan of Manchester United to admit, has become a club that has genuinely expanded the realms of possibility. I remember, closely watching the final hours of transfer deadline day in 2008, as Robinho was expected to be settling down in some Mayfair hotel putting pen to paper on a new multi-million pound deal with Chelsea.

Steven Gerrard’s assist on Sunday shows he’s a true Liverpool fan

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Steven Gerrard

For those Liverpool fans upset at this weekend's loss to Chelsea, I say 'What are you upset about?'. The loss that Liverpool have just experienced, has ironically just ensured that their long term rivals Manchester United will fail to win a 19th Premier League title this season, overtaking Liverpool's 18.

Buffon: “If I leave Juventus, I see myself in the Premiership”

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Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon was interviewed by Sky Sport Italia, and his remarks were published by the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport. Buffon discussed a potential transfer to England, the current dismal campaign of Juventus, Rafa Benitez, Italian hopes in South Africa and his choice for the next Azzurri manager.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – The Champions League Is Calling

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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
English Premier League
City of Manchester Stadium Manchester, England
20:00 GMT 5 May 2010

The race for fourth place reaches it's climax on Wednesday as Manchester City and Tottenham battle to secure Champions League football next season.

Steve McClaren: from “wally with the brolly” to national champion

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21st November 2007 was the night that English football experienced one of its biggest ever wakeup call as a miserable dreary wet night at Wembley saw the English National Team humbled by Slaven Blic and his Croatian side as they ripped away a nation's hope of qualifying for The European Championships the following summer.

Can Liverpool Do Us A Favour As ‘Squeaky Bum Time’ Goes Into Overload?

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If someone said to me at the beginning of the season that we would have to rely on Liverpool to help us win the title and therefore overtake them as the most successful English team converting into massive Liverpool fans for the penultimate weekend of the season I would have literally thrown the afro wig and shell-suit I was being handed right back in his face.

A:3K Football Champion

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On 17th July, 2010 at the O2 Arena, A:3K will bring six of the world's greatest footballers to compete and be crowned the first A:3K Football Champion. A:3K have gathered over £300 million (transfer value) of global football talent to compete in a serie of gladiatorial games of skill.

History 101: Uruguay 1930

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Today I realized that the most anticipated sporting event in the world is approaching in just one, lousy, unbearably long month. No, it's not the Stanley Cup Finals. No, it's not the NBA Finals. No, it's not the UEFA Champions League, and it most certainly isn't the Blue Jays' inter-league date with the Colorado Rockies.

Liverpool Nightmare Ends In Title Dilemma

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As a football fan, as opposed to a Man Utd fan, I have to confess to feeling some sympathy for the Liverpool faithful right now. As loyal, knowledgeable, good humoured and expectant a group of fans as you are likely to find, how many more kicks in the gut can they be expected to endure before things get better at Anfield?

Hats off to humble Hodgson

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Atletico Madrid v Fulham
2010 Europa League Final
Wednesday 12 May 2010
Hamburg, Germany

This week saw two underdog coaches stride out on to the turf at full-time to salute their fans. Both had achieved results that had taken their clubs to previously unimagined heights.

The 2010 UEFA Champions League Final – Live Blog

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Bayern Munich v Inter Milan
2010 UEFA Champions League Final
Saturday 22nd May 2010
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

As it was written in the ancient prophecies or the Dead Sea scrolls or some such Tyldesley-esque nonsense, Jose 'The Self-Appointed Special One' Mourinho will lead his Inter Milan team out against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final on the 22nd May.