Argentine ace and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has had quite a year.Â After leading Barcelona to
an unprecedented treble in the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Ray he is now up for both the
Ballon d'Or (European footballer of the year) and the equally prestigious FIFA World Player of the
Now that Argentina has qualified to the World Cup ensuring the presence of star player Lionel
Messi, barring any injury or outlandishÂ suspension,Â Â howÂ does oneÂ evaluate the comments made
by FIFA President Sepp Blatter? Prior to the decisiveÂ qualifiers which yielded Â Argentina's
qualification to South Africa as well as Portugal's opportunity to do so through aÂ two-legged
playoff clash with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Blatter declared that the World Cup will not be affected
if Messi or Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo were missing.
We got another edition of World Cup Buzz Top 5. This time we're going to breakdown the 5 best
national team coaches right now. These 5 men have led their charges to surprise heights in
qualifying for the 2010 World Cup or in some cases right on the door step of reserving their place
in South Africa.
The European World Cup play-offs were drawn today (October 19) and the Republic of Ireland have
drawn 1998 winners France.Â The Irish will have to beat the French if they are to make it to South
Africa and the game should be a cracking occassion.
Of course the French are the favourites with the World Cup 2010 betting odds.
Most of the heavy favourites have already qualified for the World Cup due next summer in South
Africa.Â Previous World Cup winners such as Brazil, Germany, England, Argentina and Italy (also
currentÂ WC Winners) all bookedÂ their spot inÂ South Africa following a long and arduous road.
Some teams such asÂ ArgentinaÂ have struggled while others such as England have cruised, yet the
World Cup stage is a differentÂ playing field and previous results will not count.
Chelsea and CÃ´te d'Ivoire striker Didier Drogba has set his sights firmly on World Cup glory
with his home nation.Â The powerful striker, regarded by many as the best frontman in the world,
scored the equalising goal that secured the Cote d'Ivoire's place in South Africa and admitted he
has grandiose plans for the tournament next summer.
World Cup Buzz correspondent Daniel Feuerstein recently interviewed Andrew Boyens, the New York
Red Bulls and New Zealand centre-half.
Feuerstein asked Boyens about the crucial World Cup playoff match against Bahrain. The first leg
is scheduled in Bahrain on Saturday, October 10th with the return leg in New Zealand in a few days
Thierry Henry is a footballer who is not used to failure but France's place at the World Cup in
South Africa next summer is in no way guaranteed.Â Les Bleus trail group seven leaders Serbia by
four points with just two games remaining and it is starting to look increasingly likely they will
have to get through a play-off to secure their spot at the World Cup.
Argentina boss and all-round football legend Diego Maradona has hinted he may quit his current
post at the end of the qualifying campaign.Â Argentina lie fifth in the South American World Cup
qualifying table and are in real danger of missing out on automatic qualification, indeed Colombia,
Venezuela and Uruguay could all pip them to fifth and they would miss the tournament all