World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2009

Messi in line for double scoop

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Argentine ace and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has had quite a year. 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 Year.

Was Blatter Right About Messi & Ronaldo?

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Now that Argentina has qualified to the World Cup ensuring the presence of star player Lionel Messi, barring any injury or outlandish suspension,  how does one evaluate the comments made by FIFA President Sepp Blatter? Prior to the decisive qualifiers which yielded  Argentina's qualification to South Africa as well as Portugal's opportunity to do so through a 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.

Top 5 – Edition IX: Best National Team Coaches

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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.

Irish handed toughest test

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The European World Cup play-offs were drawn today (October 19) and the Republic of Ireland have drawn 1998 winners France. 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.

Which Team Will Win the 2010 World Cup ?

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Most of the heavy favourites have already qualified for the World Cup due next summer in South Africa. Previous World Cup winners such as Brazil, Germany, England, Argentina and Italy (also current WC Winners) all booked their spot in South Africa following a long and arduous road. Some teams such as Argentina have struggled while others such as England have cruised, yet the World Cup stage is a different playing field and previous results will not count.

Didier Drogba’s African dream

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Chelsea and Côte d'Ivoire striker Didier Drogba has set his sights firmly on World Cup glory with his home nation. 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.

New Zealand v Bahrain: Interview With Andrew Boyens

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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 from now.

Henry in Les Bleus admission

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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. 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.

Maradona hints at exit

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Argentina boss and all-round football legend Diego Maradona has hinted he may quit his current post at the end of the qualifying campaign. 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 together.