In a few weeks' time, the focus in the football world will turn away from the club scene to the
international arena. Fans around the world will be hoping that the stars of their favorite clubs
all return from international duty in one piece, but while they sweat it out, they'll be getting
the treat of seeing the worldÃs top national teams in action, some of them against one
Euro 2012 qualifying began in August 2010, with 51 nations vying to be part of next JuneÃs
tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Of course, only about half of those teams entered with realistic
hopes of qualifying or making the playoffs, and less than half of those teams have a legitimate
chance to make a serious run at the title.
After watching England play Montenegro last week, I was struck by a few things. Firstly the
appearance of both Barry and Parker in the same team at this level is quite remarkable. Certainly
both are good players in their own rights but, their lack of pace caused the English defence
significant problems as the game progressed.
If you needed any more proof that former CONCACAF President Jack Warner is crooked, watch the
accompanying video to hear Warner discussing the gifts of silver he had received from former FIFA
vice-president Mohammad Bin Hammam. Warner discusses why the gifts were received and that they
would be distributed by him.
How silly and embarrassed the players, officials and supporters of the South Africa soccer team
In their final game of the qualification rounds to try to reach the 2012 African Nations Cup,
South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane believed that all his team needed was a draw to qualify for the