Road to 2010 World Cup Final

My journey from Brooklyn, New York January 4, 2007 to the World Cup Final match July 11, 2010 in South Africa. How will I get there? I have no idea. Join me as I travel around Africa, write a book, make some friends and watch the beautiful game!

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Brazil World Cup Title Success in Serious Doubt

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Brazil look increasingly unlikely to win the World Cup on home soil next summer after another disappointing performance on Wednesday resulted in the squad being booed by their own supporters.
A Brazil squad comprised of domestic-based players met Chile in a friendly on Wednesday night to celebrate the re-opening of the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, but their performance on the pitch was far from satisfactory.

England Running Scared

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Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic thinks that England are running scared ahead of their vital World Cup Qualifier in Podgorica on Tuesday, and he has accused the English players and media of making their excuses before the game even kicks off.

Montenegro's biggest threat certainly comes from their two strikers, Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic who both ply their trade in Italy, with Fiorentina and Juventus respectively.

Premier League Quality Lacking in Afcon

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On the eve of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, former Leeds United and South Africa captain, Lucas Radebe, told a national newspaper about his fears for the tournament after another low turnout from Premier League players.
The tournament, which kicked off in South Africa on Saturday, is Africa's major international football event and is widely anticipated to be an exciting contest this winter.

Lennon boosts midfield ahead of Champions League ties

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon already appears to be preparing for the future after the club agreed a deal with Central Coast Mariners for young midfielder Tom Rogic.

Rogic, 20, has attracted much interest from British clubs this January transfer window after making his international debut in 2012.

Time for Bentley to Shine

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Once described as the "next David Beckham", David Bentley has found it hard to live up to the mantle of one of the great icons of the game but, with the midfielder set to return to English football, it might well be time for Bentley to show what he is capable of.
Having burst onto the stage at perennial football bettingfavourites, Arsenal, and learning his trade with some of the Premier League greats in the early 2000s, Bentley soon found first-team games with the Gunners hard to come by.

Another FIFA project leading to World Cup schedule worries

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Work on a number of projects for the 2013 FIFA World Cup are reportedly behind schedule, with transport infrastructure and stadiums lagging behind construction deadlines.

There is a major concern in the footballing world that Brazil won't be ready to host the tournament with just 18 months to go before the first match is scheduled to be played.

Turkey deserves Euro 2020 final rights

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The one nation to reject UEFA's proposals for a continent-wide 2020 European Championships was Turkey. They were right to do so. The Turkish FA had been planning a bid to host the tournament themselves yet were scuppered by UEFA president Michel Platini's insistence that Euro 2020 should have numerous host cities.

Adebayor should be going to Nations Cup

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Emmanuel Adebayor's decision not to play for Togo in the 2013 Africa Nations Cup due to a dispute of match bonuses has shocked football fans already disenchanted with the vast sums of money their heroes earn on a weekly basis.

Instead of playing for his home country, Adebayor will instead stay at Spurs and aid their chase for a Champions League spot come the May, something manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly happy about.

Football now not about winning trophies

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UEFA's recent proposals to do away with the Europa League and instead increase the size of the Champions League to a leviathan 64-team tournament may hold sound financial benefits but it highlights the changing mentality of club football.

Rather than have a Champions League hosting the best teams in Europe and a Europa League that gives smaller clubs the chance to win a European trophy – for it is only in England where people have major problems with the Europa League – UEFA have proposed streamlining their competitions into one tournament.

Brazil revert back to nation hero to inspire World Cup triumph

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Brazil's chances of winning the 2014 World Cup on home soil have received a huge boost this week after the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) revealed their new manager who will lead the team into the tournament: Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The former Chelsea and Portugal boss is regarded as one of Brazil's greatest ever managers after guiding the national side to World Cup glory in 2002.

Japan on verge of making World Cup

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Japanese football continued its development on Wednesday after the national side all-but qualified for their fifth successive FIFA World Cup with a late victory over Oman.

The match saw Japan taken almost to the very end by a battling Oman team but in the final minute Shinji Okazaki popped up to secure a 2-1 victory and extend the nation's lead in Group B of Asian qualifying.

Donovan 50/50 over World Cup participation

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United States legend Landon Donovan has suggested he may not partake in his country's exploits at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after revealing the strains of league football is slowly getting to him.

Donovan, who has 144 international caps to his name, told ESPN recently that both physical and mental elements of the game are forcing him to think of retiring early, with Betfair football markets reacting negatively to the news, given's Donovan's influence on the US national team.

South Africa could get Surman for Cup of Nations

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With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations only two months away, hosts South Africa's chances of winning the tournament could be set for a huge boost after their coach revealed he intends to contact Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman on his availability for the side.

Current head coach Gordon Igesund, in the hope of tempting the former England U-21 star to the Bafana Bafana this January, has contacted Surman, who was born in South Africa before moving to the UK as a child.

The end for Nile?

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Nile Ranger's future at Newcastle United looks increasingly uncertain after the striker was banned from training and sent a written warning this week regarding his behaviour at the Tyneside club.

Ranger, who is yet to make an appearance for Newcastle this season, received a final warning from the club after persistently turning up late for training.

Taylor calls for calm ahead of derby clash

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says he's excited about the build-up to Sunday's local derby against Sunderland but has warned his team-mates that they cannot afford to get carried away with their emotions.
The Magpies are slender favourites in online gambling markets after having lost only one of their last 15 meetings with the Wearsiders.