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PPL Park Will Host Chile-Ghana Friendly February 29

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PPL Park is hosting an international friendly between the national teams of Chile and Ghana, according to the Philadelphia Union. The kickoff time is set at 7 p.m. on February 29, a Wednesday night.

The team's press release its partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, of the National Football League (NFL), as the reason for the friendly happening at PPL.

Robbie Earle Sacked by ITV for Giving World Cup Tickets to Incredible Hot Looking Dutch Women?

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The fairly poor pundit and one time Wimbledon star has just gone up in our estimation!

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The 45-year-old, who had worked for the broadcaster for eight years, was dismissed when it emerged that a group of women involved in a marketing stunt were using tickets purchased by him.

ITV Sack Robbie Earle For Selling World Cup Press Tickets

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What a dingbat!

ITV have confirmed that they have terminated Robbie Earle's contract 'with immediate effect' after discovering that the pundit had sold World Cup press tickets to a third party.

ITV Sack Pundit Robbie Earle For Selling World Cup Press Tickets

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Rejoice!

British broadcasters ITV have sacked their World Cup pundit Robbie Earle, after discovering that he breached FIFA regulations by selling his press tickets on to a third party which hopefully means we will no longer have to be subjected to his gummy, dribbling (yet somehow still televised) post-match nonsense for the foreseeable future.

13 Days To Go: Travel Advisory

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I know tons of people making their way to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.
One thing these very (very) lucky people don't have to worry about is tickets, as most people venturing to the tournament have their entrance passes.
But ticket sales to African citizens have been sluggish.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #6 Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal & Spain)

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Emirates skipper set to put aside future plans to help Spain's World Cup challenge.

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Whilst his mind will clearly have been distracted by goings on regarding his potential move to Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas will still be raring to go as he looks to help his Spanish side to World Cup glory.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #7 David Villa (Barcelona & Spain)

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Nou Camp new boy sure to be amongst the goals at the 2010 World Cup.

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Having finally sealed the big deal to take him away from Valencia, David Villa will no doubt be raring to go on Spain duty.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #8 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich & France)

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Bayern Munich man ready to put missing Champions League Final through suspension behind him for World Cup showdown.

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Bayern Munich will be greatly pleased by the fact that French playmaker Franck Ribery put pen to paper on a new five year deal to stay at the Allianz Arena, one could imagine that had the former Marseille man not done so, then every bit of skill and flair the 27 year old displayed would surely have been greeted with concern as the Bundesliga champions readied themselves for yet more interest in one of their prized assets.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #9 Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Holland)

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Bayern Munich man looks to continue return to form in South Africa.

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Arjen Robben's career was stuttering dramatically at the Bernabeu, two seasons spent trying to prove to a succession of coaches of his ability ended when the Dutchman opted for a move to Bayern Munich, it was probably the best decision of the 26 year old's career.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #11 Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)

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Stamford Bridge star set to lead Ivory Coast into World Cup battle.

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Chelsea's Didier Drogba has just had the season of his career. He is possibly the most in form player on the planet, who would bet against him helping Ivory Coast to a very decent finish at the World Cup, perhaps even being a genuine outsider for the tournament.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #12 Xavi (Barcelona & Spain)

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Nou Camp favourite ready to guide Spain to World Cup glory?

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There are few footballers in the game with as much control of the ball as 30 year old Barcelona midfielder Xavi.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #13 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain)

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Bernabeu hero looks to claim last piece of silverware puzzle.

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Iker Casillas appears to have been around for an age but is still just 28 and has pretty much achieved almost all there is to achieve in the game.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #14 Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan & Cameroon)

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San Siro striker ready to continue excellent season at this summers World Cup.

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In many ways Samuel Eto'o took a brave decision to leave Barcelona for Inter Milan last summer.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #15 Thierry Henry (Barcelona & France)

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Nou Camp man ready to prove his doubters wrong in South Africa.

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Those who believe Thierry Henry is at the end of his footballing journey, mainly fueled by speculation of a move to the MLS this summer, should remember that last term he helped Barcelona to a treble and scored 26 goals in the process.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #16 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)

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Veteran Italian ready to help mount another World Cup assault.

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32 year old Italian international Gianluigi Buffon is rightly considered one of the best keepers of his generation and his vast experience at club and national level have made him one of the most unbeatable goalies in Europe today.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #17 Robin Van Persie (Arsenal & Holland)

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Emirates striker back from long term injury ready to take on the world.

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On his day Robin Van Persie is one of the most effective forwards in Europe but in many ways his continual injury problems have held back the 26 year old who always tends to be out for a significant portion of the domestic season.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #18 Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan & Italy)

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San Siro man set for more World Cup success?

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Andrea Pirlo is one of those players who appears to have been around for an age and whilst the AC Milan man is nearing his 31st birthday he is still more than able of making his mark at the World Cup this summer.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #19 Frank Lampard (Chelsea & England)

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Stamford Bridge midfielder ready to continue successful season whilst on England duty.

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There are few more consistent performers across Europe than Chelsea star Frank Lampard and the 31 year old's ability to link midfield to attack, as well as piling in with more than his fair share of goals in the process, could well be invaluable to Fabio Capello.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #20 Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)

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Stamford Bridge star hopes to be fighting fit for the World Cup.

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Michael Essien is fighting to be fit for the World Cup but has been named in Ghana's provisional squad such is his importance to Milovan Rajevac.

World Cup2010 Group A: Will France Leap or Fall at First Hurdle?

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COS contributor Oliver Davies takes a closer look at the World Cup groups and starts quite rationally with Group A!

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Much interest is always taken in Group A.

England World Cup 2010 Squad: The Central Midfielders Who Should Be On the Plane to South Africa

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COS contributor Josh Dean continues his look at who Fabio Capello should name in his World Cup squad. This time he covers the central midfielders.

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There are less options than before for Fabio Capello, the "Ghostbuster.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #21 Javier Mascherano (Liverpool & Argentina)

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Anfield man hopes to put nightmare season behind him ahead of World Cup bonanza.

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Whilst its true that Javier Mascherano hasn't exactly covered himself in glory at Liverpool this season it is also correct to state that on his day the Argentine captain is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #22 Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid & Spain)

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Spaniard making the most of his La Liga return.

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Xabi Alonso decision to follow his heart and leave Liverpool for Real Madrid is arguably the biggest reason the Anfield side have had such an awful season and its a move that has in many ways seen the rebirth of a midfielder who had fallen into his comfort zone at a club who's boss appeared to not value his services, to the extent that Rafa Benitez openly attempted to sign Gareth Barry to replace him a few years back.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #24 Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United & Serbia)

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Old Trafford star set for World Cup stage.

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When Nemanja Vidic arrived at Old Trafford many would have wondered at the wisdom of paying £7m for a centre back who hadn't played in one of the big leagues and wasn't a household name.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #25 David Silva (Valencia & Spain)

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Spain look to gifted Valencia man to help country to World Cup glory.

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Valencia's attacking midfielder David Silva is a naturally gifted attacking midfielder who is perennially linked with a move away from the Mestalla, along with his fellow teammates David Silva and Juan Mata, and its easy to see why so many of Europe's elite would like to snap up the 24 year old Spanish international.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #26 Rafael Van der Vaart (Real Madrid & Holland)

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Another Real Madrid bit part player looks to reignite career in South Africa.

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Whilst its true that Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini doesn't rate Rafael Van der Vaart all to highly luckily his national team needs him a great deal in order to have a successful World Cup campaign.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #27 Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany)

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Bayern Munich man ready to take good form into World Cup campaign.

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Germany supporters will be hoping that Bayern Munich wing back Philipp Lahm can continue his fine club form into this summer's World Cup campaign because right now he is at the top of his game and can at times be almost unplayable.

Who Would Make It Into Your World Cup 2010 Dream Team?

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Because sometimes important work just has to wait!

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Pretend for a moment that you are not at work and that there are no important deadlines to meet. Instead make it your purpose in life to construct the best World Cup XI you can! Imagine that such a mission would be rewarded with some sort of Nobel Prize for Football.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #28 Samir Nasri (Arsenal & France)

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Emirates hero must surely be part of Domenech's World Cup plans!

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Sometimes I get the feeling that not enough plaudits are lavished at the Arsenal attacker Samir Nasri.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #29 Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid & Argentina)

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Real Madrid hotshot celebrates his inclusion on COS list!

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Gonzalo Higuain is having the season of his life at the Bernabeu this term and even constant speculation about his apparent rift with Galatico Cristiano Ronaldo can not stop him from hitting the back of the net with alarming regularity.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #30 Dani Alves (Barcelona & Brazil)

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Barcelona's samba star sure to impress in South Africa this summer.

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Arguably one of the best right backs on the planet Barcelona's Brazilian international Dani Alves is a player who has fans on the edge of their seats.

2010 World Cup Will be 95% Full: Sepp Blatter Says South Africa Will Not Let The World Down

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Days to go and tickets still left to be sold.

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Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke has cast aside concerns over empty seats at the World Cup by claiming that stadiums will be at least 95% full.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #31 Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich & Germany)

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German goal machine ready to put poor season behind him.

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There are few better big match strikers in the game than Miroslav Klose. The Polish born German international's ability to score crucial goals is there for all to see.

The England World Cup Squad Fabio Capello Should Pick and Why These Three Should Stay Home

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COS contributor Tom Moss speculates on the squad that England boss Fabio Capello will bring to the World Cup, and suggests that safe and steady route isn't necessarily the best approach if England are to succeed in South Africa.

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World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #32 Ronaldinho (AC Milan & Brazil)

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There are few players in the game today who have achieved as much as AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho and even though there are some reports suggesting that Dunga may opt to not take the former Barcelona legend to the World Cup finals It would surprise me greatly if the Brazilian coach made such a mistaken decision.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #33 Carlos Tevez (Manchester City & Argentina)

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Eastlands striker ready to continue excellent Premier League form in Argentina colours.

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Carlos Tevez has proven a few people very wrong this season and perhaps highest among those doubters would be Sir Alex Ferguson who may well have been better off keeping the Argentine international rather than persisting with Dimitar Berbatov such has been his success at Man City since his summer move and he is set to lead the line at the World Cup during what is surely the peak of his career to date.

World Cup 2010: 50 Best Players – #34 Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan & Holland)

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Rejuvenated Dutchman ready to take Inter Milan form to South Africa.

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Wesley Sneijder was in danger of wasting away on the Bernabeu bench when he completed a rushed move to the San Siro, its a move that he must be extremely pleased he made.

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ITV Pundit Robbie Earle fired by ITV!

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ITV pundit Robbie Earle has been fired for ticket touting at the World Cup.

The former footie star was dumped today after bosses discovered he had sold around 100 tickets given to him by ITV, against FIFA rules.

The tickets found their way to a group of blonde models who were allegedly given them by Dutch beer firm Bavaria Beer.

United States is #1 in World Cup ticket sales

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This has to be a good sign for the sport of football in this country!

Americans purchased the most 2010 World Cup tickets of any nation outside the host nation, about 132,000 by Fifa estimates, and will visit South Africa for the World Cup in twice the usual numbers.

So says Donald Gips, the US ambassador to South Africa, although he admits that it is unclear exactly how many US citizens will make the journey.

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World Cup Memories #10: 1950 “Only Three People In History Have Managed To Silence the Maracana…”

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The Maracana. Brasil's preemptive monument to a victory that was meant to be, should have been, so nearly was, but, thanks to Alcides Ghiggia, never became.

The 1950 World Cup was Brasil's big break through. They had never won (never even come close) but this was their year as it was being hosted magnificently by themselves.