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Portugal set out to South Africa in pursuit of World Cup glory in the knowledge that the Seleccao’s so-called ‘golden generation’ has gone, in the last few tournaments they have come close to major championship glory with the likes of Luis Figo and Rui Costa but Carlos Queiroz will be in optimistic mood given the record of three semi-finals and one final in the last five major tournaments. In qualifying the Portuguese made hard work of what should have been [...]

Posted by David Schiavone On May - 31 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Guest writer/James DielhennThe fact that Slovenia will even participate in the 2010 World Cup is a massive overachievement in itself. They were runners-up in a qualifying group that included the Czech Republic and Poland, the two clear favourites. After disposing of them, Slovenia had the difficult task of beating Russia in a play-off, which somehow they managed to do. “For a small country like ours, it’s an incredible achievement to qualify for a World Cup,” said Slovenian striker Milijove Novakovic. [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 30 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic Heysel stadium disaster a day that still remains in the memories of many. Venue to the 1985 European Cup Final between Juventus and Liverpool, Heysel Stadium despite being Belgium’s national stadium at the time, was subject to reports of poor maintenance and safety issues even branded as a “dump” from Arsenal fans when the Gunners had played there a few years earlier, clear to suggest that the stadium was nowhere near adequate [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On May - 29 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Despite being one of the world’s most glorious football nations, Argentina certainly didn’t qualify for this World Cup the easy way. Diego Maradona may be the best footballer ever, but his management of Argentina is still to be judged. A 6-1 loss to Bolivia was the lowest points in Maradona’s short career as manager so far. But, he got Argentina to stumble over the line and take their place in South Africa, although the controversy wasn’t to end there. Maradona’s [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 28 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Guest writer/James DielhennBrazil are the most successful team in World Cup history with five wins, and are famed for their free-flowing attacking football. But, this time around, manager Dunga has moulded Brazil into a solid team that do not disregard their defence like they have in previous eras.Dunga has been criticised for solidifying Brazil’s defence at the expense of their attack, but his method has worked so far, and they progressed through the South American qualifiers with consummate ease. Inter’s [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 28 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Algeria defeated their biggest rivals Egypt to pip them for a place at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa. Algeria have only previously played in the 1982 and 1986 Finals, but under Rabah Saadane, the nation has enjoyed somewhat of an development. A fourth-placed finish at the African Cup of Nations six months ago was a notable achievement for Algeria, which was only soured by their elimination at the hands of Egypt. Saadane has consequently named a 25-man provisional [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 27 - 2010 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Gazzetta dello Sport Del Neri tells all: ‘Marchisio is Juve’s future’‘He’ll be the new captain. We count a lot on Del Piero and Buffon’‘I have asked Marotta for wingers’De Rossi against the police. It’s a storm. He apologisesPerez announces: ‘Mourinho is ours’ but Inter resist‘I want to play with Roma’ says Adriano Corriere dello Sport Sneijder calls HiddinkJuve: Buffon will stay, Pazzini is a step awayCriscito: ‘What revenge if I were to return to Juventus!’Del Neri will have a squad [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 27 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Sampdoria were left reeling by the departure of Luigi Del Neri to Juventus, the coach who guided them to Champions League qualification. But the bluecerchaiti have moved quickly in the managerial transfer market and appointed former Chievo boss Domenico Di Carlo. The deal had been mooted ever since the departure of Del Neri and Samp announced the deal install Di Carlo just one hour after Chievo announced his departure. Clearly a step up for the tactician but one he could [...]

Posted by David Schiavone On May - 26 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Well it is official Real Madrid have parted ways with Manuel Pellegrini and opened the door to a Mourinho arrival. However, Florentino Perez refuses to pay the €16m buy-out clause. “We have ended our rapport with Pellegrini. We’ve decided Mourinho is the manager for the job,” announced Perez in a Press conference “We will hire Mourinho once he has resolved his contractual situation at Inter.” Meanwhile this video of a crying Mourinho consoling Marco Materazzi is starting to make it’s [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 26 - 2010 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Luigi Meroni was born on February 24th 1943 in the sleepy town of Como just north of Milan. He was a magician with the ball, bandy legged, thin but incredibly fast and blessed with immense control of a football. He spent his formative footballing years with local side Como before being transferred to a Genoa side in decline. At Genoa Meroni was to become an idol, scoring beautiful goals, entertaining the crowds with fantastic dribbling that dazzled defenders. Though in [...]

Posted by David Schiavone On May - 26 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Guest writer/James Dielhenn France will go to South Africa with an outside chance of bringing home the trophy for the second time, but they are coming off the back of recent disappointing form. In fact, the under-performing French only qualified for this summer’s tournament after a controversial extra-time goal in their play-off with the Republic of Ireland from their captain Thierry Henry. Coach Raymond Domenech undoubtedly has the quality in his squad to mount a challenge this summer. He has [...]

Posted by Walker On May - 26 - 2010 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Australia announced themselves on the world stage in 2006, making just their second World Cup Finals appearance. With a team based mainly in the European leagues, Guus Hiddink’s Australia were only eliminated by eventual winners Italy due to a controversial last minute penalty. Since then, Hiddink has moved on and Australia have suffered. Key players are now the wrong side of 30, and they had a terrible 2007 Asian Cup. However, new coach Pim Verbeek steadied the ship and led [...]

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