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Brazil v Ivory Coast - Dunga slams injury "fantasies"

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

Brazil coach Dunga was furious with journalists from his country spreading "fantasies" about players in his team being injured. The five-time world champions take on the Ivory Coast at Soccer City on Sunday night looking to make it two wins from two in Group G but, as on the night before his team took on North Korea, Dunga again lashed out at the press, this time for taking unauthorised photogr...Full Story »

Ghana v Australia - Rajevac confident despite injury troubles

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Ghana face major injury concerns ahead of their clash against Australia in Rustenburg, but coach Milovan Rajevac remains confident his side can claim the victory that would put them in command of Group D. The Black Stars will be without defender Isaac Vorsah, while his first-choice centre-back partner John Mensah is also struggling. It means that Rajevac may have to field a completely differen...Full Story »

Japan VS Holland: Van Marwijk expects "aggressive" Japan

Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 by PA

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk expects a more aggressive Japan than the last time the sides met in a friendly last year. The Dutch face Japan on Saturday in Durban on the back of a 2-0 win against Denmark in their opening World Cup Group E match. The Dutch were frustrated by Japan for over an hour before beating them 3-0 back in September. "This is going to be a tougher fight," said Van Marwi...Full Story »

Germany v Serbia - Low wary of Serbia response

Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 by PA

Germany boss Joachim Low has warned his players not to be caught out by a Serbia backlash as they attempt to continue their charge into the last 16. The Germans turned in arguably the performance of the opening round of games when they trounced Group D rivals Australia 4-0 in Durban on Sunday. Serbia had earlier gone down 1-0 to Ghana in Pretoria, but while Low's men have been basking in the p...Full Story »

Slovenia v USA - Kek looking to put Slovenia on the map

Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 by PA

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek hailed the great step forward his team have taken in 12 months from struggling to qualify for the World Cup to being a win away from reaching the last 16. Kek described his team's second Group C match against the United States at Ellis Park as a "huge challenge" but their victory over Algeria means they go into the match in pole position in the group and can assure the...Full Story »

England v Algeria - Rooney ready to prove power

Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010 by PA

Wayne Rooney has vowed to prove himself on football's biggest stage and the England striker is feeling "sharp and hungry" ahead of Friday's clash with Algeria in Cape Town. Rooney admits there is room for improvement in his own performance following England's 1-1 draw with the United States in their opening World Cup game. He is keen to live up to his reputation as one of the most lethal forwa...Full Story »

France v Mexico - Evra: Les Bleus are united

Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010 by PA

France captain Patrice Evra has dismissed claims there is disharmony within the squad and that players do not play as a team. Earlier this week France legend Zinedine Zidane criticised Les Bleus for a lack of teamwork, suggesting egos were preventing the side working together. There were also reports Chelsea winger Florent Malouda had been involved in a row with coach Raymond Domenech in train...Full Story »

Greece v Nigeria - We can recover - Rehhagel

Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010 by PA

Otto Rehhagel, at 71 the oldest coach at the World Cup in South Africa, is not ready to return home just yet. The German is determined to drive Greece to victory over Nigeria on Thursday and rekindle their hopes of progressing from Group B. A 2-0 defeat by South Korea in the first match continued the Euro 2004 winners' dismal World Cup record. Greece have lost all four games they have played ...Full Story »

Veron set to miss game

Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010 by PA

Argentina coach Diego Maradona is set to make at least one change to his winning line-up for their World Cup encounter against South Korea, with veteran midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron being rested as a precaution. The 35-year-old Veron played 74 minutes of Argentina`s 1-0 victory over Nigeria in their opening match, but he has been struggling with a knock and Maradona does not want to risk the...Full Story »

South Africa VS Uruguay: First game was toughest - Parreira

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes his side will be more confident going into their potentially crucial World Cup showdown with Uruguay having got their first game under their belts. The pressure was on the host nation heading into Friday's curtain-raiser against Mexico and nerves looked to play a part as they struggled to get the ball off their dominant opponents in the first ...Full Story »

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