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Capello gives us a chance - Carragher

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by PA

Jamie Carragher believes Fabio Capello's proven track record gives England genuine hope of achieving World Cup glory this summer. The Liverpool defender has returned to the international fold after a self-imposed three-year absence and was used as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 win over Mexico at Wembley on Monday. Carragher said: "Capello is a focused manager. He is that type of manager....Full Story »

Lee suffers injury blow

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by PA

Lee Dong-Gook is set to miss South Korea's World Cup opener against Greece on June 12 due to a hamstring injury. The Jeonbuk Motors striker, who was left out of the 2002 World Cup by coach Guus Hiddink and missed the 2006 tournament through injury, is unlikely to be fit for the Group B clash. But the 31-year-old former Middlesbrough player could face Argentina on June 17 and Nigeria five days l...Full Story »

Germany show no mercy

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by PA

Germany enjoyed an easy workout against a local amateur team in their training camp in Sudtirol on Wednesday, thrashing their hapless opponents 24-0. Bayern Munich strikers Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, who had only just arrived after the Champions League final, scored five goals each as Joachim Low's side showed no mercy on youthful opponents from Eppan. Fellow strikers Cacau and Stefan Kie...Full Story »

Chile and Uruguay chalk up wins

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by PA

South American rivals Chile and Uruguay both enjoyed comfortable friendly victories over Zambia and Israel respectively. Marcelo Bielsa's Chile, who are grouped with Spain, Honduras and Switzerland at the World Cup, started slowly but made a second-half improvement to beat Zambia 3-0. Winger Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to net two second half goals before captain Jorge Valdivia sealed the ...Full Story »

England's mounting injury concerns

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by theguardian.com

Jamie Tweddell gets the ball rolling with his Florence Nightingale-inspired entry 'Beckham will have to sit this one out but he will surely still have an impact'. Phil Barber 'imagines' David Beckham's convalescence Rob Deacon didn't send us a caption – but we'll let him off after this sparkling contribution "Wish you were here." And by the time we are knocked out in th...Full Story »

Fifa release 164,000 more World Cup 2010 tickets for general sale

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by theguardian.com

• New batch made available two weeks before World Cup• Fifa 'very pleased' with number of tickets sold Football's world governing body, Fifa, have made another batch of 164,000 World Cup tickets available. The tickets will go on public sale this Friday, two weeks before the start of the tournament. Speaking at the official handover of the Green Point Stadium by the City of Cape T...Full Story »

England in eighth as Brazil top Fifa rankings ahead of World Cup 2010

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by theguardian.com

• Five-time world champions retain top spot ahead of Spain• Portugal in third; hosts South Africa are number 83 Brazil will head to the 2010 World Cup as the No1 team, according to the latest Fifa rankings. The five-time world champions retained top spot ahead of the European champions Spain in today's release of the final monthly rankings before the tournament starts on 11 June....Full Story »

Raymond Domenech Impressed By France After Friendly Win Over Costa Rica

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by Goal.com

'Dom' was left satisfied with les Bleus' win over the Ticos, indicating that it can be used as a building block for future success... France coach Raymond Domenech was pleased with the flair and imagination his side showed during their 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday evening in Lens. Often characterised by a dour approach to the game, Domenech’s decision to switch to a 4-3-3 f...Full Story »

Jose Mourinho Will Be Real Madrid’s Next Coach

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by Goal.com

‘The Special One’ set for Los Blancos… Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted that the club have chosen Jose Mourinho to succeed Manuel Pellegrini. "We have decided that Jose Mourinho will be the coach," Perez told a press conference. “Pellegrini has finished this stage at Real Madrid. We will hire Jose Mourinho as coach once his contract situation is re...Full Story »

Van Persie helps Holland to win

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by PA

A double from Robin van Persie was enough to see Holland step up their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 victory over Mexico at Badenova-Stadion in Freiburg. The Arsenal striker opened the scoring after 17 minutes and then doubled the hosts' lead just before the half-time interval before Javier Hernandez, who will play for Manchester United next season, pulled one back for the visitors. Debuta...Full Story »

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