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Elano out for Brazil

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Brazil will be without Elano for the Friday's quarter-final against Holland. The team's medical staff said the former Manchester City midfielder has not recovered from an ankle injury and could be out for the rest of the World Cup. Elano, 29, suffered the injury in a challenge by Ivory Coast defender Cheik Tiote in Brazil's 3-1 win on Sunday and limped out of a training session on Tuesday.Full Story »

Carvalho points to lack of goals

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho has blamed his side's misfiring attacking stars after their World Cup came to an end on Tuesday with a 1-0 defeat to Spain. Carlos Queiroz's side managed to score in only one of their four matches in the finals - albeit an impressive 7-0 bludgeoning of North Korea - and failed to take what chances did come their way against the European champions. "I th...Full Story »

Tabarez out to fulfil dream

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is challenging his players to make the nation's dream come true as they attempt to book their place in the World Cup semi-finals. The South Americans face the last surviving African side, Ghana, in the quarter-finals at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Friday with their fans hoping against all hope for a repeat of the heroics that saw them lift the trophy in both 19...Full Story »

Sven: England needs winter break

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes the Premier League must introduce a winter break if the national side are to be successful at major tournaments. Current incumbent Fabio Capello spoke of the need for a break in his final press conference before England departed South Africa on Monday following the heavy 4-1 defeat to Germany. Eriksson, who was in charge of the Ivory Co...Full Story »

Fitness fears for Brazil

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Brazil coach Dunga is sweating on the fitness of a trio of players ahead of Friday's quarter-final clash with Holland. Galatasaray midfielder Elano, who missed Monday's 3-0 victory over Chile with an ankle problem, was unable to complete training on Tuesday as the South Americans began their preparations in earnest for the game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Elano's...Full Story »

Holland Legend Johan Cruyff: I Would Not Pay To See Brazil Play

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by Goal.com

Ex-Ajax star believes that the South Americans need more intensity Former Holland striker Johan Cruyff considers Brazil a boring team and insists that he would not pay to see the five-time World Cup winners play. Brazil manager Dunga has left behind Brazil’s successful history of beautiful attacking football for  a more defensive style of play. Despite a impressive 3-0 victory ov...Full Story »

Kak√°: Real Men Wear Their Shirts Backwards

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by Kickette.com

Brazilian football star Kaka has taken on an anti-prostitution campaign with Hollywood homeboy Ashton Kutcher. We thought it was random when they started tweeting each other. Now it all makes sense. Well, sorta. If this didn't come directly from his twitter a/c, we'd be sure it came from the Photoshop Fail blog. In any case, we love how full-on Kaka is taking this by posing with quite a prov...Full Story »

Rajevac taking relaxed approach

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Coach Milovan Rajevac is confident Ghana can deal with the pressure of attempting to become the first African side to reach the World Cup semi-finals. Ghana take on Uruguay in Johannesburg on Saturday after overcoming the United States in their last-16 match. Rajevac said: "We are not thinking about the pressure. We played very well at the African Nations so we have already proved that w...Full Story »

Diego is Unsurpassed

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by Goal.com

The German defender is full of praise for Argentina's head coach... Germany lock horns with Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup and defender Arne Friedrich is looking forward to the upcoming clash with the South Americans. The Hertha defender was particularly pleased that he will face Argentina coach Diego Armando Maradona. "Maradona is a big attraction, he is the absolute ...Full Story »

Okada takes blame for Japan exit

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Japan coach Takeshi Okada assumed responsibility for his side's World Cup exit at the hands of Paraguay in what could have been his final game in charge of the Blue Samurai. After an uninspiring 120 minutes of action which produced no goals and only a handful of goalmouth incidents, Paraguay claimed their maiden appearance in the quarter-finals with a 5-3 win in the penalty shoot-out. Bu...Full Story »

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