Friday, June 25, 2010
Uruguay vs. South Korea
Saturday at 10am EDT
Park urges South Korea to underline pedigree
United States vs. Ghana
Saturday at 2:30pm EDT
Carlisle: U.S. cannot afford to be complacent
Bradley: Black Stars in the zone
Germany vs. England
Sunday at 10am EDT
Richard Williams: Time for a new chapter to be written
Paul Hayward: Now for the real test
Mexico vs. Argentina
Sunday at 2:30pm EDT
The world watched with awe and derision this past week as the French national soccer team, boasting a roster of star players, imploded on and off the field at the World Cup.
Laurent Dubois is the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University. He recently published "Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France," and is founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog.
Michael Ballack has joined Bayer Leverkusen on a two-year contract after his contract expired at Premier League champions Chelsea.
Fabregas said: "The best moment for me at the World Cup so far was that nail biting end when the USA scored in the last minute against Algeria. It was an incredible finale and was the most memorable one for me.
While Italy pack their bags and head for home, attention turns to the final set of group games which will finalise the second round line-up. Spain will be hoping not to follow Marcello Lippi's side on the traipse back to Europe, but they must do the necessary against Chile this afternoon to ensure their tournament doesn't end here. Switzerland face Honduras in the group's other game, where Ottmar Hitzfeld's side will have to overcome their default conservatism and go on the attack.
Group H is ostensibly decided, but Brazil and Portugal will scrap it out for top spot. Carlos Queiroz's side's seven goal demolition of North Korea essentially rules Ivory Coast out of the running for a place in the next round.
We look forward to these fixtures, and back on yesterday's action, as Day 14 gets underway in South Africa...
Brazil vs. Portugal
Ivory Coast vs. North Korea
Chile vs. Spain
Sid Lowe: Spain refuse to change style
Switzerland vs. Honduras
I admit it, there were times in the past decade when I looked at Landon Donovan and saw Ryan Seacrest in cleats. Here was a young U.S. player who had all the technical ability in the world but would wilt if someone sweated on him too hard or would throw a hissy fit if his teammates weren't up to his appreciation of his own excellence.
In other words, he played like a girly-man and defined every cliché about American soccer. Even his pretty-boy Galaxy teammate David Beckham seemed nails-tough by comparison.
I was very tempted to use the water fountain picture but our decision to put it to rest prior to the tournament has paid off. I'm not going to ruin it now...
Marcello Lippi sat at the top table in the press conference room at Ellis Park and offered the one performance of class we have witnessed from any Italian at this World Cup.
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy
Paul Wilson at Soccer City
Paul Fletcher: No defense for 2006 winners
Carlo Garganese: Lippi to blame!!
Italian Press: Shameful Exit
Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
Holland 2 - 1 Cameroon
David Hytner at Green Point Stadium
Chris Beven at Green Point Stadium
Denmark 1 - 3 Japan
Owen Gibson at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium
ESPN said 1.1 million people watched at least some of the USA's 1-0 win as it was streamed on ESPN3.com Wednesday. The match, which was also watched on ESPN by 6.2 million people, lasted from 10 a.m. to noon ET, during working hours for most of the United States.
The network says it was the biggest online audience for a sporting event, beating the Duke-Butler NCAA championship basketball game on a Monday night from earlier this year.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Marcello Lippi's side go into their tie against Slovakia on two points, level with New Zealand, but two points behind group leaders Paraguay. In Group E, Netherlands have already secured a place in the second round, and either Japan or Denmark will join them in what is essentially a knockout game in Rustenburg this evening.
Italy vs. Slovakia
Paraguay vs. New Zealand
Cameroon vs. Netherlands
Denmark vs. Japan
The Manchester United captain's planned £6million underground home - similar to the kiddies' show set - drew fierce protests.
"I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me," Halimi said to Yahoo! Sports. "So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first."
Donovan and “Rules of Engagement” star Bianca Kajlich had an emotional telephone conversation in the early hours of Thursday morning after he had blown her an on-camera kiss just moments after scoring the winner against Algeria.
The plane chartered by the French Federation landed at Le Bourget business airport, 20 km north of Paris, after a 15-hour flight from South Africa. A smattering of supporters were kept at a distance and dozens of photographers, cameramen and journalists were penned behind a wire fence
England 1 - 0 Slovenia
Henry Winter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Kevin McCarra at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
England Player Ratings
Capello: Beer eased our nerves
Richard Williams: England far from convincing
Phil McNulty: Campaign finally shows life
Ghana 0 - 1 Germany
Sean Ingle at Soccer City
Germany bright but beatable
Australia 2 - 1 Serbia
Matthew Hall at Mbombela Stadium
USA 1 - 0 Algeria
Paul Wilson at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Sam Sheringham at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Hirshey: Defining moment
Rogers: Donovan's sweet ending
Jones: Gun & Run Football
Bedlam in NYC
Thank MLS for rise of USA
Clinton left speechless
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Know Your Money has taken a look below at the economics of the World Cup when it comes to stadiums and sponsors.
Germany's record of progressing beyond the opening stage of World Cups is as pristine as their white shirts, but only victory against Ghana tonight will guarantee safe passage to the last 16.
Yesterday saw four sides progress to the last sixteen, with Mexico and South Korea joining group winners Uruguay and Argentina into the next phase. Today is the turn of Groups C and D, with many issues still unresolved.
Freddy Adu is heading back to Greece this week, his mind already on Brazil.
While definitely disappointed to be left off the U.S. roster for the World Cup in South Africa, the 21-year-old former phenom is focusing on the 2014 tournament after starting to revive his career this year at the Greek club Aris Thessaloniki.
Owen Gibson at Royal Bafokeng Stadium
South Africa 2 - 1 France
David Hytner at Free State Stadium
Piers Edwards at Free State Stadium
French press rages after exit
Sarkozy to probe French failure
Argentina 2 - 0 Greece
Sean Ingle at Peter Mokaba Stadium
Paul Fletcher at Peter Mokaba Stadium
Nigeria 2 - 2 South Korea
Daniel Taylor's Report
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A growing revulsion with England's overindulged stars could lead to the reversal of football's so-called embourgeoisement.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
With World Cup play heading into the final sets of group matches beginning Tuesday, the focus now turns to the various scenarios and match outcomes that will result in the brackets for the knockout stages of this topsy-turvy tournament.
Tuesday's Players to Watch and More
Mexico vs. Uruguay
South Africa vs. France
Nigeria vs. South Korea
Greece vs. Argentina
In South Africa, Brazil are reproducing the form that lead them, along with Spain, to be considered pre-tournament favourites. What might be more of a shock is that Brazil are leading such a strong contingent from their own continent. With an accumulated seven wins and two draws, this has been South America's World Cup so far.
Portugal 7 - 0 North Korea
David Hytner at Green Point Stadium
Chile 1 - 0 Switzerland
Daniel Taylor at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Spain 2 - 0 Honduras
Paul Wilson at Ellis Park
Jonathan Stevenson at Ellis Park
One sporting cliché states, "It's not how you start but how you finish." For the U.S. men's national team, which will play its last group match against Algeria on Wednesday, it's actually all about how the Americans start.
A French minister reduced the country's disgraced World Cup stars to tears as she gave them a dressing down over their tantrums ahead of their final group game on Tuesday.
With the whole of France outraged at the antics of the millionaire footballers in refusing to train and threatening to boycott the match against South Africa, Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said she had told the players they are a "moral disaster".
"They applauded me and they were crying," Bachelot said of the encounter at the team camp on Monday night.
Monday, June 21, 2010
"What's tragicomic is the referee's smile afterwards. When I scored the goal against England, I didn't see the referee laugh. He had so many doubts, he looked at his linesmen, there was no fourth referee at that time, he looked at the crowd to see if they gave him a hand.
"But yesterday, the referee went [back to the centre circle] laughing and that's what shocked us all. So if you saw it why didn't you penalise it?
Spain's coach, Vicente del Bosque, had to select two anchoring midfielders to cover for the man who did the 'dirty work' in 2008.