Friday, July 02, 2010
Diego Maradona was close to dying in 2004 but now his clever man-management can lead Argentina to a third World Cup.
The 28-year-old finalised his move to Eastlands this week following the end of his country's involvement in the World Cup.
The signing is City's second of the week following the capture of David Silva from Valencia and unites Toure with his brother Kolo, the club's captain.
Netherlands vs. Brazil (10am EDT)
Hirshey: It's worthy of a final
Ghana vs. Uruguay (2:30pm EDT)
Edwards: Black Stars' potential moment of history
Unfancied Uruguay eye history
Germany vs. Argentina (10am EDT)
Messi vows to win for Oasis
Paraguay vs. Spain (2:30pm EDT)
Thursday, July 01, 2010
'El Pelusa' then faced directly into the camera and in his best imitation of a Teutonic accent posed the question to the German: "What's the matter Schweinsteiger? Are you nervoushh?"
Arsene Wenger's side will return to the familiar and popular block red body with a white round neck collar and white sleeves, and every shirt is made entirely from recycled polyester crafted from up to eight plastic water bottles as part of Nike's 'Considered Design' programme.
We're getting down to the business end of the tournament, with the quarterfinals set to kick off on Friday. Here's everything you need to know about each match.
But the really important contest - the one whose repercussions continue to ripple through the game - was the meeting in West Germany in 1974. In what was effectively a semi-final, the Netherlands won 2-0 while a frustrated Brazil, the reigning world champions, resorted to a full repertoire of rugby tackles and body checks.
South American teams have players based in Europe and a tough qualifying competition but an easy draw never hurts.
The Black Stars carry Africa's hopes as the World Cup's powerhouses gather their stride towards the final.
Brazil's much-maligned manager has packed a lot into his four years and may be about to graduate with honour.
Most, if not all, of the England squad will eventually return home to once again prepare for another season of toil in the familiar surroundings of the Premier League.
Rooney will head to Manchester United's Carrington training ground, a mere 30-odd miles from his hometown of Liverpool, while John Terry will don Chelsea's colours, the club whose youth team he joined from West Ham in 1995.
Roy Hodgson has been named Liverpool's new manager after signing a three-year contract with the Anfield club.
"This is the biggest job in club football and I'm honoured to be taking on Britain's most successful football club," Hodgson told the club's website.
Back in his Inter days with Paul Ince...
"I'm not an evangelist. I believe in the game. It's not for me to tell people who don't believe. I'm not trying to change nonbelievers," he said. "I do think there is a fear of football, which is ridiculous. In a country as vast and as wonderful as yours, there is room for so much more sports than you have. ... We think we have over 100 full-time football teams in our country, on our little island, and because you don't have any relegation, you don't have the wherewithal for small towns to come in and become big towns."
After three days of uncertainty since his side’s exit, Aguirre has confirmed at a press conference in Mexico City on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his post, meaning the talented Mexican squad will now have its fifth coach in as many years.
The president of Nigeria has suspended the national soccer team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.
The Super Eagles haven't won a World Cup match since 1998, going out with two losses and a draw in 2002 and failing to qualify for Germany 2006.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan...
While covering the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, I'll never forget the outrage of Nigerian fans who - infuriated by the hosts' failure to beat group rivals Congo - smashed the team bus and were only prevented from accessing the dressing rooms by volleys of tear gas.
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger accuses World Cup quarterfinals rival Argentina of showing no respect for opponents and referees, and urges his teammates not to be provoked.
Schweinsteiger also accused Argentine fans of taking the places of others in the stadiums and refusing to move. It was not clear where he got his evidence from.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The England fan would be stunned by the great lengths and immense expense the FA went to in feeding, tending and trying to amuse the players. It's not just the supporters who should feel let down. It's the FA.
''England have so many top stars in their squad that they will always be part and parcel of the international football scene,'' reflected Muller.
''But there are so many 'alpha males'. It is difficult to have so many 'alpha males' and have them row in the same direction"
''You don't only need only chiefs, you also need a few Indians"
A goalless second-round showing from poster boy Cristiano Ronaldo makes him the latest to fall short of the pre-tournament hype.
Fabio Capello and his Italian cabal has the FA considering the insanity of blocking the road to English coaches.
Uruguay's success has been enjoyed by the the people of the gritty mining city of Kimberley, where the quarter-finalists set up base camp high on South Africa's central plains at the launch of their campaign. So much so that the Uruguayan Football Association plans to develop the links forged by setting up coaching schemes in the area and inviting the best youngsters to Uruguay.
Disputed plays have always been a part of the World Cup, but the blatant missed calls—and the impact they’ve had—have led FIFA president Sepp Blatter to announce that soccer’s governing body will reconsider the use of high-tech solutions to help referees.
Japan 0 - 0 Paraguay (3-5 Penalties)
Sean Ingle at Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Spain 1 - 0 Portugal
Daniel Taylor at Green Point Stadium
Spanish media hail Villa
Chris Bevan: Spain move up a gear
Dan Wetzel: Ronaldo deserves boos
Ronaldo broken man after defeat
Manchester City are set to sign Spanish international winger David Silva from Valencia for an undisclosed fee.
City have agreed a five-year deal with the 24-year-old, who will complete a medical and sign for the club once his involvement in the World Cup is over.
What have I done?!
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised to the Football Association over Frank Lampard's "goal" for England against Germany and said FIFA "will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and will have the first opportunity to discuss this in July at the business meeting of the International FA Board''.
As we edge toward the World Cup quarterfinals, now seems like a perfect time to take a breath, put down our vuvuzelas and discuss what we've seen so far in this tournament.
It certainly hasn't lacked in excitement, drama or foolishness. So here's a look at the best and worst stories so far of the World Cup.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
England return weary and humiliated
Richard Williams: Ten things Capello got wrong
Henry Winter: Ten ways to save English football
Roy Keane: England players get away with murder
Phil McNulty: What went wrong?
Kevin McCarra: Is there a better option?
Mick McCarthy: Not as good as sum of their parts
Paul Hayward: England re-enact a drama of a failure
Best and Worst Quotes
With the tournament now past the halfway point, several first-time participants have made considerable waves. Below are the gentlemen who have impressed the most.
Roy Hodgson is set to be appointed Liverpool's new manager by Thursday, BBC Sport understands.