These three, Greece, Argentina and Nigeria of the four in the 2010 Group B were all in the same group during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. During that time, Nigeria won in the group, while Greece and Argentina dropped during round 16 they both lost to Bulgaria.
If you look at the individual talents, Argentina will top the list on Group B. Even with all their talents that include Lionel Messi from Barcelona, winner of the 2009 Ballon d’Or. They are twice champions on 1978 and 1986 but less convincing during qualification. They landed only fourth of five qualifiers from South America. Diego Maradona their coach is a field genius but with a questionable fast that included drug addition.
Greece is the Euro 2004 champions. Their qualification to the South Africa 2010 is only the second time. During 2009, Greece played 10 international, winning four, losing two and drawing four.
Nigeria qualified for the World Cup for three straight years in 2002, but they failed to progress beyond the group stage. In Germany 2006 they were not able to make it.
South Korea will be fighting for the World Cup for their eighth time in South Africa in 2010. They topped the qualifying stage ahead of their rivals North Korea.
The players are team-oriented specially when playing. They are cohesive and fast. With all these stats, you can now decide for your self Who Will Advance from Group B in World Cup 2010.
February 25, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: Switzerland will play against Honduras on 25/06 20:30 in Mangaung / Bloemfontein
The World Cup 2010 Switzerland vs. Honduras match with Switzerland in prospective. This will be the ninth showing of Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup™ finals when the summer tournament gets on the move in South Africa. This is where Ottmar Hitzfeld the coach and his players are gunning for the top spot.
The past Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach took the national helm after Switzerland’s disappointing showing at UEFA EURO 2008 and will now lead them to their second FIFA World Cup finals in a row. The team made it up to Round 16 of the 2006 event in Germany, where they got eliminated on penalties by Ukraine.
The Swiss team has a combination of youth and experience. The players like Tranquillo Barnetta, Eren Derdiyok and keeper Diego Benaglio with veterans Blaise N’Kufo and Alexander Frei. The present lineup will try to at least try to be equal the achievements of their descendants who made the last eight last 1934, 1938 and 1954.
On their way to Africa, Hitzfeld and his men made a distinctly unfavorable start going to the 2010 finals. They had a final minute draw to Israel and a 2-1 loss to Luxembourg in Zurich that brought embarrassment on the team. But the draw back worthy defeat made a wake-up call and the Swiss duly got five wins after against Latvia (2-1), Moldova (2-0 and 2-0) and Greece (2-1 and 2-0). They only lost points again in a 2-2 draw to the Latvians. With revenge victory of 3-0 in Luxembourg and scoreless draw with Israel in Basel sealed top spot in Group 2 Europe and confirmed a spot in South Africa for Frei and company.
The star players of the team are Alexander Frei their undisputed chief on and off the playing field. The Basel striker holds the all time record for goal scoring is his country. He was Hitzfeld’s choice as national team captain. He finished the qualifying games with five goals. That score was equaled by Blaise N’Kufo the striker of Twente Enschede who was first called up by the Swiss in 2000 and has a productive attacking partnership with Frei.
Their coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is Europe’s one of the most successful and highly regarded senior coaches. He is one of only two men to lead two different clubs to UEFA Champions League namely Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
He started being Switzerland head coach on 1 July 2008 and after a slow start, guided his squad to a direct qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Watch the World Cup 2010 Switzerland vs. Honduras, it promises to be a great game.
February 23, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: Chile will play against Switzerland on 21/06 16:00 in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
The teams’ recent return after an absence of 12 years is resurgence to the FIFA World Cup™ finals in the international scene since 1998 in France, when Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas showed off their finishing skills, La Roja believe they have the characteristics to duplicate their predecessors and advance higher than the group phase.
Coached by the veteran Argentinean Marcelo Bielsa, Chile qualified for the finals quite easily, having poor performances in the qualifying competitions for Korea/Japan 2002 finishing ninth and Germany 2006 when they finished seventh. And finally finding talented substitutes to fill the vacuum left by the Za-Sa partnership, they have high hopes that they can excel themselves in South Africa.
On their way to South Africa, Bielsa’s team has the youngest age average of all the South American teams. They managed to finish second in the continental qualifying group. They are just a point shy of Brazil. This is their best performance since the introduction of the group format. It ended with a spectacular 4-2 win last October in Colombia, a result that secured their return to the world limelight with one game to spare.
To sum up, La Roja won 16 of their 33 points out of Santiago, a very impressive statistic that underscores the determination of the team. Expectations further rise due to the fact that the attacking Chileans finished the group with 32 goals, the second-highest scorers, including ten from Humberto Suazo their top marksman and garnered ten wins in all which is more than any of their competitors from their continental.
As expected from a compact team that loves to take all the opportunities to move forward, Chile’s star players are found in different positions. The leaders are Alexis Sanchez, Matias Fernandez and Humberto Suazo these players teamed up to produce great results for domestic giants Colo Colo in 2006 but have gone to their separate ways.
Fernandez and Sanchez form a new breed of footballer eager to build a great reputation abroad. And the experienced Suazo is a great finisher with a sense for showing up in the right place at the right time.
Their coach Marcelo Bielsa was the man who took charge of Argentina when they lost their chance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. The exit in the Orient of La Albiceleste on the first round was a shock that lingered. Bielsa now has the chance to redeem him self in Chile’s revival. Watch the World Cup 2010 Chile vs. Switzerland and fill the thrill.
February 22, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: Chile will play against Spain on 25/06 20:30 in Tshwane/Pretoria
An interview with Jorge Valdivia a Chilean international has always been successful. He has won his national league title in 2006 with Colo Colo club and Sao Paulo State Championship in 2008 then moved to Palmeiras the Brazilian giants.
With his star rising, experts expected him to follow the path to South America. But he made a big surprise when he signed up for the United Arab Emirates team Al Ain last August 2008. This 26-year-old midfield was instrumental in bringing the club three domestic trophies, namely the President’s Cup, the Federation Cup, UAE Supercup during his first season there.
Valdivia was also instrumental in Chile’s qualification in to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, and his dreams and hopes for this year’s event were part of the topics discussed in the interview with FIFA. Here is the interview.
Jorge, how significant is being a team captain? Being a captain is important to me. I played captain for Palmeiras and also led my country. It is a great pride but also needs lots of responsibility. Being captain means setting example for the team and for the youth players, a good role model.
Were you delighted being named 2009 Player of the Year in the Emirati league? It is a significant achievement, as it means the work was recognized. That award is a great incentive to achieve more goals and better play.
Do you want to play for a top European club? Of course, but now the priority is to play in the World Cup. My plan is to ensure to make it to the squad for South Africa. If I make it, I will fight to be a starter. I will do all I can to help my team go as far as possible. The outcome of how I play in the World Cup could be a factor in my European move.
Do you think the draw for Chile was a good one on the road to South Africa 2010? The tournament brings the best players of every continent so all the groups are hard. All groups have great teams with ambitions of winning. With regards to Chile’s group, that was the draw. It is impossible to assess if it is good or bad. After the tournament we will know if it is kind to us. The other three teams in the group are all worthy contenders and tough. Watch the World Cup 2010 Chile vs. Spain, it promises to be a tough one.
February 18, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: Cameroon will play against Netherlands on 24/06 20:30 in Cape Town
World Cup 2010 Cameroon vs. Netherlands. The Netherlands prospective player, hit man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is not getting the best games for team action at Milan and the forward’s spot in Holland’s World Cup team might be in danger if he does not get more exposure.
The striker thinks he made the right decision to join Milan and he is looking forward to play at the finals in South Africa. He said that he is fully focusing on Milan at present. But he is looking forward to play at this summer’s World Cup. He said that playing in a big tournament is one of the biggest things for a professional footballer.
He feels no regret in choosing to sign up for Milan. And he knows that he can make a score in any club. He has proven him self at Real Madrid, but he was offloaded for some reason. On the other hand, he is still very happy at Milan. They did not let go of him last winter and that goes to show that they are confident that he can still succeed here.
To be able to play in a European Championship or a World Cup is a dream come true. A final’s game between Holland and Italy will be perfect.
Group E is in fact one of the tightest and strongest in the tournament. It bringing in together European duo Netherlands and Denmark, Asian contenders Japan who is the first country to book their ticket to South Africa 2010 and Cameroon, an African team that is making a come back to its competitive best.
No African team boast more FIFA World Cup™ experience than the Indomitable Lions, and Paul Le Guen their coach has reversed the team’s fortunes as they get ready for their sixth time on the global scene. Samuel Eto’o and company have regained their confidence and test themselves in high-profile games.
The Cameroon Indomitable Lions has already played more games and got more points than any other African team at the FIFA World Cup finals. Le Guen may have the correct ingredients to do the tradition justice with the deadly marksman Eto’o as the center of a team and the likes of Achille Emana, Jean II Makoun and Alexandre Song. Their strong qualifying finish served as a timely reminder that they remain a powerhouse of the African continent.
The crunch match will be on 24 June. It will be hosted by Cape Town between Cameroon and the Netherlands. This game looks to be crucial on the road to the 16th Round. So it is vital to watch the World Cup 2010 Cameroon vs.
World Cup 2010: Denmark will play against Japan on 24/06 20:30 in Rustenburg
World Cup 2010 Denmark vs. Japan. Denmark profile. After not being in the high light for six-year, Danish Dynamite will explode on the football world scene. The Scandinavians did not make it on Germany’s 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and in Austria and Switzerland’s UEFA EURO 2008, but the FIFA founding members made an impressive trail going to South Africa next summer.
The Danes will look to extend their creditable record at three preceding finals appearances, where they manage to play up to the 16th Round twice and one quarter-finals. Denmark’s first stint was in 1986 in Mexico, where they advanced up to the last sixteen. The core group of the team registers the nation’s greatest foot ball triumph in Sweden in the 1992 UEFA European Championship crown.
Their long nonappearance from the major league will soon end, captain Jon Dahl Tomasson and his team is determined to make their presence felt in South Africa. If coach Morten Olsen is spared the injury that haunts to derail their campaign, their squad will be a great bet for an upset or shock in South Africa.
ON playing to South Africa, the Danes saw big-name rivals Sweden and Portugal in the European qualifying Group 1 topping the group with only one loss in ten outings.
Their highlights included a 3-2 win and 1-1 draw with the Portuguese Selecção das Quinas. The Danes made convincing team performances and took four points off the group favorite and earn a decisive advantage. The Lisbon crucial win featured an impressive three goals in the last ten minutes. Denmark also beat rivals Sweden, home and away by only one goal on both games.
The key players of Denmark are picked from big-name European clubs that include Liverpool, Werder Bremen, Juventus and Arsenal. The National captain Tomasson is now leading the Feyenoord forward line after a spells with Villarreal and AC Milan.
Olsen’s nucleus of players with broad international experience includes midfield trio Daniel Jensen (Bremen), striker Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal), defender Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Christian Poulsen (Juventus) and Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax).
Their coach Morten Olsen will be completing a ten year stint as Denmark head coach in the South Africa finals. He took over the control in 2000, leading the Danish Dynamite to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2004. He has not yet said anything about his contract extension that is going to expire at the end of the 2010 tournament.
A very solid performer, Olsen’s clubs added Cologne and Anderlecht, where he made his greatest and most successful record as a player when the Belgian claimed the UEFA Cup in 1993. Olsen was 40 when he retired and began a coaching career that included stints with Ajax and Cologne. The World Cup 2010 Denmark vs. Japan will be a great battle.
World Cup 2010: Italy will play against New Zealand on 20/06 16:00 in Nelspruit
The World Cup 2010 Italy vs. New Zealand with Italy in prospective. Italy the Defending champions will of course be one of the top contenders to be leading at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ South Africa. They are the only country aside from Brazil to have won the tournament twice in a row. The players of Marcello Lippi will be competing to match the showing of their predecessors during the 1934 and 1938.
In their way to South Africa, the Azzurri emerged the first in Group 8 thanks to their pragmatism and efficiency, even after failing to set the continent alight along the way. They managed to record a total of seven wins and three draws, throwing 18 goals and giving up seven.
This team set the pace since the start of the opening game with a win over Cyprus 2-1. After that game they remained on top. It took them until the last game to seal their way. The previous that claimed the world title in 1982 and 2006 also sealed their way with still a game to spare. The top scorer for Lippi’s team was Alberto Gilardino with four strikes to his belt that included a great hat-trick in about 15 minutes to go and beat Cyprus 3-2 in their last game.
The star players of Italy include Gianluigi Buffon who remains one of the two towers of strength for the Italian defense. His great reflexes to stay clear of Zinedine Zidane during the extension period on the 2006 Finals exemplify just why he is undisputed to claim the gloves.
Evergreen captain Fabio Cannavaro is the other pillar at the back Fabio Cannavaro. He is the player of the year 2006 FIFA who still contribute his great positioning sense and the wide experience of his 130 caps. Gennaro Gattuso is a midfield who contributes tireless tackler that needs no introduction. He is 31-year-old and is still the battler, motor and all-round talent at the center of the Azzurri line-up, the man that does not accept defeat and whose hunger of winning inspires the entire team.
An absolute ruler in the turf of coaching, Marcello Lippi is a 61-year-old expert at altering yield results with not less than five of the 12 goals Italy made at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany from being a substitute. The man has won all in his career that is why he is called on his first time as Italy trainer on July 12, 2006, after clinching the global crown. After the Azzurri splash at UEFA EURO 2008, but it did not need a lot of influence to return to the role and he instantly set about rebuilding the defense, remodeling the midfield and test a fresh group of forwards. Watch how they will fare in the World Cup 2010 Italy vs. New Zealand match.
February 16, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: Slovakia will play against Paraguay on 20/06 13:30 in Mangaung / Bloemfontein
News about World Cup 2010 Slovakia vs. Paraguay. Paraguay’s World Cup team top player Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head on dawn Monday on a bathroom bar in a neighborhood of a well off area in Mexico City. The 29-year-old striker had surgery but the doctors failed to remove the bullet stuck in the skull. Dr. Ernesto Martinez, member of the surgical team, said they could not guarantee that his life is no longer in danger. But he said the player is on a stable condition.
The Attorney General of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera made an ocular inspection to the bar and said the crime did not appear to be robbery since nothing was taken.
Cabanas is playing for the Mexico City team America. Michael Bauer the Club president said Cabanas was conscious when he got to the hospital and was able to talk while waiting for surgery.
He was confused and didn’t know what happened. He was asking where he is being taken and why he has to go there. This was what Bauer said to the Mexico television Televisa. He also said Cabanas’ wife said that they were about to leave the bar when he was shot in the bathroom. He was found in the bathroom door, this was said by his wife.
Mancera said, after the incident, four people were questioned, the bar manager, two security guards and the brother-in-law of Cabanas. He said that the brother-in-law even volunteered to testify.
Cabanas’ has been playing since 2003 in the Mexico league and is the highest profile player on the national team. Paraguay will be battling against the likes of New Zealand, Italy and Slovakia in June for the group stage of the World Cup in South Africa.
Cabanas’ accumulated 125 goals in 218 games in Mexico and played last weekend in America’s where they lost to Morelia 2-0. This month he got attention from Steve Bruce, Sunderland manager, who was interested for his services to his club in the Premier League in England.
The Mexican team, Club America said in a statement that they are deeply sorry for what transpired to their beloved Salvador Cabanas and manifest its full support for his family and friends. Juan Angel Napout the Paraguay Football Association president said a doctor will come from Mexico to assist Cabanas. And that they are all praying for him.
He was honored as Player of the year last 2007 on South America’s soccer by Uruguay’s El Pais newspaper; this was the only time a Mexican player has won the award, since there is a long history of violence that involved Latin American soccer players. Watch the exciting World Cup 2010 Slovakia vs. Paraguay game.
February 16, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: New Zealand will play against Slovakia on 15/06 13:30 in Rustenburg
World Cup 2010 New Zealand vs. Slovakia. Slovakia’s profile. This is the first aappearance of the team in a major international competition. Slovakia is trying to relive its glorious years when they were still the former Czechoslovakia.
Even if their team is yet to be a household name, Slovakia can rely on collective and well-organized qualities. And their sustained progress gives them a reason to be optimistic on their way to South Africa.
Fourth in their section in qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ France, third on the road to Korea/Japan 2002 and runners-up ahead of Germany 2006, Slovakia continued their rise by sealing top spot in Group 3. The team of Vladimir Weiss wrote their historic record on 14 October 2009, winning a number of games and stopping predictions about their struggle to make it pass the difficult pool.
Their win was quite hard but they were able to mount their bid, losing only to Slovenia. Their rivals were a real thorn, downing them 2-1 in their second outing and won 2-0 in Bratislva in the last round, yet their desire to make it to the FIFA World Cup finals prevailed in the end with a last game win 1-0 in Poland.
Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel is a solid at the back for Premier League heavyweights. He is a central figure for his country. Nopoli’s Marek Hamsik, midfielder is known for scoring goals. He will surely be noticed in South Africa. Same is true with Slovakia’s Stanislav Sestak who was able to finish with top scorer with six strikes in the qualifying round.
Their coach Vladimir Weiss is a former Slovakian international who was appointed in June 2008. He was the successor of Jan Kocian who failed to win in the UEFA EURO 2008. With his strong personality, Weiss started coaching at Artmedia Bratislava, where he led the Slovakian team to the UEFA Champions League group phase in 2005/06. The next season, he boosted his credentials in Russia with Saturn Moscow Oblast. And return to Artmedia with the Slovakian league title after a year. With his previous successes, this team can go a long way.
Historical FIFA World Cups. While this is Slovakia’s first time to play on the global match, the country has a rich foot ball past that is tied with the former Czechoslovakia, who overall has participated in eight finals. Czechoslovakia even got to the final in 1934 that had a heat breaking loss to Italy in overtime 2-1 and a 3-1 defeat to Brazil in 1962. They also got to the last eight in 1990. This World Cup 2010 New Zealand vs. Slovakia match up is a great game to watch.
February 15, 2010 by Richard · Comments Off
World Cup 2010: Italy will play against Paraguay on 14/06 20:30 in Cape Town
World Cup 2010 Italy vs. Paraguay. Paraguay’s profile. After putting together the best qualification crusade, they should think ahead on their fourth consecutive stint at the FIFA World Cup™ finals. It is supervised by Gerardo Martino the Argentinean coach. The present Albirroja team seems to have built up the improvement made by their previous team last 1998 at France and 2002 at Korea/Japan, where Paraguay was able to reach the 16th Round before being eliminated by France and Germany.
While sustaining the defensive standards set by Los Guaraníes, they added an attacking style to their type of game thanks to their talented and powerful forwards with the capability to dislodge opposing rearguards. That new offensive threat can make the difference as Paraguay amends for their elimination in the first-round at Germany 2006. This was a setback that was experienced by some of the current squad members and would not like to repeat in South Africa.
This is the first time that the team was able to pass the 30-point barrier since the current qualifying system started. With it’s 10 wins, along with Chile, has the most in the group. They also garnered three draws and five losses and was able to collect 33 points overall to finish after Chile and Brazil. Martino’s squad sealed their way to the finals with a 1-0 win over Argentina last September in Asuncion, with a declaration on national holiday by President Fernando Lugo to celebrate the nation achievement.
Paraguay’s key to the impressive progress was their impressive form at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco, winning seven games in all. They only lost three on the road and got 12 points total. This record suggests that they could cause problems in the finals for their opponents.
Martino has access to the services of some internationally known players. A lot of them come from Europe and Mexico football clubs. While the team had good players in every area, the team’s biggest names are in the front line.
Roque Santa Cruz played in England with some successful seasons. His importance to the national team will be greatly needed despite his being absent from a lot of the qualifying games. Substituting all the way through were Nelson Haedo Valdez and Salvador Cabanas who added 11 goals between them. These three all played at Germany 2006 and the memories of their disappointing group-phase loss could trigger their goals in South Africa.
Gerardo Martino their coach is an Argentinean tactician who is now a stand out in the South American game. He is also named El Tata in the 1990s. He was also an attacking midfielder before shifting to coaching in 1998. After coaching a number of teams in his country, he switched to Paraguay. He took over Cerro Porteno then Libertad. This is where he got his greatest achievements at club level. Watch and enjoy the World Cup 2010 Italy vs. Paraguay.