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Opinion by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Immediately after Argentina's 4-0 quarterfinal loss to Germany on Saturday, Maradona was understandably upset. And according to Argentina's Deportes y Noticias, he let a group of German fans know it. A translation of their report:

Argentina national team coach Diego Maradona had an altercation with German fans after the end of the match that marked the elimination of said team from the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

Apparently upset over post game celebrations by fans located behind the Argentinean bench, Maradona approached and scolded them, until Dalma, one of his daughters, entered the field and contained him.

It's a shame the man who has entertained us all over the last few weeks with his exuberance and delightful antics had to get involved in something like this. He would go on to say that this loss was "the most disappointing moment in my life" which shows just how devastated he must have been as he walked off the pitch and saw German fans in red and yellow wigs partying like it's Oktoberfest in July right behind him. A sad end for the most interesting man of the tournament. Or anywhere else.
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Opinion by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk says he is confident the Oranje will prevail over five-time champions Brazil in Friday's FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final. The Netherlands go into this last-eight clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium having won their first four matches in South Africa, but face their toughest test yet in the shape of Dunga's A Seleção.

Van Marwijk, who assumed control of the Netherlands team after UEFA EURO 2008, told a pre-match press conference: "Brazil are favourites for the World Cup, but we've proven we can also beat this type of opponent. I am fully confident of that.

"My team are absolutely ready, you can sense the excitement among the players. They know they are facing a very important match, they are fully focused. We are not afraid of them. We're realistic, we know Brazil are a good strong team with a number of weapons like speed and turning around a game, but I know we can win this match."

He suggested one of the keys to a Dutch success over Brazil was that they stuck by their own style of play. "It's important to play your own game against Brazil, and not go along with their play," he said. "Look at the Ivory Coast...
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Opinion by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Appearing at his third FIFA World Cup, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has reached the pinnacle of his profession, enjoying one of the most impressive tournaments of his career and walking away with the adidas Golden Glove as the tournament’s most impressive goalkeeper.

Casillas endured the worst possible start to the tournament against Group H opponents Switzerland, with La Roja conceding a goal against the run of play and falling to a shock defeat. It was not long before the Spain captain's powers of concentration came under question, although he refused to shy away from the cameras, preferring to do his talking on the pitch. Since then Casillas has conceded only a single goal, and that from a deflection against Chile, with his immaculate keeping proving crucial to Spain’s run to the Final.

With Vicente Del Bosque's team winning their last four games on their way to the Final by a single goal, Casillas’s solidity between the posts has taken on even greater importance. One of his most crucial saves was the penalty stop from Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo in the quarter-finals, a hugely important intervention that he capped by pulling off two vital...
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Article by camosolidsnake posted over a year ago
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Well it's been fun , before it's over entirely some funny business:
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Oxo are introducing a new white Oxo cube with a red cross in support of the England team. It's called the Laughing Stock

All future England matches have been moved to the Gay Adult Channel. Apparently the sight of 11 arseholes getting hammered for 90 minutes was far too explict for ITV

So an angry fan managed to get into the England changing room after last nights game. Apparently Robert Green tried to grab the man but missed.

The England team went to visit an orphanage in South Africa this morning. "It is so good to put a smile on the faces of people with no hope, constant struggling and facing the impossible", said Sipho Umboto aged 6.

All these Rob Green jokes are getting out of hand. In fact, they're crossing the line.

Im going to be bold here, and suggest we play Heskey at left back.............left back at Heathrow Airport!!!!
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Article by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Coach Dunga is confident he has assembled a mature and skilful Brazilian squad ready for their first big challenge at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ against the Netherlands.

Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Chile at Soccer City on Monday and now face the Dutch in Port Elizabeth on Friday. The Netherlands, two-time beaten finalists in 1974 and 1978, stretched their longest-ever unbeaten streak to 23 games with a 2-1 Round-of-16 victory over Slovakia in Durban on Monday.

The Brazilians, aiming for a record sixth world title, have beaten the Dutch twice in their two previous FIFA World Cup encounters. The Oranje fell 4-2 on penalties after drawing their 1998 semi-final 1-1 in France and lost 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States where Dunga went on to lift the trophy as captain.

There are huge expectations weighing on Brazil to win the world crown at Soccer City on 11 July, but Dunga is confident his team, unbeaten in four matches here, is coming along nicely ahead of the business end of the tournament. "Given the quality of the team, there is always the expectation, but you don't win the...
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Article by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Spain-Portugal preview
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action against North Korea

Set to take centre stage in Cape Town on 29 June is a glittering Round of 16 clash between two neighbours and contenders for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ crown: Spain and Portugal. Standing second and third respectively in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the eagerly anticipated encounter between the Iberian duo at the Green Point Stadium is the sides’ first meeting at world football’s top table.

The match
Spain-Portugal, Round of 16, Cape Town, Tuesday 29 June 2010, 20.30 (local time)

Expectations are extremely high ahead of the last-16 meeting between two teams considered among the pre-tournament contenders for the coveted Trophy. And with La Roja and A Selecção das Quinas both having had to come through a gruelling group phase, one of the fancied pair will be heading home much earlier than expected.

European champions Spain arrived at South Africa 2010 as firm favourites for the world title along with Brazil, though Vicente del Bosque’s team were given a harsh wake-up call in an opening 1-0 defeat against Switzerland. Showing...
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Article by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Brazil may have already qualified for the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™, but Kaka has warned Portugal to still expect a battle when the two sides meet on Friday.

Kaka is suspended for the game after being sent off in his team's 3-1 triumph over Côte d'Ivoire. The South Americans lead Group G, two points clear of second-place Portugal, who need a win to guarantee the top spot in the pool.

"Brazil will go out to win," said Kaka. "This final group game is important for us to finish first. A draw would also be good but a win would give us the strength to go into the knock-out round really motivated."

Brazil have won 12 and lost twice against Portugal in 18 meetings between the two sides. "There is a little bit of rivalry between Brazil and Portugal," said Kaka. "There are three Brazilian-born players in their side (Pepe, Deco and Liedson). Portugal is one of the teams we have faced more times in recent years. We thrashed them in Brasilia (6-2) and we lost against them in London 2-0."
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Article by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted on Saturday that he is concerned by the threat posed by Mexico's attacking players ahead of Sunday's second round clash.

Argentina qualified for the last 16 by winning all three of their group games while Mexico's progress was more erratic, drawing with hosts South Africa, losing to Uruguay but beating France 2-0 in a stunning performance.

And it is the prospect of a repeat of that swashbuckling attacking display that has Maradona biting his nails.

"Mexico have Rafael Marquez, (Andres) Guardado, Giovanni Dos Santos, many players that worry us," said Maradona. "It's impossible to know what team they will play. Yesterday I had some information that it will be one team then this morning other information that it would be another.

"I don't know if (Cuauhtemoc) Blanco will play, or (Guillermo) Franco, although I hope he doesn't because he's good in the air. I think (Javier) Hernandez will play, he moves well all across the front line. I think Marquez will play at sweeper because he looked lost in midfield. But these are just my ideas. We know it will be a tough match but with the team and...
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Article by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar believes his team is ready for the next chapter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ after taking a point from their game against Portugal last night and finishing Group G unbeaten.

After wins against Korea DPR and the Côte d'Ivoire, the five-times world champions were held to a goalless draw by Carlos Queiroz's side. It was a result which assured Brazil finished top of the pool, two points clear of the Portuguese.

"It was a difficult group," said Julio Cesar. "Portugal defended well and created some chances for themselves. We wanted to finish the group with a win but it was not to be. Nevertheless we can draw positives from our performance against Portugal. We dominated possession and we always surged forward hoping to score goals."


Brazil will now face Chile and Julio Cesar believes it will be a difficult test. "Now a new and more complicated stage in the competition begins and I am certain that Brazil will be ready," he said. "We have done what we expected to do so far and now we have to focus one game at a time and continue to improve game by game."
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Article by yashar_safavi posted over a year ago
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The clash between arch-rivals Germany and England in the Round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ rates as one of the glamour fixtures in world football. On the eve of Sunday afternoon’s showdown in Bloemfontein, FIFA.com spoke exclusively to Germany striker Lukas Podolski. "We have no reason to fear them,” declared the 25-year-old, who insists "our goal has to be the quarter-finals."

After beating Ghana and reaching the last 16, what’s the mood like in the Germany camp?
It's very good. Obviously, we were under a certain amount of pressure before the last match. We knew a defeat would mean we were out. That wouldn’t exactly have been great, especially as no German team has ever failed to survive the group stage, so it made winning all the more important. Now we’re looking forward to the knockout games, which is what makes the FIFA World Cup the event it is.

Yours is the youngest Germany team at a FIFA World Cup for 76 years. How would you assess the team’s progress in the first three matches?
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Review by Fotome posted over a year ago
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In the recent game with Brazil and the Cote d'Ivore, Kaka (mid-fielder for Brazil) recieved a red card after a player on the opposing team ran into him. The opposing player proceeded to grab his nose and fall to the ground. Kaka was given a red card, meaning he was suspended from the game.

The fact that he was suspended from the game is unfortunate. Kaka, age 28, is established as one of the finest soccer/football players in the world. He jersey is number 10, and his current soccer club (as of June 21st, 2010) is Real Madrid. Regardless of his fairly young age, he as already scored 27 international goals. His first international goal was in a game with Brazil verses Bolivia on January 31st, 2002.

Hopefully, Kaka will not be suspended from the next game. Good luck to Brazil, Cote d'Ivoire, and all other teams in the final!

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Article by Mark_Joseph posted over a year ago
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To kick off the greatest show on Earth in spectacular style HGA Creative Communications has released an online video to celebrate and support England’s participation in the World Cup. ‘World Cup 2010 – Bringing it home’ is the second video in HGA’s ‘Creative solutions’ viral campaign, and is supported by teaser edits already creating excitement, intrigue and anticipation.

Dan Laurence, Head of Video at HGA Creative Communications, said: “With the World Cup Opening ceremony taking place on 11th June, we wanted to tap into the understandable football fever. This is a fun video that really captures the thrill of the World Cup and proves that even if you can’t make it to South Africa itself there’s always a solution. We’re delighted with the end result and hope that it makes people smile and fully get into the World Cup spirit."

Filmed on location in HD format, the video features a host of talented young footballers, showcasing their skills in the sun, but as with England’s hopes, there’s always a twist in the tail...”
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