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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ - News

Malouda: We’re going there to win

Florent Malouda chatted to about a great season with Chelsea, his development as a player and desire to help France to glory in South Africa.

Schwarzer: Roos no longer unknowns

Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes the Socceroos no longer have an element of surprise compared to four years ago at Germany 2006.

22 days to go

On 22 September 2008, Zakumi, the official mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, was unveiled.

Carragher aiming high for last hurrah

Recalled England defender Jamie Carragher is aiming to make the most of South Africa 2010 in what he expects to be his international swansong.

Maradona trims squad to 23

Argentina coach Diego Maradona dropped seven players from his provisional squad list ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday.

Fergie: US will reach second round

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the USA to do well at June's FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa - once they have played England.


Dutch arrive at training camp

The Netherlands' squad comprising players, management and families, arrived at a training camp at Seefeld in the Austrian Tirol on Wednesday.

Evra: We're in it to win it

France left-back Patrice Evra has turned on his side's critics and insisted that Les Bleus are going to the FIFA World Cup with the aim of winning the trophy.

Essien to learn World Cup fate

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will know within days if he has a chance of playing for Ghana in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Dikgacoi dismisses weight concerns

South Africa midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi insists he has no fears over his fitness heading into the FIFA World Cup amid concerns he has gained weight.

Benitez dreams of managing Spain

Rafael Benitez admits it is his dream to one day coach the Spanish national team but has reiterated his immediate future lies at Liverpool.

Babel worried over Netherlands spot

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel admits he is no certainty to make the Netherlands's final cut for the FIFA World Cup finals this summer.

Frings rules out Germany role

Torsten Frings has revealed he will not accept a call-up from Germany coach Joachim Low in the unlikely event it comes ahead of South Africa 2010.

Grichting heading Swiss challenge hears from Switzerland defender Stephane Grichting on his new lease of life and Ottmar HItzfeld's side's hopes for South Africa 2010.

Romaric: We know our faults

Côte d'Ivoire and Sevilla midfielder Romaric tells about the areas in which Les Elephants must improve to make an impact in South Africa.

Ballack: I'll be back for Germany

Germany's Michael Ballack has rejected suggestions that he has played his last game at international level after being ruled out of South Africa 2010.

Cahill relishing leading role

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill insists he will relish the extra responsibility that comes with being Australia's top man at the FIFA World Cup.

23 days to go

Each of the 32 nations at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is permitted to name a 23-man squad in their bid for glory.

April stars shine for Chollima

Unheralded 2010 FIFA World Cup participants Korea DPR will not want for team synergy with numerous squad members hailing from the April 25 club.

Kiwis at full strength for Socceroos test

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert has indicated he will field his strongest possible line-up in their 2010 FIFA World Cup warm-up match against Australia

All or nothing for Guiza

Spain striker Dani Guiza speaks to about his hopes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the secrets behind the European champions' success.

Capital city going football crazy

The parks of World Cup Host City Tshwane/Pretoria, have been filling up ahead of the tournament as residents take up the ‘beautiful game’.

High hopes for Euro champs Spain

Spanish football is riding high following Spain's UEFA EURO victory, plus the achievements of Barcelona, with La Roja among the favourites for South Africa.

Big names attackers fight for survival

A high-profile casualty is inevitable in Group G at the 2010 FIFA World Cup with big guns Brazil, Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire fighting for two places.

World champs look to dominate

Reigning FIFA World Cup holders Italy will be expecting nothing less than plain sailing in South Africa next month in a group where they are favourites.

In-form Dutch aim high

A talented Netherlands squad will hope to top a highly competitive Group E which also features Japan, Cameroon and Denmark.

Walcott aims to banish '06 memories

After failing to see any game time for England as a teenager at Germany 2006, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is determined to make amends in South Africa.

Messi: No pressure with Argentina

Barcelona's Argentine ace Lionel Messi insisted on Tuesday he does not crack under the weight of expectation when playing for his national team.

Argentina unsure of Maradona the manager

A true legend as a player, Diego Maradona has yet to inspire the same fervour as Argentina national coach after a laborious FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Domenech admits to Gallas uncertainty

Raymond Domenech revealed on Tuesday that his biggest concern surrounding the France squad was the fitness of centre-back William Gallas.

Grosso shock as Lippi trims squad

Juventus defender Fabio Grosso was the shock victim as Italy coach Marcello Lippi cut two players from his pre-FIFA World Cup squad on Tuesday.

Egypt to play two matches outside Cairo

FIFA's Disciplinary Committee decided that Egypt must play the first two home qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ at least 100 kilometres away from Cairo.

Convince the fans and win a trip to South Africa

Tell us why you should win a trip to South Africa, watch a FIFA World Cup match and present a Budweiser Man of the Match Award and that fantastic prize could be yours.

Algeria's Kadir on cloud nine

After making Algeria's initial squad, midfielder Foued Kadir tells about his unlikely rise and hope of featuring at the FIFA World Cup finals.

Boateng apologises to Ballack

Kevin-Prince Boateng has apologised to Michael Ballack for the challenge which ruled the Germany captain out of the FIFA World Cup.

Switzerland's Spycher ruled out

Christoph Spycher today pulled out of Switzerland's provisional FIFA World Cup squad after failing to overcome a knee injury.

Bielsa axes five

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has dropped five players from his provisional FIFA World Cup squad following yesterday's 1-0 friendly defeat to Mexico.

Clark banking on momentum sat down for a chat with American battler Ricardo Clark, who is eager to make a mark with the Stars and Stripes in South Africa.

Slovakia: Nothing like the first time

Outsiders Slovakia are getting set to take part in their first FIFA World Cup finals drawing on strong tradition, debutant spirit and a stable of top pros.

Germany expecting tough time

Despite their FIFA World Cup pedigree, an injury-hit Germany have a tough job on their hands in South Africa in a group containing Australia, Ghana and Serbia.

Form and fitness concerns for Capello

England will be optimistic of progressing from their 2010 FIFA World Cup group though form and fitness remains a concern for manager Fabio Capello.

24 days to go

One of the goals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was scored by Argentina against Serbia and Montenegro with a glorious 24-pass move finished by Esteban Cambiasso.

England arrive in Austria for training

The English football team arrived in Austria on Monday for a training camp at altitude ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Valbuena jubilant at France selection

Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena expressed his delight on Monday after being selected for the France squad ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Friedrich: We're not favourites

Veteran German defender Arne Friedrich talks to about his place in a team headed to the FIFA World Cup without their usual expectations.

New regulations kick-off to combat ticket touting in South Africa

FIFA has implemented a new regulation, approved by the Minister of Trade and Industry, to combat the sale of illegitimate or unauthorised tickets and/or ticket-inclusive travel packages.

Valbuena proud of France selection

Mathieu Valbuena was pinching himself this afternoon as his place in the France squad for the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa was confirmed.

Domenech cuts squad to 24

France coach Raymond Domenech has cut his FIFA World Cup squad down by six, with one final player to be omitted in the coming days.

Quartet cut from Korea Republic squad

Korea Republic coach Huh Jung-Moo has cut four players from his 30-man preliminary FIFA World Cup squad.

German greats lament Ballack loss

Rudi Voller, Dieter Hoeness and Olaf Thon believe it will be very difficult for Germany to thrive at South Africa 2010 without the injured Michael Ballack.

Le Guen's northern legion

Cameroon will make a welcome return to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa with a predictably strong French influence under coach Paul Le Guen.

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