Friday, April 30, 2010

England World Cup DVDs

Lace Digital Media Sales have the rights to a number of classic England World Cup DVDs, click on the link below for more information on purchasing.

England World Cup DVDs

Lace Digital Media Sales Ltd

39-40 The Old Steine
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1NH
Tel: 01273 202220

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sanfrecce Hiroshima: masters of the trick penalty


Sanfrecce Hiroshima: masters of the trick penalty.
Is there a better coach in the world than Mihailo Petrovic?

Many would argue that Jose Mourinho stands on the edge of greatness after steering Inter to a UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 22.

But he's never coached his players to take penalties like this!

It's not the first time Sanfrecce have dabbled in trick penalties this season, but the first resulted in referee Takuto Okabe earning a two-match suspension for incorrectly allowing Hisato Sato's opener from twelve yards in their 1-1 J. League draw at home to Shimizu S-Pulse.

With Sanfrecce Hiroshima locked at 3-3 against defending Asian champions Pohang Steelers in their AFC Champions League clash at Big Arch Stadium, striker Hisato Sato casually PASSED the ball from the penalty spot to team-mate Tomoaki Makino, who dutifully slammed home!


Copyright © Michael Tuckerman & Soccerphile.com

Fifa World Rankings May 2010

FIFA Rankings.
Fifa's World Rankings were announced today. Brazil leapfrog Spain, who are now are second followed by Portugal, The Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

Spain and Brazil are among the bookies' favorites to win the World Cup next summer.

England are in 8th place, while Argentina move up to 7th and are looking a serious dark house for South Africa.

France are in 10th and in decline. Egypt is the highest African team in 13th. The USA rise two positions again to 14th spot.


1 Brazil
2 Spain
3 Portugal
4 Netherlands
5 Italy
6 Germany
7 Argentina
8 England
9 Croatia
10 France
11 Russia
12 Greece
13 Egypt
14 USA
15 Chile
16 Serbia
17 Mexico
18 Uruguay
19 Cameroon
20 Nigeria
20 Australia

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World Cup USA in 2018 or 2022

Doug Band behind United States' Push to Host World Cup in 2018 or 2022

By Sean Garrison

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup approaching in less than two months, Americans once again have soccer on their minds. Their attention can be attributed to the popular belief that this year will be Team USA's best chance to bring home their very first World Cup. While many Americans might only think about soccer during major events like the World Cup, the majority of countries around the world fiendishly follow the sport year-round. U.S. soccer fanatics are glad that their favorite sport is finally gaining some respect domestically, but Doug Band feels that even more popularity can be gained by bringing the World Cup to America.

President Clinton's personal advisor, Doug Band, recently obliged a request to join the Board of Directors for the United States Bid Committee. The committee aspires to bring the FIFA World Cup to the U.S. as soon as 2018. With the addition of Doug Band's support, the committee hopes to increase their chances of bringing the most widely followed international tournament to American soil. This is a huge opportunity for the United States to bring together many cultures that all have great interest in the sport. If the United States wins the bid; it would surely be a boost to their international image.

Band is a fantastic addition to the U.S. committee, not only because he's an avid fan of the game, but also because he realizes how this sport can unify disparate cultures and people. Because of the extensive work Doug Band has done with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), he has garnered valuable experience in foreign relations. Along with former President Clinton, Band founded the CGI in 2005. Since then, CGI has reached out to millions across the globe by providing medical assistance, education opportunities, and environmental protection. The U.S. bid committee is determined to obtain their goal of a U.S. World Cup, and are fastidiously working to make that goal a reality. With Band's arrival, they now have a figure that understands the gravity of such a world event and wants to bring its cultural significance to America.

Monday, April 26, 2010

J. League Results April 24-25 2010

J. League Results April 24-25 2010.
Sunday 25 April

Shonan Bellmare 1 Vegalta Sendai 0
Cerezo Osaka 0 Nagoya Grampus 1

Saturday 24 April

Albirex Niigata 2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2
Gamba Osaka 2 FC Tokyo 0
Kawasaki Frontale 3 Vissel Kobe 0
Kyoto Sanga 1 Montedio Yamagata 2
Shimizu S-Pulse 2 Omiya Ardija 1
Urawa Reds 0 Jubilo Iwata 1
Yokohama F Marinos 1 Kashima Antlers 3

J.League Table

Shimizu S-Pulse P 8 Pts 18
Nagoya Grampus P 8 Pts 16
Urawa Reds P 8 Pts 16
Kawasaki Frontale P 8 Pts 16
Kashima Antlers P 8 Pts 15

Leading Scorers

Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5
Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 5
Shinji Kagawa, Cerezo Osaka 5
Hisato Sato, Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5

Previous Results

J.League News

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Asian Cup Draw

2011 Asian Cup Draw

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 Finals Draw

Group A

Qatar
Kuwait
China
Uzbekistan

Group B

Saudi Arabia
Syria
Jordan
Japan

Group C

South Korea
Bahrain
India
Australia

Group D

Iraq
North Korea
UAE
Iran

The 2011 Asian Cup tournament takes places Jan 7-29 in Qatar.

Friday, April 23, 2010

South Africa Books

See a slideshow of some of the best books on South Africa to prepare yourself with all the essential background to the 2010 World Cup in the Rainbow Nation.

Find travel books on South Africa, history, politics, safaris and sport.


Asian Cup 2011 Draw Live

The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ Finals draw will be streamed live on the-afc.com, courtesy of the-afc.tv on Friday. You may watch the live footage of the draw at 7pm Doha time (GMT +3).

The draw is due to be held at the Aspire Dome in Doha with 16 teams eager to find out who they will play in the tournament from April 7-29, 2011.

Live Draw Video Stream: live.the-afc.net/afc/ac2k11/draw/index.htm


Draw mechanics: www.the-afc.com/en/afc-asian-cup-news/28326-afc-asian-cup-qatar-2011-finals-draw-mechanics

Studio For Rent in Cape Town

Tamboerskloof studio in Cape Town close to Table Mountain, and Camps Bay.

Lovely flat less than 5km from Green Point Stadium, which will host six first-round matches, one second round, one quarter final and one semi-final match - arguably the best base for the 2010 Fifa World Cup Finals.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Korea 100% In Asia But Could Do Better

Korea 100% In Asia But Could Do Better.
You can’t do much better than 100 percent. South Korea’s quartet of teams that started the 2010 Asian Champions League back in February have all survived the first round intact. China have lost at least three of theirs and it could be all four while Japan will see at least one and probably two fall by the wayside.

But in the Land of the Morning Calm, it has been a comfortable, stress-free progression. Pohang Steelers, Suwon Bluewings, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Jeonbuk Motors are all through to the round of sixteen having played just five of the six group games.

It is an impressive achievement to see all four progress unscathed but actually, it could have been better. The top two teams from each of the eight groups progress to the knockout stage but not all are equal. Finishing in first place ensures that the one-off game in the next round is played at home. Finishing second means a journey elsewhere.

Seongnam is the best-placed and is already certain of a home tie. The Yellows can sit back and see who will finish first or second in Group G. At the moment, that is Suwon Bluewings. It remains to be seen if either team will welcome meeting such a familiar foe on the continental stage. The local media certainly will.

Suwon’s players are kicking themselves that they are not currently occupying top spot instead of Gamba Osaka. In last week’s match in Japan, Suwon was level at 1-1 with seconds remaining until the defenders somehow let Gamba’s 17 year-old striker Takashi Usami score the decisive goal. The 2-1 win puts the J-League team in pole position.

"I thought we were heading home with one point in our hand,” lamented Suwon coach Cha Bum-keun who is lamenting often these days. “But our players seemed to have lost their concentration in the last part of the game. We gave up their first goal so easily and so soon after our first goal, and that hurt us. We want to play at home in the round of 16 but … that possibility seems to have become smaller.”

Suwon is a team that has been struggling of late with Asia being the only bright spot of what is becoming another dismal season at home. Three successive defeats in the K-League, including a painful 3-0 loss at the home of bitter rivals FC Seoul and a 2-1 defeat at home to Seongnam, preceded the Osaka disappointment and then one followed. Unless the Japanese lose in China next week and Suwon defeat Singapore Armed Forces, Suwon will be making the short trip across Gyeonggi Province.

Jeonbuk Motors is another team that is likely to finish second after conceding a last-minute goal to a Japanese team. Kashima Antlers won 2-1 in Jeonju in March and the K-League champions have been playing catch-up ever since. Both are through to the last 16 but if Jeonbuk, who won the competition in 2006, want to play at home in the next round, it has to win at the home of the Japanese champion.

“We want to avenge the defeat in Kashima,” said Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee after the match and added. “I know that is going to be a difficult away game but we will use the best of what we have to get a victory. I have plans for that.”

If Jeonbuk don’t manage to get the result in Ibaraki next week then a long trip to South Australia to take on Adelaide United is on the cards. But if things go differently, a game against Pohang Steelers and a Jeolla and Gyeongsang Province match-up is a distinct possibility. All four Korean teams playing each other in the round of sixteen would be something to see.

Copyright: Soccerphile.com & John Duerden

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Urawa Reds march to the summit

Urawa Reds march to the summit.
It's been almost a year in coming, but Urawa Reds finally took possession of the top of the J. League standings following one of their best performances under German coach Volker Finke.

The J. League giants brushed aside Kawasaki Frontale 3-0 in front of 46,313 supporters at Saitama Stadium, with early goals from midfielder Hajime Hosogai and diminutive striker Tatsuya Tanaka setting the home team on their way.

Hosogai took advantage of some poor Kawasaki defending to chest a loose ball down on the edge of the penalty area, and while he directed his half-volley straight at Eiji Kawashima, the Japan no. 2 could only manage to deflect the ball into the top corner on its way in.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors soon after, as Tatsuya Tanaka embarked on a mazy run from midfield before unleashing a piledriver that flashed into the top corner of the goal, with the superb strike no doubt putting Japan coach Takeshi Okada on notice.

With talisman Kengo Nakamura on the bench as he continued his recovery from a broken jaw, Kawasaki almost cut the deficit as Masaru Kurotsu's long-range strike looped off a defender and clattered against the post.

The Kanagawa side went even closer just minutes later as defender Yusuke Igawa bundled home, only to have his effort incorrectly ruled out for offside.

In what was the most highly-charged of encounters, Kawasaki though they had found a way back into the game shortly after the restart, as they were awarded a penalty following Wilfried Sanou's clumsy foul on North Korean international Chong Tese.

However Urawa goalkeeper Norihiro Yamagishi proved tough to beat from twelve yards, as he guessed correctly to fling himself to his right and keep out Renatinho's low spot-kick.

The stage was set for a final Urawa goal and it came from the unlikeliest of sources, as substitute Satoshi Horinouchi tapped home after Kawashima could only parry Edmilson's curling right-foot strike.

"I think we're on the right track, regardless of what anyone thinks and today's result and performance back that up," Urawa coach Finke told The Daily Yomiuri after the match.

"The two early goals certainly helped and I think given the way we were playing, the third goal was just a matter of time."


Urawa leapfrogged Shimizu S-Pulse into top spot in the standings, although the Shizuoka side remain the only unbeaten team left following their 1-1 draw away at Gamba Osaka on Saturday.

Veteran Gamba midfielder Tomokazu Myojin opened the scoring for the Kansai side at a packed Expo '70 Stadium in Osaka, however Japan striker Shinji Okazaki equalised with a deflected effort midway through the second half.

J2

Relegated sides Kashiwa Reysol, Oita Trinita and JEF United have all made bright starts to life in the second tier, with Kashiwa looking the team to beat after seven rounds of action.

Brazilian coach Nelsinho's team are the only unbeaten side left in the division, after the Sun Kings comfortably dispatched of Sagan Tosu 2-0 at Kashiwa Hitachi Stadium in Chiba.

Oita Trinita thumped Thespa Kusatsu 3-1 away from home, however JEF United slumped to a disappointing 2-1 loss in front of more than 7,500 fans at Momotaro Stadium in the west of Japan, as the visitors went down 2-1 away at Fagiano Okayama.

The Shikoku derby finished scoreless - to the disappointment of the 11,115 fans who turned out at Pocari Sweat Stadium - with local rivals Tokushima Vortis and Ehime FC forced to share the spoils in a hard-fought encounter.

Kashiwa Reysol lead the nascent standings from Oita Trinita, with surprise package Roasso Kumamoto currently lying in third place in the table.

Copyright © Michael Tuckerman & Soccerphile.com

J.League News

J. League Results April 17-18 2010

J. League Results April 17-18 2010.
Sunday 18 April

Cerezo Osaka 2 Shonan Bellmare 1
Kashima Antlers 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0
Urawa Reds 3 Kawasaki Frontale 0

Saturday 17 April

Gamba Osaka 1 Shimizu S-Pulse 1
FC Tokyo 1 Kyoto Sanga 1
Jubilo Iwata 1 Omiya Ardija 1
Montedio Yamagata 0 Yokohama F Marinos 1
Nagoya Grampus 1 Albirex Niigata 1
Vegalta Sendai 0 Vissel Kobe 1

J.League Table

Urawa Reds P 7 Pts 16
Shimizu S-Pulse P 7 Pts 15
Nagoya Grampus P 6 Pts 13
Kawasaki Frontale P 7 Pts 13
Kashima Antlers P 7 Pts 12
Yokohama F Marinos P 7 Pts 11

Leading Scorers

Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5
Shinji Kagawa, Cerezo Osaka 5
Ryang Yong Gi, Vegalta Sendai 4
Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 4

Previous Results

J.League News

Friday, April 16, 2010

World Cup Ticket Chaos in Cape Town

World Cup Ticket Chaos in Cape Town.
Yesterday tickets went on sale over the counter at one of the big banks and at the FIFA ticketing office in Cape Town.

After being told by FIFA that there were tickets for all games, people who had been queuing from 0700 finally got to the counter at around 1400 to be told that only Category 1 tickets were available for some games.

My wife queued all day and bought nothing as only the minor games were available.

She saw a couple of gangster type guys right at the front of the queue producing ID books for 10 people and claiming 10 tickets on each ID book, obviously for touting later.

The computers could not cope and very few people were served per hour.

Police wrere called to control disgruntled fans in Johannesburg and at the FIFA Ticketing offices in CPT.

In my opinion FIFA's ticketing scheme is bullshit:
a. getting people ( myself included ) to buy tickets when they don't know which teams they will get.b. bringing more tickets on to the market in phases and inferring there is a scarcity,
c. not keeping people informed and not being able to reply promptly to queries.

FIFA and everyone involved with them are not getting ( and don't deserve) good press over here in South Africa.

In short - a bunch of bandits.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Luxury Accommodation Near OR Tambo International Airport

Deluxe accommodation offered near OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Safari Club SA consists of 17 en-suite rooms, all with TV, air-conditioning and tea & coffee facilities and is 4 STAR RATED by the Tourism Council.

Enjoy safaris and tours to Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.


Luxury Accommodation Near OR Tambo International Airport

Public areas consist of lounges, bar, business centre and a separate breakfast room. A new swimming pool has been installed for those hot summer afternoons. The bar theme has been dedicated to the famous Nguni cattle and covered with beautiful memorabilia.

OR Tambo International Airport 3km, Pretoria 50km, Johannesburg 18km, Sun City 150km, Kruger Park 400km.

Luxury Accommodation Near OR Tambo International Airport

FIFA Ticketing Centres in South Africa

FIFA Ticketing Centres in South Africa.
FIFA Ticketing Centres will be open and operational from 9am (South African time) from the 15th April 2010, where services will be available to purchase tickets over the counter and also redeem tickets already purchased.

There will be a FIFA Ticketing Centre within each of the 9 host cities. The FIFA Ticketing Centres will open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm with additional hours the day prior to the match in each host city.

If you have purchased wheelchair tickets visit one of the FIFA Ticketing Centres from the 1st May 2010.

Johannesburg

Laico Isle, Corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, Sandton

Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto

Bloemfontein

Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, Corner Charles Street and 1st Avenue Mangaung

Rustenburg

Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies Avenue

Pretoria

Brooklyn Mall, Corner Lange and Fehrsen Street New Muckleneuk

Nelspruit

The Grove Shopping Centre, White River Road

Polokwane

Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Corner Landros Mare and Market Streets

Durban

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World Suncoast Boulevard OR Tambo Parade

Durban Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard Umhlanga Ridge

Port Elizabeth

Moffett on Main Shopping Centre, Corner Main Road and William Moffett Road Walmer

Cape Town

The Spearhead, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue Foreshore

FIFA Ticket Terminals are located at South Africa's three main international airports, allowing visitors to collect their tickets immediately upon arrival into the country.

OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (JNB)
Cape Town Airport, Cape Town (CPT)
King Shaka Airport, Durban (DUR)

The Ticket Terminals at the airports will be operational from the 7th June - 11th July 2010 from 7am - 9pm. The Self Service Ticket Terminal will be assisted by a volunteer should any queries arise and the Helpdesk Ticket Terminal will be manned by a member of staff.

The Main Applicant will need to present the following when collecting ticket(s):

Paid with or registered Payment Card

FIFA Official Ticket Confirmation (original confirmations only)

If the paid or registered payment card is not available, the following documents may be used for Ticket redemption:

FIFA Official Ticket Confirmation (original confirmations only)
Passport

If you paid by bank / wire transfer we recommend you bring a copy of the bank / wire transfer documentation.

Failure to bring the correct identification and confirmation may result in a delay in the collection process. Please note only the main applicant will be able to collect the tickets.

Our Final / Last Minute Sales phase commences on 15th April 2010 at 18:00 hours Central European Time, where Individual Match tickets will be available for you to purchase on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be able to view current ticket availability prior to starting the application process, and Ticket transactions will be conducted immediately at the time of sale. Please visit www.fifa.com/2010 to apply for tickets.

Operating hours are subject to change without prior notice.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NATIONWIDE ARE CALLING ALL ENGLAND FANS

Win Match Tickets and Signed Shirts – England Team sponsors Nationwide Building Society are offering England Fans the chance to become the Nationwide England Fan of the Week.

By simply uploading a picture of themselves supporting the England Team to nationwidefootball.co.uk both in the run up to and during the World Cup, fans can win a range of great England prizes.

NATIONWIDE ARE CALLING ALL ENGLAND FANS

The Nationwide England Fan of the Week will be randomly drawn every Monday until the end of the World Cup. Prizes for winning fans include match tickets to England v Mexico, signed England shirts and other England goodies.

For more information go to nationwidefootball.co.uk

Monday, April 12, 2010

J. League Results 10-11 April 2010

J. League Results 10-11 April 2010.
Sunday 11 April

Shimizu S-Pulse 5 Vegalta Sendai 1
Vissel Kobe 0 Montedio Yamagata 2

Saturday 10 April

Albirex Niigata 0 Urawa Reds 2
FC Tokyo 1 Kashima Antlers 1
Kyoto Sanga 0, Nagoya Grampus 2
Omiya Ardija 1 Gamba Osaka 3
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 Kawasaki Frontale 3
Shonan Bellmare 0 Jubilo Iwata 0
Yokohama F Marinos 0 Cerezo Osaka 0

J.League Table

Shimizu S-Pulse P 6 Pts 14
Urawa Reds P 6 Pts 13
Kawasaki Frontale P 6 Pts 13
Nagoya Grampus P 5 Pts 12
Kashima Antlers P 6 Pts 11
Vegalta Sendai P 6 Pts 10

Leading Scorers

Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5
Ryang Yong Gi, Vegalta Sendai 4
Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 4

Previous Results

J.League News

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Liverpool V Benfica – Dr Joel Rookwood



The red half of Merseyside is finally beginning to warm to the Europa League. It may be the last competition Liverpool wanted to win when the campaign kicked off in August, but with all other possibilities severed, the consolation cup is looking an increasingly attractive proposition. Its Channel 5 broadcasting, Thursday matches, multiple officials, stupid kick off times and involvement of Everton have not done wonders for its reputation amongst the Premier League’s elite. Yet no team has won it four times, with three-time winners Liverpool now favourites to do just that in Hamburg on May 12th. Cue cheekily edited prophetic banner:



Following a dismal Champions League campaign, relegation to the Europa League saw forgettable ties against Hungarian minnows and French also-rans. But in Portuguese league leaders Benfica, the quarter-final presented Liverpool with a first real European test of 2010. Despite losing the away leg, the tie was evenly balanced at 2-1. The once legendary Lisbon outfit had annoyed Liverpool supporters with the manner of victory in the Stadium of Light however, and so when they travelled to the Ground of Noise, the away team and their supporters were dealt a lesson or two. Where eagles dare, Scousers drown. It was not simply off the pitch that Anfield impressed however. Benitez’s side were simply sublime on it. Benfica were the side Liverpool would have wanted to avoid in the draw, but having been pitted against a very good Portuguese side, Liverpool controlled the match throughout. A brave header from every blind girl’s pin-up hunk Dirk Kuyt gave Liverpool a deserved lead.



Kopites rubbed their eyes six minutes later as what can only be described as Lucas Leiva effortlessly rounded Julio Cesar to double Liverpool’s advantage. The second half however was all about one man: Fernando Torres. He finished off a move that began in the arms of Pepe Reina and featured the majestic Mascherano, the brilliant Benayoun and the Klipspringer Kuyt. Five passes from goal to goal. A subsequent Cardozo freekick threatened to alter the complexion of the tie but Torres’s second goal twelve minutes later rendered the Paraguayan’s effort consolatory, ensuring Liverpool’s passage to the semi-final in the process. Liverpool will now travel to the Vicente Calderon where Torres will face his boyhood heroes in the Spanish capital. It was not the Madrid fixture we dreamt of, but overcoming Athletico would secure a third European final in Benitez’s sixth season as Liverpool manager. Going one step further and beating probable opponents Hamburg in their own ground would make Liverpool the most successful UEFA Cup (sic) team in history. Domestic failures cannot be dismissed with this prospect, but it does at least demand a reframed perspective. Unfazed, Benitez walks on.

Time Running Out For Injured Korean Stars

South Africa.
The seasons are changing in South Africa. The summer weather is coming to an end and the beaches of Durban and Cape Town are no longer as busy as they were. Fall has arrived and soon, winter will come to bring pleasant days but cold nights to cities such as Johannesburg. In 2010 however, winter means one thing in South Africa – the World Cup.

That tournament looms large on the horizon of Yeom Ki-hun.The Suwon attacker hasn’t yet played a game for his new club since arriving in Gyeonggi Province from Ulsan Horang-I in the off-season. The likeable 27 year-old is battling through an annual problem – injury. He needs to start playing very soon if he is to take one of the 23 seats on the plane that leaves Incheon International Airport in late May.

Yeom, who still bears the scars from a serious automobile accident in 2006, rarely plays a full season. A series of physical problems have blighted his career and prevented him, perhaps, from becoming the star he could have been. The latest setback came in February when he fractured a bone in his foot during training with the national team at the East Asian Championships.

It was a cruel blow for the player and the former Ulsan star, who has played 30 times for the Taeguk Warriors, is keen to get back on the pitch to show what he can do. “I haven’t given up on going to the World Cup. The operation went well and at the moment, I am feeling good,” Yeom told local media in March.

“My recovery is coming on leaps and bounds,” he added. “My strong points are such things as taking free-kicks, crossing and shooting. If I show that I am at my best, opportunities should come my way."

Yeom expects to be back around the middle of this month and that is looking a little optimistic and is cutting it fine. Assuming he does return on schedule, and with this versatile attacker you can never be sure, it doesn’t give him much time to get himself back to match fitness and build his stamina.

National team coach Huh Jung-moo has an exhibition match in Seoul against Ecuador planned on May 16 – the only game in the Land of the Morning Calm before the big event – and the selected stars will get together on May 9. If Yeom is not in that roster then it all will be too late.

The same applies to Seol Ki-hyeon, another winger who can play on either side or even in the middle. The former English Premier League star left Fulham in the winter to come and play for Pohang Steelers. At the age of 31, he had never played in the K-League in his career and he still hasn’t. A knee injury that didn’t seem to serious at first has dragged on.

At almost every press conference early in the season, Pohang boss Waldemar Lemos told reporters that the player was almost ready but then in late March, it was revealed that ‘The Sniper’ has gone under the knife. It wasn’t a big operation so Seol could be back this month but if he wants to go the World Cup, (and who doesn’t?) he needs to be back, fit and playing well as soon as possible.

In truth it doesn’t look good for either, especially Seol, but at least they will be in good company with the likes of David Beckham of England and Spain’s Cesc Fabregas also likely to be watching the tournament from the sidelines.

Copyright: John Duerden & Soccerphile.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010

2010 World Cup Training Facilities

2010 World Cup Training Facilities.
Western Cape

Newlands Rugby Ground
UWC Soccer Field
Stellenbosch Rugby Ground
UCT Rugby Ground
Bellville Rugby Ground
Athlone Stadium

Johannesburg

Orlando Stadium
Dobsonville Stadium
Rand Stadium
Cecil Payne Stadium
Rabie Ridge Stadium
Ruimsig Stadium

Durban

SJ Smith Stadium
Chatsworth Stadium
Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
King Zwelithini Stadium
Princess Magogo Stadium

Other regions

To Be Confirmed

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2010 World Cup Base Camps

2010 World Cup Base Camps.
Johannesburg

Bafana Bafana - Southern Sun Grayston Hotel and will train at Sandown High School
Honduras (Indaba Hotel Fourways)
Mexico (Thaba ya Batswana)
Netherlands (Hilton Sandton),
North Korea (Protea Hotel Midrand)
Serbia (Sunnyside Park Hotel)
Slovenia (Hyde Park Southern Sun)
Australia (Kloofzicht Lodge near Muldersdrift)
New Zealand (Serengeti Estate near OR Tambo)
Switzerland (Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark)

Pretoria

Argentina (High Performance Centre)
Germany (Velmore Hotel in Centurion)
Italy (Leriba Lodge outside Pretoria)
Slovakia (Villas Luxury Suite Hotel)
United States (Irene Country Lodge)

KwaZulu Natal

Algeria (Monduzur in San Lameer)
Cameroon (Oyster Box in Umhlanga)
Greece (Beverly Hills Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks)
Ivory Coast (Riverside Hotel)
Nigeria (Hampshire in Durban),
Paraguay (Woodridge Country Estate in the Midlands)
Portugal (Valley Lodge in Hillcrest)

Western Cape

Brazil (Fairway in Cape Town)
Denmark (Simola Hotel Country Club in Knysna)
France (Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna)
Japan (Fancourt Hotel and Country Club outside George)

North West

England (Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg)
Spain (North West University campus in Potchefstroom)
South Korea (Hunters Rest Hotel in Rustenburg)

Mpumalanga

Chile (Ingwenyama Conference Centre)

Eastern Cape

Ghana (Rhoode Valley)

Northern Cape

Uruguay (Protea Hotel Kimberley)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fan Parks in the Western Cape Area

Fan Parks are situated in central areas in the venue cities so that the general public can watch all the games. Entrance to the Fan Parks is free and it is expected that these Fan Parks will attract a lot of visitors.

In Germany 2006 one Fan Park attracted 500,000 spectators to watch one game. To avoid large transport infrastructure expense, training venues will also double as public viewing sites.

Fan Parks in the Western Cape

The Grand Parade, Somerset West Road
Stellenbosch, Bellville Velodrome
Swartklip, Atlantis
Khayelitsha, Nomzamo Yethu (Hout Bay)

Training Facilities in the Western Cape

Newlands Rugby Ground, UCT Rugby Ground
UWC Soccer Field, Bellville Rugby Ground
Stellenbosch Rugby Ground, Athlone Stadium

Fan Fest 2006

J. League Results 3-4 April 2010

J. League Results 3-4 April 2010.
Sunday 4 April

Jubilo Iwata 4 Gamba Osaka 3
Kawasaki Frontale 2 FC Tokyo 1
Vegalta Sendai 2 Kashima Antlers 1

Saturday 3 April

Albirex Niigata 0 Omiya Ardija 0
Cerezo Osaka 3 Kyoto Sanga 1
Montedio Yamagata 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0
Nagoya Grampus 2 Vissel Kobe 0
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Can Argentina Win The World Cup?


It is perhaps one of the most intriguing stories of a World Cup with many intriguing stories. Steered by the unsteady hand of Diego Maradonna, Argentina qualified for the finals by the skin of their teeth but boast some world class players that make them genuine contenders in South Africa this summer.

Can Argentina Win The World Cup?


Few men have won the World Cup as player and coach - Maradonna's legend is already secure but lifting the Jules Rimet trophy again would bring true god-like status among his people.

It is amazing that in spite of his many previous transgressions he is national coach at all. A chaotic qualifying campaign did little to enhance his coaching reputation and he loses friends at an alarming rate. Still he is there though and in Lionel Messi he has the one player who could emulate Maradonna's own feat at Mexico 86 - single handedly inspiring his country to become World Champions.

There's a snag though - Maradonna has yet to find the right role for Messi and has struggled to get the best from his best player. Messi's domestic form for Barcelona is rarely transferred to the international team and Maradonna must work out this conundrum before the finals begin if his team are to have any chance of lifting the famous trophy.

Finding the right blend has been an wider problem as well - in qualifying 78 players were used with people falling in and out of favour by the game. They lost 6-1 to Bolivia early in the campaign and eventually qualified in fourth place in quite bizarre circumstances.

The final game against Uruguay was a must win for both sides to secure fourth spot. Debutant Mario Bolatti's 84th minute winner was enough to see Argentina home but it was the previous game that saw lady luck smile on La Albiceleste.

An incredible finale to the penultimate match against bottom side Peru saw the Peruvians score in the last minute to make it 1-1 and put Argentina in real peril. Then in biblical storms, Martin Palermo scored an offside looking 93rd minute winner to send the home crowd into frenzy. Unbelievably, straight from the kick off, Peru player, Juan Vargas, launched the ball at goal and forced the home keeper to tip it onto the bar. Argentina were seconds, a flag, or a glove away from total disaster.

The latter stages of a World Cup generally sees the usual suspects battling it out for the big prize. How many times have an average German team made the final? Aside from Messi, Argentina can boast the likes of Carlos Tevez (currently inspiring Manchester City to Champions League qualification), Gonzalo Higuain (locked in a goalscoring battle with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid), Diego Millito (firing the goals for Inter Milan), and a rejuvenated Juan Sebastian Veron providing the ammunition for this potent strike force.

And then of course there is Sergio Aguero - Maradonna's son-in-law and heir apparent to Messi and perhaps Maradonna himself. Aguero is a player of real talent and every world cup sees the emergence of a new world star - Aguero could be the one this time around.

Their weakness is in defence but with the protection of Javier Mascherano sat in front (potentially alongside Esteban Cambiasso) the leaks can be plugged, providing a solid and uncompromising platform for their exciting forwards to wreak havoc.

The bookies have Argentina as fourth favourites and really they could be anything under Maradonna. This is what makes the story so appealing and it will be fascinating to watch in what promises to be just one of many sub plots in South Africa this summer.

BruiseLee

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sporting predictions by Chris Clegg

April 3-4, 2010

Hope you all got on last time out? Below was the five-way wager of the weekend:

Sunderland to beat Brum @ Evs; Spurs to win at Stoke @ 21/20; Pompey to hump Hull @ Evs; Arsenal to beat West Ham @ 1/5 and Wigan to beat Burnley @ 7/10. The five-wayer pays over £160 for a tenner.

Stick with me, punters, next time this year we'll be millionaires!!! Or is it this time, next year? Either way, have a butchers at this week's...

All Square at Old Trafford?

What an early kick-off we have in store on Saturday at Old Trafford as Carlo's lot visit from London. Of course, this would have been the battle of the sharp-shooters had the Roondog not hurt his ankle in Tuesday's fight with zee Germans. Luckily for England fans, he should be back for the summer's world war. The Drogdog will be playing though, despite the fact that Chelsea really didn't need him last time out in their demolition of JLS (Aston) Villa. As the booookies predict, this one will be close, closer than close. The draw is 21/10 and I think it's nailed on.


Black Coffee serving at the Emirates

Down at The Emirates, Arsenal entertain the Wolves, without Cesc Fabregas it would appear. Arsenal without Cesc are like coffee without sugar - it just doesn't taste right but you drink it if you have to. Arsenal won't taste very good without their sweet star which is a shame as they also lost their milk earlier in the season. Had van Persie and Fabregas been fit throughout the season, the coffee would have gone down a treat and Arsenal may have just been topping the table. So it's a strong black at the Emirates which will be suffice to tame the Wolves. Home win @ 1/6 methinks.

Everybody in love?

Up at the Reebok, JLS will be performing as Aston visits the Wanderers. Villa will want to bounce back from their heavy defeat last week but if Bolton put their Marigolds on, JLS will struggle to Beat Bolton Again. Put your hands up if you're backing another draw at 9/4? The home win is also tempting at 2/1.

Inconsistent Pompey

Down on the south coast, Pompey entertain , well they play against, Blackburn. Away from home, Rovers are about as consistent as my nan's custard and may just serve up Pompey's seventh win of the season. Home win here. 21/10 is very generous.


Take a nap at the Britannia

At the Britannia, Stoke could jump above Blackburn into the top ten if they see off Hull. Sorry, when they see off Hull. This is the nap of the day – well, if you watch it you'll fall asleep. Boring home win at the Potteries (4/5).

Share and Share alike at the Stadium of Light

Up in the North East, Sunderland play host to Spurs and Tottenham can cement their 4 th Champion's league position with a victory. Having said that, the Black cats have sharpened their claws recently and Bent, Darren, has found his footing once again. So many close encounters this weekend and this one will be no different. Share of the spoils between Bruce and Harry (23/10). Sunderland are 5/2 if you're tempted by a home win?

Moor Shocks on the Turf

Last but not least on Saturday, Moor football in Burnley as Manchester City are visiting. The home win is very tempting at 4/1 and Burnley fans will be piling in. City are horrendous value at 7/10. The result of this one will depend on which Manchester will turn up. Like my nan's gravy, City are not as smooth as they should be. A loss on Saturday could see City 5 points off the sacred Champion's league positions come Saturday evening. A win for Burnley could bring them level on points with safety and "I've got a feeling (wooooohoooooo!!!)" that Saturday night will be a good night in Burnley as the 4/1 shot romps home. City will be crocked and shocked: Europa league for the Blues?

The Wicked Witch of West Ham

On Sunday, the not-so-happy Hammers travel up to Merseyside to face the Toffeemen. It has been a very sticky time for Zola of late and events at Upton Park are backing up the assertion that not all world-class players can become successful managers – Alan Shearer can vouch for that. Zola was a wizard on the pitch but is fast becoming the wicked witch of Wham. Many managers are waiting in the wings, claiming “I'm your man” to takeover the Claret-reins. Whoever it may be might just be a step closer on Saturday as Moyes' men inflict more misery on the Witches of East Ham. (2/5 the Toffees)

Super Sunday

Fulham Fairies flourish

The Wiganers are cottaging on Sunday, Craven thereof. Wigan are thirty goals worse-off than their London counterparts and this will show as Bobby Z and co go to town on their Northern rivals. It's not often Northerners lose out to Southern fairies, alas this will be one of those days. Big win for Fulham. Get on at Evens.

A Blue visit for the Reds

The last premiership game of the weekend is at St. Andrews and the Blues are handily priced at 19/5 to beat Liverpool. The Reds are a bit like my nan's cheese sauce: sometimes they look and taste great; other times they are a disgrace, make you feel sick and should never be allowed to be put out on the table...sorry, pitch. Still, regardless of how bad the cheese sauce is, nan's fans accept it and never tell her how bad it is, which makes the neutrals gob smacked! Rafa guaranteed fourth place a few weeks ago; Liverpool are now 4 points off the position and have played a game more than the team currently sitting there - Spurs. They'll have played another on Saturday and won't be any closer as another long shot comes in. Get on the home win at 19/5 to continue Brum's amazing campaign: they have only lost two games at home through the entire season.

Weekend Wagers

Trebles for Show

Chelsea Liverpool draw (21/10); Sunderland Spurs draw (23/10) and Bolton/Villa draw (9/4). In excess of £300 for a tenner. Oooooooh that's nice.

Doubles for Dough

Burnley to beat Man City (4/1) on Saturday and Birmingham to beat Liverpool (19/5) on Sunday. £240 back for a tenner. Larrrrrrvely.

Chris Clegg

Dark days ahead for fallen giants Júbilo


When Júbilo Iwata won the last of their J. League titles in 2002, several of their biggest names were pushing the wrong side of thirty.

34-year-old striker Masashi Nakayama was joined by veteran midfielders Toshiya Fujita and Hiroshi Nanami in a vastly experienced but rapidly ageing squad, as the elder statesmen of the Shizuoka side maintained a tight grip on the squad.

Júbilo clearly needed an injection of fresh faces if they were were to continue their dominance of Asian football, but rather than see their declining veterans depart, fans instead saw top scorer Naohiro Takahara exit for the German Bundesliga.

Fast forward to 2010 and the club's crippling lack of foresight has had a dramatic knock-on effect. In a land where experience is venerated above all else, Júbilo's failure to renew their playing stocks has seen the club suffer a dramatic fall from grace.

No longer regarded as a powerhouse of Asian football, the one-time continental champions have even been overtaken by Shimizu S-Pulse as the strongest club in the region.

Average attendances have dropped to their lowest point this decade, Júbilo have not won a piece of silverware since 2003 and a new nadir was reached in 2008 when this once-proud club was forced into the relegation/promotion playoff to salvage their top-flight status at the expense of Vegalta Sendai.

Not even the form of striker Ryoichi Maeda has been enough to fire Júbilo out of their slump, after the Japan striker became the first Júbilo player since Takahara to top the goal-scoring charts while blasting home 20 goals for his struggling side last season.

Last weekend just 7,258 fans turned out at
Júbilo's compact Yamaha Stadium to witness the home side lose to Kyoto Sanga on their own turf for the first time in ten attempts, and a similar crowd figure is expected for this weekend's home clash with Gamba Osaka.



No longer the hot ticket in town,
Júbilo have gone from packing out their atmospheric stadium to playing in front of half-empty stands.





They've done so playing some of the most unattractive football around, prompting the likes of midfielder Yoshiaki Ota to simply walk out on the club, while exciting youngster Takuya Matsuura has inexplicably spent more time on the bench than on the pitch.





Things don't look like changing any time soon under the guidance of conservative coach Masaaki Yanagishita - who played for


Júbilo's forerunner Yamaha Motors FC - and the club's highest profile signings this season were cut-price Korean duo Lee Gang-Jin and Park Joo-Ho.






Yanagishita's side are currently anchored to the bottom of the J. League standings, and the Shizuoka outfit desperately need a change of fortune if they are to avoid a relegation dogfight in 2010.

The hardy souls who turn out on Saturday will desperately hope for three points against an out-of-sorts Gamba Osaka.

However, the days of
Júbilo Iwata dominating the J. League are long gone, and with a limited cash flow and a powerful local rival to contend with, there could be dark days ahead for one of the J. League's traditional giants.



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