Monthly Archives: May 2010

German defender Westermann misses Cup with broken foot

Length of German injury list means coach Low only has to drop one player to finalise squad

Does Joe Cole already know he’s going to South Africa?

With Fabio's announcement imminent, body language experts try to interpret Joe Cole's behaviour

France’s collection of superstars disappoint against minnows

More gloom for France as they struggle to a draw against Tunisia

Which England players did enough vs Japan to go to South Africa?

Fabio has 30 passengers but only 23 tickets - who's going to find themselves "trimmed"?

Domenech stirs the French pot again by snubbing William Gallas

Manager Raymond Domenech determined to prevent harmony from breaking out in French camp

Spain’s plans hit a bump with poor show against Saudi Arabia

"Our preparation is behind schedule", says coach Vicente Del Bosque

Essien ruled out for Ghana while Bougherra declares himself fit

Ghana should limit expectations after midfield general confirmed as injured

England look to shine in final dress rehearsal against Japan

It's Japan in Graz for England as Fabio Capello ponders over his final 23-man World Cup squad

Well-prepared Aussies can upset weakened rivals

Australia can claim shock qualification from Group D, while Nigeria will progress from Group B

Dutch disharmony won’t derail their World Cup challenge

Despite unrest among their leading players, Holland will storm Group E

Cameroon’s potent frontline will put Slovakia to the sword

Samuel Eto'o will prove too hot to handle for the World Cup novices

Favourites Spain to test injured duo against Saudi Arabia

Torres and Fabregas hope to take part as Spain play first game in three months

Gerrard injury scare calls into question captaincy back-up

Who would captain England in the absence of Rio Ferdinand and Liverpool midfielder?

Can South Africa’s momentum carry them to the quarter-finals?

Hosts’ unbeaten run can be the foundation for their march to the last eight

Serbia clash gives New Zealand a chance to show their mettle

Ricki Herbert's rank outsiders face much-fancied Serbs in Austria

Hungary provide test as Löw looks to trim Germany squad by two

Germany need to lose two players and confirm a captain following a series of injuries

Brazil’s late preparations won’t harm World Cup bid

Second favourites Brazil have arranged to play Tanzania just four days before World Cup

Out of practice Algeria face stiff warm-up test in Dublin

Algeria will find ROI a tough prospect tonight, their last game was a loss to Serbia in March

Will Nicola Zigic need room in his closet for a golden shoe?

With the top scorer market as lively and open as the Grand National, why not the giant Serb?

Comeback kings Turkey set to continue USA losing streak

Turkey have won three on the trot while England's first World Cup opponents have lost six out of seven

Goal-shy Swiss have more scoring problems with Strellar injury

Goals are tough to come by at the best of times for the Switzerland who face up to new injury

Spain are in the driving seat for a World Cup clean sheet sweep

Spain are World Cup favourites, but can they go the tournament without conceding a goal?

New FIFA rankings point to potential shock World Cup finalists

Last four World Cups have featured a finalist from outside the top ten of the FIFA rankings

Bradley picks familiar names in final USA World Cup squad

England won't have many unknown faces to contend with when they face USA on June 12th

Hosts South Africa look to make winning Soccer City debut

South Africa should make it 10 games unbeaten against rusty Colombian side

Outsiders Honduras should begin warm-up with a win over Belarus

Belarus rarely win, and Honduras don't do draws, so the World Cup side should win tonight

Van Persie sends timely reminder of his class in World Cup warm-up

Holland's Robin Van Persie scored two crackers in yesterday's 2-1 victory over Mexico

Olsen’s erratic Danes should be wary of Senegal’s sting

Denmark have been hit and miss recently, and tricky Senegal recently beat Greece