FIFA 2010 World Cup

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There's some wee tournament happening in South Africa from June 11th - July 11th. Something called the World Cup, you may have heard of it :

Official Web Site : FIFA.com - The Official Website of the FIFA World Cup

CBC & Bold (Channel 111 on Shaw) are showing all the games live, streamed online & most have 'encore presentations' : CBC.ca Sports - 2010 FIFA World Cup

Broadcast schedule : Online & Broadcast Schedule - CBC.ca Sports - 2010 FIFA World Cup

Previous Champions :

2006 - Italy
2002 - Brazil
1998 - France
1994 - Brazil
1990 - West Germany

One month to go, let's get the banter started !!! :wa:

Who will win it ?? Who will win the golden boot ?? Who will England lose to in penno's ?? What players will shine ?? Any TTP'ers going ??
 

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Fabio Capello has confirmed his provisional 30-man England squad for the World Cup.

England provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Spurs), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Spurs), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Man City), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Spurs), Adam Johnson (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Spurs), James Milner (Aston Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Spurs), Jermain Defoe (Spurs), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Man utd)
 

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At the risk of turning this into an all England thread :rolleyes: , here are the key dates for the Three Lions :D

May 24th - Friendly : England vs. Mexico
May 30th - Friendly : Japan vs. England
June 1st - Final 23 man squad announced
June 2nd - England fly to South Africa

Come on Engerland !!!!
 

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I think that this is the year that we will see either England or The Netherlands do it.

England (as much as it pains me to say it) look the part, finally with a manager that seems to get the most and more out of his squad.

The Dutch are always dangerous yet always find a way to mess the bed. With Van Bommell back in the fold their midfield looks really strong in defense as well as going forward... They are probably the most talented team, when fit, in the world... I'd hate to have to defend against this:
----------Van Persie/Huntelaar-------------
Van Der Vaart------Sneijder----------Robben
----------De Jong--------Van Bommell------

One of these years they are going to do it, so I might as well keep on predicting they will... :rolleyes:
 

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Italia's 30

Goalkeepers -Gianluigi Buffon Juventus, Morgan de Sanctis Napoli, Federico Marchetti Cagliari, Salvatore Sirigu Palermo

Defenders -
Fabio Cannavaro Juventus, Fabio Grosso Juventus, Giorgio Chiellini Juventus ,Gianluca Zambrotta AC Milan, Domenico Criscito Genoa, Christian Maggio Napoli ,Salvatore Bocchetti Genoa ,Mattia Cassani Palermo ,Leonardi Bonucci Bari

Midfielders
Gennaro Gattuso AC Milan ,Andrea Pirlo AC Milan ,Mauro Camoranesi Juventus ,Daniele De Rossi Roma, Angelo Palombo Sampdoria, Simone Pepe Udinese, Riccardo Montolivo Fiorentina, Claudio Marchisio Juventus ,Antonio Candreva Juventus, Andrea Cossu Cagliari

Forwards
Alberto Gilardino Fiorentina, Vincenzo Iaquinta Juventus ,Antonio Di Natale Udinese ,Fabio Quagliarella Napoli,Giuseppe Rossi Villarreal (ESP) ,Marco Borriello AC Milan
Giampaolo Pazzini Sampdoria
 

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Spain will win this. England (as usual) will implode due to another internal squabble over who else's wife John Terry is doing. Italy will go into another World Cup with too many old guys and not enough new blood and will be out in Round 2, blown out by one of the African teams with way too much pace for the old farts to handle.
 

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Italia's 30

Goalkeepers -Gianluigi Buffon Juventus, Morgan de Sanctis Napoli, Federico Marchetti Cagliari, Salvatore Sirigu Palermo

Defenders -
Fabio Cannavaro Juventus, Fabio Grosso Juventus, Giorgio Chiellini Juventus ,Gianluca Zambrotta AC Milan, Domenico Criscito Genoa, Christian Maggio Napoli ,Salvatore Bocchetti Genoa ,Mattia Cassani Palermo ,Leonardi Bonucci Bari

Midfielders
Gennaro Gattuso AC Milan ,Andrea Pirlo AC Milan ,Mauro Camoranesi Juventus ,Daniele De Rossi Roma, Angelo Palombo Sampdoria, Simone Pepe Udinese, Riccardo Montolivo Fiorentina, Claudio Marchisio Juventus ,Antonio Candreva Juventus, Andrea Cossu Cagliari

Forwards
Alberto Gilardino Fiorentina, Vincenzo Iaquinta Juventus ,Antonio Di Natale Udinese ,Fabio Quagliarella Napoli,Giuseppe Rossi Villarreal (ESP) ,Marco Borriello AC Milan
Giampaolo Pazzini Sampdoria
Would love to see Cassano somewhere in the fold here.
 

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The KNVB Squad
Goalkeepers: Sander Boschker (Twente), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Utrecht).

Defenders: Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart, Germany), Edson Braafheid (Glasgow Celtic, Scotland), John Heitinga (Everton, England), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg, Germany), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Otman Bakkal (PSV Eindhoven), Wout Brama (Twente), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City, England), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax), Orlando Engelaar (PSV Eindhoven), David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan, Italy), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich, Germany), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid, Spain)

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Liverpool, England), Eljero Elia (Hamburg, Germany), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan, Italy), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool, England), Jeremain Lens (AZ Alkmaar), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, Germany), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, England)

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ruud van Nistelrooy was left off the Netherlands' preliminary World Cup roster.

Coach Bert van Marwijk said Tuesday the Hamburg forward was now fit but that a long-term absence had ended his chances.

Van Nistelrooy last played for the Oranje at the 2008 European Championship. Though he wanted to play in South Africa, Van Marwijk said he wasn't at his "normal level" because of a knee injury sustained while playing for Real Madrid.

"I have told him that we have intensely followed him and we have admiration for his desire and efforts to go to the World Cup," Van Marwijk said. "As far as I know, Ruud is fit. But there is insufficient time for him to get to his normal levels after his lengthy knee injury."

There were no major surprises in the 30-man roster, which included Liverpool's Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt, along with John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong and Robin van Persie.

Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder was picked along with Bayern Munich's Mark van Bommel and Arjen Robben. Their teams are in the Champions League final on May 22.

AC Milan veteran Clarence Seedorf said he was expecting a surprise phone call from Van Marwijk but he didn't get one and was left out. AC Milan teammate Klaas Jan Huntelaar was included. From: HERE
 

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Brasil:
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan, Italy), Doni (AS Roma, Italy), Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham, England)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Spain), Juan (AS Roma, Italy), Maicon (Inter Milan, Italy), Michel Bastos (Lyon, France), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Lucio (Inter Milan, Italy), Luisao (Benfica, Portugal), Thiago Silva (AC Milan, Italy)

Midfielders: Elano (Galatasaray, Turkey), Felipe Melo (Juventus, Brazil), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos, Greece), Josue (Wolfsburg, Germany), Julio Baptista (AS Roma, Italy), Kaka (Real Madrid, Spain), Kleberson (Flamengo), Ramires (Benfica, Portugal)

Forwards: Grafite (Wolfsburg, Germany), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla, Spain), Nilmar (Villarreal, Spain), Robinho (Santos)
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SAO PAULO -- Ronaldinho, Adriano and Neymar were left off Brazil's 23-player World Cup roster on Tuesday.

Coach Dunga was to announce seven others later Tuesday, completing the team's preliminary 30-man list, which was due to FIFA. The 23-man list doesn't have to be finalized until June 1.

Kaka, Robinho, Maicon and Julio Cesar made the cut, but three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo and veteran left back Roberto Carlos were not selected.

Dunga is sticking to most of the players who helped Brazil win last year's Confederations Cup and finish first in South American World Cup qualifying.

"These players are winners," Dunga said. "There is no doubt that they are prepared to help Brazil reach its goal. They are ready to give their best for the country."

One of the biggest surprises was the absence of Adriano, who had been constantly called up by Dunga in recent matches. But there had been doubts because of recent off-the-field problems that caused him to miss several training sessions with Flamengo.

"We gave Adriano numerous chances," Dunga said. "But it came to a time when we had to make a decision."

Wolfsburg's Grafite was called up to take Adriano's place.

Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos were expected to be left out, but there was still some hope for Ronaldinho. Atwo-time FIFA player of the year, Ronaldinho hadn't been called up for the national team since April 2009, but had been playing well this season with AC Milan.

Brazilian fans and local media had also been pushing for Dunga to summon Santos young sensations Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso, who have been among the top players in Brazil this year.

The 18-year-old forward Neymar has dazzled fans with his speed and ball skills, being called by many as the new Robinho. The 20-year-old Ganso, or Goose in Portuguese, attracted attention for his maturity and ability as a playmaker. Along with Robinho, they led Santos to more than 100 goals in some 30 matches this year.

"Some players are extremely talented, but we have to test them before taking them to a World Cup," Dunga said. "Maybe they are ready to play in a World Cup now, but maybe they are not."

Kaka is likely to be Brazil's leader in South Africa, commanding a midfield which also could have World Cup veteran Gilberto Silva as a starter, and maybe even Barcelona's Daniel Alves. The defense will be anchored by Juan and Lucio, and the attack will be set up with Luis Fabiano and Robinho.

Just three of the 20 are based in Brazil: Gilberto, Kleberson and Robinho.
 

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Spain's 30

• Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David De Gea (Atletico de Madrid), Diego Lopez (Villareal), Pepe Reina (Liverpool, England), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

• Defenders: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Osasuna), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

• Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, England), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javier Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), David Silva (Valencia), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)

• Forwards: Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Daniel Guiza (Fenerbache, Turkey), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Liverpool, England), David Villa (Valencia).
 

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This World Cup is being played in the middle of the South African winter - mild by Canadaian and most Euro standards - but still I think a highly relevant factor.

It's why I'm liking England's chances more and more. Especially if it rains.
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Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. So it's a good idea to bring warm clothes.

The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.

The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.

The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.
 

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Zee Germans have some notables MIA... (Thomas Hitzlsperger, Torsten Frings, Kevin Kuranyi, Adler and Rolfes are hurt)

Goalkeepers: Hans-Jorg Butt, Manuel Neuer, Tim Wiese

Defenders: Per Mertesacker, Heiko Westermann, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Andrea Beck, Arne Friedrich, Serdar Tasci, Marcell Jansen, Holger Badstuber, Dennis Aogo.

Midfielders: Michael Ballack, Sami Khedira, Piotr Trochowski, Marko Marin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Christian Trasch, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos.

Forwards: Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Stefan Kiessling, Cacau, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez.
 

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This World Cup is being played in the middle of the South African winter - mild by Canadaian and most Euro standards - but still I think a highly relevant factor.

It's why I'm liking England's chances more and more. Especially if it rains.
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Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. So it's a good idea to bring warm clothes.

The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.

The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.

The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.
Thanks Phil Reimer... :rolleyes:
 

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I didn't type that right, as I read it I see how it looks now...

Not on the team are Hitzlsperger, Frings, and Kuranyi... (all were left off for various reasons in favor of younger guys having great seasons)

Adler and Rolfes would have been on the team, but are hurt.
 
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