Wolves Transfers



Wolves
 


 
In
Jelle Van Damme - Anderlecht (Undisclosed)
Steven Fletcher - Burnley (Undisclosed)
Steven Mouyokolo - Hull  (Undisclosed)
Stephen Hunt - Hull (Undisclosed)

Adlene Guedioura - RSC Charleroi (free)
Michael Mancienne - Chelsea (Loan)
Geoffrey Mujangi Bia - Charleroi (Loan)
Marcus Bent - Birmingham (Loan)


Out
Chris Iwelumo - Burnley (Undisclosed)
George Friend - Doncaster (Free)
Andrew Surman - Norwich (Undisclosed)
Jason Shackell - Barnsley (Undisclosed)
Mark Little - Peterborough (Free)

Sam Vokes - Bristol City (Free)
Daniel Jones - (released)
Chris Iwelumo - Burnley (Undisclosed)
Andy Keogh - Cardiff  (Loan)

 

Wigan Transfers

Wigan
 

 

In
Antolin Alcaraz - Club Brugge (Free)
Mauro Boselli  - Estudiantes  (Undisclosed)
James McArthur - Hamilton (Undisclosed)

Ronnie Stam - FC Twente (Undisclosed)
Ali Al Habsi - Bolton (Loan)
Steven Caldwell - Manchester United (Loan)
Franco Di Santo - Chelsea (Undisclosed)

Out
Tomasz Cywka - Derby (Free)

Jason Koumas - Cardiff City (Loan)
Titus Bramble - Sunderland (£1m)
Mario Melchiot - Umm Salal (free)
Paul Scharner - West Brom (free)
Tomasz Kupisz - (released)
Jason Scotland - Ipswich (Loan)
Fabio Daprela - Brescia (Undisclosed)

West Ham Transfers

West Ham
 
 

 
 

In
Thomas Hitzlsperger - Lazio (Free)
Pablo Barrera - UNAM Pumas (£4m)
Frederic Piquionne - Lyon (Undisclosed) 

Tal Ben Haim - Portsmouth (Loan)
Victor Obinna - Inter Milan (Loan)
Winston Reid - FC Midtjylland (Undisclosed)


Out

Bondz N'Gala - Plymouth (Free)

Matt Fry - Charlton (Loan)
Guillermo Franco - (released)
Ilan - (released)
Josh Payne - (released)
Alessandro Diamanti - Brescia (£1.8m)

West Brom Transfers

West Brom



 

In
Pablo Ibanez - Atletico Madrid (Free)
Steven Reid - Blackburn (Free)
Gabriel Tamas - Auxerre (Undisclosed)
Boaz Myhill - Hull City (£1.5m)
Nickey Shorey - Aston Villa (Undisclosed)
Peter Odemwingie  - Lokomotiv Moscow (Undisclosed)
Somen Tchoyi - Salzburg (Undisclosed)
Marc-Antoine Fortune - Celtic (Undisclosed)
Paul Scharner - Wigan (free)


Out
Luke Daniels - Bristol Rovers (Loan)
Titus Bramble - Sunderland (Undisclosed)

Marcus Haber - St Johnstone (Loan)
Andwele Slory - (released)
Robert Koren - (released)
Filipe Teixeira - (released)
Jonathan Greening - Fulham (Undisclosed)
Borja Valero - Villarreal (Loan)
Joss Labadie - Tranmere (free)
Leon Barnett - Norwich (Loan)
Kayleden Brown - Tranmere (Loan)
Craig Dawson - Rochdale (Loan)

Tottenham Transfers


Tottenham
 



In
Sandro - Internacional (£6m)
William Gallas - unattached (free)
Stipe Pletikosa - Spartak Moscow (Loan)
Rafael van der Vaart - Real Madrid (£8m)



Out
Sam Cox - Barnet (Free)
Lee Butcher - Leyton Orient (Free)

David Button - Plymouth Argyle (Loan)
Oscar Jansson - Northampton Town (Loan)
Adel Taarabt - Queens Park Rangers (Undisclosed)
John Bostock - Hull City (Loan)

Ryan Mason - Doncaster (Loan)
Jon Obika - Crystal Palace (Loan)
Dorian Dervite - Villarreal (Undisclosed)
Andros Townsend - Ipswich (Loan)
Dean Parrett - Plymouth (Loan)
Jimmy Walker - (released)

Sunderland Transfers

Sunderland
 

 

In
Ahmed Al-Muhammadi - ENPPI (Loan)
Titus Bramble - Wigan (Undisclosed/~ £1m)
Marcos Angeleri - Estudiantes (Undisclosed)
Simon Mignolet - Sint Truidense (Undisclosed)
Cristian Riveros - Cruz Azul (Undisclosed)

John Mensah  - Lyon (Loan)
Nedum Onuoha - Manchester City (Loan)
Danny Welbeck - Manchester United (Loan)
Asamoah Gyan - Rennes (£13million)

Out
Lorik Cana - Galatasaray (£5m)
Daryl Murphy - Celtic (£1.5m)
Roy O'Donovan - Coventry (Free)
Jamie Chandler -  Darlington (Free)
Marten Fulop - Ipswich (Undisclosed)
Jean-Yves M'voto - Oldham Athletic (Loan)
Oumare Tounkara - Oldham Athletic (Loan)

Jamie Chandler - Darlington (free)
Nyron Nosworthy - Sheffield United (Loan)
Conor Hourihane - Ipswich (free)
Kenwyne Jones  - Stoke (£8m)
Matt Kilgallon - Middlesbrough (Loan)
Michael Liddle - Leyton Orient (Loan)
Martyn Waghorn - Leicester (£3m)

Stoke City Transfers

Stoke City






 


In
Florent Cuvelier - Portsmouth (Undisclosed)

Carlo Nash - Everton (free)
Kenwyne Jones - Sunderland (£8m)
Jon Walters - Ipswich (£2.75m)
Salif Diao (re-signed)
Eidur Gudjohnsen (pending clearance)
Jermaine Pennant (pending clearance)
Marc Wilson (pending clearance)


Out
Nathaniel Wedderburn - Northampton Town (Free)
Andy Griffin - Reading (Undisclosed)
Diego Arismendi - Barnsley (Loan)
Ibrahima Sonko - Portsmouth (Loan)

Steve Simonsen - Sheffield United (free)
Amdy Faye - (released)
Ibrahima Sonko - Portsmouth (Loan)
James Beattie - Rangers (Undisclosed)
Carl Dickinson - Portsmouth (Loan)
Ben Marshall - Carlisle (Loan)


 

Newcastle United Transfers

Newcastle United



 
In
James Perch - Nottingham Forest (Undisclosed)
Dan Gosling - Everton (Free)
Sol Campbell - Arsenal (Free)

Cheik Tiote - FC Twente (Undisclosed)
Hatem Ben Arfa - Marseille (Loan)
 

Out
Nicky Butt - (released)
Fabrice Pancrate - (released)
Fraser Forster - Celtic (Loan)
Kazenga LuaLua - Brighton (Loan)


Manchester United

Manchester United


 
 

In
Chris Smalling - Fulham (Undisclosed)
Javier Hernandez - C.D. Guadalajara (Undisclosed)

Marnick Vermijl - Standard Liege (Undisclosed)
Bebe - Vitoria Guimaraes (£7m)


Out
Zoran Tosic - CSKA Moscow (Undisclosed)
Ben Foster - Birmingham (Undisclosed)
Tom Heaton - Cardiff (Free)
Ron-Robert Zieler - Hannover (Free)
Matthew James - Preston (Loan)
James Chester - Carlisle United (Loan)
Mame Biram Diouf - Blackburn Rovers (Loan)

Joshua King - Preston North End (Loan)
David Gray - Preston (free)
Danny Welbeck - Sunderland (Loan)
Danny Drinkwater - Cardiff (Loan)
Tom Cleverley - Wigan (Loan)

Manchester City Transfers


Manchester City
 

 



In
David Silva - Valencia (£24m)
Jerome Boateng - Hamburg (£11m)
Aleksandar
Kolarov - Lazio (£16m)
Alex Henshall - Swindon Town (Undisclosed)
Yaya Toure - Barcelona (£24m)

Mario Balotelli - Inter Milan (Undisclosed/~£24m)
Albert Rusnak - Kosice (Undisclosed)
James Milner - Aston Villa (Undisclosed/~
£24m)


Out

Paul Marshall - Walsall (Free)
Martin Petrov - Bolton (Free)
David Ball - Swindon (Loan)
Gunnar Nielsen - Tranmere (Loan)

Adam Clayton - Leeds United (Loan)
Keiran Trippier - Barnsley (Loan)
Andrew Tutte - Rochdale (Loan) 
Valeri Bojinov - Parma (£4.5m)
Benjani Mwaruwari - (released)
Sylvinho - (released)
Robert Mak - Nurnberg (£500,000)
Filip Mentel  -Dundee United (free)
Javier Garrido - Lazio (Undisclosed)
Nedum Onuoha - Sunderland (Loan)
Craig Bellamy - Cardiff (Loan)
Stephen Ireland - Aston Villa (Undisclosed)
Vladimir Weiss - Rangers (Loan)
Andrew Tutte - Rochdale (Loan)

Liverpool Transfers

Liverpool
In
Milan Jovanovic - Standard Liege (Free)
Joe Cole - Chelsea (Free)
Danny Wilson - Rangers (Undisclosed/~
£2m rising upto £5m on clauses)
Fabio Aurelio - Unattached/Liverpool (Free)

Jonjo Shelvey - Charlton  (£1.7m)
Christian Poulsen - Juventus (£4.5m)
Raul Meireles - Porto (£10.5m)
Brad Jones - Middlesbrough, (£2.3m)
Paul Konchesky - Fulham (part exchange)


Out
Robbie Threlfall - Bradford (Free)
David Martin - MK Dons (Free)
Albert Riera - Olympiacos (Undisclosed)
Yossi Benayoun - Chelsea (Undisclosed/
~£5.5-6.5m)
Mikel San Jose - Athletic Bilbao (undisclosed)
James Ellison - Burton (free)
Alberto Aquilani - Juventus (Loan)
Javier Mascherano - Barcelona (£22m)
Krisztian Nemeth - Olympiakos (£1m)
Lauri Dalla Valle, Alex Kacaniklic (undisclosed, both Fulham)
Damien Plessis -
Panathinaikos (undisclosed/~£750k)
El Zhar - POAK (Undisclosed)
Emiliano Insua - Galatasaray (Loan)
Krisztian Nemeth - Olympiakos (£1m)

Fulham Transfers

Fulham


 
In
Philippe Senderos - Arsenal (Free)
Jonathan Greening  - West Brom (Undisclosed)
Moussa Dembele - AZ Alkmaar (Undisclosed)
Rafik Halliche - Benfica (Undisclosed)
Carlos Salcido - PSV Eindhoven (Undisclosed)
Lauri Dalla Valle, Alex Kacaniklic part exchange for Konchesky, both Liverpool.

Out
Elliot Omozusi - Leyton Orient (Free)
Stefan Payne - Gillingham (Free)
Chris Smalling - Manchester United (Undisclosed)

Erik Nevland - Viking (free)
Christopher Buchtmann - Cologne (undisclosed)
Wayne Brown - Bristol Rovers (free)
Toni Kallio - (released)
Andranik Teymourian (released)
Paul Konchesky (undisclosed)

Everton Transfers


Everton



In
Joao Silva - Desportivo Das Aves (Undisclosed)
Magaye Gueye - Strasbourg (Undisclosed)
Jermaine Beckford - Leeds (Free)
Jan Mucha - Legia Warsaw (Free)

Out

John Ruddy - Norwich (Undisclosed)
Dan Gosling - Newcastle (Free)
Lukas Jutkiewicz - Coventry City (Undisclosed)

Carlo Nash (Stoke, free)
Anton Peterlin (Plymouth, free)
Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, pending medical)
 

Chelsea Transfers

Chelsea


In
Yossi Benayoun - Liverpool (Undisclosed)
Tomas Kalas - Sigma Olomouc (£5.2m)

Matej Delac - Inter Zapresic (£2.7m)
Ramires - Benfica (£18.2m)

Out
Tomas Kalas - Sigma Olomouc (Loan)
Miroslav Stoch - Fenerbahce (Undisclosed)
Michael Ballack - Bayer Leverkusen (Free)
Rhys Taylor - Crewe (Loan)
Joe Cole - Liverpool (Free)

Danny Philliskik - Oxford United (Free)
Ryan Bertrand - Nottingham Forest (Loan)
Ben Gordon - Kilmarnock (Loan)
Deco - Fluminense (Free)

Scott Sinclair - Swansea (Loan)
Franco Di Santo - Wigan (Undisclosed) 
Juliano Belletti - Fluminense (free)
Liam Bridcutt  - (released)
Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi - Peterborough, free)
Ricardo Carvalho - Real Madrid (£6.7m)
Michael Mancienne -Wolves (Loan)
Jack Cork - Burnley (Loan)


Bolton Transfers

 Bolton
 

 


In
Martin Petrov - Manchester City (Free)
Robbie Blake - Burnley (Free)

Marcus Alonso - Real Madrid (Undisclosed)
Ivan Klasnic - Nantes (Free) 
Tom Eaves - Oldham (Undisclosed)
Rodrigo Moreno - Benfica (Loan)


Out
Nicky Hunt - Bristol City (Free)
Ricardo Vaz Te - (released)
Zoltan Harsanyi - (released)
Ali Al Habsi  -Wigan (Loan)
Chris Basham  - Blackpool (undisclosed)


Blackpool Transfers


Blackpool
 
 

 
Out
Ben Burgess - Notts County (Free)

Daniel Nardiello (released)
Hameur Bouazza (released)
Al Bangura (released)
Danny Mitchley (released)
Joe Martin (released)
Stephen McPhee (released)


In
Craig Cathcart - Manchester United (Undisclosed)
Ludovic Sylvestre - Mlada Boleslav (Undisclosed)
Elliot Grandin - CSKA Sofia (Undisclosed)
Malaury Martin - Monaco (Free)
Marlon Harewood (Aston Villa, free)
Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa, free)
Luke Varney (Derby, loan)
Chris Basham (Bolton, undisclosed)
Matt Phillips (Wycombe, £325,000)
DJ Campbell (Leicester, undisclosed)

Blackburn Transfers

Blackburn



 
In

Hugo Fernandez - Union Deportivo Cornella (Undisclosed)
Mame Biram Diouf - Manchester United (Loan)
Benjani - Free




Out
Marcus Marshall - Rotherham (Free)
Andrew Haworth - Bury (Free)
Steven Reid - West Brom (Free)
Nick Blackman - Motherwell (Loan)
Zurab Khizanishvili - Reading (Loan)

Birmingham City Transfers

Birmingham City

 

 
In
Ben Foster - Manchester United (Undisclosed)
Nikola Zigic - Valencia (£6m)
Enric Valles - NAC Breda (Free)
Matt Derbyshire - Olympiakos (Loan)

Martin Jiranek - Spartak Moscow (Undisclosed)
Alexander Hleb - Barcelona (Loan)
Jean Beausejour - Club America (Undisclosed)
 

Out
Gary McSheffrey - Coventry (Free)

Jake Jervis - Notts County (Loan)
Robin Shroot - Cheltenham Town (Loan)
Gregory Vignal (released)
Jared Wilson (released) 
Lee Carsley (Coventry, free)
Artur Krysiak (Exeter, free) 
Franck Queudrue (released)
Luke Hubbins (Notts County, loan)
Colin Doyle (Coventry, loan)

Aston Villa Transfers



Aston Villa



In




Stephen Ireland - Manchester City (Undisclosced) 
 

Out
Stephen O'Halloran - Coventry (Free)

Nickey Shorey - West Brom (Undisclosed)
Stephen O’Halloran (Coventry, free)
Andy Marshall (released)
Jack Dyer (Burton, free)
Harry Forrester (Kilmarnock, loan)
Nicky Shorey (West Brom, £1.5million)

Arsenal Transfers

Arsenal

 
 

In
Marouane Chamakh - Bordeaux (Free)
Laurent Koscielny - FC Lorient (Undisclosed)

Kyle ebecilio - Feyenoord (Free)
Sebastian Squillaci - Sevilla (Undisclosed)


Out
Francis Coquelin - Lorient (Loan)
Eduardo - Shakhtar Donetsk (Undisclosed/~
£4.5m)
Luke Ayling - Yeovil (Free)
Philippe Senderos - Fulham (Free)
Sol Campbell - Newcastle (Free)
Sanchez Watt - Leeds (Loan)

Jay Simpson (Hull, undisclosed)
Kyle Bartley (Sheffield United, loan)
Armand Traore (Juventus, loan)

Exclusive : Purslow Interview






Liverpool Managing Director Christian Purslow's interview today in full.

Purslow talks with BBC Radio 5 Live today morning on Liverpool FC's sale update as well as key players from the Liverpool squad  Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano.

At the same time, Purlsow confirms Liverpool have received written bids for Liverpool football club.

Interview :

Premier League : Transfers IV

Tottenham
Out
Sam Cox - Barnet (Free)
Lee Butcher - Leyton Orient (Free)

Premier League : Transfers III

Manchester City
In
David Silva - Valencia (£24m)
Jerome Boateng - Hamburg (£11m)
Aleksandar

Premier League : Transfers II


Bolton

In
Martin Petrov - Manchester City (Free)
Robbie Blake - Burnley (Free)

Premier League : Transfers I


Arsenal

In
Marouane Chamakh - Bordeaux (Free)
Laurent Koscielny - FC Lorient (Undisclosed)

The Netherlands vs. Spain


Date: July 11, 2010.
Time: 0000 IST (1830 GMT)
Venue: Soccer City Stadium, Jo'burg.


Ke Nako ! Yes, it's time for arguably the biggest football game on the planet - the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals! Amidst the controversial Jabulani and the Vuvuzelas, the world has enjoyed 30 days of some world class footballing action. And here we have two nations who will fight it out for football's most treasured prize ! The Netherlands will face Spain in what promises to be one of the greatest finals in years to come.

WC 2010 : Uruguay 2 - 3 Germany







URUGUAY vs GERMANY
Date and Time: 10th July 00:00 (IST)
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

WC 2010 : Germany 0 - 1 Spain



WC 2010 : Uruguay 2 - 3 Netherlands



WC 2010 : Paraguay 0 - 1 Spain





WC 2010 : Argentina 0 - 4 Germany




The Quarters - II




Argentina Argentina v Germany Germany

Date and Time : 3rd July 16:00
Venue : Cape Town

This is the anticipated match of the World Cup uptil now. Both, Germany and Argentina, have played champagne football in their matches to date. Germany has pace and quality in their attack with veteran Miroslav Klose at the front. Rising stars Ozil and Muller have performed brilliantly in this World Cup and were particularly outstanding in the 4-1 demolition of England. Germany have been very organized and lethal in their counter attacks and that will prove very difficult for Argentina to handle. Argentina, on the other hand, have largely been dependent on Messi and Tevez to provide flair in their attacks. It should be noted that even though Messi has still not scored at this World Cup, he has been Argentina's best player in the tournament. That goes to show how well he has performed and has the ability to take Argentina to World Cup glory. Also, speaking on the lighter side of the game, Argentina's coach Diego Maradona is having a ball at this World Cup and is sometimes more entertaining than the matches. This will be the 19th meeting between these two sides. Argentina have won 8, Germany 5, with 5 draws and Argentina scoring 25 goals while Germany with 24. In their last meeting in March 2010, Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a Higuain strike.


FP Prediction:

If Messi plays at his best, then there is no stopping Argentina. With Tevez also supporting him very well and adding bit of his magic too, the Argentinian attack is powerful. Germany have pace in their counter attacks. Ozil, Muller and Klose were lethal against England and they would love to repeat their performances under a Maradona inspired Argentina team. Both teams have shown that their defences are not unbreakable with frailties in each ones defence. So we expect a close contest and the winner likely to be decided on penalties.


Argentina 1-1 Germany




Paraguay Paraguay v Spain Spain

Date and Time : 3th July 20:30
Venue : Johannesburg

Paraguay battle Spain in the last quarter final of the World Cup to face either Germany or Argentina in the semi-finals. Spain, previously have only reached once in the semi-finals of a World Cup. And that year, they finished fourth. While this summer's achievement is the best ever in Paraguay's history. Spain are no longer considered as the 'under-achievers' after their EURO 2008 triumph. They have started to show in recent matches how well they are capable of demolishing opponent defences. With Paraguay having conceded only 1 goal in this World Cup, it will be a nice match-up between these two teams. Fernando Torres still has not scored in the tournament. So, he will be looking to up his level of finishing. This will be the 4th meeting between these 2 sides with Spain winning 1 and 2 draws before. Paraguay are still to win against Spain.


FP Prediction:

Needless to say, Spain are strong favourites for this match. But it would be foolish to dismiss Paraguay who secured a 1-1 draw against world-champions Italy in the group stages. Spain have the edge as they have more quality players in their side. But going by the performance they gave against Portugal, we think they will be in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Paraguay 0 - 2 Spain



The Quarters - I




 The World Cup in South Africa has been quite a journey so far. The 1st knockout round has finished and the deserving teams have qualified for the quarter finals of the tournament. Now is the moment when one bad performance might cost a country their dream, one bad moment, one mistake and its all over.



It seems that Liverpool have finally agreed a deal for Roy Hodgson, the compensation with Fulham which was causing the delay is rumoured to be around £2m. Manuel Pelligrini, Kenny Dalglish, Martin O'Neil, Mark Hughes, Guus Hiddink, Frank Rijkaard, Slaven Bilic, Marcello Lippi were all

WC 2010 : Spain 2 - 1 Chile











Last 16 Knockouts - As It Stands

We run the rule over what could be some of the possible fixtures of the last 16.

Every group has now finished 2 matches and many groups are still left with very very interesting fixtures. Although heavy-weights Argentina, Brazil and Netherlands have already qualified for the knockouts, the future of England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Portugal still remains in balance. Here is the fixture list of the 1st knockout round if the group standings stay as they are.

( Time: GMT )


June 26, 2010

Uruguay v Korea Republic 14:00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

With Uruguay and Mexico both locked at 4 pts while France and South Africa with 1pt each, the teams which will be going through still depends on both the matches. But only a miracle can save France and South Africa now!



Slovenia v Germany 18:30 Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Slovenia just need a draw against England to go through and a win to top the group. Meanwhile, if England and USA both win their respective matches, they both go through eliminating Slovenia.


June 27, 2010

Ghana v USA 14:00 Free State Stadium

Ghana is right now top of their group but they can even not qualify to the knockouts such is the situation in this group. Germany play Ghana while Australia play Serbia. All the teams are in with a shout of qualifying!

*Argentina v Mexico 18:30 Soccer City Stadium

Argentina is sure to top their group. Now, the fight is between Greece and Korea Republic who are with 3 pts each. Nigeria also have a glimmer of hope although they are on 0 pts.


June 28, 2010

*Netherlands v Italy 14:00 Durban Stadium

Netherlands need a point to secure top spot. Japan and Denmark are both locked at 3 pts, Cameroon with 0 pts. Japan play Denmark while netherlands play Cameroon.

*Brazil v Spain 18:30 Ellis Park

Brazil meet Portugal in their last match. Brazil will retain top spot if they do not lose. While Portugal need only a point to ensure progress to the knockouts. Ivory Coast plays Korea DPR in their last match and the Africans have to win to have any hopes of qualifying.


June 29, 2010

Paraguay v Japan 14:00 Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Italy play Slovakia while Paraguay go against New Zealand. Paraguay, with 4 pts, need a win to ensure top spot. Italy(2 pts) will have to win against Slovakia(1 pt) to totally ensure their qualification. New Zealand(2 pts) will also hope to win against Paraguay.


Chile v Portugal 18:30 Cape Town Stadium

Chile has 6 pts but can still be knocked out if results go against them. If Switzerland(3 pts) secure a win against Honduras, then Spain(3 pts) has to beat Chile to have a chance of going through. Things are tight in this group.


* Team has already qualified.

WC 2010 : Portugal 7 - 0 North Korea

Highlights and Goals









WC 2010 : Slovakia 0 - 2 Paraguay





WC 2010 : France 0 - 2 Mexico








WC 2010 : Greece 2 - 1 Nigeria


WC 2010 : Spain 0 - 1 Switzerland





Switzerland : Gelson Fernandes

WC 2010 : Italy 1 - 1 Paraguay





WC 2010 : Netherlands 2 - 0 Denmark





WC 2010 : Brazil 2 - 1 North Korea





WC 2010 : Germany 4 - 0 Australia






WC 2010 : England 1 - 1 USA










WC 2010 : Argentina 1 - 0 Nigeria






WC 2010 : Korea 2 - 0 Greece





WC 2010 : Uruguay 0 - 0 France

WC 2010 : South Africa 1 - 1 Mexico


Highlights And Goals













South Africa - Tshabalala
Mexico - Marquez
The following have been arranged as Fixture Group Local South African time Venue


Group Stage
June 11, 2010

1    South Africa  v  Mexico    A    14:00    Soccer City Stadium
2    Uruguay  v  France    A    18:30    Cape Town Stadium

June 12, 2010

4    South Korea  v  Greece    B    11:30    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
3    Argentina  v  Nigeria    B    14:00    Ellis Park


5    England  v  United States    C    18:30    Royal Bafokeng Stadium

June 13, 2010

6    Algeria  v  Slovenia    C    11:30    Peter Mokaba Stadium


8    Serbia  v  Ghana    D    14:00    Loftus Versfeld Stadium
7    Germany  v  Australia    D    18:30    Durban Stadium

June 14, 2010

9    Netherlands  v  Denmark    E    11:30    Soccer City Stadium
10    Japan  v  Cameroon    E    14:00    Free State Stadium


11    Italy  v  Paraguay    F    18:30    Cape Town Stadium

June 15, 2010

12    New Zealand  v  Slovakia    F    11:30    Royal Bafokeng Stadium


13    Ivory Coast  v  Portugal    G    14:00    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
14    Brazil  v  North Korea    G    18:30    Ellis Park

June 16, 2010

15    Honduras  v  Chile    H    11:30    Mbombela Stadium
16    Spain  v  Switzerland    H    14:00    Durban Stadium


17    South Africa  v  Uruguay    A    18:30    Loftus Versfeld Stadium

June 17, 2010

20    Argentina  v  South Korea    B    11:30    Soccer City Stadium
19    Greece  v  Nigeria    B    14:00    Free State Stadium


18    France  v  Mexico    A    18:30    Peter Mokaba Stadium

June 18, 2010

21    Germany  v  Serbia    D    11:30    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


22    Slovenia  v  United States    C    14:00    Ellis Park
23    England  v  Algeria    C    18:30    Cape Town Stadium

June 19, 2010

25    Netherlands  v  Japan    E    11:30    Durban Stadium
24    Ghana  v  Australia    D    14:00    Royal Bafokeng Stadium
26    Cameroon  v  Denmark    E    18:30    Loftus Versfeld Stadium

June 20, 2010

27    Slovakia  v  Paraguay    F    11:30    Free State Stadium
28    Italy  v  New Zealand    F    14:00    Mbombela Stadium


29    Brazil  v  Ivory Coast    G    18:30    Soccer City Stadium

June 21, 2010

30    Portugal  v  North Korea    G    11:30    Cape Town Stadium


31    Chile  v  Switzerland    H    14:00    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
32    Spain  v  Honduras    H    18:30    Ellis Park

June 22, 2010

33    Mexico  v  Uruguay    A    14:00    Royal Bafokeng Stadium
34    France  v  South Africa    A    14:00    Free State Stadium


35    Nigeria  v  South Korea    B    18:30    Durban Stadium
36    Greece  v  Argentina    B    18:30    Peter Mokaba Stadium

June 23, 2010

37    Slovenia  v  England    C    14:00    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
38    United States  v  Algeria    C    14:00    Loftus Versfeld Stadium    


39    Ghana  v  Germany    D    18:30    Soccer City Stadium
40    Australia  v  Serbia    D    18:30    Mbombela Stadium

June 24, 2010

41    Slovakia  v  Italy    F    14:00    Ellis Park
42    Paraguay  v  New Zealand    F    14:00    Peter Mokaba Stadium


43    Denmark  v  Japan    E    18:30    Royal Bafokeng Stadium
44    Cameroon  v  Netherlands    E    18:30    Cape Town Stadium

June 25, 2010

46    North Korea  v  Ivory Coast    G    14:00    Mbombela Stadium
45    Portugal  v  Brazil    G    14:00    Durban Stadium


48    Switzerland  v  Honduras    H    18:30    Free State Stadium
47    Chile  v  Spain    H    18:30    Loftus Versfeld Stadium



Your Guide to SA 2010 : BRAZIL





FIFA RANKING : 1


It almost goes without saying that Brazil, the five time World Champions, go into every World Cup favoured to add yet another star to the legendary Amarelinha shirt. This year too, bookmakers believe that Brazil are in with a fantastic chance of winning the showpiece event. And frankly speaking, I don't blame the bookies given Brazil's squad quality and rich footballing past.




LAST WORLD CUP JOURNEY


Under manager Carlos Alberto Perreira, the FIFA World Cup 2006 had been very much of a disappointment for fans and players alike after Brazil crashed out in the Quarter finals after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of eventual finalists France. They boasted of a brilliant 11 match unbeaten run since FIFA 1998 which came to an end in the Quarter finals at FIFA World Cup Germany, 2006. The road to the quarter finals was smooth for Brazil and many had already put their bets on Brazil winning the event. But, a solid defensive display from France coupled with fantastic swift attacking led to the downfall of a surprisingly lacklustre Brazil side. The defending champs were undone with a moment of brilliance from Thierry Henry although it was the master Zinedine Zidane who wreck havoc on that day.




THE MANAGER


Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, better known as Dunga, upon taking the job in August 2006, had already experienced the high level of emotions that came with playing for Brazil. The powerful midfielder had skippered Brazil to victory in the FIFA World Cup 1994, USA. A master tactician and with Brazilian football in his blood, Dunga silenced his critics when he won the 2007 Copa America and The FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 alongwith clinching qualification for the 2010 event with 3 match days to spare. The Brazilian has a very talented and spirited team at his disposal and it wouldn't be surprising to see them playing at their best under this Master.






THE SQUAD

Goalkeepers :
Julio Cesar, Gomes, Doni.


Defenders :
Maicon, Juan, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Lucio, Michel Bastos, Luisao, Gilberto Melo.

Midfielders :
Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Josue, Julio Baptista, Elano, Kaka, Ramires, Kleberson.

Forwards :
Luis Fabiano, Nilmar, Robinho, Grafite.



SQUAD STRENGTHS


The Brazilian squad is full of World Class players. The spine of the team is very strong and the players playing around the spine are equally talented. The Brazil squad is a perfect blend of Youth and Experience and they effortlessly can make opponents look helpless. Add to that a master technician in Dunga and you get a complete entertainment package. Brazil is and always will be a massive threat to opposition teams because they have more players capable of producing magic on the pitch. Defensively, Brazil look very miserly whereas their swift passing and flair on the ball make for some attractive attacking play as well.



SQUAD WEAKNESS


Normally you wouldn't relate weaknesses with Brazil but I think this time if there is a chink in the armour then its gotta be their Strike Force. Robinho has been out of form lately whereas Nilmar and Grafite are relatively inexperienced on the World stage. Luis Fabiano, on the other hand was in tremendous goal scoring form during the qualifiers but even he has failed to score in the past 3 matches. Though this is not much of a weakness given Brazil's stock of attacking players, it can be exposed by some tight defending and counter attacking football. To describe their weakness in a line, I would say that if u play football "Mourinho" style, you have got a chance against them..!



MEN TO WATCH


Julio Cesar


This Inter Milan man has shown us during this last season why he is the first choice Brazil keeper. Gifted with a super pair of hands, he has developed excellent reflexes and shot stopping ability. It is in no point down to him that Brazil have been so miserly defensively.




Lucio



Brazil skipper and arguably Inter Milan's best player of the year alongwith Sneijder of course, Lucio has only improved with age. Some might say that age is not on his side but better look before you speak because he has defied all odds and is arguably is one of the best defenders in World football today. Excellent heading ability and his instinct to sense danger have made him one of the most difficult defenders to play against.


Kaka


Completing the Brazilian spine in midfield is 'Kaka'. The Real Madrid player has been plagued by injuries throughout the season but stats show that both Brazil and Real Madrid have won more matches when he plays. Such is the quality and ability of this midfield playmaker cum goalscorer that has made him one of World football's biggest names. Armed with great Vision and craft, he is one of the most influential midfielders that the game has produced.



FP VERDICT


Brazil have been and always will be one of the favourites to win the mega event. This year, we predict them to definitely reach upto the Semi finals of the tournament. Even though they have been placed in a 'Group of Death', I think they have the quality in them to qualify for the knockout rounds and go upto the Semis. From thereon its all about who plays the best football on that day, and Brazil will definitely be a force to reckon with in the latter stages of the tournament.




Your Guide to SA 2010 : Spain




FIFA Ranking : 2

Spain, the current European champions, are the bookies favourites to win the World Cup this time around. After a long wait of 44 years, they led their country to a trophy after a 1-0 win over Germany thereby claiming Euro 2008. Spain have had 12 appearances in the World Cup uptill now - however they've never managed to win one, their best was a 4th place finish in 1950!


Manager

Vicenete Del Bosque was appointed as manager after Luis Aragones led Spain to Euro glory in 2008. The highly rated manager has kept the principles maintained by Aragones. Keeping the squad unity and harmony was of utmost importance and he did the most important job of keeping the Spanish side completely down to earth and professional.


Squad


Goalkeepers
Iker Casillas (c) Víctor Valdés Pepe Reina


Defenders
Sergio Ramos, Joan Capdevila, Álvaro Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Gerard Piqué, Carlos Marchena , Carles Puyol


Midfielders
Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández, Cesc Fàbregas, Juan Manuel Mata, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Javi Martínez, David Silva, Jesús Navas


Forwards
David Villa, Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente, Pedro Rodríguez



Squad Strengths
Cesc Fabregas, on of the best central midfielder currently plying his trade has to sit on the bench - Pepe Reina, could easily be 1st choice keeper for most of top teams - is on the bench. Not only strength in depth, it's the quality that they possess in their reserves which will help them whenever their best 11 are not performing. Then again, a fine margin that separates the the best 11 and the next 11 - Spain's reserves can straight away walk into any other National side. It's this ability to mix and match players of different abilities and tremendous quality that gives the current Spanish side the cutting edge!


Squad Weakness

It was only until Euro 2008 that Spain had the tag of perennial chokers attached to them. Getting that jinx out of the way was one job done, but maintaing momentum is what is always difficult. Spain have a very strong squad, however if they don't click seem lost at times. Their performances at the Confederation cup last year wasn't upto the mark and they were rightly knocked out by USA. It's all about have the confidence to kill and getting the job done which Spain lacks at the moment and despite the silky football they play, sometimes you have to win ugly!



Men To Watch




Iker Cassillas, has been a phenomenon for both club and country. With over 100 caps, the Real Madrid star is the worth candidate leading a phenomenol team. He has to be considered as a very special part of a golden team as he consistently produces some of his match winning saves in front of goal. And to make sure the Spanish team doesn't rely heavily on him, there's Carlos Puyol at the back. Calm and composed, he's responsible for the organised defence and sanity at the back

Yes, Fernando Torres and David Villa make a tremendous strike pair but there's always the engine of the team which makes them such a lethal and attractive proposition. Xavi is often shadowed by the star pair in attack - Stellar in midfield, Xavi has the key to the most stubborn defence by picking the right pass at the right time.




FP Verdict

Spain have never won a World Cup. Despite the strength in debt and the wealth of quality at their disposal, they've never maintained the killer instinct of finishing off games. The team is filled with utmost quality and will play some of the best football - and in the true sense, may have what it takes to go all the way this time around.