Posts Tagged ‘SOUTH AFRICA’

SOCCER ON THE BOX: US WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE

June 29, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: US WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE

RE-AIRS

ESPN Classic will re-air all 64 matches between 6pm and midnight ET and ESPN and ESPN2 will air the best match of the day on select evenings. Spanish-language Univision family of Networks will re-air matches on Telefutura and Galavision in the evening.

ONLINE /MOBILE OPTIONS

ONLINE: All matches will be available online by ABC/ESPN at ESPN3 and by Univision at futbol.univision.com.

MOBILE: Most matches will be available on ESPN Mobile TV on many mobile carriers.

2010 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE (US)

Schedule by Date

All Listed Times are KICKOFF TIMES

All Times are Eastern

QUARTERFINALS

Friday, July 2

10:00am ESPN – Netherlands v Brazil (Match 57) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

2:30pm ESPN – Uruguay v Ghana (Match 58) Soccer City Stadium

Saturday July 3

10:00am ABC – Argentina v Germany (Match 59) Cape Town Stadium

2:30pm ABC – Paraguay v Spain (Match 60) Ellis Park

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JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

June 24, 2010

JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

FRENCH PRESIDENT TO INVESTIGATE L’IMPLOSION
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a government meeting on Wednesday to get to the bottom of the implosion of the national team and their disgrace at the World Cup.

“The President wants any decisions to be taken calmly and without haste,” a government spokesman told the press. “Knowing the interest he has in football, you can imagine that he isn’t indifferent to what happened.”

Sarkozy is scheduled to hear striker Thierry Henry’s side on Thursday, as the government investigation begins.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade will join the president to discuss the events that took place in South Africa.

“Those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation,” Bachelot told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday.

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FIFA WORLD CUP – EXTRA TIME, PENALTY KICKS AND TIE-BREAKING RULES

June 22, 2010

FIFA WORLD CUP TIE-BREAKING RULES

If two teams are tied after 90 minutes

If a match is tied after 90 minutes of play…

Extra Time

  • Two 15-minute periods is are played with a five minute half time played between each.
  • If the teams are still tied after the 30 extra minutes the match will be decided by penalty kicks.

Penalty Kicks

  • The winning team is the team that has the most converted Penalty Kicks after 5 attempts.
  • If the teams have the same number of converted Penalties after 5 attempts, the the teams will continue taking one penalty each until one team wins.

NOTE: There is no ‘Sudden Death’ or ‘Golden Goal’ or ‘Silver Goal’ in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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WORLD CUP INJURY UPDATE – JUNE 15

June 15, 2010

WORLD CUP INJURY UPDATE – JUNE 15

DROGBA AWAITS FIFA DECISION

Didier Drogba, and the rest of the world, will be awaiting a ruling by FIFA Tuesday morning to decide if the Ivory Coast striker will be allowed to sport a protective cast in the Elephants Group G opener.

“There has been a Fifa meeting – we will know later.” Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said on Monday.

This is yet another complication in the roller-coaster story of Drogba’s World Cup. Suffering a broken arm in a friendly tune-up just days prior to the World Cup, initial reports had the Chelsea striker out of the World Cup. There followed talk of an emergency surgery procedure that could see Drogba (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

June 14, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

PUGET SOUND-OFF – JUNE 14

June 14, 2010

PUGET SOUND-OFF – JUNE 14

Our man in the Pacific Northwest gives us his occasional opinions on the football world. Today’s take is on the World Cup, four days in…

PUGET SOUND-OFF – THE WORLD CUP, SO FAR…

Mike Mulvihill

Here’s my take on the World Cup, so far –

·         Still getting used to waking up at 4:30 – now going to bed at 9:30 to see if that makes it easier.

·         Seen most of all games…even watching at work via this web site… http://www.channelsurfing.net

·         Just an opinion but the ESPN radio crew is really good. SHEP Messing is very loud like he’s got the mic halfway down his throat but the play by play man is really good (can’t find his name)

Opinions So Far:

o   Group A: France sux, Uruguay could/should have won. Would have loved SA to beat Mexico and (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP – INJURY UPDATE JUNE 14

June 14, 2010


2010 WORLD CUP – INJURY UPDATE JUNE 14

LEDLEY KING RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP

Ledley King’s World Cup appears to be over after the England Center back injured his groin during Saturday’s draw with the United States.

The England medical team is continuing to monitor the Tottenham defender and England manager Fabio Capello’s initial comments that King’s injury would only prevent him from missing Friday’s Group C encounter with Algeria, now seem optimistic.

Capello, already dealing with the loss of Rio Ferdinand to an injury sustained in training, will be concerned about his backline’s attrition, with only Jamie Carragher, Michael Dawson and Matthew Upson remaining in his squad to partner John Terry in the heart of his defense.

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2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

England – Champions (1966)

United States – 3rd (1950)

UNITED STATES

The United States, like South Korea, Japan and Mexico are teams that are better than most in the World except maybe the top 15. The States have a solid starting XI and good subs, and even have a bit of a style and tactical acumen. None of these attributes, as any longtime fan of the United States will tell you, were present 20 years ago.

The States even have gifted individual talent in the wonderful vision of Landon Donovan, the grit of Clint Dempsey, the sheer power and finesse of Jozy Altidore and the raw speed that is present amongst so many of the forwards in the US side.

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2010 WORLD CUP: SOUTH KOREA v GREECE – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: SOUTH KOREA v GREECE – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

South Korea – 3rd (2002)

Greece – Group Stage (1994)

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea had a miracle run at the 2002 World Cup, as hosts. The general opinion that South Korea had arrived on the International scene as a power, were roundly dismissed after a poor performance in Germany four years ago.

The difference this year might be the number of players with European league experience.

Manchester United midfielder and team captain Park Ji-sung. Bolton Wanderers midfielder Lee Chung-Yong as well as Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yong have all put (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP: FRANCE v URUGUAY – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: FRANCE v URUGUAY – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS:

France: 1 – 1998

Uruguay: 2 – 1930, 1950

FRANCE

France was the first team to ever hold both the World Cup (1998) and European Championships (2000) at the same time. That French team defined a generation, but this France team is not THAT French team. This is not even the same team that made it all the way to the 2006 Final, only to be beaten on penalty’s by Italy, though some of the names are still there.

Thierry Henry, once one of the most loved and feared strikers in the world, is now 32, and though he is the (more…)

JUNE 11 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 11, 2010

JUNE 11 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

‘NO NERVES’ FOR SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena said his team would have no nerves when they walk out in front of an expectant 85,000-strong home crowd at the Soccer City stadium for their World Cup opener against Mexico on Friday, in one of the biggest matches in the nations history.

“We are looking forward to the game,” said Mokoena. “It’s going to be important that we go out relaxed, but of course not too relaxed, and enjoy it.”

Mokoena, who recently became the first South African to earn 100 caps, thinks the team will live in the moment and not feel the pressure of expectation.

“It’s about us, it’s about what we want and about making our country proud. The moment of truth has arrived.”

DROGBA RETURNS TO PRACTICE

Didier Drogba has returned to training just days after surgery on a broken arm and (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP : INJURY UPDATE

June 10, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP : INJURY UPDATE

Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta is a doubt for Spain’s opener next Wednesday against Switzerland after a scan on his right thigh

Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda is holding out until the day before his team’s World Cup opener against Chile next Wednesday before deciding whether David Suazo and Wilson Palacios will play due to minor muscle injuries.

United States striker Jozy Altidore (ankle) will be fit to face England in Saturday’s Group C opener in Rustenburg

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill’s neck strain will not prevent him from starting on Sunday against Germany in Group D

Brazil Manager Dunga is confident goalkeeper Julio Cesar will have recovered from the lumbar strain during last Wednesday’s warm-up triumph over Zimbabwe, and be fit in time for the 5-time champions World Cup opener with North Korea

New Zealand captain Ryan Neilsen sat out the warm-up against Chile yesterday with an ear infection but was expected to be ready for their first Group F game against Slovakia on Tuesday

Swiss captain Alexander Frei sprained his ankle in the team’s final training session in Zurich yesterday and is status is still in doubt ahead of next weeks Group H opener against tournament favorites Spain.

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 10 : INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 10, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 10 : INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

GLAZER DEBT CRISIS DEEPENS

The Glazer family, owners of Manchester United have fallen in to debt to the tune of $1.6 Billion, according to the BBC. This figure is $570 million more than was previously been reported.

According to the BBC report, the Glazers, who took over United in a $1.4 Billion leveraged buyout, have mortgaged their shopping mall empire in the United States to come up with the $570 million. This is in addition to the $1 Billion in debt tied to United and the $95 million the family owe in debts tied to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Glazers have repeatedly said the will not sell the club which has a value of $1.8 Billion according to Forbes magazine, making United the most valuable football club in the world.

TICKET SALES TARGET 98 PERCENT FOR WORLD CUP

Organizers of the 2010 World Cup have released figures that indicate that ticket sales have passed 97% of the (more…)

JUNE 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 8, 2010

JUNE 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURED STARS DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
There may be good news for some of the high profile players at the 2010 World Cup who were injured over the weekend and some may even be able to play in the tournament.

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben is planning to travel to South Africa in hopes of joining his Dutch teammates. The Bayern Munich star has a small tear in his left hamstring but is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in South Africa.

Speaking after his first session, Robben told reporters “It is impossible to say whether that (a return) will only be about four days or a week away. It was tedious exercises. But we will do everything to
get fit. I’m very hopeful.”

Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has undergone successful surgery on his broken arm and was due to link up with his Ivory Coast teammates yesterday.
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SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 7, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURIES PLAGUE WORLD CUP

It was a black weekend in many World Cup camps as Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Andrea Pirlo were all injured a week before the start of the World Cup.

More than just ‘big names’ some of the players that went down over the weekend were key to their teams success and will not be easily replaced

Ferdinand who was to be captain for England and a staple on the backline, suffered a knee ligament injury in training and will join David Beckham in the VIP box to watch the opening match with the United States June 12. Ferdinand has already been rep[laced in the squad by Michael Dawson.

Arguably the best striker in the world, Ivory Coast’s Drogba dislocated his elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday. Coming off his best season ever, the Chelsea striker was the key element and talisman for the Elephants as they prepared for a tough Group G battle against Brazil, (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: ESPN2 TO OFFER 24 HOUR WORLD CUP PRE-GAME

June 3, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: ESPN2 TO OFFER 24 HOUR WORLD CUP PRE-GAME

ESPN2 will be airing an unprecedented 24 straight hours of World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira.

SCHEDULE FOR ESPN2 24-HOUR PRE-GAME

ALL TIMES EASTERN

Thursday, June 10
10 am 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview
1 pm 2010 U.S. National Team Preview
2 pm 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert
5 pm SportsNation Presented by Toyota
6 pm Outside the Lines: Robben Island – A Greater Goal
6:30 pm E:60 (with in-depth profile of Clint Dempsey)
7 pm Re-air 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview
10 pm MLS Game of the Week (Seattle-DC United)
Friday, June 11
12:30 am Re-air SportsNation Presented by Toyota
1:30 am Re-air 2010 U.S. National Team Preview
2:30 am Homecoming with Rick Reilly: Landon Donovan
3:30 am The 2006 World Cup Film – The Grand Finale
6–9:30 am Mike and Mike in the Morning Presented by Progressive Insurance
9:30–10 am SportsCenter

ESPN ADVERT: 2010 WORLD CUP: GLORY (ENGLAND v UNITED STATES)

June 1, 2010

ESPN ADVERT: 2010 WORLD CUP: GLORY (ENGLAND v UNITED STATES)

JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 1, 2010

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JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JOSE MOURINHO OFFICIALLY BECOMES REAL MADRID BOSS

Jose Mourinho was unveiled Monday as the new manager of super club Real Madrid, becoming the teams ninth manager in 6 years. Needless to say, the ‘Special One’ referred to himself quit a bit in his debut press conference.

“I don’t know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach.” Mourinho said at the press conference. “I love important challenges. I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.

“My attraction to Real Madrid is due to its history, its frustrations in recent years and its expectations to win. It’s a unique club and I believe that not to coach Real leaves a void in a coach’s career. Luckily, I’ve had a beautiful career and it makes me proud to have come here.”

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WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP – US wins send-off, Japan scores every goal in England win, Group C News

May 31, 2010

WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP

UNITED STATES WINS SEND-OFF AGAINST TURKEY

The United States won their final World Cup tune-up on home soil Saturday, coming from behind to beat Turkey in front of 55,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Second half goals by Altidore and Dempsey put the United States on top and capped off a thrilling final 45 minutes for the US, who trailed after Arda Turan put the Turks up in the 27th minute.

Landon Donovan set up both goals in the comeback for the US who hadn’t looked in sync in the first half.

“We’re going to be as good as we want to be,” Donovan said. “And if we play the way we’re capable of (more…)

BRADLEY TO ANNOUNCE 23-MAN US TEAM AT 1PM ET ON ESPN

May 26, 2010

BRADLEY TO ANNOUNCE 23-MAN US TEAM AT 1PM ET ON ESPN

United States National Team coach Bob Bradley will announce his 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup during the 1pm ET SportsCenter on ESPN.

The 23 players that have been named to the roster will be in attendance.

The United States 2010 World Cup team will them resume training at Princeton NJ ahead of Saturday’s match against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA.

The team leaves for South Africa on Sunday and begins training at Irene Country Lodge between Johannesburg and Pretoria at an altitude of 4,000 ft.

The States will take on Australia in it’s final World Cup tune-up on Saturday, June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, South Africa.

Once there, the team will back off on physical prep while getting acclimated to the altitude at its Pretoria base (altitude: 4,000 feet).