South Korea may have been brought back down to earth by Argentina on Thursday but a place in the second round is very much a possibility. If Argentina defeat Greece, the team Korea defeated 2-0 in the Group B opener, in Polokwane on Tuesday, then a draw against Nigeria a long way to the south in Durban would be enough.
It is going to be a tense evening but hopefully it will end better than a chilly Thursday afternoon in Soweto when Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain scored three to help Argentina to a 4-1 victory.
World Cup 2010.
Two goals early in the first half and two late in the second gave the South Americans the win. The star of the show was Lionel Messi, the world’s number one player who had a hand in almost everything good that Argentina did. The good news is that Nigeria don’t have such a player.
The bad news is that if, though it seems Togel unlikely, Greece were to defeat Argentina, then even a win may not be enough for the Taeguk Warriors. The late goals conceded negated and then reversed Korea’s goal difference and even Nigeria, after two defeats in two, could finished second with a win over Korea.
Coach Huh Jung-moo will be doing bis best to make sure that doesn’t happen. He has the chance to write his name in the Korean history books by leading the team into last sixteen.
After switching from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 for the Argentina defeat, Huh will likely switch back for Nigeria and Lee Dong-gook is set to make his first start in the tournament after recovering from a hamstring injury. Lee will partner Park Chu-young in attack, replacing the ineffective Yeom Ki-hun.
In 2002, Korea needed just a draw in their final group game against Portugal to move into the second round and did more than that and won 1-0. Four years ago, the team needed to defeat Switzerland but instead lost 2-0. Captain Park Ji-sung is hoping that it doesn’t all come …
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
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 for Keluaran HK
Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5
Shinji Kagawa, Cerezo Osaka 5
Ryang Yong Gi, Vegalta Sendai 4
Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 4
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:
- 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,
- 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 …
Last week South Korea decided to bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. Tonight, attention is focused solely on qualifying for the 2010 version as the national team takes on Iran in Tehran.
100,000 fans (all male – though female Korean fans are allowed with headscarves) will cram into the imposing Azadi Stadium in the Persian capital to watch a big match between two of Asia’s biggest rivals. It will not be a night for the faint-hearted.
It could have been a lot worse however. The Taeguk Warriors take the field in Tehran with seven points from three games so far, two points clear at the top of Group Two in Asian qualification. The top two teams automatically qualify for South Africa.
Iran is in second with five while Saudi Arabia and North Korea, who meet in Pyongyang, have four each. UAE is virtually out of the running with one.
A win for Huh Jung-moo’s men would put them well in control of the group at the halfway stage. As three of those last four games take place in the Land of the Morning Calm, it would be a huge step along the road to 2010. In truth a draw would be more than satisfactory. In three matches in Tehran, Korea has never won. On paper, it is the toughest of the five remaining games.
Iran is a formidable opponent. Javad Nekounam plays for Osasuna in Spain and is one of Asia’s best midfielders – powerful and inspirational. Much has been made in the Keluaran HK Korean media of the fact that ‘Neka’ will be faced by young Seoul star Ki Sung-yung. If Ki – tipped for great things – can hold his own against the Persian Prince on his own turf then it could be a night to remember.
Nekounam believes that older heads than Ki’s will struggle at the Azadi Stadium. Park Ji-sung plays for Manchester United, the champions of England, Europe and the world but his Iranian counterpart believes he may struggle to handle the Azadi atmosphere. …
Consolidating a position at the summit of a league is becoming Liverpool Football Club’s established pattern of behaviour. With Saturday’s victory at Blackburn Rovers ensuring the men from Merseyside remain clear at the top of the Premier League, the next task involved securing first place in group D of the Champions League. This required subjecting PSV Eindhoven, a side who languish in fifth place in the Dutch Eredivision, to their fifth defeat in six European games.
On paper this did not seem particularly likely, when having already qualified for the so-called Super Sixteen round of Europe’s elite football Agen Dominoqq competition, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez unveiled his squad for the final European tie of 2008. The Brazilian Cavalieri replaced the dependable Pepe Reina in goal, with the unfancied Dossena, Leiva and Ngog also taking their place in the starting eleven. But it was the second half substitute appearances of inexperienced trio Stephen Darby, Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing coupled with the inevitable Liverpool victory that illustrated the gulf in class between the two squads. Liverpool could afford the luxury of offering young hopefuls valuable exposure to continental competition at the ‘highest level’, without compromising a result or the position of Liverpool Football Club. In truth however, this was as much an insult to PSV manager Huub Stevens and his squad, as it was to the credit of his opposite number Rafael Benitez.
Despite conceding the opening goal via a corner that never was, Liverpool recovered to level the game before half time. Lazovic’s opener was cancelled out by former Ajax winger Ryan Babel on his return to Holland. The Dutchman has experienced a dip in form in recent weeks, culminating in an ill-advised request for a loan move back to his former club. But having been told in no uncertain terms to forget about a temporary move away from Merseyside, Babel showed glimpses of guile in Eindhoven, heading Liverpool level in timely fashion during first half stoppage time. The second half illustrated more clearly the chasm in class that currently exists between the evening’s contestants. Albert …
As the tournament reaches its last days I felt it was time to reflect on life in Egypt and how much having the knowledge I have now, would have helped me when I first set foot here in Egypt.
Arriving in Cairo you are thrown at the mercy of Pkv the locals who will try out every scam they can think of in order to get you to part with your cash. They will give very little away as they realise the power they have over you, a stranger in a foreign land.
“Welcome to Egypt”. A standard greeting given by any Egyptian looking for your money. Engaging in conversation will see them then ask you your name and where you are from. Don’t be surprised if next time you pass the same area someone else calls out your name and says “Remember me?” the chances are the first person you spoke to has briefed the neighbourhood and now your personal details are no longer protected by the Data Protection Act.
By now I am no longer surprised that when someone wants to show me where I want to go that the route taken is by way of their families papyrus shop which sells quality hand painted pharaonic scenes.
The number of people using these lines, has led me to the conclusion that somewhere in Egypt there is an English language school where these lines are taught. Once they have learnt how to repeat these lines they seem to think that they will then be able to make their fortune out of unsuspecting tourists. As a result they leave the school without finishing the course. This results in a conversation where they repeat the lines they have learnt over and over, whilst you at first think that they may be able to help and may engage in conversation. Which you will soon realise is going nowhere.
Policemen and young children alike will give the game away as they shout, in your wake, “Hallo, money”. Seeing you as a commodity that they want to …
They are inimitable nicknamers, are loved the world over for their seemingly peerless brand of individual brilliance and have, finally, arrived en masse down under.
It’s taken two seasons for the fledgling league to finally wake up to the unique combination of attributes Brazilian footballers of almost any standard can deliver to a new competition.
Like any nationality, Brazilians vary enormously in playing power – but they almost never fail in generating an unrivalled marketing hype and booming interest from the footballing fraternity.
With the A-League’s kick-off less than a fortnight away, season three will be the judge of just how good the dozen or so new South American arrivals are, particularly as the bulk have been awarded just single-year contracts despite champions Melbourne Victory falling foul of such a decision during the close season.
Melbourne’s Fred – full name Helbert Frederico Carreiro da Silva – was undeniably the player-of-the-year last season, only missing out on the league’s official award by virtue of the competition small print which disallows players who’ve served a suspension from being nominated.
But he subsequently switched to the Major Qiu Qiu Online League at the end of last season – after snubbing a three-year contract with the Victory – thanks to the bulging wallets of DC United where he reportedly became the club’s third-highest earner.
The disappointment surrounding the departure of Fred, a cult hero with the Melbourne faithful, was tempered considering his countrymen who arrived in Victoria at the same time – defender Alessandro and striker Claudinho – failed to reach the same playing standard.
But many believe that even if only one-in-three of the new Brazilian recruits make a similarly meteoric impact as Fred this coming season, the league will have taken a definite step forward on all measures.
Particularly, of course, given the marvellous pick-up by Sydney FC of 2002 World Cup winner Juninho, the little magician who originally burst into consciousness during his first Premiership spell with Middlesbrough.
Little needs to be added of Juninho that hasn’t already been said …
During the off-season, a sense of expectation rushed through the veins of fans of twenty-four clubs who make up arguably the most competitive league in the world.
There is no big four in this compelling competition – anyone can win it.
With three of the biggest clubs in England relegated from the mighty Premier League, the new Championship season has an exciting feel to it. North-east giants Newcastle United and local foes Middlesbrough will both hope to mount a promotion rival, as will fierce Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County.
Not surprisingly, it is Newcastle United who have made the best start to the new season, and going into the recent international break they had opened up a two-point gap at the top of the standings.
Big-name stars Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan are still on their books of the ailing giants, and Newcastle followed a promising draw against West Bromwich Albion with a 3-0 thumping of the highly-fancied Reading.
At the other end of the table it has been a disappointing start for Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane, who in pre-season was talking up his team’s chances of earning promotion to the top flight. He will be frustrated by a poor start that saw his side go down 3-1 to Crystal Palace, before being held to a scoreless draw by promoted outfit Leicester City.
Big spenders Nottingham Forest have been busy in the transfer market, signing no less than 11 new players before the start of the new campaign.
Manager Billy Davies has six strikers to call upon, but it’s at the other end that Forest look shaky, and the failure to sign new defenders means that Davies will be forced to rely on the loan market to plug gaps at the back.
Forest have been charged for Nathan Tyson’s Agen Togel goal celebrations in a 3-2 win over fierce local rivals Derby County, with both clubs also fined for failing to control their players in what is one of the Championship’s most heated fixtures.
A short version of Walker’s Word this week covering only the televised fixtures. Charlton Athletic could be even more cut off from the pack by Saturday lunch time while Newcastle could pull away from the drop zone on Sunday afternoon writes David Walker.
Saturday 25 November
Charlton Athletic vs Everton
Even the introduction of new manager Les Reed could not inspire Charlton to victory last weekend as they slumped 2-0 at Reading. They face tough opposition in Everton who themselves have won just two in their last eight league games since beating Liverpool 3-0 back in September. However, Everton keep things tight and have been involved in four 1-0 results in their last four games and will frustrate the rock bottom Premiership club. The Toffees have not won at The Valley since 2001 with the Addicks recording two wins and two draws since but this record could change on Saturday.
1×2: Everton @ 7/5 (Paddy Power)
AH: Everton level ball @ 19/20 (Bet356)
OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 (VCBet)
Bolton Wanderers vs Arsenal
Bolton have been the scourge of Arsenal in recent seasons, beating them twice last season in both the league and FA Cup and also the season before. They have secured 1-1 and 2-2 draws in the campaigns before that with Arsenal not winning at the Toto Sgp Reebok Stadium in the Premiership since 2002. There is some bad blood between the two sides and Arsenal could be in danger of losing further ground on Chelsea and Manchester United this weekend. Despite a fantastic recent home record against the Gunners, the bookmakers are offering fantastic odds on a win for Sam Allardyce’s side.
1×2: Bolton @ 5/2 (Ladbrokes)
AH: Bolton + ½ @ 17/20 (Bet356)
OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13 (VCBet)
Sunday 26 November
Newcastle United vs Portsmouth
The league table could be turned on its head for this contest as Newcastle could pull away from the relegation zone with a win. Portsmouth are flying high in third place at the moment …
Stud slot online poker is one of the several variants of poker that involve dishing out a number of cards with some facing down (cards in the hole) and a couple of others facing up that are dealt in multiple betting rounds. The player that bets first on every round will change from round to round, thus giving each a player a chance. The player who bets first is the one with the best hand of the face up cards for the game being played. A Hole card is the other name for the cards that are being dealt facing down. There are several Togel Hongkong variants of poker, but the two most popular and modern ones played both at home and in casinos are 3 card poker and 7 card poker.
They way a game plays with different betting structures are highly dependant on the number of betting rounds in a game. Games that have a higher number of betting rounds are well suited for fixed limit and spread limits. It’s recommended for a player to place limits for later betting rounds than place on the earlier ones. A Togel Hongkong game in a Nevada casino allows $5 bets for the first two rounds and then $10 bets for the next rounds. The latest craze is placing the highest bet on the last round of the game. In stud poker, the betting rounds are made known after the number of cards for every player has when the betting round starts.
Third card or Third Togel Hongkong Street is the bet that is placed when each player has three cards, while Fifth Street is the bet placed when each player has five cards. The river or the end is the final bet placed irrespective of the number of betting rounds.…
Telah jadi kisah yang begitu mengguncangkan memang sudah berlangsung. Ketika mana momen ini dari sang termasyhur pemain yg di punya oleh team Barcelona, Lionel Messi yg pada ucapkan meraih cidera. Cidera ini yg udah di temukan pada detik dirinya mereguk perkelahian di pucuk pekan yang lalu di mana club bersumber dr Catalan itu menengok ke benteng markas dari Real Betis, Senin pagi buta hari kemarin, (11/11/13). & di haruskan bahwa betul2 menunggu tempo yang panjang untuk mampu memulihkan cidera itu agar bisa baik.test1
Diantaranya yg telah dalam lansirkan dalam media sbobet indonesia, yang sudah keluar dalam hari ini, Selasa (12/11/13). Sungguh jadi judi online sebagai sebuah hari yang begitu apes yang di rasakan pada sang pemain dr Argentina tersebut. Dalam sampaikan sekurang-kurangnya bakal membutuhkan selama enam pekan agar siap memulihkan dari cidera yg di dapatkannya itu. Itu terang menjelma nasib yg nahas di dapatkan si pemilik Ballon d’Or tersebut.
“Laksana dr ungkapan yang telah di katakan terhadap kru medis yang mengklaim kalau Messi hendak melakoni tes utk hari ini. & selesai meraih keterangan apa yang telah di bekapnya detik ini, rupanya dirinya memiliki cidera compang-camping di dalam otot hamstring pada sebelah paha bagian kirinya. Dan telah di perkirakan kalau dirinya menghasilkan jatah agar sehat dalam enam minggu yg akan hadir nanti, ” lansir daripada salah seorang yang berpangkal dari manajemen klub Barcelona.
“Seperti yg telah tersedia di tahap yang baru utk sanggup memulihkan cidera yg di miliki oleh Messi tersebut hendak sanggup di teliti di Barcelona dan di ketika kemudian dirinya bakal dapat melaksanakan petualangan ke suatu kota pada Argentina, Buenos Aires yg merintis pengobatan.
dewa tangkas – Keunggulan Manchester United Tumpas Arsenal
MU stabil menunjukkan semangat mereka untuk laga kandang sendiri Old Trafford ketika menyervis pemuncak klasemen sementara Arsenal. Beraksi lepas tanpa tanggungan legiun David Moyes memang dalam pertandingan itu tidak balik setaraf yg terfavoritkan buat menggondol kemenangan. Keliatan dari statistik pertunjukan Manchester United selama beberapa pertandingan kadang tersebut no thing to lose langsung bertengkar untuk meraih kemenangan.test1
Nampak dari tingkah laku keras Wayne Rooney & kawan-kawan menghasilkan tiga skor kemajuan …