North Korea launched its official World Cup song which has already rocketed to the tops of the charts in Pyongyang. A stirring orchestral number, the song praises the hard work and socialist dedication on behalf of the team in reaching only its second World Cup after its heroics at the 1966 tournament in England.
Final US Squad announced
USA.US coach Bob Bradley has gone for safety first in his final 23-man squad for the World Cup Finals.
Mindful perhaps of the way a defensive approach Togel Singapore helped the US almost win the Confederations Cup last summer, the lack of match fitness of AC Milan’s Oguchi Onyewu and recent defeats to the Netherlands and this week, the Czech Republic, Bradley has picked seven defenders and four strikers.G – Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves)
D – Oguchi Onyewu (Milan), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (Start), Jonathan Spector (West Ham), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
M – Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Ricardo Clark (Eintract Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Stuart Holden (Bolton), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
F – Josmer Altidore (Hull), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
In goal the US look sound with three England-based keepers of whom Tim Howard is the confirmed first choice.
The defence has questions over it however, following some inept individual performances this season, although it all came together in South Africa last year when it mattered. FC Dallas’ Heath Pearce, previously first-choice left-back, was left out after he fluffed his last chance following a poor showing against the Czechs on Tuesday.
Midfield has no surprises with DaMarcus Beasley, a mainstay of the team four years ago, completing an unlikely comeback having looked out of the picture a year ago.
Up front, Bradley surprisingly dropped Hawaiian-born target-man Brian Ching, whom Landon Donovan has said is his preferred partner up front, in favour of Real Salt Lake speedster Robbie Findley. Fulham’s Eddie Johnson, who at one point seemed the future of US forwards, also misses out. With Charlie Davies injured, American striking options look thin, with a reliance on support from the attacking midfield talents of Clint Dempsey, Donovan and Bolton’s Stuart Holden, the one intriguing face …
The entire A-League has been handed a weekend’s recess to allow the national team to concentrate on their World Cup qualifying visit to Uzbekistan on September 10, but it turns out only one side will actually be affected by national team coach Pim Verbeek’s call-ups.
After finally being convinced to elongate the regular season to allow byes over FIFA-recognised match dates, Australian football authorities must now wonder why they bothered.
Indeed Gary van Egmond of the Newcastle Jets, the Situs Judi Qq Online Terpercaya reigning A-League champions, will be the only coach pleased with how the build-up to the Socceroos’ qualifier in Tashkent has played out.
In goalkeeper Ante Covic and defender Jade North, Newcastle provided the only two local league representatives in Verbeek’s extended 27-man squad. The seven remaining sides were unaffected.
North, Newcastle’s championship-winning captain, missed the recent friendly against South Africa in London because he was on duty as one of Graham Arnold’s three overage players at the Olympics.
Covic, meanwhile, has been a regular backup for first choice No.1 Mark Schwarzer under Verbeek, although also missed the South African clash at Loftus Road.
Verbeek overlooked Melbourne’s Archie Thompson, most probably because of the ankle injury he returned from the Olympic Games carrying. Thompson hasn’t played in either one of the A-League’s opening rounds during August.
Norway-based left-sided defender Shane Stefanutto won a recall but there was no place for Nicky Carle, the former Newcastle attacking midfielder who joined Crystal Palace from Bristol City during the northern summer.
Uncontracted Mark Milligan, the former Sydney FC midfielder, was also included.
Verbeek made it clear in a teleconference to Australian reporters on Wednesday night that he was preparing for the Tashkent tussle with his eyes wide open.
“Everyone is focusing on Japan as the big team in the group but I know Uzbekistan from before [when he was the South Korea national coach]. They were the first team to qualify for this round, so there is no reason to underestimate them,” said the Dutchman.
Australia have scheduled a warm-up game against Holland after receiving a bye on match day one. Uzbekistan, meanwhile, face Qatar in Doha first up.
Verbeek feels the Uzbek challenge will be as close to playing a European side as Australia will find in the AFC. Despite earlier comments from senior players …
A twenty minute ride from downtown Cologne Dominoqq and I was at the Rhein-Energie stadium (looks like the corporate naming disease has infected Germany too). It is a classic English-style arena but perfectly symmetrical and set amidst rolling green fields.
Inside the ground I got my first sight of next year’s World Cup official refreshments. Oh dear it is true. Crudweiser is the official and only beer on sale. The world’s best selling and worst tasting beer that no self-respecting European would be seen dead preferring to a local brew. As if to shamefully appeal to Germans’ sense of ancestral pride however, the famous Budweiser name is relegated to small letters below the larger name of its German founders Anheuser-Busch. A crushing blow for money against sense. Also, €3 for a small bottle of water guys?
Tunisian fans had turned out in large numbers as expected given their expat strength (most were speaking German) but the ground remained half-empty. The only chant I heard of ‘Argentina’ was raised after their second goal but petered out again quickly.
In the press box I was sat beside 2 journalists from France’s marvellous sports daily l’Equipe, who opined to me that Roger Lemerre, the current Tunisia and former France coach was “just mad”. On my other flank was an Indonesian man who took no notes during the game and post match just posed for photos with the Argentine players, a fan masquerading as a reporter methinks!
It was a surprise to see Franz Beckenbauer on the big screen given Germany were kicking off in Frankfurt later that night but it seemed certain that the yellow helicopter that took off just behind the stadium at half-time was Der Kaiser’s private taxi on the way to his as yet undeclared assault on the UEFA presidency in 2007.
After the game the players had a labyrinthine walk past all the journalists and it was a delight to speak to Zanetti in Italian and discover Gabriel Heinze speaks fluent French.
A quiet start overall but on the train to Frankfurt that night the announcer gave the latest scores from the Conf. Cup and the Women’s Euro 2005 tournament! Imagine that on a Shinkansen.
England 1:2 Czech Republic
Welbeck 76′, Pekhart 89′, Chramosta 94′.
England produced their best performance of the tournament but crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship after conceding two late-late goals in Viborg.
Stuart Pearce’s men appeared to have earned their passage after a Danny Welbeck header with a quarter of an hour to go repaid their Togel Hongkong superiority in the second half, but their defence, of all things, slipped up with 89 minutes on the clock to allow a killer equaliser for the Czech Republic.
As the white shirts pushed up in desperate hope during stoppage time, the Czechs added a breakaway second to confirm a night of misery for England and a remarkable turnaround.
Both teams had made three changes to their previous starting lineups.
For England, the much-criticised Michael Mancienne made way at defensive midfield for the more muscular Fabrice Muamba, while Jack Rodwell and Danny Rose, who both disappointed against Ukraine, were on the bench, replaced by Tom Cleverley and Scott Sinclair in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Welbeck and Dean Sturridge the alternating points of attack.
The Czechs also make three switches in a 4-1-4-1 shape with Jan Moravek and Lukas Marecek in midfield tandem in place of Lukas Vacha and Adam Hlousek, while Libor Kozak replaced Tomas Pekhart at centre-forward.
Both sides had four men on yellow-cards in danger of missing the semi-final, yet both started brightly, knowing only a win would suffice. Tomas Vaclik’s gloves were the first to be dirtied, comfortably palming away a Welbeck effort from a tight angle in the tenth minute.
But the Czechs carved out the first clear chance, when Marecek pulled the trigger from ten yards in the 17th minute, only to see Frankie Fielding’s quick reflexes tip it away from a certain goal. Was luck on England’s side?
Scott Sinclair was forging buccaneering runs up the left flank, careering past Czech defenders, but it was the central Europeans’ darting through the middle which looked more likely to produce a goal.
Finally some interplay from England with a multi-pass move in the 27th minute ending with Tom Cleverley volleying into the side-netting from a Ryan Bertrand cross. Maybe Pearce had read Kierkegaard after all.
Chris Smalling’s exquisite dummy on the half hour mark sent two Czechs chasing shadows, as England appeared to be on the …
Poland started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, utilising Obraniak in the advanced midfield position. Greece on the other hand play a more defensive formation, a 4-5-1 moving to 4-3-3 with the experienced Kostas Katsouranis sitting between the defence and the midfield.
In the opening minutes Poland pressed high up the pitch, forcing errors and long balls that could be easily claimed by the hosting nation’s defence. Once the ball was in Poland’s possession quick breaks would occur, mostly focused down the right flank where Blaszczykowski and Piszczek would run at the defence and cause problems. This is of course the strongest part of Poland’s team; Blaszczykowski , Piszczek and Lewandowski all play club football at Borussia Dortmund and have found success in recent seasons. Although the Greek defence had been successful in the Qualifiers (only conceding 5 goals in all qualifications) speed at which Poland attacked caused problems. The left side of the Greek team; Holebas as full back and Samaras as the left attacking player both were caught out early on; Holebas was frequently further ahead of his defensive partners which allowed Blaszczykowski the space to run into. After a string of attacks made by Poland; Blaszczykowski managed to find Lewandowski with a cross which resulted in the opening goal of the tournament.
Sotiris Ninis, one of Greece’s main attacking outlets was unable to impose himself on the Agen Judi Bola game and gave the ball away easily (pass success rate of 33.3%). When Papastathopoulos was sent off in the first half, Ninis was replaced by Salpingidis who had much more impact on the game; he scored, won a penalty and had a goal disallowed for offside. The formation however stayed roughly the same with a 4-4-1 shape and Katsouranis dropped further back to play as centre back. Within five minutes of the start of the second half, an error between Wasilewski and Szczesny allowed Salpingidis to score in an almost empty net.
The substitution of Fortounis on for Gekas also helped Greece; Samaras now played in a much more familiar position as centre forward and was able to hold the ball up and become a central target man for the Greek side to aim for. As a midfielder, Fortounis is more accomplished at passing than Samaras (pass completion of 82% and 72% respectively) and it was from a pass over the defence …
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Despite the mitigating factors, including Abeysuriya returning to Australia under his own free will, a sentence of seven years jail was indicated, the judge said, setting set a parole eligibility date at November 22, 2012.
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Every year, dozens of Forbes reporters spend months investigating the fortunes of the world’s wealthiest citizens. Forbes delves into billionaires’ businesses, valuing everything from real estate to candy companies to offshore gambling operations. This year, with more than 30 reporters working from seven countries including India, China, Japan and Russia, Forbes tracked down 793 billionaires in 49 countries.
It can be exotic work: Our reporters have skied with Saudi Prince Alwaleed, visited Dennis Washington on his yacht in Vancouver Harbor and had tea with Kazakh billionaires in Courcheval in the French Alps. While in Israel reporting on diamond billionaire Lev Leviev, writer Lea Goldman once found herself surrounded by guards in a diamond trader’s office after she accidentally knocked a box of diamonds off a shelf.
But there is also a very serious purpose to these travels–namely, to learn as much as possible about various billionaires and their businesses. Some writers spend months–even years–trying to land interviews. In the U.S., Forbes figures that one out of every five billionaires will personally take a reporter’s calls, but that person is unlikely to be a member of the secretive hedge fund world. Among the billionaires who talked with us are Sheldon Adelson of the Las Vegas Sands, Jon Huntsman of Huntsman and James Sorenson of Abbott Labs.
For the first time this year, we polled reporters and partners from our foreign-language editions in Russia, Poland, Turkey, Israel and China to rank the countries that are the most and least open to Forbes’ financial and personal digging. We compiled a survey that asked reporters to rank the nations based on three categories:
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