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World Cup 2006 Preview - Spain by David Walker

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Spain, yet again, are tipped as dark horses for the World Cup and 2006 will finally end years of disappointment and this generation of players will fulfil their undoubted potential. But they won't. For all their individual talent they can never motivate themselves to rise to the challenge.

They are, of course, mainstays of the World Cup and 2006 will be their eight tournament in a row they have qualified for dating back to 1978. The quarter finals is as far as they have gone since then so why the obsession that this will be their year"?

Spain qualified via the play-offs after finishing runners-up to Serbia & Montenegro in their group. Luis Aragones' side were unbeaten in 10 qualifiers but five draws and five wins meant they needed to square off against Slovakia in order to secure their place in Germany. It was all over after the first leg as Spain ran out 5-1 winners before drawing 1-1 in the return leg to win 6-2 on aggregate.

Perhaps the cause for such optimism lies with the manager. Under Aragones, Spain are unbeaten in 18 games since he took over in July 2004, although the players must also take some credit.

Spain have unearthed a real attacking talent in Fernando Torres. The 21-year-old Atletico Madrid striker was the European qualifying zone's joint fourth top goalscorer with seven goals and he is a target for both Arsenal and Chelsea. Torres is seen as the natural successor to Spain's most-capped outfield player and all-time leading goalscorer Raul.

At 28, Raul should be at his peak for the finals but a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in November raises questions over just how influential he will be. One more excuse for a potentially underachieving tournament?

September's qualifier against Serbia & Montenegro set a new record as it was the first time a foreign club, Liverpool, had more representatives in the national squad than any Spanish club side. Will the likes of Jose Reina, Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia transfer their excellent club performances onto the grand stage? While Fernando Morientes, with five goals in seven World Cup Appearances means he is a threat even though his domestic form has been somewhat indifferent.

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The notorious underachievers face a tough opening match prospect in the Ukraine and will need to get up to speed for their remaining two matches which they will be fully expected to win. The opening match will also be Ukraine's first ever World Cup appearance and with both sides keen to avoid defeat, a draw is the likely result.

Spain vs Ukraine draw @ 11/5

David Walker runs a free bets website. You can watch live football online during the World Cup.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Preview---Spain/32891

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World Cup 2006 Group Stage Review - Phase Two- Part Two by David Walker

All 32 teams have played two matches as the World Cup groups have started to take shape. Some teams have qualified for the knockout stage while others will sweat on the last match. This is a short round-up of Groups E to H, of the results as they stand after two matches.

Group E
1. Italy 4pts, 2. Czech Republic 3pts, 3. Ghana 3pts, 4. USA 1pt

Italy drew 1-1 with the USA in a bad tempered game to lead Group E by a single point. Alberto Gilardino broke the deadlock after 22 minutes but an own goal from Cristian Zaccardo five minutes later drew the sides level. Daniel de Rossi was sent off for the Italians after 28 minutes while Pablo Mastroeni and Eddie Pope saw red for the Americans after 45 and 47 minutes.

The Czech Republic are in real danger of not qualifying from the Group of Death" after Ghana defeated them 2-0. Gyan Asamoah sent the Black Stars on their way inside the first minute and Sulley Muntari sealed an unlikely 7/2 victory with nine minutes left.

Group F
1. Brazil 6pts, 2. Australia 3pts, 3. Croatia 1pt, 4. Japan 1pt

Brazil are still not firing on all cylinders but made it two victories out of two against plucky Australia. Adriano got off the mark three minutes into the second half but it wasn't until substitute Fred struck two minutes from time that a 1/4 victory was secured.

Croatia need to beat Australia in their final match to have any hope of qualifying after a goalless draw against Japan. Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was inspired in the first half and saved a penalty from Darijo Srna to keep the scoreline level.

Group G
1. Switzerland 4pts, 2. South Korea 4pts, 3. France 2pts, 4. Togo 0pts

Switzerland topped the group after a comfortable victory against rock bottom Togo. Alexander Frei gave the 4/6 Swiss the perfect start after 16 minutes and Tranquillo Barnetta added a second with three minutes remaining.

Former world champions France need a victory against Togo if they are to qualify for the last 16 after throwing away a lead against South Korea. Thierry Henry gave France the lead after eight minutes but Les Bleus failed to capitalise on a dominant performance and allowed Park Ji-Sung to snatch an equaliser with 10 minutes left.

Group H
1. Spain 6pts, 2. Ukraine 3pts, 3. Tunisia 1pt, 4. Saudi Arabia 1pt

Spain continued their promising start to the tournament after coming from behind to beat Tunisia 3-1. Jawhar Mnari capitalised on a defensive mistake to give Tunisia the lead after seven minutes and it wasn't until the final 20 minutes that 1/2 justified their price. Substitute Raul levelled on 71 and Fernando Torres put Spain in front four minutes later. Torres became the Cup's leading goalscorer with three goals when he converted an injury time penalty.

Ukraine's qualification to the second round was back on track after they crushed Saudi Arabia 4-0, wiping out the negative goal difference sustained by a same score defeat by Spain in the first match. Andriy Rusol opened the scoring after three minutes, Sergei Rebrove struck a magnificent second on 35, Andriy Shevchenko scored on the stroke of half-time and Maksim Kalinichenko netted the fourth on 83.

David Walker runs a free World Cup bets website. You can watch live football online during this year's World Cup.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Group-Stage-Review---Phase-Two--Part-Two/39447

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The biggest sports event of the year - 2010 FIFA world cup by Aditi Malhotra

2010 FIFA World Cup, the prime international tournament for football has begun on June 11 being hosted by South Africa. This 2010 football world cup would be the 19th FIFA tournament. South Africa became the first African country to host football world cup beating the nations of Egypt and Morocco in the bidding. The cup is being hosted by the popular federation named Oceania Football Confederation.

In August 2007, the process for the world cup tournament qualification began. 204 nations out of 208 national teams under FIFA participated and 32 teams cleared up to the final tournament. From the Asian Football Confederation, four teams have qualified that includes Australia, Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Japan. From the confederation of African Football, the qualified team includes South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire. From the Confederation of Central American, North and Caribbean Association, Mexico, the United States and Honduras have qualified for the world football.

The five teams of Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay for the World Cup come from the South American Football Confederation. The Oceania Football Confederation, the host of world football, has the nation of New Zealand playing in the tournament. 13 nations are qualified from The Union of European Football also popular as UEFA. These include the nations of England, France, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Portugal and Slovenia.

There a total of eight groups each comprising of four countries. The Group A consists of Uruguay, Mexico, France and South Africa. Argentina, Korea Republic, Greece and Nigeria form the Group B. Group C includes Slovenia, USA, England and Algeria. The national teams of Germany, Ghana, Serbia and Australia together form the Group D. Netherlands, Japan, Cameroon and Denmark comprise Group E. Paraguay, Italy, New Zealand and Slovakia represent Group F. Group G constitutes of Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal and Korea DPR. The nations of Chile, Switzerland, Honduras and Spain fall under the Group H.

The one-month tournament is deemed one of the biggest sports events of the year. Football fans are flocking to South Africa to watch and cheer their favorite team and players. The cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban have been prepared with especially constructed multi-billion Rand Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup schedule, with high security procedures and protocol. Few of the favorite players, this season are Lionel Messi from Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, Wayne Rooney from England and Kaka playing for Brazil.

Millions who are crazy football fans but could not make it to the host country could watch the event on their television screens as FIFA has sold its broadcasting rights to many broadcasters across the globe. Italy was the 2006 FIFA World Cup champion, winning the title for the fourth time.

Contact to your travel agents to book flight and football matches tickets with in reasonable price so that you can enjoy in South Africa without any problem and know about 2010 FIFA World Cup schedule.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/The-biggest-sports-event-of-the-year---2010-FIFA-world-cup/792355

Spain vs. Germany World Cup Match (SImulated using FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa)

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