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England Certain To Crumble In World Cup Qualifiers by

Another international week means another interesting couple of days of international football. World Cup qualifiers dominate once again on every single continent where the race of the 32 spots is just beginning to heat up. We might not yet be at the business end of the qualifying tournament, however every point counts given a long qualifying campaign.

Starting off in the Africa, this weekend sees the continent play their last fixtures of the second round of qualifying. There are 12 groups of 4 teams, although some of these groups have now only got 3 teams in them due to teams withdrawing or being suspended for various reasons. It has become very chaotic which is not uncommon in Africa. In addition, these World Cup qualifers double up as qualifiers for the next African Cup of Nations, which means that South Africa also participates.

Yes, that right, South Africa, the host of the 2010 World Cup is participating in these qualifiers. This is very bizarre to say the least. I don't think a host country have ever had to participate in World Cup qualifiers.

The group winners as well as 8 best runners-up go through to the Third and Final Round of qualifiying, whose draw will be made on October 24. Most of the big teams look certain to go through, however some of them will have their work cut. Togo must win their final game this weekend to qualify for the final round, as does both Senegal and Ghana.

These countries surely do not want to be seen as having fluked their way to recent World Cups. On a sidenote, South Africa will finish in third place in their group, meaning that they will not qualify for the next African Cup of Nations. This is a disaster for them and God knows how they'll improve before 2010.

Moving on to Asia, the final Round sees all teams playing either their second or third games in qualifying. Every point counts to qualify as the top 2 of each group or finish in 3rd place and go into playoffs. In Group A, Australia will hope to beat Qatar and go top of the group after only 2 games. Uzbekistan travels to Japan, needing some points in order to keep their hopes of qualification alive.

A Japanese victory would surely make it a real struggle for the Uzbeks to make it to 2010. In Group B, the Korea Republic hosts the UAE hoping to get their win after their opening draw with their northern rivals. North Korea, on the other hand, has a tough away trip to Iran, with Iran needing a win to push them up the table.

Moving on to Europe, teams play their 3rd and 4th games of the group stage with some big teams needing some wins after some surprise results in the first 2 fixtures. In Group 1, Portugal hopes to bounce back away to Sweden after their shock home loss against Denmark. In Group 6, Croatia will be hoping to bounce back away to the Ukraine after a capitulation at home against England in the previous fixture.

Group 7 sees France facing a deja vu game against Romania away from home, after falling remarkably to the Austrians in September. It's probably too early to make any more predictions. These next 2 games should give a better indication as to which teams look likely to qualify and fail.

Moving on to CONCACAF, teams play their 4th and 5th games in the Third Round of qualifying. The top two teams of each of the 3 groups move on to the Final Round and 5 of the teams already look certain to go through. The usual suspects are almost there while the only source of drama is whether Guatemala or Trinidad & Tobago will finish second in their group.

There are no qualifiers in Oceania because New Zealand has already won the Oceania Championships meaning that they go through a playoff with the 5th placed team from Asia for a place in the World Cup.

Finally, arguably the most exciting World Cup qualifying competition, CONMEBOL or South America. There is no region which has a longer and tougher qualifying campaign than South America. Brazilians even say that it is harder to qualify than actually win the World Cup. That gives you an indication of the toughness. Round 9 and Round 10 of a marathon campaign takes place over the next 5 days. Bolivia has 2 homes games against Peru and Uruguay respectively which they must win to have any hope of qualifying, otherwise, they can begin thinking about 2010.

Argentina will want to erase the 2 draws in their previous games which were both surprising and disappointing. Their game against their fierce rival Uruguay will be a highlight this weekend. Brazil will also want to forget their embarrassing draw with Bolivia in September by winning in Venezuela and against the Colombians.

Paraguay will try to capitalise on their lead and move closer to another World Cup appearance while Ecuador will do all it can to remain in contention. This is shaping as a defining 2 rounds in South America and I can't wait.

In about 5 days, we will know a bit more about which teams will be going to South Africa in 2010 and which teams can begin planning for 2014. There's nothing like the tension of World Cup qualifiers and these couple of days should be no different. Let the football begin!

Martin Sejas is the chief writer of http://www.SportsNewsFootball.com, a leading sports news football website known for its fearless and critical analysis of the major issues affecting the beloved game of football.

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World Cup- Kak Improving and Getting Ready for South Africa by Ally White

The Brazilian footballer, Kak, became almost a forgotten star player in the hall of the World Cup in South Africa, as the media has focus their attention on Argentinean Lionel Messi, English Wayne Rooney and Spaniards David Villa and Fernando Torres. However, from the shadows and without the pressure of expectations, there is every reason to believe that the former FIFA Footballer of the Year will finally shine on the biggest stage of the World Cup.

Kak suffered some injuries during his disappointing debut season with Real Madrid, but this could play easily on his favor. After participating in just 33 games with his club, it is likely that Kak will be in better shape than many of his rivals, who in some cases have played over 50 games this season.

To prove that he is in good shape, Kak scored his first goal of the year with the team when Brazil crashed Tanzania 5-1 this past Monday, in its final preparation match before the tournament in South Africa, which starts on June 12th. During the friendly game, Kak, with his speed and good control of the ball was a constant nightmare for the defenders of Tanzania. His goal was the great proof of his comeback.

His coach Dunga, his teammates and doctors are relieved that Kak is playing without pain. He is getting his confidence back in the field and during the friendly game against Tanzania he was an important aspect for the team.

At the end of the match, Kak stated he was happy with his performance but still knows he is not yet at his best. Nevertheless, he knows he still have some days to work on certain things and hopes to improve at every game in South Africa.

"I felt fine. I played better in this match. I just need to loosen up a little more, but we have a week until the first match and I will be ready. There are still some minor things to adjust. But it's not about being concerned, it's more about being anxious," expressed the super star Kak.

On the other hand, Brazilian coach, Dunga, alleged that Kak is getting better, but they have been trying to slow him down a bit because he wants to practice three times a day. The 28 years-old is very anxious for this tournament.

â€He's improving little by little. We have to put the brakes on him because sometimes he wants to train morning, noon and night,†Dunga said.

Kak will play his third World Cup in South Africa. During Corea-Japan 2002, Kak was only an alternate. Four years ago in Germany, he failed along with a group of Brazilian stars and later he didn’t play in the quarterfinals against France due to injury. During this match, Brazil got eliminated after a 1-0 defeat.

With Brazil now playing a more paused game, taking chances with their counter-attacks, Kak may be the only reminder of the showy and creative style game, which made Brazil one of the favorite teams for many soccer followers.

Now, there is only one week left for Kak and Brazil to make their debut in this 2010 World Cup. They are part of Group G along with Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea. Their first meeting will be against North Korea on June 15th.

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Manchester United's Christiano Ronaldo Wrecks his Ferrari by Jeff Jarred

The recently crowned European footballer of the year was driving his sports car through a tunnel beneath the runways when he smashed it into a barrier. The accident happened on the A538 Altrincham Road, between Wilmslow and Hale.

Greater Manchester police constable Nigel Snell said that given the damage to the vehicle, it was fortunate for the footballer not to have been injured. Metal and other debris from the brand new car was strewn all over the place and on coming drivers had to dodge to make their way through, the scene of the accident had police flooding in a matter of minutes.

Nigel added that the police are trying to piece together what might have led to the accident; the authorities are calling on anyone that might have witnessed the crash to come forward with the information to supplement the investigation that they are already conducting.

A test at the scene for alcohol level in the breathe of the Portuguese international footballer came out negative.

Ronaldo’s red Ferrari that he had imported from his native home Portugal, was badly damaged with the front edge completely mangled up.

The left front wheel of the car came off due to the hard impact of the crash; it landed about 200 yards from where the vehicle came to a halt.

Obviously shaken:

Onlooker Jody Lomax who was driving behind Ronaldo when the crash happened said, â€The Ferrari went straight into the wall, his left front wheel came off and then surprisingly he walked out, though a bit shaken.†Lomax added that he himself was shocked by the crash but Ronaldo was not hurt.

Team mate Edwin Van Der Sar was driving behind Ronaldo in his Bentley but the Dutch national was not involved in the crash.
Manchester United spokes person confirmed that the footballer was not hurt and that the club is happy that the star was training with his team mates after answering questions from the police.

Manchester United’s Christiano Ronaldo came off the bench in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat by Derby county Football Club in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-finals.

Pictures of what was left of his Ferrari have been made available and they show that it truly is a miracle for the talented footballer to have walked away unhurt, not to mention that he eventually trained.

The Ferrari that the Portuguese crashed is just but one of his many cars that make up a fleet estimated at 2,000,000 pounds, and consists of a Bentley continental, Rolls Royce, two Porsche cayenne and a BMW M6.

Helped Man-U to Glory:

The footballer of the year helped Manchester United in clinching the Champions league, Premiere league and also the World Cup Club championship in Japan recently.

He was mentioned the player of the season and took home the Golden Boot Award for scoring 42 goals, the most goals in one season in the English Premiere League history.

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