Archive for October, 2009

Agony and ecstasy in CONCACAF qualifiers 1

Agony and ecstasy in CONCACAF qualifiers

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There was late drama on the final day of World Cup qualifiers as a late goal for the United States sent Honduras to next summer’s finals ahead of Costa Rica. A 63rd minute strike from veteran striker Carlos Pavon was enough to give Honduras a 1-0 away win away to El Salvador, but as the […]

Brazil and Ghana to meet in U20 finale 1

Brazil and Ghana to meet in U20 finale

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Brazil and Ghana will do battle in the final of the Under 20 World Cup in Egypt after overcoming Hungary and Costa Rica in their respective semi finals. A second half goal from Alan Kardec was enough for four-time tournament winners Brazil to see off Costa Rica 1-0 on Tuesday. The South Americans were faced […]

US star injured in car crash 1

US star injured in car crash

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United States striker Charlie Davies has suffered serious injuries in a Washington car accident that killed a female companion. The 23 year old’s hopes of appearing at next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa are now in doubt after he was confirmed to have  multiple facial fractures, a badly broken right leg, a broken […]

Duff to return for Montenegro clash 2

Duff to return for Montenegro clash

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Damien Duff has returned to training with the Republic of Ireland squad today after a calf injury kept him out of the weekend’s game with Italy. The winger’s availability for Wednesday’s final qualifier is a boost for coach Giovanni Trapattoni who is without the services of the suspended Glenn Whelan as Montenegro visit Croke Park. […]

Ronaldo sidelined with ankle injury 0

Ronaldo sidelined with ankle injury

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will be out for up to a month after suffering a sprained ankle while on international duty with Portugal. The 23 year old was forced to come off injured in his nation’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Hungary on Saturday. “After a clinical examination and an MRI scan, it is confirmed […]

The Week in Football #10 0

The Week in Football #10

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This week’s trip through the history books sees England toiling, the birth of one of football’s great rivalries, controversial ‘keepers, clashing egos and some dodgy dealings in Yorkshire. October 12 England booked their place at the last World Cup today in 2005, when Frank Lampard volleyed home a late winner against Poland to ensure the […]

Injured players in Stead-y hands 0

Injured players in Stead-y hands

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What do Owen Hargreaves, Jimmy Bullard, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Paolo Guerrero have in common, apart from being professional football players? The answer is that all four have been successful patients of renowned US knee surgeon Richard Steadman. Steadman is responsible for an orthopedic surgery practice in Vail, Colorado, and his high profile patients include […]

Eight more seal finals spot 1

Eight more seal finals spot

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As the World Cup qualifiers draw to a close, a number of teams have booked their place in next year’s finals in South Africa. Reigning champions Italy, Germany, Denmark and Serbia all qualified from Europe with results last night, while the Ivory Coast, the USA, Mexico and Chile also sealed a finals berth. Italy’s 2-2 […]

Italy snatch late point in Dublin 0

Italy snatch late point in Dublin

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Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni urged his team to learn from their painful lesson after Italy snatched World Cup victory from their grasp. Sean St Ledger’s 87th-minute header looked to have handed Trapattoni’s men a famous victory over the world champions which would have blown the race for the top spot in Group Eight […]