Photo Special: World Cup Training

Franck Ribery’s eyes are firmly on the ball as France train in the Alps….

…but not without a spot of trekking through the snow.

France soccer player Anthony Reveillere (R) shoots during a biathlon practice in the French Alps resort of Tignes May 20, 2010. France gathers for the first part in their World Cup soccer preparation in the French Alps with a week of altitude training.

Eye’s on the prize garcon.

Ledley King and co are put through their vigours behind the beautiful backdrop of Austria.

The South African players are stretched to their limits.

Reach for the sky: The Netherlands will be hoping for more of the same from Stekelenburg.

Paraguay's national soccer player Roque Santa Cruz smiles during a training session for the World Cup, in Evian-les-Bains May 20, 2010.

“..and you said what?”: Roque Santa Cruz has a laugh in the Paraguay camp.

Unidentified Ivory Coast's soccer team players get ready for a training session in Montreux May 20, 2010. Ivory Coast will play in Group G against Brazil, Portugal and North Korea at the forthcoming soccer World Cup in South Africa.

“God damn, what size are these?!” Ivory Coast players get ready to train.

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Kevin Coleman

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