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  1. World Cup Team Base Camps announced

    The Team Base Camps for all 32 teams to have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil were announced on Friday.

    Here is the complete list:

    Algeria: Sorocaba
    Australia, Vitoria
    Argentina: Vespasiano
    Belgium: Mogi das Cruzes
    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Guaruja
    Brazil: Teresopolis
    Cameroon: Vitoria
    Chile: Belo Horizonte
    Cote Ivoire: Aguas de Lindoia
    Colombia: Cotia
    Costa Rica: Santos
    Croatia: Mata de Sao Joao
    Ecuador: Viamao
    England: Rio de Janeiro
    France: Ribeirao Preto
    Germany: Santa Cruz Cabralia
    Ghana: Maceio
    Greece: Aracaju
    Honduras: Porto Feliz
    Italy: Mangaratiba
    Iran: Guarulhos ...
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  2. German Volke Finke to lead Cameroon to World Cup glory

    Joseph Owona, caretaker president of the Cameroon football federation, has confirmed Volker Finke will be leading the Indomitable Lions to the World Cup in Brazil, ending speculation fuelled by Roger Milla, that he would be replaced.

    On Wednesday Owona told reporters

    “We reiterate our confidence in Volker Finke. He has the merit of having qualified the Lions to the World Cup in Brazil. It is now up to him to carry out a good preparation to enable our team perform satisfactorily at the competition.”

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    Volker Finke

    The 65-year old Finke became the fourth German to manage Cameroon when he took over on 22 May 2013 - following in the footsteps of Karl-Heinz Weigang, Otto Pfister and Winfried Schafer. ...
  3. FIFA secretary general Valcke– Qatar World Cup can only be held in the winter

    FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke stated earlier today in an interview with France Inter that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer - in a triumph of common sense over bureaucratic procedure.

    Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup without much serious consideration of the country’s climate and the consequences for fans, players and construction workers of operating in the searing heat. Since the reality of the dangers to human health has begun to sink in, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has insisted it would be discriminatory against hot countries to always hold the World Cup in the summer.

    However FIFA, keen to ensure the maximum consensus over the issue, has launched a long-running consultation process with all the various stakeholders ...

    Updated 8th January 2014 at 03:26 PM by 11v11

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  4. Theo Walcott’s injury a blow for Arsenal and England

    Despite speculation that a pioneering surgical technique using an internal brace could help Theo Walcott recover within four months, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham on Saturday, the Arsenal and England player is out for the rest of the season and realistically speaking won’t be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup.

    Walcott’s injury came towards the end of a crucial FA Cup win, in which he again demonstrated his value to the Gooners as a stand-in striker, and at the moment when his standing amongst the North London fans has reached an all-time high.

    For Arsene Wenger, the search for a striker now has even greater importance, and where he spends his money may be decisive in whether Arsenal’s title challenge can ...
  5. 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup of upsets?

    The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a highly contested one, representing the major chance of footballing glory for most of the nations involved.

    The USMNT go into the tournament on home turf looking to avenge a 4 - 2 final defeat to Mexico in the previous edition. On this occasion there is an extra incentive as the winner will secure a chance to play-off for Confederations Cup 2017 qualification.

    The other main favourite, Mexico, have already got off to a terrible start as they were shocked 2 - 1 in their opening match against Panama. This is following a disappointing World Cup qualifying
    campaign and going out in the first round of the Confederations Cup. Manager José Manuel de la Torre is now under serious pressure.

    Players will be auditioning ...

    Updated 27th July 2013 at 08:35 AM by Statisticus

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  6. Confederations Cup not to disappoint

    In the history of the tournament, the Confederations Cup has not always been held in the highest of regard. In the past we have even seen Germany and France pull out. Teams such as Brazil have elected not to send a full strength squad.

    Do not expect to see a repeat of this at Brazil 2013. Above all, Brazil will want to show expectant fans that they have a team capable of winning the World Cup next year. For them, winning is the only option. Failure next year would be close to a national disaster.

    European giants Italy and Spain will not be holding back either. Italy have brought a full strength squad which includes a blend of youth and experience whilst Spain will be sticking to the same formula which has brought them three major championships in the last five years. ...

    Updated 16th June 2013 at 05:06 PM by Statisticus

  7. 10-match ban - Suarez saga comes back to bite Liverpool

    Reaction to Luis Suárez biting Branislav Ivanovic on the arm has varied from Simon Burnton describing the Liverpool striker as responsible for a “perfect storm of evil” in the Guardian to Jim Edwards in Business Insider arguing Suárez is “probably not a psychotic man-child racist” but rather a hyper-competitive player who is all about “winning, at all costs” - just the attitude Liverpool require to escape from the mid-table mediocrity into which they have fallen.

    But what of the business consequences of Suárez’s bite? In the context of the match itself, Suárez escaped punishment, and although he failed to draw a penalty out of Ivanovic’s reaction, he did score in the dying minutes to significantly dent Chelsea’s Champion League ambitions. However, after Suárez accepted a charge ...
  8. Capital offences

    Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith did no favours for himself or his club with his faux pas at Wembley on Sunday prior to the JPT Final..

    As the two teams jogged out of the tunnel the custodian spotted a cameraman, just doing his job, filming the teams coming out.

    Mr Smith took it upon himself to issue a `one finger` salute in the direction of the lens. Whether or not it was to the cameraman, probably, or to a wider audience, only Mr Smith will know.

    Never the less it was tasteless and I`m sure when gesture is brought to the attention of Mr Brown, manager, Mr Smith, goalkeeper will feel like he should, ashamed.

    When Bobby Zamora needlessly and foolishly tried his Eric Cantona, though to be fair to Eric his infamous kung-fu assault was ...
  9. USA awarded walk-over, top World Cup qualifying group

    In an unexpected escalation of tensions, FIFA today responded to Costa Rican plans to play the return leg of the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in La Guayaba de Talamanca, by awarding a 3-0 walkover to the USA.

    Costa Rica had petitioned FIFA to schedule a rematch of the first game, citing player safety concerns and inhospitable conditions. The U.S. beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the blizzard at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in near whiteout conditions with half a foot of snow on the field.

    Costa Rica’s protest on the ground of players’ safety, the fact the grounds crew were allowed on the field during play, that the lines were not visible, and that the ball was unable to freely travel over a layer of snow was refused. ...

    Updated 2nd April 2013 at 07:56 AM by 11v11

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  10. Man Utd Reds link up with CCB and Wahaha

    Manchester United has today (15 January) agreed three-year sponsorship deals with China Construction Bank (CCB) and soft drinks manufacturer Wahaha.

    As part of the deal with CCB, the Chinese bank will hold the exclusive rights to produce the official Manchester United branded credit card in mainland China. CCB will market the card to its almost 102 million personal banking customers in mainland China offering a range of United based incentives.

    United’s commercial director Richard Arnold said: "Through our relationship with CCB we hope not only to give fans an excellent product, but also bring them closer to the club they so passionately support.

    “As China’s fiscal and industrial strength continues to grow, it is establishing itself ...
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