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France break Irish hearts to seal World Cup slot

November 18, 2009

France ensured the likes of Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema and Thierry Henry will be at the World Cup in South Africa next year after winning through with a goal that has left Irish fans seething.

Lesser lights may yet shine at this World Cup

November 17, 2009

Depending on the results of the second legs of the UEFA World Cup playoffs on Wednesday, next year’s tournament in South Africa could contain rather too many of football’s lesser lights for some fans out there.

Ireland may come to regret Reid freeze-out

November 13, 2009

Giovanni Trapattoni may have cause to regret his decision to leave Sunderland playmaker Andy Reid out in the cold when Ireland face France on Saturday and next Wednesday in their two-legged World Cup play-off.

Beckham’s return to AC Milan confirmed

November 2, 2009

David Beckham will tread a familiar path once the MLS season is over, joining AC Milan on loan again for a five-month loan spell from January.

UPDATE: Should South Africa have gone local?

October 23, 2009

(Updates after Parreira appointed)

Joel Santana arrived for what he thought was a routine review of his work with his South African Football Association bosses on Monday and within hours was packing his bags for a return to Brazil, ending his tenure as the 15th coach employed by South Africa in the last 17 years.

Usual suspects will be at the World Cup, but would we have missed them?

October 15, 2009

So now we know which European teams are in the World Cup playoffs and we have a pretty good idea of the seedings,¬†though FIFA’s updated rankings out at the end of the week will provide confirmation ahead of Monday’s draw.

Decision day for Argentina: Live blogging the World Cup qualifiers

October 14, 2009

Unusually, the final night of European World Cup qualifying is a bit of a damp affair. Most of the groups have been decided, with by and large just the second-places, and play-off berths, up for grabs.

Emotional Maradona and the last chance saloon

October 13, 2009

The above picture was the defining image of Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Peru in the rain on Saturday, and perhaps Diego Maradona’s tenure as national team coach to date.

Is seeding the World Cup play-offs playing fair?

October 11, 2009

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and for every FIFA marketing slogan there is a subsequent decision that can make fans wonder if world football’s governing body is being serious.