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Walcott left out of England World Cup squad – your views

June 1, 2010

So England coach Fabio Capello has been pretty true to his word about only wanting in-form players in his World Cup squad.

Germany’s continuing midfield mayhem

May 26, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/GERMANY-BALLACKWhen Germany captain Michael Ballack was ruled out of the World Cup following a scan on his ankle last week there was no doubt this was a major setback for the three-times champions. By far the most experienced player, Ballack was the team’s leader having taken Germany to World Cup and Euro finals. The loss of midfielder Christian Traesch, only days after Ballack’s injury, could prove an even heavier blow.

Tevez provides sweet headache for Maradona

May 25, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Carlos Tevez has quickly gained the love of supporters wherever he has played, first at Boca Juniors, then Corinthians, now in the Premier League, with his never-say-die attitude added to considerable ball skills.

More World Cup questions than answers for England’s Capello

May 25, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/A muted send-off and a manager wanting more perhaps told the true story of England’s 3-1 friendly victory over Mexico at Wembley on Monday in which Fabio Capello was left with more questions than answers over his World Cup squad selection.

Symbolic moment as rugby comes to black township of Soweto

May 20, 2010

SOCCER-FRIENDLY/South Africa’s long standing racist past means it still a country of great contrasts but with the change in power and social dynamics come great ironies too.

World Cup squad news: Capello calls on Carragher, Ronaldinho left out

May 11, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Fabio Capello has announced his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup and the big news is that Jamie Carragher is back, while there is no place for Bobby Zamora or Owen Hargreaves.

Should Capello bring Carragher out of England retirement?

May 10, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Is Fabio Capello so short of defenders that he has to beg Jamie “I’d rather miss a penalty for England than Liverpool” Carragher to come out of retirement and represent his country at the World Cup?

FIFA cannot afford another ticketing mess in 2014

April 30, 2010

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One of the strangest experiences I ever had in a football stadium was at the Club World championship in Brazil in 2000.

Referees wrestling with a problem they can’t solve

April 27, 2010

SPORT SOCCER WORLDHow many teams will leave the World Cup happy with the refereeing? If it’s more than one I’ll be surprised as those “crucial” decisions seem to attract criticism only when teams lose.