KLAGENFURT, Austria, May 29, 2010 (AFP) - African giants Cameroon's unimpressive World Cup build-up continued on Saturday as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with finals debutants Slovakia in a friendly here. Enoh Eyong's goal seven minutes from time saw the 'Indomitable Lions' escape with a draw after the Slovakians, who in a previous entity as Czechoslovakia reached the last eight in 1990 losing to eventual winners West Germany, had taken the lead through Kamil Kopunek in the sixth minute. Kopunek scored with a great strike from 18 metres out after being set up by Chelsea midfielder Miroslav Stoch, giving no chance to Cameroon goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou. The Slovaks dominated the first-half against a Cameroon side still without their superstar striker Samuel Eto'o, who has been given time off since winning last Saturday's Champions League title, and their defence whenever threatened held firm, superbly marshalled by Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The European side - … [Read more...] about Cameroon scrape draw against World Cup debutants Slovakia
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The Vietnamese futsal squad have made their way to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, but such success does not have so much to do with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) as it does with a businessman working painstakingly and quietly behind the team. Vietnam have advanced to the semifinals of the ongoing AFC Futsal Championship in Uzbekistan, thus qualifying for the World Cup, to be held in Colombia from September 10 to October 1, as one of the five Asian representatives, according to FIFA rules. The team shocked supporters at home and across the globe with a terrific win over Japan in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The VFF, Vietnam’s governing body of football, could not pride itself on the historic achievement of the national futsal team, as it has contributed almost nothing to developing the sport. The success of the futsal team is in fact a sweet fruit businessman Tran Anh Tu could finally pick after nearly a decade spending time and money, as … [Read more...] about Who is behind the historic World Cup ticket of Vietnamese futsal?
From swashbuckling goals to inglorious exits, on-field shenanigans to sideline lunacy, the World Cup in Brazil has been one of the most remarkable of recent times. Here are 10 picks from a host of memorable moments: No. 1 - THE "MINEIRAZO" No. 2 - THE BITE No. 3 - THE WINNER No. 4 - THE FOUL No. 5 - THE RECORD No. 6 - THE GOAL No. 7 - THE DANCE No. 8 - THE HEAD-BUTT No. 9 - THE PRAYERS No. 10 - THE CROSSBAR … [Read more...] about Ten memorable moments at the World Cup
JOHANNESBURG, July 3, 2010 (AFP) - South Africa's World Cup party took a sad turn Friday as Ghana, the last African team in the tournament, were sent home by Uruguay. Despite holding their own for 120 minutes, Ghana were unable to match the South Americans from the penalty spot, going down 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the score stayed locked at 1-1 following extra time. Takalani Neluheni, a Johannesburg fan with a Ghana flag painted on one cheek and a South African flag on the other, summed up the host country's heartbreak after the match. "I'm very disappointed. The last African team is out and now there's no one to represent Africa. I'm just really mad and upset about it," she said. "I was kind of hoping that Ghana would keep the Cup in Africa but now that dream is gone," she told AFP. "I don't know who to support any more." Uruguay fans meanwhile expressed remorse amid their post-match festivities after helping to knock out the hosts during group play then sending home the last … [Read more...] about South Africa mourns exit of last African team from World Cup
PARIS, July 12, 2010 (AFP) - In all there were 142 goals at this World Cup. But how many stick in the memory after four weeks of solid football - aside from Andres Iniesta's winner for Spain? Here is a look at the pick of the bunch: Siphiwe Tshabalala for South Africa v Mexico Just 55 minutes into the first tournament held in Africa and a goal for the hosts as South Africa's Tshabalala unleashes a rocket into the top right corner past Mexican keeper Oscar Perez. The celebration dance with his teammates was no less stylish. David Villa for Spain v Honduras Villa, who has scored on average almost every 70 minutes in the national shirt, provided a neat portfolio, not least a brilliant slalom effort against Honduras, eluding a clutch of defenders before dinking home despite being off balance. David Villa for Spain v Chile Another rival for Villa's best effort was a cheeky ultra long-range lob against Chile which ensured passage to the last 16 after an opening loss against Switzerland. … [Read more...] about Stunning strikes at the World Cup