Monday, May 08, 2006

World Cup News - May 8, 2006
By Imtiaz Mussa

Keep it here at Sportszilla as in the coming months, we will get you prepared for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The first match takes place on June 9th.

England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has named his provisional squad for the World Cup. There are some surprises.

Paul Robinson (Tottenham)
David James (Manchester City)
Robert Green (Norwich)

Gary Neville (Manchester United)
Sol Campbell (Arsenal)
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
John Terry (Chelsea)
Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
Wayne Bridge (Chelsea)

David Beckham (Real Madrid)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Michael Carrick (Tottenham)
Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)
Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham)
Joe Cole (Chelsea)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Michael Owen (Newcastle)
Peter Crouch (Liverpool)
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Standby players:
Scott Carson (Liverpool)
Luke Young (Charlton)
Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ledley King and Darren Bent miss out, while Jermain Defoe is on a five-man standby list. Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, 17, is one of four strikers in Eriksson's squad, along with Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch. There is a very good chance that he will see action considering the injury troubles of Rooney and Owen. Because of the injuries, Jermain Defoe should be in the squad instead of Walcott who has yet to make a first-team appearance for Arsenal and Eriksson. Lennon, 19, gets in ahead of fellow winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, who despite not playing regularly for Chelsea had kept his England squad place until now. I can understand Lennon being in the squad. He has had a sensational year for Tottenham and is one of the key reasons why they will be playing in the UEFA Cup next season. But I still believe that not having enough quality strikers is going to come back and spell doom for England.

Spain coach Luis Aragones has named a 27-man preliminary squad.

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
Jose Reina (Liverpool)
Santiago Canizares (Valencia)

Antonio Lopez (Atletico Madrid)
Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid)
Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
Juanito (Real Betis)
Asier del Horno (Chelsea)
Joan Capdevila (Deportivo Coruna)
Michel Salgado (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Carlos Marchena (Valencia)
Javi Venta (Villarreal)

Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Xavi (Barcelona)
Joaquin (Real Betis)
Luis Garcia (Liverpool)
Xabi Alonso (Liverpool)
David Albelda (Valencia)
Ruben Baraja (Valencia)
Marcos Senna (Villarreal)

Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid)
Fernando Morientes (Liverpool)
Raul (Real Madrid)
David Villa (Valencia)

There was no room in the squad for Valencia winger Vicente Rodriguez or Espanyol playmaker Ivan De La Pena. As usual, Spain has a wildly talented group that, on paper, has more than enough ability to win the World Cup. But this is a squad that has struggled against inferior competition, La Selección couldn't even win a qualification group that included Belgium, Lithuania and San Marino, and its friendly schedule over the past few years has been littered by such knee-knocking opponents as Canada, Russia and Andorra.

Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has confirmed he will begin the World Cup with his so-called "magic quartet.” The world champions begin their campaign against Croatia on 13 June and also face Australia and Japan in the first round. Parreira refused to comment on the rest of his 23-man squad beyond that starting XI but added that Ronaldinho would be allowed to play with the same freedom he enjoys at Barcelona.

Their last competitive match was a 3-0 victory over Venezuela on October 10, 2005.

Dida (AC Milan)

Cafu (Brazil captain – AC Milan)
Juan (Bayer Leverkusen)
Lucio (Bayern Munich)
Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid)

Emerson (Juventus)
Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich)
Kaka (AC Milan)

Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona)
Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Adriano (Inter Milan)

Other News
Charlton have signed United States defender Cory Gibbs on a free transfer from Feyenoord; subject to the 26-year-old obtaining a work permit.

Tottenham Hotspur will wait for the results of food tests before deciding whether to take action after 10 of their players fell ill before their game at West Ham. Manager Martin Jol said players vomited in the dressing room before the 2-1 loss which ended their Champions League dream. Tottenham were unsuccessful in their attempts to get the match delayed or postponed and there could be the threat of legal action against the Premier League as to whether they followed the right procedure.

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s days at Old Trafford might be numbered. Van Nistelrooy drove away from the ground on Sunday before the game with Charlton and Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will discuss his actions in a board meeting this week. Van Nistelrooy is thought to have been unhappy at being left out of the side to face Charlton, after spending much of the second half of the season on the bench. The striker was at Old Trafford on Sunday morning and is understood to have been fully fit and expecting to play alongside Louis Saha because Wayne Rooney is sidelined with a broken bone in his foot.

Wigan boss Paul Jewell has revealed defender Pascal Chimbonda handed in a transfer request on his way off the pitch after Sunday's defeat by Arsenal. The Frenchman joined Wigan for £500,000 in the summer of 2005 and, after impressing for the promoted side, he signed an improved four-year contract in January. In recent weeks, he has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Jewell revealed the club had held talks over his future.

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd is hopeful that he will be able to appoint Glenn Roeder as manager within days. Roeder does not have the required UEFA Pro License to take the job but Shepherd hopes to persuade the Premier League to relax that regulation. Under Roeder, Newcastle have taken 32 points from the 15 league games in which he was in charge. He took over in a caretaker capacity in February following the dismissal of Graeme Souness and has led the Magpies to 11 wins in 17 games.

Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack will name the club he intends to join next season before the World Cup finals, which start on 9 June. Ballack is out of contract in the summer and has held negotiations with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho regarding a move to the Premiership champions.

Benfica have parted company with coach Ronald Koeman who is now to take over at PSV Eindhoven. Koeman, who claims he decided to return home for 'family reasons', has now signed a two-year deal with PSV where he will succeed Guus Hiddink. Hiddink is leaving the Dutch champions and the Australian national team after the World Cup to take over the Russian national team.


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