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Chelsea Confirm Joe Cole & Michael Ballack To Leave Club At End Of June

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by Goal.com

Chelsea have confirmed that both Joe Cole and Michael Ballack will be departing from Stamford Bridge at the end of the month. The two midfielders' contracts are set to expire and they have not signed new deals. Cole has been linked with a clutch of clubs in England, most notably Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp publicly declaring an interest in s...Full Story »

Arsenal To Demand €72 Million For Cesc Fabregas Transfer To Barcelona - Report

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by Goal.com

As reported by Marca, Premier League side Arsenal have requested that Barcelona pay at least €72 million should the Catalan giants wish to acquire former Barca youth product and current Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas. The price tag comes on the heels of a €35m formal offer by the Blaugrana last week that was rejected by the London side. Instead, the Gunners have more than doubled the...Full Story »

Frei a worry for Swiss

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by PA

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is anxiously awaiting news from his medical staff on the condition of Alexander Frei after the captain limped out of the team's final training session in Zurich on Wednesday. The striker remained on the ground after a tackle from Steve von Bergen and, after receiving treatment from the team doctor and physio, he was helped away from the field and may not be...Full Story »

Altidore fit for England clash

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 by PA

United States striker Jozy Altidore has won his battle to be fit to face England in Saturday's World Cup Group C encounter in Rustenburg. Altidore missed the weekend success over Australia in Johannesburg while recovering from an ankle problem. But the 20-year-old has resumed full training and head coach Bob Bradley is confident he will be able to play a full part against Fabio Capello's si...Full Story »

Japan arrange Mozambique friendly

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Japan will play Mozambique in a hastily-arranged final pre-World Cup friendly on Thursday as Takeshi Okada's side seek a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Monday's opener against Cameroon. Japan have suffered four consecutive defeats ahead of a fourth consecutive World Cup campaign and face a tough task to reach the knockout stage in a group which also contains Holland and Denmark. M...Full Story »

Banks dismisses Casillas claim

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Gordon Banks has hit back at Iker Casillas' "disrespectful" claim that England's goalkeepers are not up to scratch. The Spain number one said earlier this week that David James, Rob Green and Joe Hart lacked the big-match pedigree to cut it at the World Cup. He argued that the trio's lack of Champions League experience was a "real problem" that could hinder England's chances of progression ...Full Story »

Vela: We're under pressure

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Carlos Vela concedes Mexico are under the spotlight as they prepare for their World Cup opener. They are the opponents of hosts South Africa in the curtain-raiser in Johannesburg on Friday and Vela knows that brings a considerable amount of pressure. "It's a great opportunity, but it's not going to be easy because it's the first match, we're up against the host nation and there's all tha...Full Story »

Van der Vaart eyes title

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Rafael van der Vaart is confident Holland have the quality to compete with the very best this summer and be in with a shout of winning the World Cup. Holland are not generally considered to be among the favourites but Van der Vaart is warning opponents not to underestimate the quality they have in their squad. "We have very good players and a very good coach," he said. "We have (Wesley) ...Full Story »

Donovan to draw on loan experience

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

United States forward Landon Donovan believes his loan spell with Everton last season can help play a part in plotting England's downfall in Saturday's World Cup clash. Donovan spent two and a half months at Goodison Park and feels the experience helped him to find out the qualities of some of the England players. He said: "It would be hard for me to point anywhere and find a weakness in...Full Story »

Julio Cesar will be fit - Dunga

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Dunga is confident goalkeeper Julio Cesar will be fit in time for Brazil's World Cup opener with North Korea in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Julio Cesar sustained a lumbar strain during last Wednesday's warm-up triumph over Zimbabwe in Harare and missed Monday's friendly against Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam in order to continue treatment for his injury. But Dunga has played down concerns over t...Full Story »

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