June 18, 2010 |
GROUP E Netherlands vs. Japan Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban. Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM 103.1. The buzz: The Dutch won their opening game, 2-0, over Denmark but were not overly impressive in doing so. The Japanese also won their first game, 1-0, over Cameroon, and that was a real surprise. If the Netherlands can keep Keisuke Honda contained, it should win without undue difficulty.
June 16, 2010
GROUP B: ARGENTINA VS. SOUTH KOREA Where: Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg. Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM 103.1. The buzz: Coach Diego Maradona's Argentina — or is it Lionel Messi's? — can virtually clinch a place in the tournament's knockout phase by defeating South Korea. Conversely, Coach Huh Jung-moo's South Korea can do the same if it wins.
June 15, 2010
Group H Honduras vs. Chile Where: Nelspruit Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 Group H is the last of the eight groups to get underway and that's been good news for both Chile and Honduras, who have been rushing to get players healthy. For Honduras, making its first World Cup appearance in 28 years, playmaker Julio De Leon has joined a list of injured players that already includes midfielder Wilson Palacios and striker David Suazo.
June 14, 2010 |
Group F New Zealand vs. Slovakia, Rustenburg Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT. T V: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 New Zealand will have to look to someone other than Coach Ricki Herbert for a rousing pep talk before its World Cup opener. "We could play the best we've ever done," Herbert said, "and lose all three matches." Not exactly inspirational — but true. Older and more experienced than previous All Whites squads, the Kiwis nevertheless look to be outclassed here.
June 12, 2010
Group B Greece vs. South Korea, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM. Greece will not be taking South Korea lightly, at least not if Coach Otto Rehhagel has anything to say about it. Rehhagel, a German who led the Greeks to their Euro 2004 title, said Asian teams have "caught up massively" since he first took teams the region in the 1960s. "They have wonderful ways to move and we really can't imitate that as Europeans," he said in a comment sure to draw negative reaction.
February 8, 2010 |
In soccer-mad Mexico, there's no bigger sporting event than the quadrennial World Cup. Which makes the selection of the World Cup team Mexico's second-biggest sporting event. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. "You don't know if it will ever be repeated." Never mind that it already has been repeated for Ochoa, who has been to one World Cup and is the closest thing Mexico has to a sure bet for this year's 23-man team. But for the other 50 or so players with a realistic shot at representing Mexico in South Africa this summer, the next few months will be an anxious time.