World Cup diary - The Godfather strikes back

By 22 June 2010 07:31

Fabio Capello has expressed his disapproval at John Terry's claimed grievances against the England coach, calling his decision to speak out a "big mistake".

Terry announced at Sunday's press conference the supposed need for the players to voice these grievances at a planned team meeting. Capello has since reacted angrily at the public nature of Terry's claims.

"Every time we have a meeting I ask the captain, problems? You want to say something? Never. Then I read that John Terry said this, I don't understand why he doesn't speak with me."

Let's hope that JT doesn't wake to find Dion Dublin's head in his bed.


France World Cup coach Raymond Domenech has won the backing of his mother Germaine after deciding to send striker Nicolas Anelka home, following a foul-mouthed rant at the coach.

"I'd like to meet Mr Anelka and give him a piece of my mind as a mother," Mrs Domenech told RTL radio. We'd all like to be there if you do, Mrs Domenech.


French bank Credit Agricole SA has postponed a television advert featuring senior French players until further notice, after the squad refused to train for a day, in the wake of the Anelkagate affair.

Fast food company Quick is pulling a poster campaign featuring Anelka holding a burger aloft as if it is the Jules Rimet trophy. Apparently, Joann Gourcuff wanted a bite but Anelka refused to pass it to him.


The Korean television broadcast of what is believed to be the country's first live football match abroad took place yesterday, as Korea DPR took on Portugal.

After recording a 7-0 loss, the Koreans may be questioning the judgement of such a decision.


Argentina coach Diego Maradona demonstrated his sense of twisted logic after claiming that Brazil striker Luis Fabiano's second goal against the Ivory Coast on Sunday was not the Hand of God.

"This one was with his arm, he brought it down with his arm, it's very evident, I think there was a double handball," said Maradona. Glad you cleared that one up for us, Diego.


In a hugely ambitious move sure to thrill the fans of the Australia team, Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen is being lined up as the next coach of the Socceroos.

Cameroon are bottom of Group E after recording two losses from two games played.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key revelled in his country's 1-1 draw with reigning World Cup holders Italy on Sunday.

"The All Whites have surprised everybody and stunned the footballing world."

Champagne with that mint sauce, minister?


Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer is at it again. After criticising England's "kick and rush" style following their draw with the USA, the German World Cup winner labelled the France team "lifeless" after their 2-0 defeat to Mexico.

The German was forced to take a backward step after his own team's 1-0 defeat to Serbia, alluding to his earlier comments when he said: "I am not going to criticise England this time because all the bigger teams have taken a step backwards."

You may have won a battle Franz, but the war remains ongoing.


Portugal blitzed North Korea after scoring six second-half goals at the Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. Raul Meireles opened the scoring after 29 minutes with a cool finish, before goals from Sambrosa Simao (53), Hugo Almeida (56), Tiago Mendes (60), da Silva Muniz (81) and Cristiano Ronaldo (87) put the Portuguese six goals ahead.

Tiago sealed the match with his second in the 89th minute for a 7-0 victory. The victory leaves the Portuguese all but assured of second place in the battle for qualification from Group G.


A determined Chile side top Group H after overcoming Switzerland 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, shortly after the Swiss had set a new record for not conceding a goal at the World Cup Finals.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Mark Gonzalez headed in at the far post in the 75th minute after excellent work by Esteban Paredes. Ottmar Hitzfeld's side did well to hang on after Valon Behrami was inexplicably dismissed on 30 minutes for a minor misdemeanour.


Spain showed their true class in a 2-0 victory over Honduras at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

La Furia Roja created numerous chances before David Villa larruped an exquisite shot from the left wing to make it 1-0 on 17 minutes. Villa should have seen red after slapping Emilio Izaguirre in the face on 42 minutes, but the referee was not in view of the incident.

Villa wrapped things up soon after half-time, collecting a pass from Xavi Hernandez before his right-footed effort beat goalkeeper Noel Valladares via a deflection from defender Oscar Chavez.

Villa missed several chances to get his hat-trick, including a penalty which he missed after Izaguirre tripped Jesus Navas (61). The victory puts Spain second in Group H.

Source: DSG

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