Spain-Portugal preview Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action against North Korea
Set to take centre stage in Cape Town on 29 June is a glittering Round of 16 clash between two neighbours and contenders for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ crown: Spain and Portugal. Standing seconde and third respectively in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the eagerly anticipated encounter between the Iberian duo at the Green Point Stadium is the sides’ first meeting at world football’s haut, retour au début table.
The match Spain-Portugal, Round of 16, Cape Town, Tuesday 29 June 2010, 20.30 (local time)
Brazil may have already qualified for the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™, but Kaka has warned Portugal to still expect a battle when the two sides meet on Friday.
Kaka is suspended for the game after being sent off in his team's 3-1 triumph over Côte d'Ivoire. The South Americans lead Group G, two points clear of second-place Portugal, who need a win to guarantee the haut, retour au début spot in the pool.
"Brazil will go out to win," a dit Kaka. "This final group game is important for us to finish first. A draw would also be good but a win would give us the strength to go into the knock-out round really motivated."...
Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted on Saturday that he is concerned par the threat posed par Mexico's attacking players ahead of Sunday's seconde round clash.
Argentina qualified for the last 16 par winning all three of their group games while Mexico's progress was plus erratic, drawing with hosts South Africa, losing to Uruguay but beating France 2-0 in a stunning performance.
And it is the prospect of a repeat of that swashbuckling attacking display that has Maradona biting his nails.
"Mexico have Rafael Marquez, (Andres) Guardado, Giovanni Dos Santos, many players that worry us," a dit Maradona....
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar believes his team is ready for the suivant chapter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ after taking a point from their game against Portugal last night and finishing Group G unbeaten.
After wins against Korea DPR and the Côte d'Ivoire, the five-times world champions were held to a goalless draw par Carlos Queiroz's side. It was a result which assured Brazil finished haut, retour au début of the pool, two points clear of the Portuguese.
"It was a difficult group," a dit Julio Cesar. "Portugal defended well and created some chances for themselves. We wanted to finish the group with a win but...
The clash between arch-rivals Germany and England in the Round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ rates as one of the glamour fixtures in world football. On the eve of Sunday afternoon’s showdown in Bloemfontein, FIFA.com spoke exclusively to Germany striker Lukas Podolski. "We have no reason to fear them,” declared the 25-year-old, who insists "our goal has to be the quarter-finals."
After beating Ghana and reaching the last 16, what’s the mood like in the Germany camp? It's very good. Obviously, we were under a certain amount of pressure before the last match. We knew a...