South Africa World Cup 2010… and the shooting’s already started

July 19, 2009

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“Only 70 miles from a 2010 World Cup football stadium, a farmer’s wife and a boy aged 13 learn to defend themselves with lethal weapons. They say thousands of white landowners have been killed by Zimbabwe-style marauders; their black rulers accuse them of belligerence and right-wing tendencies. Aidan Hartley reports on the war of words you won’t read about in your World Cup holiday brochure.” (Daily Mail – June 15, 2009)

South Africa facing race against time for 2010 World Cup (Times)
“Some of us, having just returned from the Lions tour in South Africa, have been left slack-jawed by Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s suggestion that everything is fine and dandy with preparations for the 2010 World Cup, just as long as a few minor issues are sorted out before the tournament gets underway in 11 months’ time.”

David Beckham’s big move (WSC)
“David Beckham’s spell in the US has been a controversial one. He returned to the country this week but seems set on joining a Premier League club with the 2010 World Cup in mind. In WSC 198 (August 2003), Joyce Woolridge looked at press reaction to Beckham’s departure from Manchester United in 2003”

Italian teams have much to consider in transfer season (LA Times)
“Milan might be one of the world’s great cities, but there is something it lacks. What it needs is a really good soccer team. Oh, sure, there is AC Milan, but everyone knows the Rossoneri are nothing more than a bauble dangling from owner Silvio Berlusconi’s watch chain, a hobby for the Italian prime minister when he is not playing other, more exotic games on his Sardinian island retreat of Villa Certosa.”

Downing eyes England place (FIFA)
“Stewart Downing believes he can beat the likes of new Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young to a regular place in Fabio Capello’s England side. The left winger’s £12m arrival from Middlesbrough yesterday does not, however, spell the end of the former Watford player’s spell with the midlands club, according to manager Martin O’Neill.”

Liverpool and Spurs battle it out (ESPN)
“It’s Sunday and therefore the News of the World rumour mill is in full swing. Let’s start with the news that Ashley Young could be on his way out of Aston Villa, with Tottenham and Liverpool both set to bid around £20m.”

Ade-os, Who’s In And Football Returns (A Cultured Left Foot)
“A day when football took the centre stage once more, was to a certain extent overshadowed by transfer news at the end. A protracted affair came to a close when Emmanuel Adebayor signed for Manchester City, amid the usual platitudes towards former and new fans alike.”

Pre-season football photos (BBC)