USA not worried by political situation in Honduras ahead of World Cup tie

October 9, 2009

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“For all the jitters about security ahead of Saturday’s match, the scene appears to be pretty much normal. While there were military when the team’s flight arrived Thursday at Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport, it was only a fraction of the security force that blanketed the team at the last two World Cups in South Korea and Germany.” (Telegraph)


POLL – Will Argentina Qualify For World Cup 2010? The Lowdown on La Seleccion

October 9, 2009

“As regular readers of Just Football will know, Argentina are in real danger of not making it to the 2010 World Cup. Their last 2 qualifiers yielded exactly nil points, and as they teeter dangerously on the brink of elimination we want to know whether you think Diego Maradona and co will make it to South Africa. Cast your vote in our poll on the right hand side of this page. First though, the lowdown on how Argentina got into this mess in the first place…” (Just Football)


Paying Through The Nose Per View

October 9, 2009

“If you read our post on the subject earlier on in the week, you may have noted that the price of watching this weekend’s World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England was listed as £4.99. As hopes of a last minute highlights package fade fast with rights holders Kentaro stating that they feel that the coverage should be “all about the internet”, it is worth pointing out to potential viewers that this price has already been raised to £9.99 (as of midnight last night), and that it will be hiked up again to £11.99 at midnight tonight.” (twohundredpercent)


Sin-Binning in South Africa? No thanks.

October 9, 2009

“After UEFA’s spectacular cock-up regarding the whole Eduardo diving affair recently, it looks like FIFA’s vice-prez Jack Warner wants in on the action. Warner suggested today that referees need to toughen up on players who dive or overact on the pitch and that in next year’s World Cup in South Africa, those judged to be attempting to con the referee could be sin-binned for five minutes.” (They think its all over)


Honduras Civic

October 9, 2009

“If a soccer game falls down in the woods does it make a sound? As outlined earlier in the week, when the U.S. travels to hostile Honduras Saturday night’s for the penultimate 2010 CONCACAF World Cup qualifier it will have a nice 1982 vibe to it for the fact that it’s only available in select closed circuit establishments. (And if it were 1982, a U.S. soccer match wouldn’t be televised and the computer you’re reading this on would be engaging the Russians in a game of nuclear chess.)” (That’s On Point)


Why does Fabio Capello have such a limited choice with England’s goalkeepers?

October 9, 2009

“Where have all the English goalkeepers gone? Why is Fabio Capello’s choice so limited? Here we look at the great men between the Three Lion’s posts over the years – and the limited choices available now. ” (Telegraph)


The race for South Africa

October 9, 2009

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“Saturday is the pivotal day in Group One, with the top four playing each other. Regardless of the result in Denmark, Portugal or Hungary will be out of the running for an automatic spot as they play each other and a draw at the Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa would leave both all but out of the tournament; otherwise the losing team will be eliminated.” (ESPN)