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OFC Nations Cup (which also serves as qualifying for the 2014 WC )

Group B

Fiji 0 - 1 New Zealand

Salomon Is 1 - 0 Papua New Guinea

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Argentina is the first on the table positions in CONMEBOL... I'm suprised Venezuela is 4th! :o They could be a huge but nice sirprise if they quallify!

This Friday CONCACAF starts it's 3 group rounds... Guatemala-Jamaica ;)

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OFC Nations Cup

Semifinals:

Tahiti 1 - 0 Solomon Islands

New Zealand 0 - 2 New Caledonia

All semifinalists advance to next round of the OFC 2014 WC qualifying

Final Jun 10: New Caledonia v Tahiti

The winner will represent the OFC in the 2013 Confederations Cup

AFC

Japan 6 - 0 Jordan

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Conmebol

Round 6

Bolivia 3 - 1 Paraguay

Venezuela 0 - 2 Chile

tomorrow matches

Uruguay v Peru

Ecuador v Colombia

Current standings

Chile 12 pts

Argentina 10 pts

Uruguay 8 pts

Venezuela 8 pts

Colombia 7 pts

Ecuador 6 pts

Bolivia 4 pts

Paraguay 4 pts

Peru 3 pts

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Slightly off topic but for the first time ever Tahiti will play at the 2013 Confederations Cup as OFC Champions

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CAF second Round

Group A

Bostwana 1 - 1 South Africa

Ethiopia 2 - 0 Central African Rep

GroupB

Equatorial Guinea 2 - 2 Sierra Leone

Cape Verde 1 - 2 Tunisia

Group C

Morocco 2 - 2 Cote d`Ivore

Tanzania 2 -1 Gambia

Group D

Zambia 1 - 0 Ghana

Lesotho 0 -0 Sudan

Group E

Congo 1 - 0 Niger

Gabon 1 - 0 Burkina Faso

Group F

Malawi 1 - 1 Nigeria

Namibia 1 - 0 Kenya

Group G

Mozambique 0 - 0 Zimbabwe

Guinea 2 - 3 Egypt

Group H

Rwanda 1 - 1 Benin

Mali 2 -1 Algeria

Group I

Congo DR 2 - 0 Togo

Libya 2 - 1 Cameroon

Group J

Uganda 1 -1 Senegal

Liberia 0 - 0 Angola

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Conmebol

Uruguay 4 - 2 Peru

Ecuador 1 - 0 Colombia

Chile 12 pts

Uruguay 11 pts

Argentina 10 pts

Ecuador 9 pts

Venezuela 8 pts

Colombia 7 pts

Bolivia 4 pts

Paraguay 4 pts

Peru 3 pts

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Slightly off topic but for the first time ever Tahiti will play at the 2013 Confederations Cup as OFC Champions

I'm shoked about that too...!!! They will also play the playoffs for Brazil 2014 :o

Uruguay climbs to the 2nd spot after winning 4-2 against Peru...

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I'm shoked about that too...!!! They will also play the playoffs for Brazil 2014 :o

Uruguay climbs to the 2nd spot after winning 4-2 against Peru...

No they won't actually. They will play with the top 4 teams in a final round robin group and the winner plays 4th place in North America for a spot in Brazil.

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Thanks for that info ;) so that means that the spot for playoffs is yet to be decided... Ahhhh :)

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AFC

Group A

South Korea 3 - 0 Lebanon

Iran 0 - 0 Qatar

South Korea 6 pts (The top two teams from each group will advance to the 2014 WC)

Iran 4 pts

Qatar 4 pts

Uzbekistan 1 pt

Lebanon 1 pt

Group B

Australia 1 - 1 Japan

Iraq 1 - 1 Oman

Japan 7 pts

Iraq 2 pts

Australia 2 pts

Oman 2 pts

Jordan 1 pt

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Ahh I'd totally forgotten the Korea game was so early today! Korea and Japan are sitting pretty comfortable right now, with Qatar having played 3 games to Korea's 2. And Australia still has little to fear, as they've only played 2 games to Japan and Oman's 3.

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Good to see us get a point against Japan - we've developed a real rivalry with the Blue Samurai since joining the AFC. As long as we don't blow it from here, I'm reasonably comfortable we should qualify for Brazil.

Edited by Sir Rols

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CONCACAF

Woohoo!!! Guatemala 1 - USA 1 ;)

the other match of group A

Antigua and Barbuda 0 - 0 Jamaica

USA 4 pts

Jamaica 4 pts

Guatemala 1 pt

Antigua and Barbuda 1 pt

Group B

Guyana 0 - 4 Costa Rica

El Salvador 1 - 2 Mexico

Mexico 6 pts

Costa Rica 4 pts

El Salvador 1 pt

Guyana 0

Group C

Canada 0 - 0 Honduras

Panama 1 - 0 Cuba

Panama 6 pts

Canada 4 pts

Honduras 1 pt

Cuba 0

next matchday sep 7

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Capello confirmed as Russia coach

Fabio Capello has been named the new coach of Russia and will lead the side during their attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

The Italian has been unemployed since resigning from his position as England manager in February and had been heavily linked with the Russia job after being included on their initial shortlist.

Nikita Simonyan, Vice-President of the Russia FA, said: “We have decided to appoint Fabio Capello as the new coach of the national side. We’ll wait for the arrival of Capello in the next few days so we can iron out the last few details and he can then sign his contract.”

Capello replaces Dick Advocaat, who was at the helm during the Russians’ disappointing UEFA EURO 2012 campaign – where they were eliminated at the group stage – before leaving to take charge of PSV Eindhoven.

Russia failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after losing a play-off against Slovenia under former coach Guus Hiddink, and have been drawn in Group F of European qualifying for Brazil 2014.

They share the group with Portugal, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg. Capello’s first competitive games will be a double-header, hosting Northern Ireland on 7 September before travelling to Israel four days later.

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FIFA

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South Korea's Park Jong-woo, who was banned from the Olympic podium at the London Games for displaying a political message after the bronze medal match, has been called up to the senior national team for the first time for a World Cup qualifier.

Park was not allowed to collect his bronze medal following Korea's 2-0 win over Japan earlier this month after he held up a sign referring to a territorial dispute between the Asian neighbours.

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Soccer's governing body, FIFA, also opened disciplinary proceedings against the player while the Korean Olympic Committee asked Park not to attend official banquets or functions to celebrate South Korea's first Olympic soccer medal.

However, national coach Choi Kang-hee said Park was a good addition to the squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Sept. 11.

http://au.eurosport....818/story.shtml

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Terry, Gerrard back in for England

John Terry has been included in the England squad for the first two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.

The Chelsea captain has been named in Roy Hodgson's 24-man squad despite currently facing an FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race, towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.

Terry denies the charge. A date for a hearing is yet to be set.

Captain Steven Gerrard also returns to the squad, as do Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who missed the friendly win over Italy through injury.

Striker Wayne Rooney has not been included after sustaining a thigh injury last weekend against Fulham which could rule him out for up to two months.

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City). Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal). Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

http://uk.eurosport....-101135482.html

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Germany have named their squad to compete in the first qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Play starts next month against the Faroe Islands and Austria.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Defenders: Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm (all Bayern), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Götze, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus (all Dortmund), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (both Bayern), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Lars Bender, Andre Schürrle (both Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

http://www.dw.de/dw/...6211979,00.html

Spain' squad announced

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Malaga), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Benat Etxebarria (Real Betis), Xavi (Barcelona)

Forwards: David Silva (Manchester City), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Roberto Soldado (Valencia), David Villa (Barcelona)

http://uk.eurosport....-105603355.html

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Road to 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil begins for European teams with first qualifiers

The road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins for European teams on Friday, with the top lineups expected to ease into their group campaigns after being handed some benign opening qualifying matches.

France, in particular, will be desperate for a fast start in Group I after being pooled with world champion Spain, which has the night off from qualifying and instead faces Saudi Arabia in a friendly in Galicia.

The French, who have a new coach in Didier Deschamps, will be keen to avoid the kind of early slipup that marred the start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, when they lost embarrassingly 1-0 at home to Belarus.

The Belarusians are in the same World Cup qualifying group, too, with the teams meeting in Paris on Tuesday. First up for Les Bleus is a trip to 96th-ranked Finland on Friday.

“We’ll have to be at 200 per cent during both games against Spain if we want to beat them,” France midfielder Yohan Cabaye said. “But we have two games to win against Finland and Belarus first to put ourselves in a good position before playing Spain.

“We have to fight with the idea of getting first place in the group.”

Germany is at home to the lowly Faeroe Islands in Group C and England takes on 141st-ranked Moldova in Group H with coach Roy Hodgson acknowledging that “for us, they are going to be pretty much unknown.”

With Euro 2012 finalist Italy visiting Bulgaria in Group B, the biggest test for a heavyweight European side could come in Amsterdam where the Netherlands will look to end a four-match losing run when they host Turkey in Group D.

Following the departure of Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch are under the command of Louis van Gaal and one of his first tasks is to decide who of Robin van Persie or Klaas Jan Huntelaar leads his forward line in World Cup qualifying.

Huntelaar started ahead of his fellow striker in the Netherlands’ most recent match — a 4-2 loss to Belgium in a friendly last month — but Van Persie looks in fine form after scoring four goals in his last two games for new club Manchester United.

“I’m just available,” Van Persie said. “It does not matter what I think — those are questions for the coach. I am available for any position.”

Turkey failed to qualify for Euro 2012 but is ranked 35th and has the players to trouble the Dutch, who go on to meet Hungary on Tuesday.

Qualifying continues for teams in Oceania, Asia, CONCACAF and South America. In total, 76 matches will be played around the world from Friday to Tuesday.

In the European zone, only one team goes through automatically for the 2014 finals from the nine groups, so the head-to-heads between Spain and France in October and March will be key.

The Spanish have won their last three meetings and cemented their reputation as one of the world’s greatest ever teams by defending their European title in Poland and Ukraine this summer to claim their third major title in a row.

Deschamps, who replaced Laurent Blanc in charge of France, has eyes only on top spot in its five-team group and won’t be satisfied by reaching Brazil through the playoffs open to second-place finishers.

“We aren’t going to start off by saying we are going to finish second — it doesn’t serve anybody any good to speak about Spain at the moment,” Deschamps said. “They are the big favourites but our target is to finish in front of them.”

France is coming off a 0-0 home draw against Uruguay in a friendly last month but should have no problems finding its form against Finland, which has never qualified for the finals of a major tournament.

Germany’s attackers will be licking their lips ahead of a match against the Faeroes, Europe’s third lowest-ranked team, above only Andorra and San Marino. A tougher test will come four days later when the Germans visit neighbour Austria. Sweden and Ireland also feature in the group.

England will be without arguably its only two world-class players — Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole — when it travels to Moldova, which Hodgson rates despite seeing it draw only 0-0 against Albania in a recent friendly.

“There will be a lot of thought that Moldova are not very special, not very strong, but we certainly don’t go into the game with that thought at all,” said Hodgson, who begins his first qualifying campaign in charge of England.

“Certainly, my message to the players is, ‘I don’t care if they are called Moldova. As far as I’m concerned, they could be called Brazil.“’

AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/road-to-2014-world-cup-finals-in-brazil-begins-for-european-teams-with-first-qualifiers/2012/09/05/0e51db50-f767-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_story.html

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