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Vergini erstatter Rojo til kampen mod Paraguay.

Vergini fue citado en Argentina

BUENOS AIRES -- El entrenador Alejandro Sabella convocó a Santiago Vergini, defensor de Estudiantes de La Plata, para incorporarse al seleccionado que se prepara para enfrentar a Paraguay por el boleto al Mundial de Brasil 2014.

Vergini, dos meses atrás campeón con Newell´s Old Boys en el Torneo Final, reemplazará al lateral Marcos Rojo, lesionado en un hombro.

La AFA informó a través de su web oficial que Vergini deberá presentarse el jueves para el entrenamiento matutino en el predio de Ezeiza.

La incorporación de Vergini, un zaguero central, consolida la chance de José Basanta para que juegue como lateral, en tanto que Cristian Ansaldi es la primera alternativa.
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De la Torre faces moment of truth against Honduras

The friendly win over the Ivory Coast doesn´t provide any safe harbor for Mexico´s coach, Jose Manuel ´Chepo´ de la Torre. For that matter, even El Tri´s failure to defend its Gold Cup title is relatively minor compared to what is riding on the next match. At this point, the upcoming World Cup qualification game against Honduras is the most important competitive result in De la Torre´s life.

There is no wiggle room for anything other than a win. A loss would be complete disaster. Even a draw would be only a slightly less painful type of doom, leaving El Tri in desperate need to win the final games, burdened with a collective shattered ego from the inability to win at home.

De la Torre is aware of what is at stake. Only four other countries have been to more World Cup tournaments than Mexico (14). To miss out on the 15th is unlikely, with ESPN´s Soccer Power Index putting the team´s successful qualification at about 87%.

The odds may be in his favor, but the whims of fate can be more fickle than mere statistics. Despite the press trying to bait him into it, De la Torre wasn´t about to issue any Namath-style predictions about the Honduras match.

Various versions of the coach´s statements on the topic were written as, "Chepo promises a win". However, what De la Torre said wasn´t nearly as strong or confident as what was made out by the headlines.

"I still have the same vision as I did the first day, when they invited me to this project, and I´m still convinced that the team is going to do well, that we are going to win and achieve qualification for Brazil 2014."

For the coach to say that his personal conviction bodes a win for the squad is practically meaningless - since we can be sure De la Torre´s dreams for El Tri never include defeats or draws. Yet those are what Mexico has mostly garnered this year.

Perhaps De la Torre was wise in his statements to hark back to his early days with the Mexican squad, because those were the glory days for him and the players. Those times are now in the distant past, however.

At that time, a boycott by Carlos Vela seemed as inconsequential as a taking a single bullet out of a machine-gun magazine.

Of course, that was before Mexico´s poor results prompted the popular hashtag, #fuerachepo, which was then joined by #perdonanosvela, plus the latest version, #perdonanosochoa.

This may be the twilight hour for De la Torre, since rather than having a grand plan for Mexico to charge out against Honduras, he seems instead to be focused on petty control issues with his team.

According to recent reports, De la Torre publicly chastised midfielder Giovani dos Santos for ignoring assembled media calling for interviews in a mixed zone after the national team´s practice.

First of all, De la Torre hasn´t been terribly polite to the press on many occasions, so it´s a bit hypocritical of him to scold Dos Santos, given that the player had done nothing more than ignore the journalists. Secondly, some players would prefer to maintain focus and not discuss their feelings about an important match with the press. De la Torre should know his players by now and understand if some are less interested in the media glare than others. Lastly, De la Torre should be focusing on a game plan and a strategy based on player skill and cohesiveness, not practicing amateur psychology about who has the ´character´ to win.

Yet when De la Torre was asked about the qualities a player needed to make the El Tri roster, he referred not to whether they were game-fit, with good stamina and playmaking ability. Instead, he spoke of character, as if it were some measurable element.

"Character is indispensable," claimed De la Torre.

´Character´ to the coach seems to be more about whether the players will conform absolutely to his leadership or not. Their incentive to fall in line may be low when their coach exhibits body language on the sidelines that displays pure exasperation when things don´t go well, instead of showing encouragement or support.

Administration officials may have given De la Torre a lifeline by letting him remain in charge of the squad, but he faces another jury every time he steps into Azteca stadium. There, the 100,000 fans will make their feelings known, regardless of the public calls from Mexico players for the crowds to merely be good cheerleaders. Mexico fans are faithful, but they are not fools, and they have been relatively patient in draw after draw. If De la Torre wants their fervent cheers, he must earn them.
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Brazil´s options without Fred

Alexandre Pato played on the Olympic team that reached the finals in London.Pato obviously does not deserve to be selected for the Brazilian national team. Not even with 14 goals scored for Corinthians, which made him the team´s second-highest scorer this year. Pato already seems like a veteran at 24 years old. He´s not very thrilling. He is undeniably talented, and the most cost-effective among the most technical strikers in soccer worldwide.

But there is another side of the issue that should be taken into consideration.

If Felipao loses Fred (currently out at least three months with a thigh injury) at the dawn of the World Cup, who´s going to take his place? Jo would be his backup. Well-deserved due to the Confederations Cup.

And then? Leandro Damiao? Inter is crazy to sell him, and buyers are uncertain about purchasing him. And let´s face it, going from Fred to Damiao is a step down.

Pato always gives the impression that he can do more, but those who work with him always face the challenge of giving him back the hunger that great players need. This is why Felipao chose him, although he has his own major reservations over his attitude.

Without Fred, there are only two options.

The first is to bet on Pato.

The second is mine: Diego Tardelli as center-forward.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Finish line in sight for South American qualifying

Posted by Tim Vickery

South America´s World Cup qualification campaign moves into the home straight on Friday with the 15th of its 18 rounds. The teams are clearly divided into three groups:

The Candidates

The top four automatic qualification slots are almost sown up. Argentina (26 points) are all but mathematically there - they sit out Friday´s action, but should make sure of their place away to Paraguay next Tuesday. Colombia (23 points) are just a win away. Ecuador and Chile (both on 21) are closing in - something will have to go badly wrong for one of them to miss out.

The Strugglers

Uruguay and Venezuela (16 points) and Peru (14) are locked in an intense battle for the fifth position - the play-off slot. Whoever takes it will meet either Jordan or Uzbekistan in November.

The Desperados

Bolivia (10 points) and Paraguay (8) can only cling to the hopes of a miracle and build for the future.

These - in chronological order - are Friday´s games.

COLOMBIA v ECUADOR

Last June the Ecuadorians won a 1-0 victory in their mountain fortress of Quito. Now Colombia hope that in the extreme heat of Barranquilla they can return the score-line with interest - which would all but mathematically ensure their first World Cup appearance since 1998.

Radamel Falcao Garcia is an injury doubt for Colombia - but coach Jose Pekerman is full of attacking options - Jackson Martinez, Teofilo Gutierrez, Carlos Bacca and Luis Muriel give him plenty of centre forward alternatives.

This is Ecuador´s first competitive game since the tragic death of Christian Benitez. The indications are that coach Reinaldo Rueda will replace him by pushing Antonio Valencia inside into a central position - where he might be able to take advantage of a gap that often opens up between Colombia´s midfield and the centre backs, who like to drop deep to hide their lack of pace.

PARAGUAY v BOLIVIA

Building for the future, both sides had excellent results away from home in the August round of friendlies, Bolivia holding Venezuela to a 2-2 draw, and Paraguay coming back against Germany with a 3-3 result. There are some fresh faces in both squads; Paraguay have promoted their Under-20 coach Victor Genes, who has brought a few members of the World Youth Cup squad with him. Bolivia, too, are set to give competitive debuts to some of their youngsters who did well against Venezuela.

With home advantage Paraguay are strong favourites. In fact, three of their last four matches are in front of their own fans in Asuncion, meaning that in the unlikely event of all the teams above them slipping up, Paraguay might just think that a late charge for the play-off spot might be a possibility.

CHILE v VENEZUELA

Three consecutive wins under new coach Jorge Sampaoli have transformed Chile from crisis team to very strong contenders for a place in Brazil, and they looked irresistible in last month´s demolition of Iraq. They look full of goals - in marked contrast to their opponents. Chile have scored 21 times in their qualification campaign. Venezuela have managed just 10.

There are times, though, when Chile´s commitment to pushing forward can leave them very open to the opponent´s counter-attack. Both full backs can be caught upfield simultaneously, which could leave space for the strong and dynamic Salomon Rondon to launch some dangerous thrusts.

PERU v URUGUAY

The last game of the night is the undoubted highlight of the round. Peru will climb above Uruguay with a win, and unless Venezuela beat Chile, will move into 5th place. The stakes, then, could hardly be higher. Peru are usually strong at home, and - a comparative rarity in this campaign - should have their full attacking force to unleash at the Uruguayans. Jefferson Farfan, Claudio Pizarro and Paolo Guerrero are all raring to go.

Uruguay, meanwhile, had a dismal 2012/13, especially away from home, where they suffered a sequence of heavy defeats. Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez, after much tactical experimentation, hopes that he has found the formula - his side have reverted to defending deep, with the back line and the midfield close together, seeking to slip their strikers on the counter-attack. It worked in June when they won a vital 1-0 victory away to Venezuela. But it will not be as easy to contain the Peruvian strikers. A high octane 90 minutes are in prospect.

BRAZIL v AUSTRALIA

The World Cup hosts play a friendly on Saturday on the sub-standard pitch in Brasilia´s new stadium. A few areas of the side will be under the microscope. Goalkeeper, for example. Julio Cesar has had a triumphant year with the national team, but he did not manage to secure a move in the transfer window, meaning that he is out of favour and out of the top flight of English football with Queens Park Rangers. Will he play? If not, can Jefferson of Botafogo be trusted as a potential World Cup goalkeeper?

At right back, the injury to Daniel Alves gives Maicon a chance. Is he really still good enough? And the injury to Fred at centre forward is another interesting one. Jo will presumably lead the line, though Alexandre Pato has been recalled. Are these players good enough to frighten defences in next year´s World Cup?
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Moreno, Mexico focused on doing well at home

MEXICO CITY -- Hector Moreno believes that Mexico will fulfill its objective of taking maximum points this Friday against visiting Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

The 25-year-old spoke with reporters about the importance of obtaining a victory in the Azteca Stadium, something that did not happen in three previous matches at home against Jamaica, the United States and Costa Rica.

“We let three games go by us at home, but we can no longer go back to that, we have this very important game Friday because it’s 90 minutes where we have to give everything so that we can leave happy,” Moreno said. “And, above all, with three points.”

In their first meeting in March, Javier Hernandez scored twice within the opening 54 minutes to give Mexico a 2-0 road lead. The Catrachos stormed back, though, with goals from Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson with in a three-minute span to force a 2-2 draw.

The Espanyol defender remembers that game and realizes that Honduras will try to repeat the recent achievements of others at the Azteca. In order to prevent that from occurring, Mexico has is taking it one day and one game at a time.

“To come to the Azteca and be able to take a point is something that fills them with hope, for that reason we are very focused and thinking about doing things well and then go into the game versus the United States,” Moreno expressed.

If Mexico wants to finish the Hexagonal with one of CONCACAF’s three automatic berths at Brazil 2014, it can’t look at it any other way.
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VM Kampprogram for Fredag/Lørdag...

Colombia - Ecuador 22.30 (FAS,

Paraguay - Bolivia 00.30 (FAS(?),

Chile - Venezuela 02.30 (FAS (?),

Mexico - Honduras 03.30 (Kayokay (?)

Panama - Jamaica 04.00 (FAS(?)

Costa Rica - Gringos 04.00 (Dibben,

Peru - Uruguay 04.30 (FAS,




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Ecuador bets on at least a draw against Colombia

Ecuador knows that Colombia is the favorite in the upcoming qualifying match but the players expect to get at least a draw that would get them close to qualifying to the World Cup.

"These are tough games. We already got three points here against Colombia, and we can take six of six (points) or four of six," said midfielder Christian Noboa (Dinamo Moscow) at a press conference.

Striker Felipe Caicedo (Lokomotiv, Russia), who will miss the match through suspension with the Colombians but probably will face Bolivia on September 10, agrees: "Pulling out a win or a positive result in Barranquilla we will be 98% qualified."

The Ecuadorian team with 21 points, are in third place in the qualifiers behind Colombia (23) and the leader Argentina (26) and with the same amount of points as Chile but with a better goal difference (+5 against 0).

The team coached by Colombian Reinaldo Rueda recognize how good a team Colombia is but are far from being intimidated as they come to Barranquilla motivated.

"I think the match in Colombia will be complicated and difficult, but I think those who make up the team are ready mentally, we know what´s at stake," said attacker Narciso Mina (América, Mexico).

Midfielder Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) predicted that Ecuador will slow up the field to counter the offensive power of Colombia.

"We know the players Colombia has and I think we have to be very intelligent for this game," said the star of Ecuador.

We are going out to win this game, but we will defend the pitch well and be disciplined waiting for an opportunity to counterattack," said Mina.

Ecuador, who on Tuesday completed its final training session in Quito before embarking for Barranquilla on Wednesday, has played 15 games with Colombia in World Cup qualifying, getting four wins, five losses and six draws.

Rueda´s team will face its first match without striker Christian Benitez, who died suddenly on July 29th from a heart attack.

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Falcao García is progressing well but remains in doubt

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao Garcia is progressing well in his recovery from an ankle sprain, but is doubtful for the match against Ecuador on Friday in the South American qualifiers, informed team doctor Carlos Ulloa.

"He is progressing well but day by day we can make a determination whether he will be ready or not" for the match, the doctor told reporters.

Ulloa said that the player has a "one degree ankle sprain (right) with a bruise on the tibia," and said that the medical team is "working in the rehabilitation process so he can be fit as soon as possible."

"There is inflammation and pain," he added, noting that Falcao "is in good spirits" but is aware that only "if he is fit will he play."

Falcao, who was injured in Sunday´s game with his club team Monaco, on Tuesday worked separately from the other players.

Defenders Mario Yepes (Atalanta, Italy) and Cristian Zapata (AC Milan, Italy) were also missing from practice and will not play against Ecuador, the former for yellow card accumulation and the latter because he was expelled in Colombia´s last game against Argentina in Buenos Aires (0-0) in June. Both will be available for the game against Uruguay on Tuesday in Montevideo.

Falcao Garcia, 27, arrived in Barranquilla on Monday night, but declined to speak to the press. Reporters at the airport said the player was limping slightly.

The ´Tiger´ is Colombia´s leading scorer in these qualifiers with seven goals.

Colombia, led by the Argentinian Jose Pekerman, is in second place with 23 points, three behind leader Argentina, while Ecuador is third with 21 points.

Therefore, a triumph over the ´tricolor´ would leave Colombia virtually qualified.

Moreover, a victory, combined with other results, would allow Pekerman´s team to secure one of the four direct berths to the World Cup. The fifth will play a playoff with the fifth team from the Asia region.

Colombia had a two-a-day on Tuesday, training both in the morning and in the afternoon. Both training sessions were closed to the media.

Although Colombia has four wins in a row in Barranquilla the players are not taking anything for granted and realize their opponent will come to fight.

"Ecuador also needs to win to take a big step to qualify. They will not come to hide but to take it to us. We expect a team that will not give anything away," estimated striker Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese, Italy).

But optimism is at a high point, as in the case of Macnelly Torres (Al-Shabab, Saudi Arabia): "It would be a great joy to win and have 26 points, regardless of how the standings stay. We´ve gone step by step and this is crucial," said Torres.

Camilo Zuniga (Napoli, Italy) also praised the strengths of the Ecuadorians and said the key will be to "not betray our style of play. Handle the ball well, create space and keep a clean sheet."

Ecuador "is a team that plays very well and is good on the ball," he said.

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Venezuela wants to be the protagonist against Chile and Peru

"We will not give anything away (to Chile and Peru). We want to play well and we have prepared", coach Farías said in a press conference in Caracas before heading to the Chilean capital with his 24-man squad, 16 of them ´foreigners´.

"We know how hard this is, but they also know it. They aren´t thinking that they are just going to walk all over us. They know we are a difficult team and that they are going to have to fight because we are going to get results," Farias went on to say.

Venezuela, in six place in the qualifiers tied with Uruguay on 16 points - having played one less game- depart on Tuesday for Santiago in Chile, where on Friday they face the Chileans, fourth in the table with 21 points, in the first of two matches considered crucial if they want to get to their first ever World Cup.

On Tuesday in Puerto La Cruz (northeastern Venezuela), Venezuela will face Peru, seventh in the table with 14 points, in the sixteenth round of eighteen.

In round seventeen Venezuela will play the final game against Paraguay, as they have a bye for round 18. So Venezuela needs to win and get points in the three games that remain and hope that their rivals slip up.

"I do not think anyone will win four in a row," the coach said in reference to their biggest rivals in the table, Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay and Peru. "When you look at previous qualifiers you see they always went down to the last game."

In their first encounter in these qualifiers the Chileans won 2-0 at home against the Venezuelans.

"Today there is a different reality. It is time to throw everything out and play the best we can so we complete our dream of hearing our national anthem in Brazil," added the coach.

Farias believes Venezuela, who is no longer the weak selection of South America that it was in the past, is "a more organized team than ever," which "allows you to go forward, attack better and have the creativity that we need."

Chile and Peru "are a final for us because we´re playing for the World Cup," said Salomon Rondon, the star striker from Rubim Kazan in Russian.

Also Tomás Rincón, midfielder for German club Hamburg, stressed the "utmost importance" of these matches.

"The national team requires more focus and concentration than club matches. It is excellent the good momentum of some players on their clubs, it helps us raise confidence in the group," he said.

After the game on Friday, Venezuela will fly directly to Puerto La Cruz to prepare for the match against Peru.

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With Farfán, Guerrero and Pizarro, Peru prepares for their duels against Uruguay and Venezuela

Guerrero and Farfan come motivated to face the Uruguayan team on Friday in Lima after scoring goals in wins for their clubs over the weekend in Brazil and Germany.

"We have to respect the house (home field). Uruguay is a tough opponent, we know how well they are playing. But we have confidence in what we have to do on game day," said Farfán after arriving in Lima to join the team´s workouts.

"I come from my club playing very well and without injury. Now I want to think about the national team," said the player who is the top scorer for Peru in these qualifiers with four goals.

Paolo Guerrero arrived in the morning to Lima from Brazil after scoring in Corinthians 4-0 win against Flamengo.

"I´m on a great team, a fierce team," the 28 year old attacker told the Brazilian sports press.

Another Peruvian staple, veteran striker Claudio Pizarro, arrived in the morning to Lima after winning with his team, Bayern Munich, the European Super Cup title.

"The match against Uruguay is very important. It´s actually a final for us. We don´t have more opportunities," Pizarro said about the game.

Coach Sergio Markarian began Monday at the Villa Deportiva de Lima its concentration with 27 players including 15 who are active abroad to face Uruguay in the fifteenth day of the World Cup qualifiers.

Markarian will begin on Monday at the Villa Deportiva in Lima his training with the 27 players including 15 who are active abroad. The match against Uruguay will be on Friday.

In the last match, Peru defeated Uruguay 1-0 at the Monumental stadium in Lima on September 5, 2009 in the qualifying process for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa under the technical direction of Peruvian Guillermo del Solar.

The trainer of the Inca selection, Uruguayan Gonzalo Barreiro, said work with the players this week will focus primarily on the tactical side.

"The match against Uruguay is a key game, the players are aware that this is a special situation," Barreiro told the AFP after noting that to face the national team from his country as a coach is very special.

"It´s a very special situation. It´s a football game and we have to see it as just that," said the Uruguayan.

Four days after the match against Uruguay, Peru will visit Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz, two games considered crucial to keep alive their aspirations of qualifying for the World Cup.

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