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Blatter to address Cuban officials over latest player defections

GENEVA – FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Monday that he will talk to Cuban sports officials over the latest defections of players from the National Team.

Three players left the Cuba prior to the team’s World Cup qualifier against Canada in Toronto last Friday.

“Definitely, it’s not only a question for the [FIFA] competitions’ department but it is a presidential question that I will address personally to the sports authorities in Cuba, by giving them a copy to give to their political authorities,” Blatter told reporters on Monday.

“It is a serious [matter] and we have taken note of that, we have received the reports.”

Since 2002, 21 players — men and women — have left various Cuban national sides during competitions in North America, which includes the United States and Caanda.

This was the first time that there were three separate defection incidents in a calendar year.

In January, two players — Yezenia Gallardo and midfielder Yunelsis Rodriguez — left the Cuban side during the CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada.

In March, one player — Yosmel de Armas — defected from the Under-23 team during the CONCACAF men’s Olympic qualifying competition in Nashvile, Tenn.

And now the Toronto incident.

On Thursday, three players bolted from the team. The Caribbeans, who brought only 15 players for its CONCACAF Group C qualifier against Canada at BMO Field. A fourth player was ill and remained at the hotel, leaving Cuba with only 11 starters and no substitutions. The Cubans finished their 3-0 loss to Canada with 10 players after striker Roberto Linares was red-carded late in the match.

The names of the players have not been made public. It was no known whether they have passed over the border to the U.S.

According to Reuters, Blatter was scheduled to visit Cuba as part of his Caribbean tour in October. Blatter, however, postponed the trip for reasons that had anything to do with the defections.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

15. okt. 2012 23:48

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Må sgu nok hellere smutte i seng nu, hvis jeg skal være frisk til imorgen nat. Jeg har også et lille projekt i løbet af imorgen, der også omhandler lidt fodbold og computerspil. Det fortæller jeg mere om imorgen nat.

Sov godt derude.
Kenny Dalglish had scouted the young star at Bordeaux, and requested the chairman Jack Walker to begin discussions with the player’s club. He refused, and famously said, “Why do you want to sign Zinedine Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”
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15. okt. 2012 23:53

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God Ide - skal have købt et par poser kaffe i morgen ....det bliver sgu en land dag og nat....:-)

og så lidt chilensk reflektioner efter Ecuador-kampen...

Ecuador 3-1 Chile – Borghi’s experimental formation fails in Quito

Even though there is still 8 games to play, last night’s 3-1 demolition – let’s be honest it was a demolition– handed out by Ecuador felt like seeing your prized Ferrari mis-handled in the garage by a mechanic before your own eyes, prompting the feeling that you may never see it in all its glory again, until a new mechanic is brought in to fix it.

There’s a popular feeling that Borghi, spanner in hand, is slowly dismantling a promising side before eventually replacing his spanner for a sledgehammer and obliterating Chile’s Ferrari.

The Chile that people fantasise and reminisce about were nowhere to be seen: the eclectic movements; defenders attacking; attacker defending; the frantic football that left your head in a spin, yet you wanted to see more and more. And more.

People have to remember it is no longer Marcelo Bielsa’s team. It’s Claudio ‘Bichi’ Borghi’s. But the marriage they didn’t want to end did. Reluctantly, they have had a new partner for a while now and they want it to end. Quick.

Despite taking the lead through a ridiculous own goal, Chile never looked comfortable and were soon pegged back through Felipe Caicedo. The same player made it 2-1 after Pablo Contreras was shown a second yellow for bringing down Ibarra in the box; the penalty was missed but Caicedo netted the rebound. Segundo Castillo completed a score line that could, and should, have been more convincing.

So what exactly happened:

Chile’s 3-4-2-1/3-3-3-1/3-6-1 experiment

The last time Borghi attempted an experiment in the qualifiers was against Argentina, just over a year ago. That time it blew up in his face as he tried to fit both Matías Fernández and Jorge Valdivia into the same line-up. And it was yet another case of the test tube exploding against Ecuador.

The problem is evident from the title; no one really knew what it was, including the players going by last night’s proceedings.

There was a back three as usual, but as you moved forward players were unaware of their individual and team roles. Arturo Vidal was caught between making it a three man centre midfield and supporting Fernández and Sánchez. Jean Beausejour looked lost – a point I shall expand on – while Fernández was starved of the ball.

Like La Paz, Quito is infamous for its altitude; you don’t want to spend the 90 minutes chasing the ball. However that’s what La Roja ended up doing, unable to keep up with the speed, energy and directness of Ecuador.

The ‘1’ in the experiment was of course Alexis Sánchez. At this moment in time you should be thinking: ‘Sánchez? Not exactly the ideal player to lead the line on his own’. And you would of course be right. He would be bullied by Ecaudor’s centre-back pairing of Gabriel Achiller and Fricson Erazo.

With a deeper midfield than normal you require someone adept at holding up the ball to allow the team to move forward as a unit, realising the side from defending relentless attacks.

Chile’s movement

Under Bielsa Chile were characterised by their movement with and without the ball; a stark contrast to last night where the static nature of the players was distinct. Restricted almost.

It was all too noticeable in the first half and Ecuador’s equaliser. Fernández, dropping into the Chile half to collect the ball, had very little on and with the pressure applied from Ecuador he was forced back to Pablo Contreras; only for the pass to be read by Felipe Caicedo who expertly rounded Miguel Pinto and scored.

Playing out from the back was troublesome for Chile. Chuncho Benitez was smart in dropping off Caicedo to block passes into Marcelo Díaz. But Gonzalo Jara (and others), when collecting the ball short from Pinto, still had limited options due to lack of movement and interchanging and in turn had to hit long, aimless balls to Sánchez.

It is harsh to just pick up two players on their lack of movement but Vidal and Beausejour very rarely varied their position when looking for the ball; rigid.


As ever the wing-backs or wide-midfielders, they had an extensive job on their hands, but only one pulled it off.

When defending, which was most of the game, Mauricio Isla slotted into a right-back position or a position slightly ahead of Osvaldo González. This negated the threat of Joao Rojas who looked to move inside on his right. Isla is well-known for his indefatigability, powering up and down the right wing. When he was afforded the chance he tried his damndest to get forward.

Chile’s only real period of sustained possession brought about the goal as they patiently knocked the ball about in triangles deep in Ecuador’s half until Isla made a run down the right; fed by Fernández he whipped in a low cross which no one attacked, but fortunately Juan Paredes, the Ecuadorian right-back, forgot how to play football and swung at the ball with his right foot, instead of his left, slicing the ball into the net.

On the left wing there was Jean Beausejour. Yet, there may as well have been no body; the Wigan player turning in a passive performance. As Isla supported his defence and offered an attacking outlet whenever he could, Beausejour stood on the left-hand touchline, half-way up the pitch offering nothing.

Renato Ibarra tormented Chile time and again, running at Jara at will; no one putting up any resistance. Jara was often dragged into a left-back position, bringing Contreras with him, leaving a gap in the middle which González failed to fill.

Ecuador’s second goal came about from an Ibarra run down the left, and perhaps there should have been more as Chile were subjected to a bombardment of crosses from the right.


Basic, simple, effective: Three words that symbolise Reinaldo Rueda formation and game plan. There were no complexities. It was 4-4-2 executed to perfection – well almost.

Four defenders supported by two holding midfielders, which gave the platform for both wingers to play high up the pitch in support of the two forwards. I may be doing the formation grave disservice for speaking about it in basic terms but there was fluidity and freedom for the front four. Chuncho was excellent in dropping off Caicedo, looking for space to pick up the ball to dribble or combine with Caicedo. Chuncho/Caicedo is a fine partnership; they play close together and have a good understanding epitomised with a movement at the start of the second half when Chuncho received the ball he instantly played it to Caicedo, knowing he’d be there, before taking the return and sending a shot narrowly past the post.

On the wings Ibarra is an out-and-out winger looking to take on his opponent and cross into the box. On the other side, Rojas is an inverted winger who had less success due to the defensive qualities of Isla.

It wasn’t long before the full-backs realised they had the freedom to support their wide players; left-back Walter Ayovi doing his best to overlap Rojas and help create space for the number 18. As the game progressed ex-Everton man Segundo Castillo offered further penetration by driving with the ball unchallenged from deep.

Ecuador could have easily scored four or five in the first half due to their wing-play and ability from corners. Miguel Pinto denied Chuncho as did Felipe Seymour with a clearing header off the line while the bar denied what looked like a certain goal. Chuncho is not the tallest but you don’t need to be when the opposition allow wide midfielders to deliver quality crosses.

Even though they defended in a 4-4-1-1 shape, Rojas failed to track the forward runs of Isla. It would have been interesting to see if Ibarra would have left Beausejour but the latter didn’t tend to move.

Second half

After the penalty, which saw Contreras sent-off, La Roja hung on until the last ten minutes, when they introduced Eduardo Vargas. By which time Junior Fernandes was already on the pitch. Jaime Vera, filling in for the suspended Claudio Borghi, went 4-2-1-2. And for a brief moment it looked like Chile could snatch the unlikeliest, and least deserved, of points. Space had opened up in front of Ecuador who seemed to have treated the game as if it was over. However two promising opportunities were wasted when the ball was worked to Fernandes on the right and the Bayer Leverkusen forward failed in providing good deliveries.

The evening was over when Arturo Vidal elbowed Luis Saritama has he attempted to wriggle free and drive the team forward. Another case of Chilean indiscipline. He will now miss the Argentina game along with Contreras and Osvaldo González who was yellow carded.

Playing against nine men Ecuador toyed with La Roja and added a deserved third.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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15. okt. 2012 23:58

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Mere Chile....

Chile v Argentina Build-up – La Roja’s missing XI

After terrible performances against Ecuador and Colombia, Claudio Borghi is under pressure to keep his job. He is not helped by the fact he joins a full team on the sidelines for the match as Daniel Boyle finds out.

Following the 3-1 loss against Ecuador, Chile need a win to keep their World Cup qualifying campaign on track. Pressure is building on coach Claudio Borghi, who remains suspended after a verbal spray against officials in Venezuela.

Joining him on the sidelines is a full team worth of players, out through either injury or suspensions, including captain Claudio Bravo and vice-captain Humberto Suazo. I Love Chile has named a lineup that won’t be taking the field against Messi and friends.

Chile - Claudio Bravo (c), José Rojas, Pablo Contreras, Osvaldo González, Waldo Ponce; Eugenio Mena, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz, Jorge Valdivia; Humberto Suazo, Mauricio Pinilla. Coach – Claudio Borghi.

Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad) - A critical loss to injury. The loss of the captain and goalkeeper is always a heavy blow to the team. While many have called for the selection of Johnny Herrera, his war of words with Borghi will not help his case. Bravo, alongside the suspended Contreras are Chile’s most experienced active players and are better off on the field.

José Rojas (Universidad de Chile) - The azules captain joined Mena and Aránguiz on the injured list. All three got their chance in the national team after five players were suspended for ten matches.

Pablo Contreras (Olympiakos) - The veteran defender became Chile’s most capped active player in the Ecuador clash. Despite all the experience, he received his second suspension of the qualifying campaign.

Osvaldo González (Universidad de Chile) - González was the only player based in Chile to join the starting lineup against Ecuador. A second yellow card for the campaign will see him sit out the next clash.

Waldo Ponce (Universidad de Chile) - “La U” signed Ponce on a loan deal from Cruz Azul. The defender was still recovering from his injury sustained against Paraguay in 2011. After one appearance in the Copa Chile, Ponce will return to surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Eugenio Mena and Charles Aránguiz (Universidad de Chile) – Like Rojas, both players were on the injured list before the squad was announced.

Arturo Vidal (Juventus) - After talking about Chile’s current squad being the “greatest generation of players”, Vidal took over the captaincy once Matías Fernández left the field. Not quite the example to follow, he was given a red card for an elbow to the face of his marker. Vidal will be sorely missed in the midfield. His return from suspension was key in victories over Bolivia and Venezuela.

Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras) - Apart from his well documented criticisms of coach Borghi, “El Mago” is now out until the end of the year with injury. Valdivia is the only player of the five suspended players not to receive a call-up to the national squad.

Humberto Suazo (Monterrey) - The veteran attacker, Chile’s lead goalscorer on the road to South Africa in 2010, has been struggling to hit the back of the net for the national team. While there is talk of an impending retirement from La Roja, an injury put the vice-captain out for these qualifiers.

Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) - A disappointing cameo against Colombia saw Pinilla receive a yellow card in his short time on the field. The absence of Suazo would have made “Pinigol” a likely starter against Ecuador, but injury kept him out of the squad.

Claudio Borghi (Coach) - While pressure grows on “El Bichi”, there is little he can do once the siren sounds. Borghi was suspended after abusing match officials in the victory over Venezuela. Once again, assistant Jaime Vera will take over the duties.

Chilean legend Ivan Zamorano came out in support of Borghi today, saying on Argentina’s Radio Rivadavia, “Chileans are very extreme, we go from believing that we were world champions to saying we were a disaster. You have to be cautious and optimistic, and I am.” He also remarked that the team had “lost its compass” and some players were playing below their level.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Deportivo FAS
16. okt. 2012 00:11

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Can Colombian football launder its past?

Veteran Colombian midfielder Gerardo Bedoya came up with something special for his record-breaking 41st sending off.

Playing for Santa Fe in the big Bogota derby against Millonarios, first, in full view of the referee, he flattened Jhonny Ramirez with an elbow.

The red card had been already brandished, but Bedoya was not finished. Before taking his leave, to his own subsequent mortification, he stuck a boot into the face of his prone opponent.…5tew_C9bx1Y

Some of the predecessors of Ramirez in the blue shirt of Millonarios are feeling similarly violated. Last week Felipe Gaitan, the club´s new president, floated the idea of giving up the league titles won by Millonarios in 1987 and 88, the last two championship wins in their history. It has provoked a furious reaction from the coach and some of the players of that team. Elsewhere, though, the idea has met with a positive response, since the motives behind it are clearly noble.

Escobar paid the ultimate price for his own goal against the USA. Photo; AFP

At the time the chief shareholder of Millonarios was Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, known as ´el Mexicano,´ one of the leading figures in the drug trade that was so ostentatiously powerful in Colombia at the time.

With a new shareholder structure and under fresh administration, it is admirable that Millonarios are keen to dissociate themselves from such a turbulent time in their country´s history. The problem is, though, that the involvement of the major drug cartels was so widespread that the damage cannot be limited to one club.

Football had a huge appeal for the drug trade, for a number of reasons. Investing in clubs was good public relations, and also a big ego boost for the bosses. It also provided plenty of opportunities for laundering money - and for making some in betting scams. And some of the bosses were fans of the game living out a fantasy.

Millonarios, then, were probably not the worst offenders. America of Cali became the plaything of the local cartel. So rich that they became a kind of South American Real Madrid, signing big name players from all over the continent, they won the title for five years in a row before Millonarios interrupted their run in ´87 and ´88.

America bounced back, winning the next title in 1990 - the 1989 season had been scrapped after a referee was assassinated. Later America were placed on the so-called ´Clinton List,´ drawn up by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, which as a result of their links with the drug trade prevented them from having contact with financial institutions. This has been a factor in the club´s slide into the second division.

The title that eluded America was the Copa Libertadores, South America´s Champions League. They were beaten finalists three years in a row between 1985 and ´87, and had to watch from the sidelines two years later when Atletico Nacional of Medellin, with links to their local drug cartel, became the first Colombian club to win the trophy. League champions in 1991 and ´94, Nacional have already said that they are proud of the titles they won at the time and have no intention of relinquishing them.

It does not stop there. In the 1980s and 90s plenty of other Colombian clubs had ties with the drug trade. So much cash was sloshing around and so many quality foreigners were being brought in that for a while the Colombian league may have been as strong as any on the continent.

The Millonarios players of 87 and 88 are well aware that, however the whole thing was financed, they had to overcome some good opponents in order to win those league titles.

Perhaps here lies the problem with the current proposal - and at the moment it is no more than a proposal - to relinquish the titles. The golden age of boxing in the United States was marred by massive mafia manipulation, but the greatness of the fighters has not been called into question. Similarly, in strictly sporting terms, something interesting took place in Colombian football at that time.

The drug money brought an influx of foreign players who raised the standard of the domestic league. Nacional, who at the time fielded only Colombian players, found a home-based solution.

Under coach Francisco Maturana they forged something new; a mix of the short passing Argentine style and a touch of Brazilian flair that had always been part of the Colombian game, along with a high defensive line and a "sweeper-keeper" borrowed from the Holland side of the 1970s. When Maturana took charge of the national team he was able to add Carlos Valderrama to the mix, and the frizzy-haired playmaker became the fulcrum of the team, dictating a hypnotic, salsa-inspired rhythm from centrefield.

The team is mainly remembered for its failure in the 1994 World Cup, and the tragic assassination soon afterwards of defender Andres Escobar, who had scored an own goal in the tournament - an incident which brought to global attention the cartel-inspired chaos that Colombia was living at the time.

Those same pressures had caused the team to implode during USA 94. Outside the goldfish bowl of the World Cup, though, that Colombian side was a wonderful unit, capable of beating anyone. In 1993 they inflicted Argentina´s first ever home defeat in World Cup qualification with an extraordinary 5-0 win, and they went to the United States 18 years ago having suffered just one defeat in their previous 34 matches.

It is entirely laudable that some in Colombian football seek to distance their clubs from the dark rule of the drug lords. But if all titles are relinquished, it is almost as if the Colombian game did not exist at this time - which is unfair on those who played it so well that they still stand as a reference for subsequent generations.

One of them is Andres Escobar. Removing from the history books the titles he won with Atletico Nacional would not seem to be an adequate memorial for someone who deserves to be remembered.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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16. okt. 2012 00:14

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Colombiansk finkultur...

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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16. okt. 2012 00:34

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Cristian Rodríguez erstatter Edinson Cavani mod Bolivia. Forventet startopstilling markeret med fed i det nedenstående.

Rodríguez reemplazará a Cavani

MONTEVIDEO -- El centrocampista Cristian "Cebolla" Rodríguez sustituirá a Edinson Cavani para darle mas juego creativo a la selección de Uruguay en el partido frente a Bolivia, clave para su futuro en las eliminatorias sudamericanas de la Copa del Mundo de Brasil 2014.

Rodríguez, del Atlético de Madrid, ha tenido poca participación en los últimos partidos de los Celestes mientras que Cavani, del italiano Nápoles, fue titular fijo pero bajó su nivel con relación a encuentros anteriores.

El entrenador uruguayo Oscar Washington Tabárez deberá realizar varias modificaciones obligadas en el equipo que visitará a Bolivia debido a las bajas por doble amonestación de los defensas Diego Lugano, Diego Godín y Martín Cáceres.

La más probable alineación de Uruguay será con Fernando Muslera, Maximiliano Pereira, Andrés Scotti, Maurico Victorino, Álvaro Pereira; Álvaro González, Egidio Arévalo Ríos, Walter Gargano, Cristian Rodríguez; Diego Forlán y Luis Suárez.
Los Celestes solo han logrado uno de los últimos nueve puntos posibles y el viernes cayeron por 3-0 en su visita a Argentina.

Tras ese resultado la selección uruguaya, que es el actual campeón de la Copa América, se mantiene en el cuarto puesto de la clasificación con 12 puntos, los mismos que Chile, pero cada vez más lejos de Argentina (17) Colombia y Ecuador (16).

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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16. okt. 2012 00:38

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Venezuela en busca de la zona de clasificación y Ecuador a ratificar momento

CARACAS -- Ecuador echará de menos a cuatro jugadores, pero recuperará a Antonio Valencia al visitar el martes a Venezuela en busca de un triunfo que confirme su gran momento en las eliminatorias de la Copa Mundial de fútbol.

Los ecuatorianos están segundos en la eliminatoria sudamericana, empatados con Colombia, a un solo punto del líder Argentina y con cuatro de ventaja sobre Chile y Uruguay, que comparten la cuarta casilla.

Los ecuatorianos no contarán con el zaguero Jairo Campos y el volante Renato Ibarra, ambos por lesiones, así como tampoco verán acción el mediocampista Luis Fernando Saritama y el goleador Felipe Caicedo, por suspensión. Caicedo, Ibarra y Saritama fueron titulares en la reciente victoria 3-1 ante Chile.

En compensación, el técnico Reinaldo Rueda tendrá a su disposición al volante Valencia, del Manchester United, que cumplió un partido de suspensión.

La ausencia de Caicedo será tal vez la más sentida ya que lleva cuatro goles en las eliminatorias.

"Eso no cambia el plan. El plan es siempre ganar", afirmó el defensor Fricson Erazo. "No estamos pensando en empatar. Tenemos claro que Venezuela es un equipo que viene creciendo partido tras partido, pero nosotros tenemos las herramientas para ganar", insistió.

En tanto, la "Vinotinto", el único equipo sudamericano que nunca se clasificó a un mundial de mayores, ocupa el sexto puesto con un acumulado 11 puntos, cinco menos que Ecuador, y una victoria la pondría de lleno en la pelea.

Venezuela ha tenido un rendimiento desparejo en la eliminatoria, pero confirmó que su notable desempeño en la última Copa América no fue un espejismo y en la segunda fecha logró una victoria histórica por 1-0 sobre Argentina en casa.

Venezuela está fresca puesto que tuvo descanso el 12 de octubre, pero no considera que esto sea una ventaja.

"Nosotros no consideramos una ventaja el hecho de haber descansado una fecha, mientras Ecuador jugaba con Chile, porque preparamos todos nuestros partidos con intensidad. También, nos han tocado partidos duros en doble fecha y hemos perdido, empatado o ganado. Así que, creo que ellos (Ecuador) piensan igual", comentó Alexander González, del Young Boys de Suiza.

El atacante José Salomón Rondón, del Rubin Kazan de Rusia, expresó que confían en sacar un resultado positivo ante Ecuador, pero para ello "debemos tener la tranquilidad y personalidad" mostrada en anteriores partidos.

"Tenemos la calma de saber que este partido no es definitivo, todavía tenemos por delante ocho partidos el año que viene; por lo que sin presiones vamos a buscar esos tres puntos que pueden hacernos falta después y en lo inmediato pensamos en la alegría de cerrar el año entre los cinco primeros", manifestó Rondón.

Los cuatro primeros lugares avanzarán directamente al mundial y el quinto jugará un repechaje.

Venezuela, al igual que Ecuador, acusa la ausencia de varios de sus titulares.

El mediocampista Tomás Rincón, del Hamburgo de Alemania, y defensor José Manuel Velásquez, del Panathinaikos de Grecia, fueron excluidos a última hora de la lista de convocados debido a lesiones.

Mientras que el central Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, uno de los pilares defensivos, y letal cabeceador, y los mediocampistas Luis Manuel Seijas (Standard Lieja, Bélgica) y César "Maestrico" González (Táchira), quedaron descartados por acumulación de amonestaciones.

Tampoco estará, por lesión, el arquero Renny Vega, del Colo Colo de Chile.

En contraste, el técnico venezolano César Farías recuperó al zaguero Fernando Amorebieta, del Athletic de Bilbao de España), y del volante Julio Álvarez, Numancia de España, quienes quedaron marginados de anteriores convocatorias por lesiones.

El encuentro se jugará a partir de las 17.30 (Hora Local) en el estadio General José Antonio Anzoátegui en Puerto La Cruz, a unos 350 kilómetros al este de Caracas.


VENEZUELA: Dani Hernández, Alexander González, Fernando Amorebieta, Grendy Perozo, Roberto Rosales, Franklin Lucena, Evelio Hernández, Juan Arango, Edgar Pérez Greco, Josef Martínez y José Salomón Rondón.

ECUADOR: Alexander Domínguez, Juan Carlos Paredes, Gabriel Achilier, Fricson Erazo, Wálter Ayoví, Antonio Valencia, Christian Noboa, Segundo Castillo, Oswaldo Minda, Christian Benítez y Jaime Ayoví.

ÁRBITRO: Néstor Pitana, Argentina.
ESTADIO: José Antonio Anzoátegui, de Puerto La Cruz.
HORA: 17.30 local (22.00 GMT).

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Deportivo FAS
16. okt. 2012 10:35

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Så er det dagen hvor de sidste slutspilsdeltagere findes til CONCACAF (Kun Mexico er sikker) og Vi starter på den halvdel af den sydamerikanske kvalifikationsturnering....

Guatemala celebrates, then thinks US

GUATEMALA CITY -- There´s still work to be done, but after a huge victory Friday over Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Guatemalan players and staff were mainly in the mood to celebrate.

"Why would we ask about the past if we´ve just won a very important game?" said Guatemala head coach Ever Hugo Almeida after the match. "It´s a historic victory, the first time we´ve ever beaten Jamaica.We have to celebrate that because it puts the team close."

Friday night was historic in that Guatemala had never beaten Jamaica at the senior level in 13 previous meetings. The triumph, and three precious points, puts the nation a giant step closer to the objective of advancing to the region´s final round of qualifying next year.

The 2-1 win over the Caribbean visitors was without a doubt at times agonizing. After an early 16th minute goal by Carlos Figueroa put the host ahead, much to the jubilation of the packed house at the Estadio Mateo Flores, the Jamaicans managed to equalize from the penalty spot sixteen minutes into the second period.

Twenty-five heart wrenching minutes later, the eternal Guatemalan goal hero -- Carlos Ruiz -- put the Chapines on top for good, nodding home a corner with authority to secure the spoils and an inside track to the hexagonal.

The result, combined with the United States´ dramatic win at Group A straggler Antigua, leaves things far from settled with just one match to play. Guatemala and the United States remained deadlocked on top of the table, both with ten points and a plus-three goal differential.

The Central Americans now face perhaps their toughest test to date, as they head to the U.S. to take on a U.S. team still fighting for its own ticket to the hexagonal.

"It´s still a tough road, that´s clear," said Almeida. "But we´re determined to do it. We have a spectacular group of players who are determined to fight."

Despite Friday´s big win, the possible outcomes in Group A for the Chapines are still rather complicated. Guatemala knows it must take at least a point from its final match day showdown in the U.S., in order to clinch a spot in the final round.

A tie in Kansas City, Kansas, would serve both teams, sending the Americans and Guatemalans through at the expense of Jamaica. Any loser in the matchup would then be forced to sweat it out, counting on a favorable result from the other group match between Jamaica and Antigua to determine its fate.

"We´re going there to play for the result that´s most convenient for us," said Guatemalan goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez. "We want to win every game we play, but we know we´re facing down a complicated rival. We have a few days to think about and plan whatever´s most convenient for us."

On Friday, even if Tuesday´s game loomed large for Guatemala´s chances of advancing to a first-ever World Cup, Almeida wanted no part in the speculation process. The battle tested 64-year-old coach told anyone who would listen that for the Chapines, on the heels of the triumph over Jamaica, the night would be about resting and celebrating three hard-won points.

"Now, we can go eat, relax, and celebrate," said the coach. "We´ll rest easy and then we have a long, 24-hour trip, more or less, to Kansas. During the trip we´ll talk about what´s next. We have three or four days to think about that."

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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16. okt. 2012 10:38

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Klinsmann: ‘We are not looking for a tie’

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Even though the United States need but a draw to reach the next round of World Cup qualifying, the Americans certainly are not planning to take it easy when they meet Guatemala in the final semifinal-round match on Tuesday night.

Entering the match at Livestrong Sporting Park, the U.S. and Guatemala are tied for the CONCACAF Group A lead with 3-1-1 records and 10 points. In fact, both teams can clinch a spot in next year’s hexagonal even if they lose — if Jamaica (2-2-1, seven) falls at The Office in Kingston to Antigua & Barbuda (0-4-1, one). The latter result is unlikely, but the U.S. is not leaving anything to chance.

“we want to win this game,” U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann said during a press conference on Monday. “You can only win a game if you attack and go forward, and that is what we are going to do. We are not looking for a tie.”

That seems to be the mentality throughout the team for the match (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET).

“We’re all professionals,” right fullback Steve Cherundolo said on Sunday. “This is not our first game, so I think we have the mentality whatever a professional has. Not only that, this is a good, group of competitive guys. Any time they step onto the field, they want to win the game, regardless.”

Goalkeeper Tim Howard agreed and elaborated.

“I think a lot of us understand that if we go full throttle and we don’t get the win, we may still advance,” he said. “Obviously, we don’t want to take that risk because crazier things have happened. As much as Antigua doesn’t have a lot to play for, you never know what can happen. If we can take care of business, that’s the most important thing. We have to guard against complacency because at the moment, knowing that we’re in the drivers’ seat, but that can change.”

You don’t have to remind the American players that they will be in for a battle against Guatemala, which used a free kick by former Chicago Fire standout midfielder Marco Pappa to produce a 1-1 tie in Guatemala City in June.

“They have quality there,” midfielder-forward Clint Dempsey said. “They’re a good team. They’ve done well during this qualifying round and they’re going to be a tough team to play against. We’re going to look at the tapes and see what we need to do to be more effective and try to limit their chances. Hopefully we can get the right result.”

The Americans are virtually perfect against Guatemala, boasting 10-0-1 home record, including 5-0-0 in WCQ. The lone draw was a 0-0 tie in Frisco, Texas on March 28, 2007.

“Who knows what we are going to see?” Dempsey said. “We know it’s going to be a difficult game. Both teams want to qualify for the World Cup. In that situation, everybody is going to give it their all. I think it will be a tough game, but hopefully we can show our quality playing on a pitch like this and be able to take the game to them.”

After recording a 2-1 win over a difficult Antigua side on a narrow cricket ground in the rain in North Sound, Antigua, the U.S. looked forward to playing on a full-sized pitch on Tuesday night. The weather forecast calls for no rain here.

“Everything is there for us to be able to step onto the field on Tuesday night and play a good game,” central midfielder Michael Bradley said.

“The conditions here are as close to as they could come. It’s a big time American crowd. Everything is in place. . . . Just because the stadium is a little nicer and just because the field is a little bigger and the grass is greener doesn’t guarantee you that you will be able to play better. That part is up to us.”

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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