The final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP CENGLAND Coach: Fabio Capello # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club GoalkeeperDavid James1 August 1970 (aged 39)50PortsmouthGoalkeeperRobert Green18 January 1980 (aged 30)9West Ham UnitedGoalkeeperJoe Hart19 April 1987 (aged 23)1Manchester CityDefenderAshley Cole20 December 1980 (aged 29)77ChelseaDefenderRio Ferdinand (captain)7 November 1978 (aged 31)76Manchester UnitedDefenderJohn Terry7 December 1980 (aged 29)59ChelseaDefenderJamie Carragher28 January 1978 (aged 32)34LiverpoolDefenderGlen Johnson23 August 1984 (aged 25)20LiverpoolDefenderLedley King12 October 1980 (aged 29)19Tottenham HotspurDefenderMatthew Upson18 April 1979 (aged 31)19West Ham UnitedDefenderStephen Warnock12 December 1981 (aged 28)1Aston VillaMidfielderSteven Gerrard30 May 1980 (aged 30)78LiverpoolMidfielderFrank Lampard20 June 1978 (aged 31)77ChelseaMidfielderJoe Cole8 November 1981 (aged 28)53ChelseaMidfielderGareth Barry23 February 1981 (aged 29)36Manchester CityMidfielderShaun Wright-Phillips25 October 1981 (aged 28)30Manchester CityMidfielderMichael Carrick28 July 1981 (aged 28)21Manchester UnitedMidfielderAaron Lennon16 April 1987 (aged 23)15Tottenham HotspurMidfielderJames Milner4 January 1986 (aged 24)7Aston VillaForwardWayne Rooney24 October 1985 (aged 24)58Manchester UnitedForwardEmile Heskey11 January 1978 (aged 32)57Aston VillaForwardJermain Defoe7 October 1982 (aged 27)39Tottenham HotspurForwardPeter Crouch30 January 1981 (aged 29)37Tottenham HotspurUNITED STATES Coach: Bob Bradley # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperTim Howard6 March 1979 (aged 31)49Everton2DefenderJonathan Spector1 March 1986 (aged 24)24West Ham United3DefenderCarlos Bocanegra (captain)25 May 1979 (aged 31)77Rennes4MidfielderMichael Bradley31 July 1987 (aged 22)41Borussia Mönchengladbach5DefenderOguchi Onyewu13 May 1982 (aged 28)51Milan6DefenderSteve Cherundolo19 February 1979 (aged 31)57Hannover 967MidfielderDaMarcus Beasley24 May 1982 (aged 28)90Rangers8MidfielderClint Dempsey9 March 1983 (aged 27)60Fulham9ForwardHerculez Gomez6 April 1982 (aged 28)2Puebla10MidfielderLandon Donovan4 March 1982 (aged 28)121Los Angeles Galaxy11MidfielderStuart Holden1 August 1985 (aged 24)12Bolton Wanderers12DefenderJonathan Bornstein7 November 1984 (aged 25)29Chivas USA13MidfielderRicardo Clark10 March 1983 (aged 27)27Eintracht Frankfurt14ForwardEdson Buddle21 May 1981 (aged 29)1Los Angeles Galaxy15DefenderJay DeMerit4 December 1979 (aged 30)17Watford16MidfielderJosé Francisco Torres29 October 1987 (aged 22)8Pachuca17ForwardJozy Altidore6 November 1989 (aged 20)24Hull City18GoalkeeperBrad Guzan9 September 1984 (aged 25)15Aston Villa19MidfielderMaurice Edu18 April 1986 (aged 24)12Rangers20ForwardRobbie Findley4 August 1985 (aged 24)4Real Salt Lake21DefenderClarence Goodson17 May 1982 (aged 28)11Start22MidfielderBenny Feilhaber19 January 1985 (aged 25)31AGF23GoalkeeperMarcus Hahnemann15 June 1972 (aged 37)6Wolverhampton WanderersALGERIA Coach: Rabah Saâdane # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperLounès GaouaouiSeptember 28, 1977 (age 32)48ASO Chlef2DefenderMadjid BougherraOctober 7, 1982 (age 27)40Rangers3DefenderNadir BelhadjJune 18, 1982 (age 27)44Portsmouth4DefenderAntar YahiaMarch 21, 1982 (age 28)43Bochum5DefenderRafik HallicheSeptember 2, 1986 (age 23)15Nacional Madeira6MidfielderYazid Mansouri (captain)February 25, 1978 (age 32)66Lorient7MidfielderRyad BoudebouzFebruary 19, 1990 (age 20)1FC Sochaux8MidfielderMehdi LacenMarch 5, 1984 (age 25)2Racing Santander9ForwardAbdelkader GhezzalDecember 5, 1984 (age 25)18Siena10ForwardRafik SaïfiFebruary 7, 1975 (age 35)59Istres11ForwardRafik DjebbourMarch 8, 1984 (age 26)15AEK Athens12DefenderHabib BellaidMarch 28, 1986 (age 24)1Eintracht Frankfurt13ForwardKarim MatmourJune 25, 1984 (age 25)21Borussia Monchengladbach14DefenderCarl MedjaniMay 15, 1985 (age 25)0AC Ajaccio15MidfielderKarim ZianiAugust 17, 1982 (age 27)54Wolfsburg16GoalkeeperFaouzi ChaouchiDecember 5, 1984 (age 25)9ES Sétif17MidfielderAdlène GuediouraNovember 12, 1985 (age 24)1Wolverhampton Wanderers18DefenderAbdelkader LaïfaouiMay 15, 1985 (age 25)6ES Sétif19MidfielderHassan YebdaApril 14, 1984 (age 26)9Portsmouth20DefenderDjamel MesbahOctober 9, 1984 (age 25)1Lecce21MidfielderFoued KadirDecember 5, 1983 (age 26)1Valenciennes FC22MidfielderDjamel AbdounFebruary 14, 1986 (age 24)6Nantes23GoalkeeperRaïs M’BohliApril 25, 1986 (age 24)1Slavia SofiaSLOVENIA Coach: Matjaž Kek # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJasmin Handanovič28 January 1978 (aged 32)3Mantova2DefenderMišo Brečko1 May 1984 (aged 26)30Köln3DefenderElvedin Džinič25 August 1985 (aged 24)0Maribor4DefenderMarko Šuler9 March 1983 (aged 27)16Gent5DefenderBoštjan Cesar9 July 1982 (aged 27)41Grenoble6DefenderBranko Ilič6 February 1983 (aged 27)36Lokomotiv Moscow7ForwardNejc Pečnik3 January 1986 (aged 24)7Nacional8MidfielderRobert Koren (captain)20 September 1980 (aged 29)45West Bromwich Albion9ForwardZlatan Ljubijankič15 December 1983 (aged 26)16Gent10ForwardValter Birsa7 August 1986 (aged 23)33Auxerre11ForwardMilivoje Novakovič18 May 1979 (aged 31)37Köln12GoalkeeperSamir Handanovič14 July 1984 (aged 25)38Udinese13DefenderBojan Jokić17 May 1986 (aged 24)33Chievo14ForwardZlatko Dedič10 May 1984 (aged 26)23Bochum15MidfielderRene Krhin21 May 1990 (aged 20)3Internazionale16GoalkeeperAleksander Šeliga1 February 1980 (aged 30)1Sparta Rotterdam17MidfielderAndraž Kirm6 September 1984 (aged 25)25Wisła Kraków18MidfielderAleksander Radosavljevič25 April 1979 (aged 31)14Larissa19DefenderSuad Filekovič16 September 1978 (aged 31)14Maribor20MidfielderAndrej Komac4 December 1979 (aged 30)40Maccabi Tel Aviv21MidfielderDalibor Stevanovič27 September 1984 (aged 25)15Vitesse22DefenderMatej Mavrič29 January 1979 (aged 31)32TuS Koblenz23ForwardTim Matavž13 January 1989 (aged 21)0GroningenPREVIOUS: GROUP B << • >> NEXT: GROUP D
Kevin DavieA friend who lives in the United States, and is of techno bent, has his rowing machine hooked up to the Internet. He can compete against other rowers from across the world.This means, at least for this discipline, that you don’t have experience the Olympics from your armchair. You can participate, race against the very best in the world. You may take twice the time or more to finish, but hey, you’ve competed against the greats.My friend’s techno sports go further than just rowing, though. He has his own fantasy league. You chose your team from the best of the players available, in this case the NFL, and then each week the statistics generated from actual plays pushes your team up or down the league.Fantasy leagues mean your team can be tops in cyberspace, even though it never gets near the Superbowl finals. These leagues, I am informed, are hot around the globe and across numerous sporting codes. They are, for instance, big in cricket in India, as you might well expect them to be.My web surfing tells me that there is a fantasy Olympics, but only for US athletes. Mine, aimed at medal-deprived South Africans, would be for any athlete who has a good chance of being in the medals.The medal deprivation is so bad that twice last week at the office I experienced an entirely new thing, the phantom medal. This is like a phantom pregnancy, when a woman goes to term, complete with some of the physical hallmarks of the real thing, only to produce air.The phantom medal creates a roar around the office as television watchers cheer as their athlete comes in among the medals. Hooray! But then, on closer inspection, you find that actually the bronze which you thought was ours went to New Zealand.I can admit to being the cause of one of the two phantoms we won at the office. I was sure we’d got a canoeing bronze and told a colleague or two. Turned out, though, that we were not in the top three, and the event wasn’t a final.The antidote to all of this is the fantasy Olympics. But before I tell you how this could work, you need to know a little more about me as a sports fan.I tend towards the fickle. My loyalty extends as far as how well the team is playing. I am happy for my team to lose so long as it played well. But I will even support North Korea against the Boks if they make fewer handling errors.I am not the loyal fan through thick and thin. If my team is facing relegation, so be it. I will click over to BBC Prime or BBC Food. I don’t care because I know I can always find another team.With the Beijing games now winding up at the time of writing, I realise that I really needed to win some medals this Olympics. I did not need even to match the six that South Africa brought home from Athens.I also do not also care what the discipline is. It could be wrestling in a cardboard box after taking a hot shower or for the most spectacular fall off a BMX after watching three bouts of Greco-Roman wrestling. But I needed at least one gold medal.Thinking back I think I had a reasonable expectation of winning at least one, if not a clutch full of silver and bronzes.It was not as though our athletes did not enjoy some profile. If swimmer Ryk Neethling, in particular, had been able to convert into gold the number of times he appeared showing his abs in woman’s magazines, he’d be up there with Phelpsie.But if we have an icon for this Olympics, it’s not Mr Abs. It’s the Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who runs on bladelike carbon fibre artificial limbs. He’s a fantastic story, winning the right to compete at Beijing against all the odds. He’s a bit of a phantom too, though, as he was too slow to qualify.We also have Natalie du Toit, another disabled athlete who moved up from the Paralympics to the real deal. Du Toit competes in an incomprehensible discipline, the 10-kilometre swim. In my book if you can swim 10 kays, you should get a gold medal irrespective of where you finish.If we’re going to be spectators rather than participants in the medal ceremonies, perhaps the fantasy Olympics is the answer.My fantasy team would have been mostly of Chinese, but I’d be overweight in Americans compared to how they actually did at Beijing.I’d have had more Australians than medals won and far fewer Poms relative to how they did. I’d have had a fair showing of Kenyans but definitely no Zimbabweans. I suppose, without knowing who or what, I’d have put us up for at least one gold medal.If I was in charge of my own fantasy league I would have bought the national colours of my most favoured nations and been ready to don these colours for the medal ceremonies. I may have even had a go at humming the national anthems.But forget fantasy and let me get back to reality. My new hero is Khotso Mokoena, the long-jumper who won South Africa’s single medal. I hope they take endless pictures of his abs.As a journalist Kevin Davie is a Nieman Fellow and editor of numerous South Africa business magazines and newspapers. As an Internet entrepreneur he co-founded South Africa’s first online stockbroker and WOZA, the first news portal which was independent of a traditional publisher.He divides his time between the Mail & Guardian, where he runs the business section and pursues the twin interests of economics and environmentalism, and projects in construction (particularly green building) and a better way to search the Internet. He also makes time to paddle and ride his mountain bike.
A spell of heavy and widespread snowfall in the plains and upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley on Friday uplifted the mood here. In contrast to grim, violence-related pictures and posts, hundreds of local netizens, for a change, took to social media to live-stream snowfall or post selfies.The entire Kashmir valley, including capital Srinagar, received snowfall in the afternoon on Friday, as predicted by the Meteorological Department. As more snow fell, locals took to social media platforms to post videos of dancing kids, images of snowmen, and live-streamed driving through snow-clogged roads.Former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah also took to the Twitter to express his happiness. “Fresh snow is always gorgeous. It’s time to go back inside, leaving just footprints in the snow,” wrote Mr. Abdullah, as he uploaded his pictures with snow in the backdrop, and a video.Srinagar received the season’s second snowfall on Friday. Tourist hotspots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam recorded several feet of snowfall. “Weather will remain wet till January 6. Visibility will improve after the wet spell ends. Day temperature will also improve,” said Deputy Director, Met. Dept., Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad. Avalanche warning Snowfall did, however, play spoilsport for travellers as the Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Poonch highways were closed “due to slippery road conditions and fears of landslides.” The Srinagar airport cancelled all flights scheduled in the afternoon,. An avalanche warning has been issued for all vulnerable areas of Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
After their “conscious uncoupling”, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are now almost operating like a couple, reveals a source.The pair announced their separation publicly in March. But they have been spotted together numerous times in the Hamptons this week, reports pagesix.com.The couple seperated in March this yearWhile the duo dined with their children Apple and Moses Monday evening, on Tuesday, Martin dropped into a sports store to pick up skateboards before heading to meet the children Apple and Moses at a joint.A witness said” “They were operating like a couple, and with the kids looked like a happy family.”A reconciliation could be in the works.
Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Duke and Louisville are locked into a tight battle at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 but now trail late in the contest.During the second half, Duke’s Grayson Allen drove to the basket and was knocked down. While he was on the ground, he appeared to intentionally trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding, who had corralled the ball and was dribbling up court.yep, that’s a trip by Grayson Allen … https://t.co/hAfZbZaFGb— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2016Definitely looks like he meant to do that.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is seeking to make special funds available for agricultural entities that manufacture value-added products. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is seeking to make special funds available for agricultural entities that manufacture value-added products.“We must support agriculture that is seeking to add value, not just to take in from the soil and sell it. We want to support those businesses in agriculture that are seeking to process and add greater value,” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing the closing ceremony for the 65th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon on Monday (August 7).Mr. Holness noted that a decision was made to pump funds into the agricultural sector, as this strategy is considered one of the easiest and quickest ways to achieve growth in Jamaica.Outlining other conditions to qualify for these funds, Mr. Holness said agricultural businesses generating foreign exchange from exports would also be considered.“If I am going to move resources from one area to the next, then it is only fair that (the agricultural sector uses) the resources in ways that are going to make it better for the country – save us foreign exchange and earn us foreign exchange,” he stressed.Those businesses engaged in import substitution, especially for crops such as Irish potatoes, red peas and onions, will also be favoured.The Prime Minister urged businesses that will benefit to use the funds to get the maximum value from their products, given that the Government is operating under tight fiscal constraints and will be shifting resources from another area to agriculture.“When we give favour to one area, then another area will be deprived. So, if we move resources (into agriculture) we must have an undertaking that the farmers are going to use those resources to the fullest and give us a return equal to or greater than what we could get elsewhere,” he said.Mr. Holness further informed that discussions have been taking place with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) to provide more funds for the agricultural sector, noting that he will be giving a directive to the entity’s Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, to identify resources.He also encouraged agricultural enterprises that qualify for loans to seek to access them from the various financial entities that support the agricultural sector.“You should go to the EXIM bank, and to all the other resource windows that are there and access those funds,” he said.In the meantime, Mr. Holness urged all Jamaicans to “keep supporting our farmers, buy local, consume local and, as much as possible, support brand Jamaica”. In the meantime, Mr. Holness urged all Jamaicans to “keep supporting our farmers, buy local, consume local and, as much as possible, support brand Jamaica”. Story Highlights Mr. Holness noted that a decision was made to pump funds into the agricultural sector, as this strategy is considered one of the easiest and quickest ways to achieve growth in Jamaica.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto councillor Norm Kelly gives hip-hop producer Shane Lee Lindstrom (Murda Beatz) a citation recognizing his donating $20,000 of winnings from a Fortnite tournament at Toronto City Hall on Friday. The money will help low-income students receive books and school supplies. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement It’s been a pretty busy few days from Canadian hip-hop producer Murda Beatz.On Tuesday, he competed in the first Fortnite Pro Am in Los Angeles, finishing 11th with his partner, Valkyrae, winning $20,000 for charity. Last night, he dropped a new track, “Bigger > You” from 2 Chainz featuring Drake and Quavo. On Friday, he was in Councillor Norm Kelly’s office in Toronto City Hall presenting an oversized cheque to donate his game winnings for First Book Canada, an organization that helps lower-income students receive books and school supplies, a campaign (also supported by Xpand Laces) for which Kelly has been enlisting celebrities.Born Shane Lindstrom in Fort Erie, Ont., Murda is one of the most in-demand hip-hop producers right now, with a long list of credits, working with songs for Migos, Gucci Mane, French Montana and many more. He has produced for pop stars like Zayn Malik, and created the beat for Drake recent hit, “Nice For What.” He’s not alone as a pretty big Fortnite fan, but the event still impressed him — “It was actually crazy, I had no idea it was going to be as big as that,” he said Friday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement
TORONTO – WestJet Airlines Ltd. is teaming up with the Royal Bank of Canada to create a new loyalty program that aims to attract a “very substantial” group of “very unhappy” customers from the Aeroplan program, which its rival Air Canada is preparing to replace in 2020.WestJet and RBC said Wednesday that they will launch the Ampli loyalty platform with offers and rewards for customers by the end of the year.The venture is an opportunity for the airline to take advantage of uncertainty about Air Canada’s decision to ditch the Aimia-backed Aeroplan loyalty program, said WestJet chief executive Ed Sims.When the decision was announced last year, it upset some customers who had collected points under the program for years and questioned how Air Canada’s new program would work.“There are people who know what is happening and don’t care and will stick with that scheme. There are those who know what is happening, but think it’s two years away and aren’t going to do anything about it and the third camp are very unhappy about the uncertainty that that situation is creating and are actively looking at other schemes and alternatives,” said Sims. “It is that third group that we believe are going to be highly attracted to our new proposition.”In marketing to that group, Sims said WestJet will highlight that the airline does not overbook flights or have blackouts when loyalty points can’t be redeemed.He also said the RBC partnership will help remind consumers about the airline more often, since most people use banking services more often than they fly.The Ampli loyalty program will operate through a mobile app that gives guests instant access to updates about their balance, and also offers WestJet and RBC quick insight into user habits.The platform will build on RBC and WestJet’s existing relationship, which includes a WestJet branded RBC MasterCard.In recent years, RBC has increased its focus on partnerships, signing deals with Indigo, Tire Butler, Shopify and others.On Wednesday at its Investor Day event in Toronto, the bank further indicated its interest in using creative ways to lure customers, when it revealed it had formed a division for such offerings called RBC Ventures.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:WJA, TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)