Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 30th 2014 Contents RIO DE JANEIRO---Australia s World Cup
team landed in Brazil on Wednesday, the
first foreign squad to arrive for the tour-
nament that starts in two weeks. Jerome
Valcke, the top FIFA official in charge of
the World Cup, welcomed Australia with
a message on his Twitter account. "The
@Socceroos have landed in Brazil!" he
Australia is a heavy underdog in Group
B with defending World Cup champion
Spain, Chile and the Netherlands. Australia
opens June 13 against Chile in the western
city of Cuiaba.
The Socceroos will train in Vitoria, which
is located about 300 kilometers (200 miles)
northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Midfielder
Mark Bresciano, speaking before leaving
Australia, said to expect a few surprises
from a team ranked only 59th in the world.
Bresciano called it a "very tough group
and competition. We are going to go there
and try to do our country proud and do
ourselves proud and try to shock the world."
Australia had a three-leg journey to reach
The flight from Sydney crossed the Pacif-
ic and landed in Santiago, Chile, with the
next leg to Curitiba, Brazil, in the south
and then on to Vitoria.
Mexico gets 3-0 win
over Israel in friendly
MEXICO CITY---Mexico got two goals
from Miguel Layun to beat Israel 3-0 in
a pre-World Cup friendly on Wednesday,
but got a scare when starting goalkeeper
Jesus Corona was injured in a collision
with a teammate. Layun scored in the
42nd and 62nd minutes, and Marco Fabian
added a goal in the 85th.
Corona sustained a head injury after
crashing into Francisco Rodriguez and was
replaced in the 70th by Guillermo Ochoa.
He was the team s starter through most of
Mexico s World Cup qualifying campaign
and the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.
"We don t know yet what is wrong with
Jesus. He is going to be tested and then
we can give a status," coach Miguel Herrera
"I spoke briefly with him and he said
that he was fine, but we need to wait."
Herrera did not rule out going on its pre-
World Cup US tour without him.
Mexico will play Ecuador in a friendly
on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, then face
Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night in
Chicago and close its warm-up schedule
against Portugal on June 6 in Foxborough,
The team travels to Sao Paulo the next
day. Mexico plays its first World Cup match
against Cameroon in Natal on June 13, fol-
lowed by its likely toughest test against
Brazil on June 17 in Fortaleza.
The Mexicans then play Croatia on June
23 in Recife.
FLORENCE---Former Italy coach
Marcello Lippi has drawn compar-
isons between the current Azzurri
squad and the one he led to the World
Cup title in 2006.
Lippi is visiting Italy s training camp
near Florence and was present at prac-
tice yesterday morning.
He said: "It was very emotional.
There is a certain similarity between
my group in 2006 and this one."
Lippi also managed Italy during the
2010 World Cup, where the defending
champion suffered an embarrassing
He was criticised for relying heavily
on veterans and failing to put his trust
in young players such as United States-
born forward Giuseppe Rossi. Lippi
added: "I told (Rossi) that for the first
time in my career I regret something,
that is not having taken him to the
World Cup in South Africa." (AP)
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Aussies first team to arrive
Nigeria's Uche Nwofor, centre, celebrates with team mates after he scores a goal during
the international friendly soccer match between Nigeria and Scotland at Craven Cottage
Stadium in London, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
(Home team listed first)
Denmark 1, Sweden 0
Mexico 3, Israel 0
South Korea 0,
At Faro, Portugal
Angola 2, Morocco 0
Nigeria 2, Scotland 2
World Cup-winning coach Lippi visits Italy camp
20-33--- 10.30 pm
11-9--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 8
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 3 1 8
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 29
4 (Dead Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
22 (Rat) --- 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) --- 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
Spain to play Netherlands
in white for WC opener
MADRID---Spain has been ordered to make a new
kit for the World Cup after FIFA decided the team s
normal red shirts didn t offer enough contrast to
the Netherlands jerseys for their opening game
in Brazil. Spain s clothing supplier Adidas said
Thursday that "FIFA has expressly mandated" it
to supply Spain with a third --- white --- kit that it
must use in its first match in Brazil.
FIFA requires teams to have two different kits for
the tournament --- one light in color and the other
dark. Spain s strip is red for home and black for
away, while the Dutch---who normally wear orange---
have a blue away kit they plan to wear against Spain
on June 13.
Nigeria solves midfielder
Mba's travel problems
LONDON---Nigeria team officials said yesterday
they had solved midfielder Sunday Mba s travel
problems and he had joined up with the World
Cup squad in London in time for its departure for
the US. Team spokesman Ben Alaiya said Mba s
visa to travel to the UK had expired. His French
club Bastia then requested he report to France,
diverting his planned trip from Nigeria to Britain.
The Nigeria Football Federation put in urgent
requests with British embassy authorities in the
Nigerian capital Abuja and then Paris and Mba s
travel documents were renewed, allowing him to
report to Corsica-based Bastia before meeting up
with his Nigerian teammates.
He joined the Nigerian squad two days late but
watched Wednesday night s 2-2 draw with Scotland
in a warm-up game in London from the stands,
Alaiya said. Mba was the last player to join the
African champion s 30-man World Cup squad.
The squad was heading for the US yesterday for
friendlies against Greece in Chester, Pennsylvania,
on June 3 and the US in Jacksonville, Florida, on
June 7 ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. The squad
will be cut to 23 for the World Cup on June 2, the
NFF said, FIFA s deadline day for final lists.
Mba was a standout player for Nigeria when it
won the African Cup of Nations last year, scoring
in the quarterfinals against Ivory Coast and the
winning goal in the final. His participation at the
World Cup had been in doubt with Nigerian media
reporting his travel document issues meant he
wouldn t be considered by coach Stephen Keshi for
the World Cup.
Nigeria plays Iran, Bosnia and Argentina in Group
F in Brazil. (AP)
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