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  1. manor15


    Algeria Manager: Rabah Saadane Captain: Yazid Mansouri FIFA Ranking: 27 Group C Background: Algeria, or les Fennecs (the Desert Foxes), will be making their third World Cup appearance after appearing twice consecutively in 1982 and 1986, exiting at the group stage on both occasions. Algeria's...
  2. manor15


    USA Manager: Bob Bradley Captain: Carlos Bocanegra FIFA Ranking: 14 Group C Background: The US of A head to South Africa for their sixth consecutive World Cup. An exciting 2002 World Cup squad saw them reach the quarter-finals with a young Landon Donovan leading the line but they disappointed...
  3. manor15


    England Manager: Fabio Capello Captain: Rio Ferdinand FIFA Ranking: 8 Group C Background: Refused to compete in the World Cup before WW2 but since then have been a key player in the tournament, hosting and winning the tournament with a famous 4-2 win in the 1996 World Cup Final against West...
  4. manor15


    Greece Manager: Otto Rehhagel Captain: Giorgos Karagounis FIFA Ranking: 12 Group B Background: This is only Greece's second World Cup, although a European Championships win and two other appearances often mask that. Before the appointment of Otto Rehhagel in 2001, Greece had only qualified for...
  5. manor15

    South Korea

    South Korea Manager: Huh Jung-Moo Captain: Park Ji-Sung FIFA Ranking: 49 Group B Background: The Koreans qualified for their first World Cup in 1954 but disappointed as they lost 7-0 to Turkey and 9-0 to Hungary before exiting at the group stage. 32 years later they returned to the Finals...
  6. manor15


    Nigeria Manager: Lars Lagerback Captain: Nwankwo Kanu FIFA Ranking: 20 Group B Background: 2010 will be Nigeria's fourth World Cup since making their debut in 1994. They have twice reached the second round, in 1994 and 1998, being only seconds away from reaching the quarter-final before Italy...
  7. manor15


    Argentina Manager: Diego Maradona Captain: Javier Mascherano FIFA Ranking: 7 Group B Background: One of the most historically rich teams in football, the Albacete have won the World Cup twice and alongside France are the only side which have won the three most important tournaments in...
  8. manor15


    France Manager: Raymond Domenech Captain: Patrick Vieira (Thierry Henry is currently acting as captain) FIFA Ranking: 10 Group A Background: Currently hold the record for scoring the most goals in the finals stage of the World Cup, scoring thirteen goals as they finished third in 1958. They...
  9. manor15


    Uruguay Manager: Oscar Tabarez Captain: Diego Lugano FIFA Ranking: 18 Group A Background: Uruguay, or La Celeste are one of the most successful national teams in football, having won two World Cups, two Olympics football Gold medals, and fourteen Copa America trophies but are now nowhere near...
  10. manor15


    Mexico Manager: Javier Aguirre Captain: Rafael Marquez FIFA Ranking: 17 Group A Background: The Mexican football team have always struggled for success on the International stage, having only won one official International tournament, the FIFA Confederations Cup 1999. El Tri also compete in...
  11. manor15

    South Africa

    South Africa Manager: Carlos Alberto Parreira Captain: Aaron Mokoena FIFA Ranking: 88 Group A Background: Since re-entering CAF and FIFA the hosts have won the African Cup of Nations and appeared in the World Cup twice, in 1998 and 2002. Most of their side live and play in Europe, from the...
  12. Tangled up in Blue

    The debt debate-The Observer

    Sport Football Business The debt debateObserver Sport asks experts from the worlds of football and finance what can and should be done The Observer, Sunday 31 January 2010 Article history GREG DYKE Chairman, Brentford Former BBC director-general, former Man United director and Glazers...
  13. Firestorm

    Ron Martin can take a running jump

    http://www.southend-on-sea-athletic-club.co.uk/The%20All%20Time%20Ranking%20List%20Top%203.pdf Yes he most certainly can, third ranked in Southend AC's all time list (on page 2) 7.13 M in 1971
  14. Slipperduke

    Golf Query

    Right, handicaps. I know how they work, in that you have a number which you take off your final score to allow balanced play. I'm down with that. Is there anythig else to it? I keep reading things about takig strokes off particular holes according to their ranking, but that all sounds very...
  15. MisterStubbs

    FIFA World Rankings

    The latest fifa world rankings have been released. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html Surprise surprise Brazil have climped straight to the top AGAIN. But what i want to know is, how the hell do we (england) fall one place when we have won 7 out...
  16. SUFC Forever

    Ted Kennedy Given Honorary Knighthood

    Ted Kennedy has been awarded an honorary knighthood by the British government. Why? This is a man who constantly supported the IRA at the height of "The Troubles" and is suspected of using his high ranking Irish mates to raise cash for them via Noraid in the 1970's. He has never been a...
  17. fbm

    Tilly and Brush - going nowhere

    Oh my God - yes it's (yet) another Steve Tilson thread... and I would like to say that in making this I am only too well aware that this is a public forum and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But Christ there is a lot of tripe spouted on here. OK, lets start just by recapping on two...
  18. * ORM *

    Yet another games site

    Been on here for ages but have just started playing multiplayer pool again http://www.games.co.uk/games/pool_multiplayer/pool_multiplayer.html Free registration and I need some decent players to sign up because this is all too easy - current skill ranking of 1580 The games.co.uk site isn't a...
  19. BlueShrimp

    Champions League rubbish money

    Champions League you're having a laugh ...ClubValue(£m)Debt(£m)Man United919551Real Madrid656177Arsenal 612263Liverpool 536348Bayern Munich468 0AC Milan 4070Barcelona40028Chelsea3900Juventus26013Schalke240115 The Premier League debt table Manchester United: £660m (At June 2006). Liverpool...
  20. League or Cup glory?

    It's been pointed out on another thread that if we beat Dagenham we could have to re-schedule hartlepool (a), brighton (h) & leeds (h). This sort of potential fixture pile-up raises the old chestnut about which is more important - league or cup? It's worth noting that 4 of the other top 6 in...