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Bangladesh could be a team to watch out for (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 13th, 2011 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
By Sirshendu Panth Kolkata, Feb 13 (IANS) Home conditions, current form, youthful vigour and a balanced team composition could make Bangladesh the side to watch out for in the cricket World Cup which ... Read more...

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West Indies looking to cause ripples (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 12th, 2011 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The once feared West Indies are a struggling unit today. Champions in the first two World Cups, they are looking to merely cause a few ... Read more...

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South Africa will like to leave the past behind (Team Profile, World cup Countdown)


February 11th, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS
By Pragya Tiwari Johannesburg, Feb 11 (IANS) South Africa would like to bury the past and also the tag of "chokers" as they get ready for the 2011 World Cup as one of ... Read more...

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Canada do not want to finish as also-rans (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 10th, 2011 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) Canada, essentially a mix of expats from India and Pakistan, are eager to prove a point in the Feb 19-April 2 cricket World Cup. They ... Read more...

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Injury-hit England have much to ponder over fitness (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 9th, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
By Pragya Tiwari New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) England's cricket fortunes nosedived in a matter of weeks. From a heady World Twenty20 championship last year to an Ashes triumph down under after 24 ... Read more...

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Ireland looking to replicate 2007 performance (Team profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 8th, 2011 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Ireland, who made a dream World Cup debut by stunning Test playing nations Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2007 edition, are looking to replicate their ... Read more...

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Australia still a force to reckon with in ODIs (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 7th, 2011 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS
By Avishek Roy New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Once undisputed as a cricketing superpower, Australia will be out to re-establish their credentials during the upcoming Cricket World Cup-2011 by winning their fourth successive ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka have a side to win the World Cup (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 6th, 2011 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS
By Avishek Roy New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) A star-studded line-up and a shrewd captain make Sri Lanka favourites to win the World Cup a second time in the sub-continent, having done ... Read more...

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Troubled Kenya out to make impression in World Cup (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 2nd, 2011 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Kenya, the first non-Test playing nation to play in the semi-finals of a World Cup, are battling poor form, lack of sponsors and shoddy governance, ... Read more...

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Indian team wants to win World Cup for Tendulkar (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown)


February 1st, 2011 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS
By Abhishek Roy New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Sachin Tendulkar holds every conceivable cricket record in an illustrious career spanning over two decades, and the only thing missing from his portfolio is ... Read more...

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Switzerland looking to rebound in World Cup (Group H team profile)


June 2nd, 2010 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Hamburg/Zurich, June 2 (DPA) Switzerland look to rebound from a poor Euro 2008 showing and bad luck elimination from the 2006 World Cup as they expect a tough battle for second ... Read more...

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After Europe, Spain now set to conquer the World (Group H team profile)


June 2nd, 2010 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, June 2 (DPA) Spanish football and jinx have long gone hand-in-hand at the national team's level. But after beating the spirits and claiming the Euro 2008 title, Vicente del Bosque's ... Read more...

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Queiroz leading next Portuguese generation (Group G team profile)


June 1st, 2010 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid/Lisbon, June 1 (DPA) The likes of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Fernando Couto were coined Portugal's "Golden Generation". Now the man in charge of developing that group hopes to lead ... Read more...

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North Korea out to shock world again (Group G team profile)


June 1st, 2010 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS
Seoul, June 1 (DPA) North Korea shocked the world at the 1966 World Cup football finals in England by knocking out Italy to reach the quarter-finals. At South Africa 2010, it would ... Read more...

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Brazil feel the familiar weight of being favoured (Group G team profile)


June 1st, 2010 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, June 1 (DPA) Five-time football World Cup champions Brazil arrive in South Africa, as always, among the favourites to take top spot at the finals. With a deeper ... Read more...

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Debutant Slovakia will be surprise package (Group F team profile)


May 31st, 2010 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Hamburg, May 31 (DPA) Slovakia will be making their football World Cup debut as an independent nation at South Africa 2010. And the upstarts know they are in a fight for ... Read more...

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Can Italy defend the World cup tile? (Group F team profile)


May 31st, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, May 31 (DPA) Only two nations have ever defended their football World Cup title. And reigning world champions Italy hope to become the first to win back-to-back crowns twice - and ... Read more...

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Japan eyeing semi-final berth (Group E team profile)


May 30th, 2010 - 5:22 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, May 30 (DPA) Japan have never won a football World Cup game on foreign soil but that hasn't stopped coach Takeshi Okada from setting a lofty goal for his team at ... Read more...

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New stars set to shine for Ghana (Group D team profile)


May 29th, 2010 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS
Accra, May 29 (DPA) Already considered one of Africa's most powerful national teams, Ghana proved they may be even more difficult to handle at next month's World Cup with their performance ... Read more...

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Serbs will be a confident bunch in South Africa (Group D team profile)


May 29th, 2010 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Belgrade, May 29 (DPA) Things looked quite bleak for Serbian football in 2008 after watching the European Championships from home and crashing out of the Beijing Olympics. But that was before ... Read more...

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Australian team is shadow of 2006 (Group D team profile)


May 29th, 2010 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 29 (DPA) Australia were one of the surprises of the 2006 World Cup in nearly reaching the quarter-finals. But fast forward to South Africa 2010 and the Aussies are only ... Read more...

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Slovenia out to be taken seriously (Group C team profile)


May 28th, 2010 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS
Ljubljana, May 28 (DPA) Slovenia may be a minnow when it comes to the reputation of football nations worldwide but the Balkan nation is out to show they must be taken very ... Read more...

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Americans chasing an African repeat (Group C team profile)


May 28th, 2010 - 5:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 28 (DPA) The United States have established themselves as top dogs in their CONCACAF zone, and coach Bob Bradley is eager to turn recent gains into success on the ... Read more...

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Algeria ready for a return to the spotlight (Group C team profile)


May 28th, 2010 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
Algiers, May 28 (DPA) After 24 years away from the World Cup finals, Algeria are long shots to make an impact in South Africa this summer. But some top-drawer victories in their ... Read more...

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Capello looks for right World Cup mix for England (Group C team profile)


May 28th, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 28 (DPA) England have not won the World Cup since taking the trophy on home soil in 1966. And a healthy Wayne Rooney will be the key to the ... Read more...

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King Otto needs World Cup results from Greece (Group B team profile)


May 27th, 2010 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Athens, May 27 (DPA) Greece's 2004 European Championship title is long enough past that Ethniki fans are slowly calling for coach Otto Rehhagel to produce at the 2010 World Cup. The German ... Read more...

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Can South Korea recapture 2002 magic? (Group B team profile)


May 27th, 2010 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS
Seoul, June 27 (DPA) South Korea were the toast of the 2002 World Cup as co-hosts reaching the semi-finals and finishing fourth overall. The Asian powerhouse is now out to recapture that ... Read more...

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Eagles soar into the unknown (Group B team profile)


May 27th, 2010 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
Lagos, May 27 (DPA) With a new coach and grab bag of talented players, Nigeria are perhaps the biggest question mark from Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup finals this ... Read more...

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History collides for Argentina (Group B team profile)


May 27th, 2010 - 5:13 pm ICT by IANS
Buenos Aires, May 27 (DPA) Argentina's camp for the 2010 World Cup will bring together two of the biggest figures in their footballing psyche: coach Diego Maradona and Barcelona gem Lionel Messi. Maradona, ... Read more...

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Mexico looking for the right mixture (Group A team profile)


May 26th, 2010 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS
Mexico City, May 26 (DPA) Latin American hopefuls Mexico head to their fifth consecutive World Cup this June, and their second in the last three instalments under the stewardship of manager Javier ... Read more...

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Uruguay hoping for a repeat of history (Group A team profile)


May 26th, 2010 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS
Montevideo, May 26 (DPA) After edging Costa Rica in an inter-continental play-off, Uruguay became the 32nd and final team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. One of just seven ... Read more...

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Can Bafana Bafana keep host streak alive? (Group A team profile)


May 26th, 2010 - 8:11 pm ICT by IANS
Johannesburg, May 26 (DPA) Every host nation of the previous 18 World Cups has advanced past the first round. That streak is in serious peril as South Africa face a paramount task ... Read more...

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Hard slog for Australia in South Africa (Team Profile)


December 2nd, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 2 (DPA) The Australian government hopes a good showing in South Africa will increase its chances of hosting the World Cup but die-hard soccer fans fear the nation's best chance ... Read more...

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Japan, first to qualify - hopefully not first to leave (Team Profile)


December 2nd, 2009 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, Dec 2 (DPA) On June 6 this year, Japan became the first country to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa when they won 1-0 in Uzbekistan. With two ... Read more...

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Queiroz struggling to repeat Portugal’s glory years (Team Profile)


November 30th, 2009 - 3:08 pm ICT by IANS
Lisbon, Nov 30 (DPA) Portugal's qualification for the World Cup finals has been greeted with more relief than euphoria in Lisbon, which is a sign that expectations have lowered in this ... Read more...

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