Friday, November 23, 2007
While Europe was focused on Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches had already begun in other parts of the globe with New Caledonia enjoying a 4-0 win over Fiji in the Oceania section. In South America Peru gained a creditable 1-1 draw at home to Brazil, but let their guards down and were thrashed 5-1 in Ecuador. Paraguay moved to the top of the table with a powerful 3-0 win in Chile as Argentina lost their 100% record with a 2-1 defeat in Colombia.
The 2010 World Cup qualifying draw for the rest of the world will take place this weekend, with the Euro 2008 draw following a week later.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Two international fixture days in mid October gave Europe some answers and
A solitary goal in
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
The most eye-catching result in August was
The 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa was given extra spice as it acted as a preliminary qualifying competition for the 2010 World Cup with the top three qualifying to join the Oceania qualifying section. A single goal in the final decided the match in favour of
The qualifying matches for the African Cup of Nations produced several surprises in September with some weaker teams achieving good results over teams that had already qualified for the finals. Cameron’s 1-0 loss in
In Europe Scotland enjoyed their trip to
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The 2 finalists had been invited to take part in the more prestigious Copa
Reports from all the Copa America matches can be read at:http://footballreporter.co.uk/copa-america-2007.html
Friday, June 08, 2007
With the domestic season over in most main European leagues, the qualifiers for Euro 2008 continued with 2 action-packed days in early June.
In the African Cup of Nations qualifiers the underdogs enjoyed home territory.
The Gold Cup in the
Friday, March 30, 2007
After a winter break the European and African qualifiers got under way with the early spring fixtures being played over the weekend and Wednesday.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Early in February the first big bulk of friendly matches was played. Portugal gained a satisfying 2-0 win over Brazil in London. Spain and Argentina returned from England and France respectively with 1-0 victories. Egypt beat Sweden 2-0 while another African team Mali, registered an impressive 3-1 win against Lithuania in France. Uruguay achieved the same result away to Colombia and overtook their South American rivals in the World Rankings. In the only competitive match on Wednesday San Marino almost pulled off a shock 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland, but a stoppage time goal gave the Irish all 3 points with a 2-1 win.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Asian Cup qualifiers which included Australia for the first time got under way early in 2006 and reached its conclusion by the end of the year with no major surprises.
Guyana raised eyebrows in the Caribbean Cup qualifiers finishing top of group H. Jamaica will feel unlucky to be eliminated after having lost only one match in group D which was decided on goal difference and a head-to-head match.
After disappointment for the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and even Spain, Argentina and Brazil who had started off well, it was Italy who stepped in to win a penalty shootout against France in the final. The Italians were brought down to earth in September when visitors Lithuania held them to a 1-1 draw in a European qualifier and 4 days later France avenged their defeat in the final by winning 3-1 in Paris.
The most surprising results of the year were: Bahamas 3 Cayman Islands 1, Mauritania 4 Botswana 0, Ghana 2 Czech Republic 0, Guinea 3 Tunisia 0 and Jamaica 1 St Vincent & the Grenadines 2. The highest movers in the world rankings were Ghana.