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Notes on SA WC teams for the February 13 (first WC tune up date)

Let's put all the notes together about the following preparations games.

Brazil - Bolivia Jan 31 :confused:

February 13:
Paraguay - Bolivia
Ecuador - Turkey
Uruguay - South Korea
Argentina - Costa Rica
 

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Paeraguay coach Cesare Maldini talked with the star players who play in Europe and seems ready to call them.So,Chilavet,Paredes,Gammara and Acuna will play in the friendly against Bolivia.
 

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I'd really love to see Argentina take on Costa Rica in Miami. But having jsut returned from an extended trip I doubt that I'll be taking any more time off. Is any one going to be going?

Ze lives in Miami, so hopefully, he'll go and finally pledge his love and support towards Argentina..;)
 

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I wouldn't bet on that happening, but maybe Colo Colo might go watch the game.

All the NT coaches will have to send out a fax on the 29th to all the european clubs reserving the players(2 weeks in adavance)
for the friendlies.
 

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The Argentina vs Coste Rica game has been called off due to logistic problems for the teams.
 

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http://www.internetsoccer.com

Pua prepares Uruguay for friendly meeting with South Korea

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Alvaro Recoba of Uruguay - AP Photo/Tony Feder


By Diego Aparicio
31 January 2002 (TEAMtalk) - Uruguayan coach Victor Púa has called in 12 foreign-based players for the upcoming friendly match against South Korea.

Uruguay, the last country to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, will begin their preparations for their return to the world stage playing a tune up game against co-hosts South Korea on February 13 in Montevideo.

Among the Uruguayan players considered by Púa are Inter Milan playmaker Alvaro Recoba and Málaga striker Dario Silva. Both players did not support Púa’s stay in the national squad for the World Cup but eventually conceded their efforts to force Púa to leave the Charrúa hot seat.

The other ten Uruguayans playing abroad are goalkeeper Fabian Carini (Juventus), Gonzalo Sorondo (Inter Milan), Washington Tais (Betis), Pablo Garcia (Venezia), Gianni Guigou (AS Roma), Nicolas Olivera (Sevilla), Marcelo Romero (Málaga), Federico Magallanes (Venezia), and Mario Regueiro (Racing of Santander).

Púa did not include Uruguayan skipper Paolo Montero because the Juventus defender is recovering from an injury.

The remaining players to meet against South Korea will be selected from local teams. Púa, though, has not sent the list of local players that will join Recoba, Silva, and company for the February 13 match at Centenario stadium, the same venue where Uruguay clinched the 32nd World Cup spot last November.

Púa will begin training camp only two days prior to the friendly match, while South Korea will end their tour in Montevideo after their presentation in CONCACAF’s Gold Cup.
 

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Brazil crushed Bolivia 6 - 0. Not much to say about this game but it was good practice for some of the youngsters in the Brazilian squad.
 

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http://sports.yahoo.com

World-Ecuador to meet Turkey in World Cup warm-up game


QUITO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Ecuador will play Turkey on February 12 as part of both teams' build-up for the World Cup, the Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) said on Tuesday.

The friendly will be played in the Dutch city of Breda, an FEF statement said.

``This game will help us greatly as we strive to keep on improving. This type of encounter is a new experience for Ecuadorean football,'' Ecuador's Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez said.

``The important thing is to keep studying and learning.''

Ecuador will make their first-ever appearance in the World Cup finals when the 2002 tournament gets under way in South Korea and Japan.

Ecuador's build-up also includes games against the United States, Bulgaria and Italy.

In the first phase of the World Cup finals Ecuador's group opponents are Croatia, Mexico and Italy. Turkey will share a group with Brazil, China and Costa Rica.
 

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Here is the Argentinian squad for the friendly against Wales.We can see some new faces like San Lorenzo's goalkeeper Saja as well as Dominguez,Galletti,Cambiasso and Quiroga.Tha main event is the callup of Claudio Caniggia after amny years...
Goalkeepers: Sebastian Saja (San Lorenzo), Roberto Bonano (Barcelona/Spa)

Defenders: Diego Placente (Bayer Leverkusen/Ger), Nelson Vivas (Inter Milan/Ita), Jose Chamot (AC Milan/Ita), Federico Dominguez (Velez Sarsfield)

Midfielders: Juan Pablo Sorin (Cruzeiro/Bra), Juan Sebastian Veron (Manchester United/Eng), Pablo Aimar (Valencia/Spa), Santiago Solari (Real Madrid/Spa), Matias Almeyda (Parma/Ita), Cristian Gonzalez (Valencia/Spa), Facundo Quiroga (Napoli/Ita), Claudio Husain (River Plate), Esteban Cambiasso (River Plate), Juan Riquelme (Boca Juniors)

Forwards: Julio Cruz (Bologna/Ita), Luciano Galletti (Real Zaragoza/Spa), Claudio Caniggia (Rangers/Sco), Javier Saviola (Barcelona/Spa)
 

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CARDIFF, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Wales 1 Argentina 1 - result

World Cup warm-up match

Scorers:

Wales - Craig Bellamy 34

Argentina - Julio Cruz 62

Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 62,500

Teams:

Wales: 1-Paul Jones (21-Mark Crossley 46); 2-Mark Delaney, 5-Robert Page, 4-Andy Melville, 3-Gary Speed; 10-Simon Davies, 7-Robbie Savage, 6-Mark Pembridge (15-Carl Robinson 90), 11-Ryan Giggs (12-John Robinson 61); 9-John Hartson, 8-Craig Bellamy

Argentina: 1-Sebastian Saja; 4-Nelson Vivas, 2-Jose Chamot, 6-Diego Placente; 5-Claudio Husain, 11-Juan Sebastian Veron, 8-Juan Roman Riquelme (16-Pablo Aimar 74), 3-Juan Pablo Sorin; 7-Claudio Caniggia (17-Luciano Galletti 90), 9-Julio Cruz (20-Javier Saviola 74), 18-Kili Gonzalez

Referee: Paul McKeon (Ireland).


Not a good but not a bad performane for the Argentinias.Even if Veron didn't know where Wales is and that Giggs plays for them,Wales is not an underdog as alla of their players play in Premier League...
 
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