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The World Cup Countdown: Life of a scout
by Paul Kennedy, May 26th, 2014 11:05PM

TAGS:  men's national team, world cup 2014


[BRAZIL 2014] After Tuesday's match against the USA, Azerbaijan coach Berti Vogts will get to to work for his former player, Jurgen Klinsmann. Vogts, who won the World Cup as a player with West Germany in 1974 and coached Germany to the Euro 1996 title, will head to Europe to begin his work as the USA's super scout for the World Cup.

Here's what Vogts' schedule will be for the next two weeks:

-- He flies back to Germany with Azerbaijan, which has been training in the Bay Area for the last week, and then heads to Rotterdam for Ghana's match against the Netherlands on Saturday.

-- On Sunday, he'll be in Moenchengladbach, 100 miles away, for Germany's match against Cameroon.

-- On June 6, Vogts, whose title is special advisor, with be at Gillette Stadium to scout Portugal in its match against Mexico.

-- The following day, Vogts will hook up with the USA for the finale of its sendoff series against Nigeria in Jacksonville, Fla.

-- But while the USA will then head to Brazil, Vogts will stay behind for one last scouting mission: Ghana's match against South Korea June 9 in Miami.

World Cup Warmups, Tuesday:
May 27 in San Francisco
USA vs. Azerbaijan
May 27 in Saitama
Japan vs. Cyprus
May 27 in St. Denis
France vs. Norway

Schedule: Complete Pre-World Cup Friendlies

Injury Update

COSTA WAIT. Diego Costa played 15 minutes of Atletico Madrid's La Liga title-clinching tie with Barcelona. He lasted just nine minutes before going off in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid. And Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will have to wait to see if the Brazilian-born Costa, who has been bothered by a hamstring injury, is fit for the World Cup.

That creates a problem for Del Bosque, who said on Sunday that he would like all of his players to be fit and able to train when he names his final 23-man squad list on June 2.

"The World Cup starts against the Netherlands," the Spain coach said, "and we want everyone to be ready to go."

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | Croatia (30) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: Australia (30) | Chile (30) | Netherlands (30) | Spain (30)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | *Greece (23) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | Italy (30) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (26) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | Iran (28) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | Ghana (26) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.

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