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Home > Soccer America Daily > Monday, Nov. 26, 2007
Mike Woitalla reporting from South Africa Coach Bob Bradley's challenge of guiding the USA to the 2010 World Cup finals came into focus on Sunday at the World Cup Preliminary Draw in Durban, South Africa. For Bradley's take on the USA's likely opponents in its first stages of qualifying, his ... Read the whole story
The USA will have to play at least 18 games to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. It begins CONCACAF qualifying in June 2008 with a two-game series against Dominica or Barbados. Read the whole story
The USA was drawn potentially the most difficult of the three semifinal groups, where if form holds it will face 2006 World Cup finalist Trinidad & Tobago, fourth in 2006 CONCACAF qualifying, Guatemala, fifth in 2006 CONCACAF qualifying, and Cuba. Canada could meet Mexico, Honduras and Jamaica, making it once ... Read the whole story
Mike Woitalla reporting from South Africa "Africa is ready, Africa's time has come. Africa is calling, come to Africa in 2010," said South Africa President Thabo Mbeki to launch the 90-minute gala that sorted out the qualifying competition for the next World Cup while celebrating the arrival of the world's ... Read the whole story
As South Africa's World Cup organizers made their case that the crime-ridden nation would be safe for tourists in 2010, Austrian Pieter Burgstaller was shot to death Friday at a golf resort an hour-drive from where the World Cup Preliminary Draw was held two days later in Durban -- a ... Read the whole story
Old foes will meet again in Europe's World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign. England must face Croatia, which knocked it out of Euro 2008 last Wednesday, in Group 6. Scandinavian rivals Sweden and Denmark, involved in a match in Copenhagen in June that was abandoned when a Danish fan came on ... Read the whole story
The novelty of the World Cup 2010 qualifying draw in Africa is that World Cup 2010 host South Africa will take part in qualifying since the competition also serves as qualifying for the 2010 African Nations Cup. The Bafana Bafana were drawn with powerhouse Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone in ... Read the whole story
Asia's first group stage includes the most hotly contested group to emerge from Sunday's World Cup 2010 qualifying draw in Durban. Group 1 consists of Australia, which reached the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup, Iraq, the 2007 Asian champion, China, which played in the 2002 World Cup, ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"It could happen anywhere. South Africa is trying very hard -- I hope nothing else happens -- but we won't be able to move so freely as we are used to at World Cups." -- German national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff after Friday's shooting death of former Austrian pro Pieter Burgstaller on a golf course near Durban South Africa. Like Burgstaller, whom he met on the flight from Germany to South Africa, Bierhoff was in South Africa for soccer activities related to Sunday's World Cup 2010 Qualifying Draw. He had his briefcase stolen from his hotel room on Sunday. ...More

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