Pernia goes to the World Cup for Spain
It was expected: Spain have called up Getafe left back Mariano Pernia to replace the injured Asier del Horno in their World Cup team.
We must remember that the Argentine-born Pernia obtained dual Spanish nationality at the end of April and was the joint top scorer for his team with 10 goals in the Primera Liga last season.
The 29-year-old was initially left out of the team after coach Luis Aragones expressed his papers had been approved too late and his inclusion would be unfair on others who had played during World Cup qualification.
Keep in mind that Pernia, who had set a wedding date for June 20 after he was left out of the team, will fly back from Buenos Aires and join up with the side in time for the warm-up match against Egypt in Elche on Saturday.
"My wife's happy for me although a bit disappointed about having to postpone the wedding," Pernia expressed.
Doctors believe Del Horno damaged the area around his Achilles tendon in training last week and national team doctor Genaro Borras expressed the footballer would be out of action for around three weeks.
Spain open their World Cup campaign on June 14 against Ukraine, and also play Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in Group H.
Pernia has scored amazing goals from open play and set pieces in the league, with a stunning volley from outside the area against Barcelona being a contender for goal of the season.
Brazil lost Edmilson for the World Cup
coach Carlos Parreira
will have to do without Barcelona star Edmilson
at the World Cup after the midfielder was dropped from the team Wednesday due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.
"This is really bitter for me," expressed the 29-year-old Edmilson, who broke into tears prior to leaving the Brazilian training camp in Weggis.
"I suffered a serious injury in 2004 and couldn't play for eight- and-a-half months. I fought so hard. My heart remains here," he expressed. "One day I'll return and get lots of titles with the Selecao."
FC Sao Paulo's Mineiro takes Edmilson's place in the team.
The Brazil team doctor Jose Luiz Runco is convinced that Edmilson needs an operation for the injury, which is probably three or four weeks old but hard to detect.
Furthermore, Runco denied rumours that the footballer injured himself in a tackle with forward Adriano.
Italy held by Switzerland in preparation match
In a preparation match, Italy and Switzerland shared a scrappy 1-1 draw on Wednesday.
It was good to see that Francesco Totti made the first team for the first time in over three months, and Italy took a deserved lead in the 11th minute at the time Alberto Gilardino fired in from close range after a quickly-executed break down the left.
However, Switzerland seemed to wake up after that setback and were rewarded in the 32nd minute at the time midfielder Daniel Gygax sent a powerful shot past Gianluigi Buffon from the edge of the area.
As the first half drew to a close, the Swiss almost took a surprise lead at the time left back Ludovic Magnin headed a Tranquillo Barnetta free kick over the bar.
We noticed that both sides made six substitutions in the second half and there were few scoring chances, though substitute Swiss keeper Fabio Coltorti had to twice deal with threatening surges from fellow sub Vincenzo Iaquinta.
According to the reports, in an increasingly physical encounter, Italy were presented with plenty of dead ball opportunities but failed to come close with any of them.
Koller is back in Czech Republic win
came back to action after a long time with an injury, and the Czech Republic
recovered a very good competition power. They defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in a warm up match.
The Czechs, scored an 82nd-minute goal thanks to substitute Vratislav Lokvenc, who headed in a cross from Libor Sionko.
In fact, Lokvenc entered in the 71st minute replacing Jan Koller, whose last game for the national squad was a 4-1 win over Armenia in a World Cup qualifier Sept. 7.
Koller, the Czech Republic's career scoring leader, had several solid opportunities Tuesday. He had nine goals in the Czech Republic's World Cup qualifying run before tearing ligaments in his left knee while playing Borussia Dortmund.
In the other hand, Costa Rica, heading for its second straight World Cup and third appearance overall, lost to Ukraine 4-0 Sunday. It begins World Cup against host Germany and then will face Poland and Ecuador in Group A. The Czechs open against the United States on June 12 before playing Ghana and Italy in Group E.
Italian Zambrotta to miss first game
Italian player Gianluca Zambrotta
is down with an injury and can't play against Ghana in the World Cup. He suffered a muscle injury in his left thigh during training last weekend and will need at least two weeks to recover.
"However, if things go ok, he will come back in 15 to 20 days," said Italian doctor Enrico Castellacci. "In a week's time, he will have another test done but we are calm and optimistic."
As we know, Zambrotta is a regular player in Marcello Lippi's team, and he might recover in time to face USA on June 17.
It's important to notice that doctors have ruled out a ligament damage. But Zambrotta will need to have a scan and is unlikely to travel to Gena with the rest of his team-mates for the warm-up friendlies against Switzerland and Ukraine.
Germany and Japan draw 2-2
Germany national team was having a really hard time against Japan. The Asian nation was leading the score 2-0, but Klinsmann's side managed to draw the game with a final 2-2.
Japanese striker Naohiro Takahara netted two fine goals to give Japan a 2-0 lead by the 65th minute and the visitors might have had more as Germany turned in a shocking defensive display.
Germany, with captain Michael Ballack back in the first team after injury, were stung into reaction by that second goal and replied when Miroslav Klose bundled in a Bastian Schweinsteiger free kick at the post in the 75th minute.
And four minutes later, Schweinsteiger headed in a Bernd Schneider free kick to salvage a draw that will at least keep the flame of optimism flickering in the German fans.
As with Japan, who are in Group F with Brazil, Croatia and Australia, had Akira Kaji taken off on a stretcher in the first half. It is still unknown how serious his injury was.
Rooney out of first two games
got the results of his scan and now he knows he won't take part of the first two games of England. He must wait until June 14 to go through another medical review.
But Manchester United are concerned that Wayne may be persuaded to return from injury too quickly once he joins up with the England team in their camp tomorrow.
Sources close to the player claim the media and public interest in his metatarsal injury is beginning to affect the England forward and have warned the FA not to put him under unnecessary pressure.
It's important to notice that the FA and United have publicly played down any difference of opinion, and there is still considerable unease at United that England coach Sven Goran Eriksson may be unreasonably optimistic about Rooney's chances of taking part of the World Cup.
In fact, Eriksson said: "The fact he is flying out to Germany with us will give everyone a big lift. We are still hoping the second scan will show further improvement and that Wayne can play his part in Germany."
However, Manchester United staff, who have seen results from Rooney's scan last Thursday, still would not expect him to play any part in the monthlong tournament, even though he could theoretically be back in training by June 16. A United source said: 'There would have to be a dramatic improvement between now and the next scan on June 14 for the specialist even to think about allowing him to start training. It is not as straightforward as it might be.' United are particularly worried that the striker may be persuaded he can play long before he is back to fitness, such is his desire to play in the World Cup.
Next week Manchester United doctor Tony Gill, now overseeing Rooney's rehabilitation following the dismissal of Mike Stone, will continue to work with Wayne as England will be based at United's Carrington training ground for the friendly games with Hungary on Tuesday, and Jamaica.