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Friday's World Cup round-up

World Cup guide: Cameroon

World Cup guide - Cameroon

German chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a private visit to the national team on Monday in order to have dinner with the players and coaching staff at their northern Italian training base before they head to South Africa for the World Cup.

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has complained about the new ball that will be used during the World Cup, saying it looks like something from a "grocery store".

Cesar said: "They are always trying to make things difficult for the goalkeepers." But he later joked that he only has himself to blame for choosing to play in that position.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o says his detractors should "shut up" and stop criticising his performances for the national team.

Former Cameroon great Roger Milla, who led Cameroon to the quarter-finals at the 1990 World Cup, has claimed Eto'o has not played as well for the national team as he has for Inter Milan.

But Eto'o retorted: "They must respect me, and they must shut up, really shut up... because playing in the quarterfinal of a World Cup is not the same as winning the World Cup."

Thousands of South Africans were left disappointed after being unable to buy the last 160,000 World Cup tickets, despite camping out at ticket booths through the night.

Technical problems prevented the sale of tickets, including newly released seats for the opener and the final.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke explained: "I would like to sincerely apologise to all the fans that have been affected by the problems in the ticketing sales system.

"We have already demanded a detailed report from our service provider Match AG on the causes of these problems and are expecting that they solve the situation very soon."

Colombian players have had money stolen from their hotel rooms in Johannesburg prior to a friendly against South Africa. Two hotel employees were charged with theft on Thursday - the same day Colombia were beaten 2-1 by South Africa.

The United States government have issued a travel alert to US citizens living in South Africa or travelling there for the World Cup advising them to use rental cars rather than public transport and to keep car doors and windows locked.

Middlesbrough striker Chris Killen will miss New Zealand's World Cup warm-up match against fellow finalists Serbia on Saturday because he is getting married.

The chairman of Football Federation Australia has admitted that squabbling among football codes over stadium usage may have hurt Australia's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

The Greek football federation says defender Vassilis Torosidis will be available for World Cup selection after recovering from an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old rejoined training at Greece's camp at Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, ahead of the 1 June deadline for the submission of the final squad.



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see also
Thursday's World Cup round-up
27 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
World Cup venues
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010
South Africa extend unbeaten run
27 May 10 |  World Cup 2010


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