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Saturday's World Cup 2010 round-up

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba
Drogba still hopes to be fit to face Portugal in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba missed training on Saturday to receive further treatment on his broken arm.

Drogba suffered the injury against Japan on 4 June but is still hoping to be fit for Ivory Coast's opening World Cup match against Portugal in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Drogba has trained with the team the past two days, but wore a protective cast as he worked on his ball skills and fitness.

Shops in Cape Town are running out of "vuvu-stoppers" - earplugs which block out the sound of the vuvuzela trumpet.

Vuvuzelas, which are played constantly throughout matches, can record noise levels of up to 130 decibels, compared to the 100 produced by a chainsaw.

The vuvuzelas are also making a big noise outside of South Africa with German municipal authorities banning them from the giant-screen venues where fans gather to watch the live broadcasts.

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus says his country have almost no chance of winning the World Cup in South Africa.

Matthaus, who won won an incredible 150 caps in a long international career, is unimpressed with the standard of coach Joachim Loew's squad.

"The problem with Germany is that they have no stars, no-one with any individual brilliance, now that Ballack is out," said Matthaus. "And their preparations have hardly been optimal."

Fifa will investigate why a section of seats was unoccupied during the World Cup's opening match between South Africa and Mexico in Johannesburg.

Fifa spokesman Nicolas Maingot confirmed one block was empty and it will be looked into, with traffic problems around the stadium a likely cause.

The upper tier section was filled by tournament volunteers during the latter part of Friday's match, which ended 1-1.

Australia forward Harry Kewell concedes that facing Germany on the first weekend will be an uphill battle for the Socceroos.

"Let's face it, we've probably hit the hardest team in the World Cup to come up against, especially first off the bat," said Kewell.

Winning the World Cup would still not be enough for United States forward DaMarcus Beasley to make a real name for himself in his home state of Indiana.

Michael Jackson and the Jackson family are the Hoosier state's most famous sons and former Rangers player Beasley admitted that realistically not even lifting the World Cup trophy would see him make a similar name for himself.

"Even if we won the World Cup I still wouldn't be that big a thing," said Beasley.

"But maybe I would be in the top 10. I might even get a statue."

England captain Steven Gerrard has surprisingly picked out sprint star Usain Bolt as a big inspiration.

England captain Steven Gerrard
Gerrard admires Usain Bolt's sprinting but not his love of Manchester United

Olympic 100 and 200m champion Bolt is a huge football fan and has asked Gerrard for a signed shirt for his growing collection.

"Usain Bolt is an athlete I really look up to," Gerrard said. "As a sprinter he's the man isn't he? He's there to be shot at but keeps on winning. It takes some doing to be at the top of your game like he is.

"It's a pity he's a Man United fan though. I was going to ask him to one of our training sessions when he's in England but I might not bother now."

Paraguay have laughed off reports that Oscar Cardozo could be out of the World Cup and declared the striker could yet make next week's opening match against Italy.

Cardozo, who scored 36 goals for Benfica last season, has been struggling with an ankle injury and has been training separately from the rest of the Paraguay squad.

"I must clarify that Oscar Cardozo is not out of the World Cup, as has been implied in some media," said Paraguay team doctor Manuel Aguilar.

"What's more, neither has he been ruled out of the first game."

Honduras will not rush injured midfielder Wilson Palacios and striker David Suazo back into action for Wednesday's World Cup opener against Chile.

Los Catrachos' medical team are doing their utmost to ensure Tottenham's Palacios, who has a muscular injury, and Suazo, who has a thigh problem, are fit but the team's trainer Carlos Velasco will only pick fully fit players.

Japan are eating beef liver to help prepare for meals at altitude.

Beef liver contains a lot of iron which produces the oxygen-transporting haemoglobin in the red blood cells.

Brazil forward Kaka has been exchanging romantic notes with wife Caroline via Twitter.

"You are the love of my life," read one of the messages which she sent to her husband.

To which the Real Madrid star replied: "You are an example of when God gives a dream, do not be shocked or scared and you will live that dream. I love you."

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see also
Friday's World Cup 2010 round-up
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Thursday's World Cup 2010 round-up
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Monday's World Cup 2010 round-up
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