Guedioura misses out once again

18 06 2010

Guedioura made his debut in Algeria's warm-up game against Ireland.

Despite Algeria losing their first group game to Slovenia, Adlene Guedioura has failed to grab a starting position for the game against England tonight.

Guedioura was a late sub in the first game and Algeria have copied England in dropping their keeper for the game.

Here are tonight’s teams:

England: James, Johnson, Carragher, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lennon, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Heskey.
Subs: Green, Dawson, Crouch, Joe Cole, Warnock, Upson, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, King, Carrick, Hart.

Algeria: M’Bohli, Bougherra, Belhadj, Yahia, Kadir, Yebda, Lacen, Halliche, Boudebouz, Ziani, Matmour.
Subs: Gaouaoui, Mansouri, Ghezzal, Saifi, Djebbour, Bellaid, Laifaoui, Guedioura, Medjani, Mesbah, Abdoun, Chaouchi.

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

*Nenad Milijas was an unused substitute in Serbia’s suprising 1-0 win over Germany earlier.


Nenad Milijas loses his place for Serbia’s crucial game

18 06 2010

Nenad Milijas was today dropped to the bench for Serbia’s second Group D match against Germany.

He was less than impressive in the opening game against Ghana and Kuzmanovic has replaced him in the centre of midfield.

At the time of writing the game is ten minutes old and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is the co-commentator on BBC 1 & HD.

Milijas lasts 61 minutes for Serbia

13 06 2010

Milijas played in the same team as Birmingham's new signing Nikola Zigic.

Nenad Milijas lasted just 61 minutes in Serbia’s 1-0 defeat to Ghana in Pretoria.

He looked far from fully fit and was replaced by Zdravko Kuzmanovic with a third of the game still to go.

Kuzmanovic went on to concede a penalty that Ghana subsequently scored with under ten minutes left.

In line with the way the rest of the tournament has gone so far, the game was far from a classic with shots on goal at a premium.

Nenad Milijas starts for Serbia

13 06 2010

Milijas will play alongside Dejan Stankovic in the centre of Serbia's midfield.

Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas starts for Serbia in their opening game against Ghana today.

I wasn’t sure whether he’d start after mixed reviews during the warm up games but he has made the first eleven.

*Adlene Guedioura came on late on for Algeria in their 1-0 defeat to Slovenia. Ex-WBA midfielder Robert Koren scored the goal after a second goalkeeping howler in Group C within 24 hours.

Serbia v Ghana line-ups:  

Serbia: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Lukovic, Vidic, Kolarov, Krasic, Milijas, Stankovic, Jovanovic, Pantelic, Zigic.
Subs: Isailovic, Rukavina, Kacar, Tosic, Lazovic, Obradovic, Ninkovic, Petrovic, Subotic, Mrdja, Kuzmanovic, Djuricic.
Ghana: Kingson, Pantsil, Vorsah, John Mensah, Sarpei, Tagoe, Annan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew, Asamoah, Gyan.
Subs: Adjei, Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah, Derek Boateng, Appiah, Muntari, Amoah, Rahim Ayew, Adiyah, Addy, Owusu-Abeyie, Ahorlu.
Referee: Hector Baldassi (Argentina)

Danijel Ljuboja offered to Wolves

5 06 2010

Ljuboja has scored one goal in 19 caps for Serbia and hasn't been included in their World Cup squad.

The Times has today reported that Serbia international Danijel Ljuboja has been offered to both Wolves and Stoke.

The 31-year-old spent four years in Germany, with Stuttgart, Hamburg and Wolfsburg.

Here is his playing record:

Paris Saint-Germain
VfB Stuttgart (loan)
VfB Stuttgart
Hamburger SV (loan)
Wolfsburg (loan)
Grenoble Foot 38
16 (5)
08 (1)

Milijas an unused sub as Serbia draw a blank

2 06 2010

Milijas has 16 caps for Serbia.

Nenad Milijas was an unused substitute in Serbia’s final warm-up game before the World Cup.

Serbia faced Poland at the FC Kufstein stadium in Austria and Milijas’ central midfield slot was taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic of Stuttgart.

After not featuring much this season, Milijas will be hoping to impress Mick McCarthy by some impressive displays in South Africa, where McCarthy will analyse matches for the BBC.

Guedioura and Milijas book their place on the plane to South Africa!

2 06 2010

Wolves had no players at the 2006 finals in Germany.

Wolves midfielders Adlene Guedioura and Nenad Milijas have been named in their respective countrys’ 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

This means there will be a trio of Wolves players at the finals with two expected to play for their countries. 

Guedioura recently played 90 minutes at right back for Algeria in Ireland whilst Milijas played the first 45 minutes of Serbia’s friendly against New Zealand last week. 

The USA arrived in South Africa two days ago and although he is in the squad, Marcus Hahnemann is unlucky to dislodge Tim Howard from the number one slot.