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.

Guedioura misses out on starting place

13 06 2010

Guedioura played in Algeria's recent warm-up game against Ireland.

Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura has missed out o a starting place for Algeria in their opening World Cup game against Slovenia today.

I expected Gueds to line up in central midfield but obviously the Algerian’s don’t rate him as highly as we do.

Ah well, let’s hope Milijas starts later. Here’s the Algerian team in full.

Algeria: 16-Faouzi Chaouchi; 2 Majid Bougherra, 5 Rafik Halliche, 4 Antar Yahia, 3 Nadir Belhadj; 13 Karim Matmour, 19 Hassan Yebda, 8 Medhi Lacen, 15 Karim Ziani; 21 Fouad Kadir, 11 Rafik Djebbour.

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.

Mick McCarthy takes BBC World Cup job

18 04 2010

The 51-year-old former Republic of Ireland captain and manager skippered the Irish at Italia 90.

Mick McCarthy has announced he will be going to the World Cup in South Africa this summer to work for BBC Sport.

McCarthy acted as a co-commentator during the 2006 World Cup in Germany and is set to take a similar role in Africa this year.

He said: “I’m doing some work for the BBC in the summer. I did a game recently just to do a game before I go out there in the summer. I’ve done it before and I enjoy my work, it’s good doing co-commentary.”

My verdict: Let’s hope MM can bring back a bit more than a BBC pay packet! A few Brazilians would do nicely 😉